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Blog: Don’t Miss the Future

Surtex 2014

This year’s Surtex, the trade show that links original art and design with home decor vendors, could rank among the most important editions in the show’s history. The key reason is that this year’s show will place a very bright spotlight on technology in design. The show’s ReSource Hub, making its fourth appearance this year,More »

Last updated: May 14, 2014

Blog: Richard Cohen Happy in New Home

Richard Cohen showroom at 200 Lex

It’s been almost a year since well-known tabletop sales representative Richard Cohen left showroom building 7 W New York for greener pastures, and he appears to be settling in nicely in his new space at the New York Design Center at 200 Lexington Avenue. Cohen’s airy and light-filled showroom is 20 percent larger than theMore »

Last updated: May 12, 2014

Pondering Millennials

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By Duke Ratliff Call them a marketer’s dream—or nightmare—the consumer segment dubbed “millennials” (consumers aged 18-34) is starting to make its presence felt in the home furnishings industry. Attention-getting products targeting millennials have been seen at every trade show this year. These items are usually inventive, colorful or unusual in some way—perfectly reflecting the quirky,More »

Last updated: May 1, 2014

Risk Management 101: Protecting Intellectual Property Through Indemnification and Insurance

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By Kristi A. Davidson In January, we began our discussion about how to protect your intellectual property and ways to mitigate the risk of unauthorized use.  Toward the end of that column, I wrote these three words:  “indemnification and insurance.”  We have certainly addressed these words in prior installments of Risk Management 101.  But didMore »

Last updated: April 30, 2014

Blog: Richard Ginori Blooms Under Gucci Ownership

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Gucci has breathed new life into Richard Ginori, made evident during the New York Tabletop Show last week. “We’ve had a good response from the dealers,” said Josephine Dillon, vice president and general manager of the U.S. division.“Everyone is excited that we are still alive. So are we.” Under Gucci, Richard Ginori now has aMore »

Last updated: April 29, 2014

Blog: Last Glimpses from the Tabletop Show

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NEW YORK-The New York Tabletop Show wraps today, offering attendees one last look at what’s new for next season. Jay Companies’ featured presentation is its considerably expanded Bianca program. In addition to several new embossed dinnerware designs and a new soft color palette, the assortment includes bakeware items, the result of the company’s recent acquisitionMore »

Last updated: April 25, 2014

Blog: Classic Themes Shape Tabletop Launches in NY

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NEW YORK–Architectural influences, the ever popular combinations of blue and white and black and white, and a preponderance of gold across all tabletop categories marked the introductions at the New York Spring Tabletop Show this week. Looking back at a blog post made during last year’s spring show, these were the nearly the same designMore »

Last updated: April 25, 2014

Blog: Laying the Golden Egg

The Goose, which is now looking for funding on Kickstarter

Egg-specific kitchen accessories—seen all over the recent Housewares Show—can separate the yolk from the egg white, make a perfect poached egg or display a hardboiled egg in an egg cup. But a new project on crowd-funding platform Kickstarter would result in what may be the first food prep tool to scramble the egg without breakingMore »

Last updated: April 25, 2014