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Rotmans Furniture CEO Launches Eco-Friendly Materials Distribution Firm

Steve Rotman

BOSTON–Steve Rotman, president and CEO of Rotmans Furniture, has launched Nature’s Home Solutions, a Boston-based distribution company to bring to market eco-friendly materials and components for use in home furnishings, apparel and other product categories. “As a retailer, we recognize our customers increasingly want natural, sustainable, allergy-friendly furnishings for their homes that are healthy, environmentallyMore »

Last updated: January 22, 2015

Las Vegas Market Announces Best Booth Winners

Las Vegas Market

LAS VEGAS–Six furniture, gift and home decor firms—Bison Book Binding, Cozy Nomad Designs, Dogberry Collections, Joybird Furniture, Karma Living and Vital Industries—received Best Booth awards at the Winter 2015 Market, which runs through Thursday, Jan. 22. “Las Vegas Market recognizes and congratulates the visual merchandising efforts of these six exhibitors, each of which is leadingMore »

Last updated: January 22, 2015

Leggett & Platt Names Healy Head of E-Commerce

Leggett & Platt

CHICAGO-Leggett & Platt Consumer Products Group (CPG) announced the appointment of William Healy as e-commerce manager. In this new position, Healy will lead the development and execution of online sales strategies for the company’s growing list of e-commerce retailers and its brick and mortar customers. Prior to joining CPG, Healy served as e-commerce director andMore »

Last updated: January 20, 2015

Annual ARTS Awards Winners Announced

ARTS Awards 2015

DALLAS–ART and Dallas Market Center, co-founder and producer of the ARTS Awards, today announced the winners of the 26th annual ARTS Awards during a gala event held on Friday evening (Jan. 16) at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. The ARTS Awards is the premier international awards program for the home industry honoring designers, manufacturers,More »

Last updated: January 19, 2015

Stanley Furniture to Re-Enter Nursery and Youth Market

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HIGH POINT, N.C.–Stanley Furniture Company said that it plans to re-enter the nursery and youth furniture market with a mid-year new product launch introduced to the trade at the High Point Market in April. The announcement comes shortly after the company said it expects to report fourth quarter sales from continuing operations up more thanMore »

Last updated: January 19, 2015

International Market Centers Buys Commerce & Design Building

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HIGH POINT, N.C.-International Market Centers announced that it has purchased the Commerce & Design (C&D) building here. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. “Our acquisition of the C&D building adds further depth and strength to our showroom footprint in High Point,” said Bob Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers. “The building has aMore »

Last updated: January 19, 2015

Las Vegas Market Names Global Goodness Winners

Las Vegas Market

LAS VEGAS–Las Vegas Market announced that five home decor, furniture and gift firms—CleanBrands, Glory Haus, Phillips Collection, Samantha Davimes and Swahili Imports—have been selected as winners of the fourth semi-annual Global Goodness Awards, recognizing furniture, gift and home decor companies for environmentally friendly, sustainable and socially responsible activities. The Global Goodness Awards will be presentedMore »

Last updated: January 15, 2015

What a Crock (Pot)

Duke Ratliff

Way back in the early ’90s when HFN was called HFD, I traveled to visit small appliance manufacturers in the Kansas City area. I met with top executives from three companies: Rival, maker of the famous Crock-Pot slow cooker; Toastmaster, credited with the first automatic pop-up bread toaster; and Dazey, which specialized in appliances suchMore »

Last updated: January 13, 2015