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New Housewares Products Appeal to the Senses (and the Sensible)

New Housewares Products Appeal to the Senses (and the Sensible)

By HFN Staff What do comfort foods, coatings and color have to do with each other? They represent some of the key directions the housewares industry is following, evident by the product introductions at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago this month. While an emphasis on preparing healthy food remains, many bakeware introductionsMore »

A Celebration of Design and Innovation

A Celebration of Design and Innovation

Welcome to the 2011 International Home + Housewares Show featuring 2,000 exhibitors from five continents and 60,000 housewares professionals from 100 countries. While this show attendance is great news it is not the best news. The best news is that the housewares industry, which drove sales and margin increases for many retailers last fall, isMore »

Old and New Blend Seamlessly in Chicago

Old and New Blend Seamlessly in Chicago

By Allison Zisko Attendees at the International Home + Housewares Show this month can expect to see a varied array of new tabletop products from long-standing exhibitors as well as industry newcomers. Most notable among the newcomers is Meyer Corp. The well-established cookware company is launching sizeable tabletop collections by celebrity chefs Paula Deen andMore »

Pfaltzgraff Forges Ahead

Pfaltzgraff  Forges Ahead

By Allison Zisko Pfaltzgraff will celebrate its 200th anniversary this year with a wide range of new products and promotions that reflect its rich history as well as its thorough understanding of the modern marketplace. The company was founded in York, Penn., in 1811 and was known for its salt-glazed stoneware and handpainted designs. ItMore »

Textiles Retailers of the Year

Textiles Retailers of the Year

By David Gill For the first time, HFN has selected two retailers as Textiles Retailers of the Year. The two stores are Macy’s and Anthropologie. They were chosen for their assortments and their presentations of the merchandise—and for the environment of their home-textiles departments, which in both cases is calculated to draw shoppers from theMore »

Q&A: MindsInSync

Q&A: MindsInSync

How do you differentiate your company from the competition?We try to differentiate ourselves on all avenues, but in particular, we try to get in tune with everyday consumer issues. We bring our products to focus groups and let people say what they like and don’t like about them, because we have to see consumer problemsMore »

Sleep Innovations Earns Its Moniker

Sleep Innovations Earns Its Moniker

By David Gill Not surprisingly, innovation is a crucial element in the operations at Sleep Innovations, the basic-bedding manufacturer. The word “innovation” has become a favorite among manufacturers of home furnishings in a variety of categories. Executives place innovation high on their lists of what they feel they need to do to differentiate themselves fromMore »

Creative Home Ideas Focuses on Ensembles for New York

Creative Home Ideas Focuses on Ensembles for New York

For this month’s New York Home Fashions Market, Creative Home Ideas will offer more than new rug designs, unveiling full collections for the kitchen and bathroom to make decorating a snap for consumers. “We’ve done really well in stand-alone rugs in the accent and bath categories,” said Yaron Shemesh, executive vice president. Now, the companyMore »