WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–The New York International Gift Fair will feature the first key components of a three-year strategic plan at this summer’s show. Called “Focus Forward NYIGF 2013,” the plan is intended to evolve the Gift Fair into “the defining marketplace for fashion-forward and design-driven home, gift and lifestyle resources,” said Dorothy Belshaw, director of … More »
NEW YORK–HFN’s 2010 State of the Industry Report—the only all-encompassing statistical source on home furnishings data—has been released and is now available for free online at our Web site, hfnmag.com. The 2010 report is presented online by the New York International Gift Fair. The report, also included in the April print edition of HFN, features … More »
MINNEAPOLIS–Select Comfort posted net income of $7.8 million in the first quarter, compared to a loss of $2.7 million in the first quarter of last year. The manufacturer/retailer did so based on a combination of rising sales and expense controls. Net sales were $158 million in the first quarter, up 13 percent and including a … More »
ROSEMONT, Ill.–The International Housewares Association has announced the honorees of its sixth annual “Design Defined” program, which cited innovative products for cleaning and organizing the home. The winners are:•AM Conservation Group for the Dish Squeegee•Casabella Holdings for the Casabella BE Gourmet•Clear Choice Housewares for the Farberware Food Storage•Delta Design Co. for the Yube Storage Cube•Fertile … More »
TRINITY, N.C.–Sealy has introduced a redesigned company Web site at sealy.com. According to a company statement, the new site—which went live earlier this week—is designed to help consumers determine which is the right mattress for them. It allows visitors to the site to search for mattress information by brand, technology and product promotions. It includes … More »
CARTHAGE, Mo.–Boosted by significant growth in sales and margins, Leggett & Platt’s first-quarter net income jumped 1,267 percent to $45.1 million. The manufacturer attributed the strong performance to a combination of “higher sales, cost structure improvements and pricing discipline,” according to a Leggett & Platt statement. It reported a 14 percent gain in net sales, … More »
HOT SPRING, Ark.–Smith’s has appointed Mark Harris to the newly created position of housewares domestic sales manager. Harris served previously as the vice president of sales and marketing for WMF Americas. He will report to Mark Adkison, Smith’s vice president of global sales.
NEW YORK–Sferra has formed a collaboration with designer Peter Som for a collection of bedding, bath products and table linens. According to a statement from the designer and the manufacturer, the first line of bedding is inspired by Som’s reinterpretations of American sportswear design, and will be printed in Italy on Egyptian cotton. In the … More »