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Designers Named for Round Top Designer Dream Spree

news | January 16, 2017
The second annual Designer Dream Spree will unfold at the fall Round Top Antiques Festival, September 26 to 29, with designers and influencers including Carson Kressley, Kathryn Ireland of Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Decorators, Beth Webb and Aaron Rambo at the helm.    Objects at last year's ...

Houzz survey finds kitchen spending on the rise

news | January 16, 2017
The 2017 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Survey pinpointed a number of kitchen trends, including the finding that spending is on the rise, with almost one in 10 homeowners spending more than $100,000 on their full kitchen renovations.  Kitchen by Miralis Among the other findings: Contemporary ...

Theodore Alexander acquired by Asian fund

news | January 13, 2017
China-based investment fund Creative Home Furniture has purchased high-end furniture company Theodore Alexander, including its brand, marketing networks, intellectual property and production facilities in both the U.S. and Vietnam. Theodore Alexander's Seddon Dining Chairs Furniture Toda...

Hope Lodge event raises nearly $300k

news | January 11, 2017
The Hope Lodge NYC Holiday Bash raised $280,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge NYC, and was attended by 300 guests, including ACS board chair Arnold M. Baskies, actor and professional chef David Burtka, and philanthropists Ronald and Sandy Diamond. Tablescape by A-List ...

Modernism Week announces educational partnership, courses for designers

news | January 11, 2017
Modernism Week has partnered with Corian on Learning Lab, a CEU-accredited course and speaker series for design pros on topics including architecture, color theory, marketing and design materials. The course, which is limited to 100 attendees, will take place on February 17 at CAMP (Community an...

Lexington acquired by Chinese companies

news | January 10, 2017
Lexington Home Brands announced the transfer of its private equity ownership from Sun Capital Partners to Shanghai-based companies Luolai Lifestyle Technology and Yixing Capital. The transaction closed January 6 and terms were not disclosed.  Collection from Lexington Home Brands “We’ve ...

ATGStores launches yearlong design initiative

news | January 9, 2017
A new campaign by ATGStores.com, 52 Weeks of Design, will spotlight a different designer, brand or other influencer each week. The initiative, kicked off on January 1, starts with Mary McDonald, followed by Nick Olsen, boutique interior design firm Tilton Fenwick, and the award-winning Carrier a...

Where does HB2, North Carolina's controversial 'Bathroom Bill,' stand today?

news | January 5, 2017
HB2, which prevents local governments from establishing and enforcing anti-discrimination and employment policies, was not repealed late last month, though North Carolina legislators had the opportunity to do so. HB2 is commonly referred to as “The Bathroom Bill,” because it requires people to u...

Behind the scenes at Sferra with CEO Michelle Klein

news | January 3, 2017
Luxe linens and craftsmanship brand SFERRA is celebrating a big anniversary: 125 years, kicked off earlier this year with a new bedding ensemble. Other developments are in the works, including a new, contemporary design direction overseen by the company’s president and CEO, Michelle Klein, who t...

Brown Jordan to be bought by investment firm

news | December 28, 2016
Littlejohn & Co., a Greenwich, Connecticut–based private investment firm, has entered into an agreement to acquire the Brown Jordan furniture brand. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both of the companies. It is expected to close at the end of January 2017. ...

In face of Brexit, UK’s design and architecture sectors unite

news | December 27, 2016
Following the release of the Brexit Design Manifesto, which was released in September in response to the Brexit vote and its potential impact on the design and architecture community, U.K. culture minister Matt Hancock called the industry “vitally important to our future as an outward-looking, c...

Schlagenhaft design legacy continues despite tragedy

news | December 27, 2016
The legacy that one of Milwaukee’s star designers, Jon Schlagenhaft, left behind is now being carried on by his family. Schlagenhaft and his partner, Curt Stern, were killed several years ago in a tragic small-plane crash; the designer had purchased Peabody’s Interiors, a home furnishings retail...

A/D/O coworking space announces opening date, programs

news | December 21, 2016
New coworking space A/D/O, located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will open its doors with a three-day festival January 27 to 29, 2017. Construction is now complete on the 23,000-square-foot workspace, targeting designers and creatives of various disciplines.  A/D/O  “Our aim is to be a cataly...

International Market Centers announces sales/marketing changes

news | December 21, 2016
The International Market Centers sales and marketing teams are restructuring as of January 1, 2017. IMC reports that the new structure will “involve creation of more vertical category responsibilities to better serve cross-market customers and internal promotions for several senior staff members...

