High Point, N.C.— Cheminne Taylor-Smith has been named vice president of marketing for the High Point Market Authority, the group that oversees the big furniture market here. She succeeds Kimberley Wray, who left the Market Authority last month for personal and family reasons. In her new post, which she starts on Aug. 2, Taylor-Smith will … More »
Nesquehoning, Penn.—E.L.K. Lighting has acquired certain assets of Baldinger Architectural Lighting/Louis Baldinger & Sons, an Astoria, N.Y.-based company that is closing. The deal was made through E.L.K.’s sister company, Mount Summit Lighting Inc., and was finalized June 25. Baldinger will become a separate division within E.L.K. and will offer two product lines: Baldinger Architectural Lighting … More »
New York—Architect and designer David Rockwell has launched a hand-knotted collection with The Rug Company with designs that range from his love of theater to his collection of kaleidoscopes. “I¹m not a product person,” Rockwell told HFN. “And I¹m not necessarily a shopper. But I love surfaces and light.” Available in September, the collection consists … More »
CLOSTER, N.J.—Jura-Capresso has opened a new showroom in AmericasMart in Atlanta. Measuring 700 square feet and located in the Synergy Sales showroom, room 869B in building 2, the space provides a demonstration and display area for the company’s line of Jura automatic coffee centers and an accessory wall. It also has a display area devoted … More »
NEW YORK—The deadline for sending in new product information and high-resolution images for possible inclusion in HFN’s coverage of the Las Vegas Market in August is Monday, July 12. To submit information on rugs, lighting, or accessories, contact Andrea Lillo, firstname.lastname@example.org; for mattresses, David Gill, email@example.com; and for furniture, Warren Shoulberg, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHANGHAI—The Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles 2010 trade fair has been enlarged from nine to 10 halls in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre here. Scheduled for Aug. 24-26, the show is a key sourcing venue for home textiles. Retailers that have confirmed that they will attend the trade fair include Target and IKEA, according to … More »
NEW YORK—The Consumer Confidence Index registered 52.9 this month, down nearly 10 points from its May level of 62.7. The June level marked the end of three consecutive months in which the index rose. A key factor in the falloff was a 13.4-point plummet in the Expectations Index to 71.2. The Present Situations Index, the … More »
MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Kmart has been recognized as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Corporate Partner of the Year. The retailer received the honor during the presentation of the ALSAC/St. Jude Volunteer Appreciation Awards on June 25. Richard C. Shadyac Jr., chief executive officer of ALSAC, the St. Jude fundraising organization, cited Kmart’s efforts in helping the hospital’s … More »