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All Things Considered

All Things Considered

By Allison Zisko Carefully edited and considered collections debuted at the New York Tabletop Show here last month, reflecting vendors’ ongoing efforts to offer product that is saleable, price-conscious and practical, but also beautiful and inspirational. In this fashion-oriented business, the stand-out introduction was Donna Karan Lenox, but there were additional trend-right looks. Organic themesMore »

Rogaska on the Rise

Rogaska on the Rise

By Allison ZiskoRogaska crystal is already in many American households, yet it is not a household name. The director of the 345-year-old crystal company wants to change that, and is embarking on an ambitious branding campaign in the U.S. market. “We are one of the key players in the business already,” said Bostjan Leskovar, directorMore »

Gibson Sees Upstairs Opportunity

Gibson Sees Upstairs Opportunity

The new licensing partnership between Nambé and Gibson grants Gibson entrée to the high-design and bridal markets and Nambé the opportunity to focus on its core category of expertise, metals. Under the terms of a licensing agreement signed earlier this fall, Gibson will handle manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and sales for all Nambé dinnerware beginning inMore »

Focusing on Fashion

Focusing on Fashion

By Allison Zisko Reduced retail shelf space, coupled with the still-lagging economy, made the picture frame business in 2010 more challenging, but it also made manufacturers more resilient. The key to success in the frame business, they said, is to offer unique, value-added products that inspire consumers to buy. It is a fashion business thatMore »

The Feiss Family Returns

The Feiss Family Returns

By Andrea Lillo Murray Feiss—the man—has returned to the lighting industry. After several years off, the founder of lighting company Murray Feiss is set to debut his new lighting venture, Authenticity, with his sons-in-law Ron Hersh and Robert Greene. They enjoyed their time off, Feiss said, and while coming back into the category was actuallyMore »

Creative Home Ideas Expands

Creative Home Ideas Expands

Creative Home Ideas, a 30-year-old family-owned business, began a new chapter in its company’s history with a new showroom at the recent textiles market here. Besides more room for its wide variety of accent, scatter, kitchen and bath rugs, the new showroom/design studio also provides additional space for its sales, product development and design teamsMore »

Road to Recovery

Road to Recovery

By Andrea Lillo As with other furnishings categories, pricing issues are top of mind for rug manufacturers, which have seen price points dip to new levels in the new economy. As 2010 wraps up, companies say that 2011 will remain in a recovery mode, but also become the time to address passing along price increases.More »

Capel and Kevin O’Brien Launch Collection

Capel and Kevin O’Brien Launch Collection

Capel welcomed its newest designer, Kevin O’Brien, into the Capel family with a launch party at last month’s High Point Market. The initial group includes six tufted designs and two braids. The collection marks O’Brien’s first area rug collection, though he has been in the design industry for more than 20 years, beginning his careerMore »