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Blog from Las Vegas Market: Introductions Galore

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LAS VEGAS–Surya debuted several collections, including Marinda, a wool flatweave line that incorporates metallics into geometric designs. The company expanded its naturals as well, including Boca, made with 60 percent jute and 40 percent polyester, and Laurel, constructed of 80 percent jute and 20 percent cotton. Other looks include felted wool in a collection calledMore »

Last updated: July 29, 2014

Blog: Hot Introductions at Las Vegas Market

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LAS VEGAS—Color, natural materials—and signs that price points are inching up—are only some of what is on tap at Las Vegas Market, which opened yesterday. “Colors are big; we’re trying to make a statement on color,” said Rick Spicer, vice president of sales, Pacific Coast Lighting. Accessories such as lighting are the perfect avenue forMore »

Last updated: July 28, 2014

Restoration Hardware: In the Black

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Gary Friedman, Restoration Hardware’s CEO, owes me $5. Upon returning from my vacation, I found a massive, black block wrapped in plastic on my dining room table. My dogsitter had left it there with the rest of the mail. After quite a bit of effort to rip apart the wrapping, I discovered the approximately 12More »

Last updated: July 24, 2014

Blog: Worldly, Distressed Looks Proliferate in Atlanta

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ATLANTA–In Atlanta, plenty of new rug designs are distressed—a positive attribute in the rug category—as consumers love the worn, zero-pile look. Worldly influences such as tribal and plaids are also popular looks at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, which ends tomorrow. Dynamic Rugs incorporated both a distressed and a tribal look in a newMore »

Last updated: July 11, 2014

Blog: First Day Wraps up at Atlanta Rug Market

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ATLANTA–The Atlanta Area Rug Market kicked off yesterday and manufacturers are using the market to debut new constructions, new price points and plenty of color. Mohawk Home brought new brands—and new looks for the company—to the show. It marked the official debut of its Bob Timberlake licensed line, which includes wool, nylon and SmartStrand rugs,More »

Last updated: July 11, 2014

IHA Shoots For the Stars

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Did anyone watch the Cosmos television show? The recently concluded Fox series, an updated version of the old Carl Sagan program, took viewers on trips to new, unexplored  worlds. The International Housewares Association last month unveiled a plan to boldly go where no home furnishings trade association has gone before—to the world of consumers. BestMore »

Last updated: July 2, 2014

Blog: Admiring Augarten

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One of the fun things about covering the tabletop category is learning about the long and rich history of companies. Take the Austrian porcelain company Augarten. Augarten was founded in 1718, making it the second oldest porcelain maker in Europe after Meissen. At one point it was owned (realistically, taken over) by Maria Theresa, HolyMore »

Last updated: June 17, 2014

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