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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 »

Blog: Wendy Keryk Passes

Blog: Wendy Keryk Passes

When the news came a couple of days ago that Wendy Keryk had passed away, the image of her smile immediately popped up in my brain. I never saw her without it. That smile, more often than not followed by a hug and questions about how my family was doing, always started our get-together. ItMore »

IHA Focuses on Alternatives to Litigation

IHA Focuses on  Alternatives to  Litigation

At the direction of our board, IHA has launched an initiative to help housewares suppliers save time and money to the benefit of all of its members, large and small, who experience escalating costs associated with defending a company against legal claims of all types. Litigation Costs are on the Rise A research study conductedMore »

Tendence: Eight Centuries of Introductions

Tendence: Eight Centuries of Introductions

While talking to Nicolette Naumann, vice president of Messe Frankfurt, about her expectations for this year’s Tendence show—I was curious about how long Tendence has been in existence. After a quick calculation in her head, she said, “772 years.” Wow! As in, almost eight centuries? I expect European buildings and other architecture to be hundredsMore »

Blog: The Return of Made in the U.S.A.

Blog: The Return of Made in the U.S.A.

So what has happened to the conventional wisdom that you can’t manufacture home goods in the U.S. any more? The other day, the news came down that Faribault Woolen Mills, which had closed its factory in Minnesota in 2009, is reopening it. And earlier this year, HomeSource International cut a deal with Enola Manufacturing inMore »

All Eyes on Maricich

All Eyes on Maricich

Bob Maricich just may be the busiest man in the home furnishings industry. Maricich was already overseeing the mammoth World Market Center in Las Vegas, when its owners bought the major showrooms in High Point, N.C., in May, creating the umbrella entity International Market Centers. As the head of IMC, Maricich oversees approximately $1 billionMore »