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Lifetime’s Simon to Retire; Bial, Mackrell Promoted

Glenn Simon

GARDEN CITY, N.Y.–Glenn Simon, group president of Lifetime Brands’ tabletop division and a longtime industry veteran, will retire April 11, the company said, and two other tabletop executives, Scott Bial and David Mackrell, have been promoted. Simon, a 34-year industry veteran, joined Lifetime Brands in 2007 as president of the dinnerware and glassware division, andMore »

Bassett Q1 Net Falls 14 Percent

Bassett

BASSETT, Va.-Downtrending sales, increased new store-related costs and reduced margins in its wholesale segment combined to slash Bassett Furniture’s first-quarter net income by 14 percent, to $843,000. Net sales in the quarter, which ended on March 1, fell 5.3 percent to $75.6 million. Included in the top-line total was a 5.4 percent decline in salesMore »

Surya to Expand Lighting Line in High Point

Surya Lamps

CALHOUN, Ga.–Surya will significantly expand its lighting category, which debuted last fall, at the upcoming High Point Market, adding more than 100 lamps in a range of styles, price points, colors and sizes. The expansion is in addition to its bedding line launch, which debuts at this show. It exhibits at Showplace, space 4100. TheMore »

Studio A to Open New York Showroom

Studio A

DALLAS–Home decor and accent furniture resource Studio A will open its first New York showroom next month, in the New York Design Center. With more than 4,000 square feet of space, the showroom is next to Global Views’ showroom on the sixth floor. The opening is set to coincide with New York’s International Contemporary FurnitureMore »

Surtex Sets Conference Program Lineup

Surtex 2014

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.-Surtex has announced its schedule of conferences for the May show, with the program titled “Distinct Business Strategies from a Creative Perspective: Intelligence for Manufacturers, Designers and Retailers.” The trade show has slated 12 sessions in three distinct tracks. Track One, “Basics: Monetizing Your Creativity,” will take place on May 18 and willMore »

There’s Nothing Generic About Somerton Dwelling

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By Duke Ratliff Rita Ho-Bezzola, the CEO of Somerton Dwelling, is not the average furniture industry executive. She grew up in the business, helping out in the furniture factory her parents founded in Dongguan City in southern China. Now, she’s overseeing the rebranding of the company. In addition, she’s a classically trained pianist; she ownsMore »

Ellery HomeStyles: Scaling Up

Ellery Showroom

CEO Hugh Rovit’s goal is to make an already big company bigger  By David Gill Space has been much on the mind of Hugh Rovit since he joined Ellery HomeStyles last May. By “space,” Rovit is not contemplating planets and galaxies. Now the company’s CEO, having succeeded Budd Goldman (now co-chairman) in December, he hasMore »

New Recipe for Success

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By Allison Zisko A recent spate of license agreements between housewares companies and food-related media outlets indicate the tide is turning toward foodie interests, in addition to celebrity chefs. At the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago last month, TTU launched its Epicurious.com collection, while Gorham unveiled its Food & Wine program. In addition,More »