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Blog: The New Buzzword is Quicks

Blog: The New Buzzword is Quicks

First there were bricks, as in bricks-and-mortar stores, then there were clicks, as in Internet retailing, and now there are quicks, as in flash-sale sites and pop-up retail stores. Christina Norsig, tabletop veteran, early e-commerce retailer and commercial real estate insider, has written a book called “Pop Up Retail: How You Can Master This GlobalMore »

Blog: Days of Our Lives

Blog: Days of Our Lives

Retail’s biggest weekend of the year has come and gone, and here are a few takes from what occurred during the 2011 turkey-fed frenzy: 1. The Thanksgiving weekend has become so special to retailers that every one of those days has a name. We now have Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday (andMore »

Staying in the Roost

Staying in the Roost

What’s the deal with kids these days? Whatever it is, it is playing havoc on the home furnishings industry at a level not seen in decades, if ever. A report in The New York Times last month discussed how the trend toward going back to living at home among college graduates—ostensibly to save money inMore »

Blog: The Best Invite I Got All Week

Blog: The Best Invite I Got All Week

I am the fortunate recipient of many lovely invitations to industry events, but I have to say a recent Waterford invite really caught my eye. Actually, it continues to catch my eye because its lenticular design presents a different image depending on the angle from which you are looking at it, so every time IMore »

Blog: Loving the Light Bulb

Blog: Loving the Light Bulb

It’s shown broken, lit, unlit and flashing. Alone and in groups, depicted on paper, in bronze, as itself and more. It’s the light bulb, the subject of a current exhibition at The Pace Gallery on 22nd Street in New York. Called “Burning Bright: A Short History of the Light Bulb,” the exhibit documents artists’ fascinationMore »

Blog: Trends from Tabletop

Blog: Trends from Tabletop

NEW YORK-The New York Tabletop Show, which wraps up today, has been positive, upbeat and trend-forward, with an impressive number of introductions and strategic positioning. Visual texture was evident in every tabletop classification—there were highly textured and tactile flatware handles, laser etched and diamond-cut glassware and lots of embossed dinnerware. Lacey details, again across allMore »