Author Archives: Andrea Lillo

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Blue – and More – on View in New York

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Blue was the hue on view at the recent New York Home Fashions Market, as this colorway—while always popular—has been on the rise in the home furnishings category. Other themes at market included shags and Americana. At Maples Industries, “colors like blue are doing extremely well,” said Arnie Stevens, vice president of sales. “All typesMore »

Last updated: April 30, 2014

Housewares Veteran Bill Parks, 75

Bill Parks

CARY, N.C.–Bill Parks, former president of Hamilton Beach and a housewares industry veteran, died of throat cancer on April 13. He was 75. Parks spent most of his career in the housewares industry. He worked for Scovill/Hamilton Beach from 1967 through 1976 in various positions, including distribution manager and general sales manager. He was theMore »

Last updated: April 17, 2014

KitchenIQ Tests Sharpening IQs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.-KitchenIQ, maker of knife sharpeners and kitchen tools, recently conducted a nationwide Knife Sharpening IQ survey to gauge the level of expertise Americans have when it comes to knife sharpening, and found out that a majority are in need of some help. Of the more than 1,200 men and women surveyed, 57 percentMore »

Last updated: April 17, 2014

Blog: Early Spring in High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C.–Cool, rainy weather did not damper yesterday’s High Point Market as showrooms were busy and introductions and events were plentiful. AF Lighting debuted Candice Olson Loft, a line that offers Olson’s designs at a lower price point than the company’s signature line with the designer. The new line “still has her point ofMore »

Last updated: April 8, 2014

Blog: Color, Natural Materials Headline High Point Market

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HIGH POINT, N.C.–Now in its fourth day, High Point Market continues to see several themes within the area rug category. Introductions using metallics or shine were seen, as well as ones incorporating natural or recycled materials or handcrafted looks. Color remains a strong focus, and many introductions have vibrant hues. Orian’s Overdyed line included severalMore »

Last updated: April 8, 2014

Rugs | High Point Highlights | April 2014

Foreign Accents

Saturated colors, exploded florals, distressed designs—it’s all part of the lineup of introductions at this month’s High Point Market.  Here’s a preview of what will be seen.—Andrea Lillo CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE

Last updated: April 8, 2014

New Recipe for Success

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By Allison Zisko A recent spate of license agreements between housewares companies and food-related media outlets indicate the tide is turning toward foodie interests, in addition to celebrity chefs. At the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago last month, TTU launched its Epicurious.com collection, while Gorham unveiled its Food & Wine program. In addition,More »

Last updated: April 3, 2014

Rugs | Very Vegas | Feb 2014

In Company C’s Cool Collectibles collection, Sumiko was inspired by porcelain vases found in the Far East. The artful vessels are scaled-up and showcased in a pastel palette for a modern style. companyc.com

The industry heads to the desert for the first time this year, as the Las Vegas Market gets underway. From dark hues to light ones, solid colors to strong patterns, area rug introductions will give attendees a lot to peruse at market. Here are a few that will be seen there.—Andrea Lillo CLICK ON IMAGESMore »

Last updated: January 28, 2014