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NeoCon 2013 Speakers Offer Industry Snapshot

By Aggregated Content in Markets on May 14, 2013 from http://designwire.interiordesign.net/events/24562/neocon-2013-keynotes-offer-industry-snapshot

At this year's NeoCon 2013, being held June 10 - 12 at Chicago's Merchandise Mart, attendees will have the opportunity to hear this year's roster of keynote speakers: Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG; Michael Vanderbyl, Principal of Vanderbyl Design; Holly Hunt, president and CEO of Holly Hunt; and Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, interior architect and founder of Rottet Studio.

 

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Winners of 2013 National Design Awards

By Aggregated Content in on May 14, 2013 from http://www.dexigner.com/news/26490 The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has recently unveiled the winners of the 2013 National Design Awards.

"As the nation's design museum, Cooper-Hewitt raises awareness that everything around us is designed," commented Caroline Baumann, Acting Director of Cooper-Hewitt. "This year's National Design Award winners have made a major impact in their respective fields through groundbreaking projects and visionary ideas. They have truly transformed the way we live, think, work and communicate with each other."


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Q&A With Ed Ng of AB Concept

By Aggregated Content in on May 14, 2013 from http://designwire.interiordesign.net/projects/23974/ten-questions-with%E2%80%A6-ed-ng-of-ab-concept

AB concept-helmed by design duo Ed Ng and Terence Ngan-is a leader in global hospitality, restaurant, commercial, and residential design.

Based in Hong Kong with a second office in Shanghai, the firm has brought its unique perspectives on luxury and brand identity to major hotel brands such as Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, W, and Marriott International. Recently out from ORO Editions, The Language of Luxe; the Work of AB Concept offers visual moments from the firm's first twelve years of operation.

 

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Former Costco VP Mike Pollard Joins Abbyson Living

By Home Furnishings Business in Executive Changes on May 14, 2013

Former Costco Wholesale Vice President Mike Pollard has joined the board of home furnishings vendor Abbyson Living.

Pollard, who retired from Costco Wholesale this year 2013 after a 27-year career, brings new comprehensive business practices that will directly impact the growth of the Abbyson Living organization and further mature the value of the brand.

"Some of the goals I'd like to see Abbyson accomplish in the future relate to customer service and the expansion of their drop-ship model," Pollard said. "They are taking ownership of this drop-ship model, bringing it in-house, and I want to be a part of that. I think it's a very smart thing to do, to take ownership of the relationship with your customer from the beginning to end."
 
Pollard started with Price Club/Costco Wholesale in 1985 and held various management positions in warehouse operations, international, IT and e-commerce. He played a significant role starting the Costco businesses in Korea, Taiwan and Japan. Responsibilities included building construction, and training of initialing in-country operations staff.
 
He also played a key role starting and operating the Costco e-commerce businesses, Costco.com and Costco.ca, from start up through $2 billion in annual sales.
 
As Abbyson Living plans to launch its new Outdoor Patio furniture collections this summer, Pollard€™s involvement will be critical in this transitional stage of Abbyson€™s evolution into a cross category leader.

€œI expect Abbyson Living will continue to grow very rapidly," Pollard said. "We'll get into new businesses, new categories of furniture. The lawn and garden and outdoor patio living will be a significant part of the business in the near term.€

Martin Teams with Highlands Group for E-Commerce

By Home Furnishings Business in Internet on May 14, 2013

Martin Home Furnishings has partnered with The Highlands Group, an industry leader in e-commerce sales and management.

The Highlands Group will be responsible for online sales and marketing and growing sales with current and new customers within the e-commerce channel.

€œThe addition of The Highlands Group bolsters our continued focus on strengthening and growing our e-commerce sales efforts,€ said Paul Tabeek, San Diego-based Martin€™s vice president of sales and marketing. €œThey bring a vast knowledge of eCommerce sales experience to a very dynamic sales channel.€

Prior to partnering with The Highlands Group, eCommerce accounts were managed in-house by John Maggay, Martin e-commerce account specialist. He will continue to manage all e-commerce accounts, but The Highlands Group with be traveling and meeting with the accounts face to face.