Furniture

Deen “Beds Down” with Walter E. Smithe in TV Ad Campaign

Deen “Beds Down” with Walter E. Smithe in TV Ad Campaign

CHICAGO–Celebrity chef Paula Deen has joined forces with furniture retailer Walter E. Smithe on a television advertising campaign to promote her Down Home furniture collection by Universal Furniture. The first ad debuts today, and features Deen tucking the three Smithe brothers—Walter, Tim and Mark, co-owners of the retailer—into bed to promote her custom bedroom furniture.More »

WHFA Debuts New Website

WHFA Debuts New Website

ROSEVILLE, Calif.–The Western Home Furnishings Association has launched its new website at whfa.org. The association is marking the new site with contests for site visitors to take place through the month of August. The new site features intuitive navigation, expanded content, a store and other resources. Among the content is an industry calendar that allowsMore »

Blog: Memo to Pillow Vendors: Watch Out for Tempur-Pedic

Blog: Memo to Pillow Vendors: Watch Out for Tempur-Pedic

NEW YORK–A statement last week by Tempur-Pedic’s president and CEO, Mark Sarvary, should jangle the nerves of those that manufacture bed pillows. Speaking to financial analysts on a conference call about the company’s second-quarter results, Sarvary dropped this bomb: “Beyond mattresses, we’re excited about the potential for our pillow business.” He went on to sayMore »

Tendence to Focus on Worldwide Trends

Tendence to Focus on Worldwide Trends

Attendees to Tendence, scheduled for Aug. 26 to 30, 2011, in Frankfurt, Germany, will not only see worldwide trends and products in home furnishings, but also new show features, such as the debut of a new Home&Trend Award, as well as special focuses on Austria and Africa. More than a month before the show opened,More »

Party for the Patio

Party for the Patio

By Duke Ratliff This year’s International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market, scheduled for Sept. 12-15 at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, will look to address—and benefit from—consumer trends. At the same time, the show will include a slew of new vendors—both permanent and temporary—to expand the market’s already significant offerings of outdoor furniture and a vast selectionMore »

Leggett & Platt Net Rises 4 Percent in Second Quarter

Leggett & Platt Net Rises 4 Percent in Second Quarter

CARTHAGE, Mo.–In what President and CEO David Haffner described as “a reasonably good quarter,” Leggett & Platt posted net income of $54.7 million, up 4 percent from last year’s second quarter.  The company’s bottom line firmed largely due a gain in net sales of 8.1 percent, to $945.2 million. At the same time, according toMore »

Unity Marketing: Affluent Consumer Confidence Drops

Unity Marketing

STEVENS, Pa.–Consumer confidence among the country’s wealthiest shoppers dropped significantly in the second quarter, according to Unity Marketing’s recent Luxury Consumption Index.  The index dropped nearly 18 points to 66 points, which stands close to the level attained at the onset of the Great Recession in 2007.  “Consumer confidence among the affluent – the economy’sMore »

Next Generation-NOW to Hold Reception at Las Vegas Market

Next Generation-NOW to Hold Reception at Las Vegas Market

LAS VEGAS–Next Generation-NOW will host a “Chatter Over Cocktails” reception during next week’s Las Vegas Market. The reception will provide a networking opportunity for young professionals in the furniture industry. Executives from past generations in the industry will be on hand to mentor the younger executives in networking and communicating about current issues and newMore »