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Blog: Three Cheers for Barware

Blog: Three Cheers for Barware

Did you know that the shallow champagne coupe was created by Marie Antoinette so that she could finish her drink without tipping her head back? I learned that bit of cocktail trivia in “Cool Cocktails: Entertaining with Fun Glassware” by Robert Zollweg, Libbey’s creative director. As the tabletop industry gears up for the New YorkMore »

Blog: 295’s New and Smiling Face

Blog: 295’s New and Smiling Face

One of the happiest discoveries I made during last month’s New York Home Fashions Market was when I visited 295 Fifth Ave., the long-time textiles showroom building. Over the past two years, hallways have been repainted, marble cleaned and polished, lights replaced and directory signs replaced. A state-of-the-art security system was installed. Work has alsoMore »

Pondering Millennials

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Call them a marketer’s dream—or nightmare—the consumer segment dubbed “millennials” (consumers aged 18-34) is starting to make its presence felt in the home furnishings industry. Attention-getting products targeting millennials have been seen at every trade show this year. These items are usually inventive, colorful or unusual in some way—perfectly reflecting the quirky, hard-to-pigeonhole millennials. LastMore »

Blog: Weaves for Wednesday

Blog: Weaves for Wednesday

The New York Home Fashions Market maintained its steady course through yesterday, with showrooms continuing to play host to retail buying teams. Among the showroom highlights: Along with unveiling its newly licensed beach-towel line with Coca-Cola, Home Source International now offers 23 patterns in its licensed line with Condé Nast. The collection also includes decorativeMore »

Blog: A Tuesday of Textiles

Blog: A Tuesday of Textiles

More happenings from this week’s New York Home Fashions Market: The Northwest Co. unveiled the BoostAR application, which provides an augmented-reality experience with the company’s merchandise. The app can be downloaded onto one’s mobile device and aims it at the product, bringing to life a visual experience involving the product … Hollander’s showroom is themedMore »

Blog: Textiles Market Up and Running

Blog: Textiles Market Up and Running

The New York Home Fashions Market got under way yesterday, with a variety of new products and programs on display for retailer attendees.Carpenter is putting the emphasis on ergonomics with several new mattress toppers. Typical of this theme is the ThermaZone line, which encompasses seven toppers made with Active Air technology, which increases air flowMore »

Blog: Spaced Out on Lighting

Blog: Spaced Out on Lighting

  The lighting category has been influenced by science and space this year with debuts based on starbursts, planets and even aliens and Albert Einstein. Hubbardton Forge’s Eddy has a spiral design inspired by the Fibonacci sequence where each successive number is equal to the sum of the two preceding numbers. Similar to a seashell’sMore »

Blog: Disorder in the Court

Blog: Disorder in the Court

Big-time court cases bring out the urge for me to play prosecutor. Thus, the Macy’s v. Martha Stewart and J.C. Penney trial, now in its third week, has me—figuratively, at least—at the trial, seated before judge and witness stand, ready to put the heat on the defendants. The trial has produced at least two memorableMore »