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Waterford Crystal Opens Factory, Visitor Center in Ireland

Waterford Crystal  Opens Factory,  Visitor Center in Ireland

Waterford Crystal recently celebrated the official opening of the House of Waterford Crystal in Waterford, Ireland. The new facility comprises a manufacturing facility, visitor center and retail outlet and is the result of an agreement between WWRD Holdings Limited, which owns and operates the Waterford Crystal, Wedgwood and Royal Doulton brands, and Waterford City Council.More »

High Point’s Wonderful Wall Decor

High Point’s Wonderful Wall Decor

By Andrea Lillo Changes are afoot within wall decor, as some manufacturers at High Point will break into the category for the first time to complement their product lines. Other companies will debut new showrooms or recently acquired companies. Paragon is set to show the market its new line—and acquisition, Kinder-Harris, the high-end wall art,More »

Teen Furniture Gets Personal at ABC Kids Expo

Teen Furniture Gets Personal at ABC Kids Expo

By Jessica Goldbogen Harlan Furniture manufacturers heading to the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas this month will showcase pieces that grow with the child and that allow their young owners to express their personality. “Teens today have grown accustomed to selection and configurability,” said Ward O’Quinn, product manager for Young America. “They use andMore »

Abloom and Awash in Color

Abloom and Awash in Color

By Allison Zisko Come spring, everything in tabletop will be coming up roses. Or hydrangeas. Or some other bright, blooming flower. Florals—bold, brightly colored, and either stylized or sentimental—are one of the most prominent design statements being made by the industry, evidenced by the product introductions unveiled at the New York Fall Tabletop Show thisMore »

The Bold and The Beautiful

The Bold and The Beautiful

By Andrea Lillo A rainbow of colors are on tap at this month’s High Point Market, as oranges, blues, and other hues find themselves center stage at the show, the last of the year for many manufacturers. And designs will be hard to miss as well, with some being based in tradition, but colored inMore »

Manufacturers Get Down to (Sample) Size

Manufacturers Get Down to (Sample) Size

By Andrea Lillo When it comes to helping retailers sell rugs, manufacturers have concentrated on a new concept: Think small. Manufacturers are increasingly offering displays in a compact footprint that showcase anywhere from 20 to almost 100 rug designs in sample sizes. Whether for stores with limited floor space, or even for designers who needMore »

The Issue of Cost

The Issue of Cost

By David Gill Last month’s New York Home Fashions Market was the beginning of what looks to be a period of uncertainty for the U.S. textiles industry. While vendors reported that the attitude among their retail customers was generally upbeat, they also said the fourth quarter could prove difficult for the industry. Not only isMore »

The Color of Gadgets

The Color of Gadgets

By Andrea LilloWhen it comes to tools and gadgets, customers are seeing red—and other colors. The powerful pop of crimson is what consumers gravitate toward when shopping for kitchen tools and gadgets, most manufacturers in this category said, though a range of hues remains integral. While basic colors such as black and white are stillMore »