In the Public Eye

Duke Ratliff

Remember the ’80s song “Somebody’s Watching Me?” The lyrics for the Michael Jackson-like ditty went: “I always feel like somebody’s watching me.” Well, I nominate that almost-forgotten tune to be the song of summer 2013 for decision makers of all shapes and sizes. If recent events are any indication, if it feels like somebody isMore »

Blog: Now, Featuring …

Russel Wright Covered Dish

NY Now is underway, with a plethora of new and innovative products. Pine Cone Hill spotlighted a program of outdoor cushions plus a huge launch of 60 new area rugs … catstudio’s Geography collection encompasses decorative pillows featuring cities, states and countries, and scenes from those locations … Textillery showcased a line of throws handwovenMore »

Blog: New Rugs at NY Now

Fab NYNow

NEW YORK—Accent and area rugs are part of the product mix at NY Now, which ends tomorrow. Long-time exhibitors used the show to debut new designs and fibers, while newer ones used the opportunity to reach out to new customers. Swedish company Pappelina exhibited at the show for the second time, featuring its machine-washable, reversibleMore »

Blog: Making Apartment Living More Livable

A vignette from PSFK’s The Future of Home Living

Crowd-based grocery shopping, a solar-powered window socket and furniture that can be stored on a wall-mounted peg rail were among the featured innovations at The Future of Home Living, a pop-up concept space in New York City that ended Friday. Presented by think tank PSFK and 101 West 15th St., a Stonehenge property where theMore »

Summertime 2013, Livin’s Easy


Has there ever been a better time to be in the home furnishings business? Well, after ignoring the sluggish sales, price-crushing competition and penny-pinching consumers… Let me rephrase that: Has there ever been a better time to be in the home furnishings business, uh, potentially? Although the bottom line for vendors and retailers may notMore »

Blog: Working the Phones


So much business is done electronically these days that when I hear stories like International Market Center’s recent massive phone undertaking, I perk up. Heading into the summer edition of Las Vegas Market, IMC set its marketing objectives: to double its gift and home decor buyer attendance from last summer (with a focus on areasMore »