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Big Pieces, Better Fabrics in for the Outdoor Room

Big Pieces, Better Fabrics in for the Outdoor Room

By Jessica Goldbogen Harlan The lines continue to blur between indoor and outdoor when it comes to trends in casual furniture. Manufacturers gearing up for the summer season report that improved fabrics, comfier seating and more substantial pieces are among the elements that consumers will see as they’re shopping for their so-called “outdoor rooms.” “TheMore »

Blogging From the Housewares Show

Blogging From the Housewares Show

CHICAGO—The Housewares Show continues into its second day today packed with numerous product introductions, busy exhibitor booths—and perhaps more importantly—an increasingly optimistic mood among both retailers and vendors. A new Mario Batali-licensed line from Dansk was among the attention-getting unveilings at McCormick Place. The new line includes Mario Light, a collection of cast-iron cookware that isMore »

HFPA Conducting Survey on Market Weeks

HFPA Conducting Survey on Market Weeks

NEW YORK—The Home Fashion Products Association is surveying retail executives on the future of the New York Home Fashions Market. Retail buyers and divisional merchandise managers have been given surveys so that they can provide input on how to improve market weeks, according to Jeff Hollander, chairman of Hollander Home Fashions and member of the HFPAMore »

Ellery Partners with National Sleep Foundation on Curtain Line

Ellery Partners with National Sleep Foundation on Curtain Line

NEW YORK—Ellery Homestyles is producing a new collection of curtains in an agreement with the National Sleep Foundation. Called the SoundAsleep line, the curtains are designed to block 99 percent of outside light, enabling consumers to get a better night’s sleep, Ellery said in a statement. The curtains are available in multiple constructions, in a diverseMore »

Designer Chris Madden Re-Launches Website

Designer Chris Madden Re-Launches Website

NEW YORK-Designer Chris Madden has relaunched her website to integrate the company’s Facebook initiative, which regularly shares multimedia, links to press items and Madden’s blog posts with the company’s current followers. The site also chronicles Madden’s eight-year relationship with J.C. Penney and how her philosophy of “Turning Home into Haven” is reflected in the Chris MaddenMore »

Housewares Show Opens in Chicago

Housewares Show Opens in Chicago

AT THE SHOW—It’s all sizzle and style in Chicago, as the International Home + Housewares Show opens today. More than 60,000 attendees are expected at this year’s show — which represents a five percent jump in overall attendance as well as a five percent increase in buyer attendance — and the exhibition floor is soldMore »

Artist Joy Newton Launches New Porcelain Collection

Artist Joy Newton Launches New Porcelain Collection

WEST GRANBY, Conn.–Joy Newton, a nationally published artist and creator of the Joy Newton line of nature-inspired gift items, has launched a porcelain collection with the Hall China Company, including a series of eight mugs. The 16-ounce mugs feature Newton’s botanical illustrations of the Siberian iris, hydrangea, eggplant, pear, nest, poppy, asparagus and radish andMore »

Mod Mom Founder to Headline ASFD Event During High Point

Mod Mom Founder to Headline ASFD Event During High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C.–Kiersten Hathcock, the founder and designer of Mod Mom Furniture who is also scheduled to appear on an April 1st episode of ABC television show’s Shark Tank, will be the keynote speaker at the American Society of Furniture Designers’ Spring High Point Market dinner. She will discuss her journey from beginning her businessMore »