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Retailers Woo Savings-Minded Shoppers

Retailers Woo Savings-Minded Shoppers

By Barbara Thau The recession might be officially over, but consumer spending has not returned to its heady 2006 levels. In turn, home furnishings retailers are settling in to the new normal by playing up the lower-price point fare in their product assortments, crafting value-oriented marketing messages and cooking up new promotional strategies to keepMore »

Pantone’s Pretty in Pink

Pantone’s Pretty in Pink

By Andrea Lillo The New Year looks to take a step in the bright direction with Pantone’s color selection for 2011: honeysuckle. An energetic reddish pink, honeysuckle—specifically, Pantone 18-2120 TCX—is quite the contrast from its predecessor. While 2010’s color was the calming hue of turquoise, “we wanted something more adrenaline pumping” for 2011, said LeatriceMore »

Calling for Clean Lines and Clutter-free Looks

Calling for Clean Lines and Clutter-free Looks

By Andrea Lillo The Dallas-to-Las Vegas route will be the flight pattern of many in the lighting industry this month, as the Dallas International Lighting Market (Jan. 20 to 24) and the Las Vegas Market (Jan. 24 to 28) overlap for the first time. And what awaits it at both shows is the theme ofMore »

Outdoor Furniture Players Bullish on 2011

Outdoor Furniture Players Bullish on 2011

By Jessica Goldbogen Harlan It’s been a trying couple of years for the casual furniture category, but industry players are hopeful that 2011 will bring good news for business as the economy slowly improves and solutions to challenges in shipping and labor are found. “From a big-picture perspective, individuals in our industry are very optimisticMore »

Rug Ready for 2011

Rug Ready for 2011

By Andrea Lillo While hoping for a better year, it will definitely be a busy one to start for the rug industry, as both the Atlanta International Area Rug Market and the Las Vegas Market fall a week apart this month.  Manufacturers will debut collections with new designers, techniques, price points and more—as well asMore »

Whimsical Tabletop on the Menu

Whimsical Tabletop on the Menu

By Allison Zisko Recent dinnerware introductions took a playful approach to design by featuring cartoon-like figures and cheeky phrases on various giftware items. Gorham has created a new brand, Merry Go Round, that turns traditional nursery rhymes on their ear with modern interpretations of beloved characters. The Queen of Hearts, for example, has slimmed downMore »

It’s a Snap

It’s a Snap

By Allison Zisko Snapware’s success in the food storage business, its recent growth, and its established distribution network made it irresistible to World Kitchen, which acquired the Mira Loma, Calif.-based company last month and has appointed a joint integration team to make the transition seamless for its retail partners. The merger grants World Kitchen accessMore »

Frankfurt Festival

Frankfurt Festival

By David Gill From the downbeat atmosphere of the 2009 show to the cautiously optimistic mood at last year’s event, the 2011 Heimtextil is ready to take place this month with a textiles-industry surge apparently within sight. At least, that’s what the executives with Messe Frankfurt, owner and manager of the world’s signature textiles tradeMore »