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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

Augarten

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

Blog: Richard Cohen Happy in New Home

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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