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Ottavio Missoni, 92, Dies

By Aggregated Content in Obituaries on May 10, 2013 from,0,6746867.story

Ottavio Missoni, patriarch of the Italian luxury fashion brand built on zigzag-patterned knitwear, died Thursday at his home in Sumirago, Italy. He was 92.

The Missoni label gained prominence in the fashion world in the late 1960s and early 1970s for using knitwear as a canvas for kaleidoscopic flame, zigzag and space dye designs, and fashioning a new kind of informal, soft wardrobe. Today, the label is a full-blown luxury lifestyle brand that has the family name gracing eyewear, fragrances and footwear as well as hotels and home furnishings.



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FMG Announces 2013-2014 Board of Directors

By Home Furnishings Business in Furniture Retailing on May 10, 2013

Retail buying group Furniture Marketing Group elected its 2013-2014 board of directors at a members meeting during the recent High Point Furniture Market.

Current board members David Koehler of Johnny Janosik in Laurel, Del.; and Ed Darcy of Mealey€™s Furniture in Fairless Hills, Pa., were elected to new two-year terms.

Koehler also will serve as FMG vice president; and Ed Darcy as treasurer.

Elected to the board for the first time were Gene Stoltz of Wolf Furniture in Bellwood, Pa.; and Jeff Child of RC Willey in Salt Lake City. Returning members are Oscar Miskelly, FMG president, of Miskelly Furniture in Jackson, Miss.; Larry Klaben, FMG chairman, of Morris Home Furnishings, Fairborn, Ohio; Gary Steinhafel of Steinhafels, Waukesha, Wis.; and Lee Goodman of Jerome€™s Furniture, San Diego.

€œWe are certainly blessed to have such a fine group of furniture executives who are willing to volunteer their time to help direct and guide the operation, and continued growth of the group,€  said FMG Executive Director Mike Herschel.

The Furniture Marketing Group has 102 medium to large retail members representing more than 780 store locations in North America.

Kravet to Open New Showroom at Las Vegas Design Center

By Home Furnishings Business in Las Vegas on May 10, 2013

Decorative home furnishings vendor Kravet will open a new showroom in the Las Vegas Design Center.

Kravet, a fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, trimmings, carpets and accessories distributor, is planning construction of a 4,684-square-foot showroom on the first floor of Building A, space A-124; and will debut its broad assortment of offerings to designers starting at the Summer 2013 Las Vegas Furniture Market.

€œI am thrilled to expand the distribution of Kravet and its brands into such a powerful market and design center,€ said Kravet Inc. President Cary Kravet. €œWe can now more aggressively and consistently pursue residential, hospitality and commercial opportunities in an exciting and thriving region.€

Kravet owns Kravet, Lee Jofa, Groundworks and GP & J Baker, all high-end fabric houses that specialize in style, luxury and exceptional design. In 2011, Kravet acquired Brunschwig & Fils, a prestigious decorative house founded in 1900. All of these brands will be represented in the Kravet showroom at the LVDC.

€œKravet is the premier resource and leader in the decorative fabric industry including furniture and floor coverings, and we are incredibly excited to bring them to Las Vegas Design Center,€ said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift+Home for International Market Centers, parent company for LVDC. €œTheir presentation of fashion-forward designs and superior quality elevates LVDC to new heights and further establishes the design center as a one-stop design resource for the region. Without doubt, Kravet will infuse a fresh, relevant and compelling array of decorative fabric options for a wide range of interiors projects.€

RH Moves into Art Business

By Aggregated Content in Furniture Retailing on May 9, 2013 from

Restoration Hardware is entering the art business. The home furnishings company, which has more than 80 stores across the U.S., will launch a division in September devoted to commissioning, exhibiting and selling contemporary art.

The firm has already made its first purchase: Rain Room, 2012, by the British collective Random International. The installation, which uses motion sensors to enable visitors to walk through a downpour without getting wet, is on loan to New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where it opens to the public on Sunday as part of the show "Expo 1:€ˆNew York".

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Second Generation Takes Over at Lombards Fine Furniture

By Aggregated Content in Business Strategy on May 9, 2013 from

Long-time Central Ohio furniture store Lombards Fine Furniture is staying in the family. Owner and president Fred Heer is retiring from the business and handing the reins to his son Trent Heer, who spent the past two years as vice president.

The store at 2060 Crown Plaza Drive, off Bethel Road, was founded on Lane Avenue in 1949 by Dennis Lombard. Heer joined the company in 1970 and bought it, along with fellow Lane Avenue shops Durrants and Homemakers, in 1976. Those three stores consolidated into the current Lombards shop on Bethel Road in 1984.

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