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Blog: Royal Wedding Hoopla

Blog: Royal Wedding Hoopla

LONDON–Whether you’ve been up since daybreak with your eyes glued to a television or computer screen, or have adopted the ‘couldn’t-care-less’ approach toward royal weddings, there is no denying that Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s nuptials this morning sparked a tremendous amount of marketing activity. The tabletop industry, particularly companies with British roots, embraced theMore »

Blog: Lighting, Rugs and Accessories Abound at High Point

Blog: Lighting, Rugs and Accessories Abound at High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C.–With the start of High Point Market this past weekend, manufacturers launched a number of new licenses and other programs to retailers. The Dick Idol collection launched at Crestview in lighting, wall decor, accessories and accent pieces. Before, these categories were split among manufacturers but now “we get to merchandise the category together,”More »

Blogging From the Housewares Show

Blogging From the Housewares Show

CHICAGO—The Housewares Show continues into its second day today packed with numerous product introductions, busy exhibitor booths—and perhaps more importantly—an increasingly optimistic mood among both retailers and vendors. A new Mario Batali-licensed line from Dansk was among the attention-getting unveilings at McCormick Place. The new line includes Mario Light, a collection of cast-iron cookware that isMore »

Blog: Kitchen Curiosities in Chicago

Blog: Kitchen Curiosities in Chicago

One hundred years before the food processor, there was the Starrett meat and vegetable chopper (version shown here from 1865), one of the 300-plus items now on view at Kendall College’s Culinary Curiosity exhibition (culinarycuriosity.org) in Chicago. The exhibit gives visitors — and perhaps International Home + Housewares Show attendees looking to take a breakMore »

Freshness and Energy at Ambiente

Freshness and Energy at Ambiente

FRANKFURT, Germany–The Ambiente fair here in Frankfurt winds down today, capping five days of fresh, design-led product introductions and a general feeling that business has noticeably improved since last year’s show. Manufacturers across all product categories presented new products in fashionable colorways, played with new and eye-catching finishes, and tweaked products to make them moreMore »

Now Showing in Vegas: Droog

Now Showing in Vegas: Droog

Big spending has been a part of the Vegas lifestyle for decades, and now the conspicuous consumer can pick something up at Droog, the new U.S. location of the Dutch design company. Facing the Las Vegas Strip in The Cosmopolitan hotel, the 2,500-square-foot shop is Droog’s only U.S. store. Droog closed its SoHo store lastMore »

Blog: The Beatles, Dichroic Coatings, and Made in America Products: All in a Day’s Work in Dallas

Blog: The Beatles, Dichroic Coatings, and Made in America Products: All in a Day’s Work in Dallas

DALLAS-The Dallas International Lighting Market enters its second day, with plenty of products and announcements along with it. After their recent availability on iTunes, the Beatles continue to make news, as Stylecraft has just gained the license for framed art for the Fab Four. The initial 12 items includes album covers such as Abbey RoadMore »