Gracious Home files for second bankruptcy

news | December 20, 2016
Home furnishings chain Gracious Home has filed for Chapter 11 for the second time in the last six years, one month after closing its Chelsea location in New York. The brand also has outposts on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side. Gracious Home The company first filed back in August ...

Boston Design Week seeks new programs

news | December 19, 2016
The fourth-annual Boston Design Week, returning March 29 to April 9 of next year, is now on the hunt for designer collaboratives, businesses, nonprofits and others to propose events for the festival. Last year, 11,000 design aficionados attended 80-plus events throughout the city and in 10 nearb...

Mark D. Sikes signs on to reimagine iconic California hotel

news | December 19, 2016
Interior designer Mark D. Sikes has partnered with the owners of a historic, midcentury hotel property in Palm Springs, California. Called Holiday House, the hotel will be entirely renovated, outfitted with new bathrooms with Waterworks fixtures, a new lobby bar, and two outdoor fire pits, and d...

Chango & Co. opens Williamsburg storefront

news | December 16, 2016
Brooklyn–based interior design firm Chango & Co. has opened its first-ever retail store in Williamsburg. The space also houses offices for the team of seven—creative director Susana Simonpietri, managing director (and Simonpietri’s husband) Josh Kay, and five interior designers and interior ...

Design icon Jens Risom passes away at 100

news | December 12, 2016
Largely known for his role in bringing modernist Scandinavian design to the United States, Copenhagen-born designer Jens Risom passed away in New Canaan, Connecticut, on December 9. He was surrounded by his family, according to a release from Ralph Pucci International.  Jens Risom; courtesy...

NKAB selects 2017 K+B Insiders

news | December 12, 2016
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has selected Jennifer Bertrand, Karl Champley and Alberto Villalobos as its 2017 class of K+B Insiders. For the second year in a row, the organization has selected a group of influencers who will weigh in on the latest kitchen and bath trends at...

Pantone announces 2017 Color of the Year

news | December 12, 2016
Next year, we are all going green, according to the Pantone Color Institute. Greenery (15-0343) was selected as Pantone's Color of the Year for 2017.   Greenery, Pantone Color of the Year 2017 The color authority describes the hue as "a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the f...

Designer debuts wallpaper line to support animals

news | December 9, 2016
Interior and product designer Susan Jamieson has launched a follow-up collection to her Bridget Beari wallpaper line. A portion of all sales from the new line, Yakunah II, will support animal rescue organizations.   The Yakunah II Denali Lady wallpaper in the Century Furniture showroom Ya...

High Point Market publishes latest Style Report

news | December 9, 2016
High Point Market has released its latest Style Report, which was developed by the class of eight Style Spotters, who pinpoint trends for winter/spring 2017, including “The Chinoiserie Effect," “Charming Chartreuse,” “Facet-nating Details,” “Sophisticated Grandeur” and more. Laura Bielecki'...

Eero Saarinen doc to premiere on PBS

news | December 9, 2016
This month, PBS’s American Masters series will run “Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future,” delving into the work of the Finnish-American modernist. Among his works are National Historic Landmarks including the iconic St. Louis Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center in Mi...

Wayfair boasts 50-plus percent increase on holiday weekend sales

news | December 5, 2016
Wayfair reported a 52 percent jump in year-over-year direct retail gross sales over the holiday shopping period running Thanksgiving Day through the following Monday. The strongest sales for the home furnishings site were recorded on Monday (nicknamed Cyber Monday), with top orders reported betw...

The new Design Museum opens its doors in London

news | December 2, 2016
The Design Museum has officially opened in its new West London location, encompassing two temporary gallery spaces, a free permanent collection display, a restaurant that overlooks Holland Park, an auditorium, studios, a library, an archive and new learning facilities. The building restoration, ...

Brentano releases its 2017 paint trend predictions

news | November 30, 2016
Illinois-based fabric company Brentano is making its color forecast for 2017. Each year, the company's design department evaluates past products, collects data from its sales team and closely observes evolving trends in the design world in order to determine its selections. Brentano's Chart...

Schumacher to release Frank Lloyd Wright fabrics

news | November 30, 2016
In honor of the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth this June, Schumacher and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation are launching a fabric collection inspired by the line that the renowned architect and his team designed for the fabric house in 1955. Frank Lloyd Wright in the studio...

Herman Miller opens its first North American retail store

news | November 29, 2016
Global manufacturer Herman Miller has opened its first stand-alone retail store in North America. The store, which opened its doors to the public on November 22, occupies two floors and a total of 6,000 square feet in the brand’s New York flagship that opened earlier this year near Gramercy Park...
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