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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 »

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 »