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 »

Blog: Fun in the Sun


LAS VEGAS-The Summer Las Vegas Market heated up as temperatures hovered past the 100-degree mark. Many tabletop newcomers to Vegas said they see the potential in this market. “I think this is going to become a major, major destination for gift buying,” said Kathy Pitts, president of Skyros Designs, which showcased its Villa Beleza dinnerware.More »

Blog: Odds Are on New at Vegas


LAS VEGAS-The Las Vegas Summer Market expansion of exhibitors and showrooms, particularly in the gift category, resulted in a noticeably busier opening day yesterday compared to last year’s July market. The common areas of Building C, where many of the new showrooms are located, were especially packed with attendees. As expected, the show has brought,More »

Blog: The Well-Laid Table


Natalie Engelhardt is a former L’Oreal marketing executive who has hit upon a consumer need that more seasoned home furnishings executives—despite all their talk about addressing consumer lifestyles—have missed. Engelhardt is the founder of TableSwoon, a brand-new company that sells table-setting kits. A table-setting kit contains all the accessory pieces consumers need to set aMore »