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Kittinger Replicated Oval Office Furniture for Bush Library

By Aggregated Content in Case Goods on April 25, 2013 from

The handcrafted work of Kittinger Furniture Co. will be on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, located on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX. President Barack Obama and all four living former presidents - George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter - will attend the opening dedication on April 25.

For more than 40 years Kittinger has created custom furniture pieces for some of the world's most powerful people with its work featured at the White House, Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court.

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Herman Miller Weaves Deal for Textile Supplier Maharam

By Aggregated Content in Acquisition on April 25, 2013 from U.S. office furniture, equipment and home furnishings manufacturer Herman Miller is spending $156 million in cash to gain control of 111-year old interior textiles producer Maharam Fabric in order to expand its speciality and consumer activities.

The New York-headquartered target in question is a fourth-generation family business founded in 1902 by Russian immigrant Louis Maharam. 

Over the intervening years the company has evolved from a source of theatrical costumes and set design in the 1940s to a forerunner of performance-driven textiles in the 1960s.

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Vermont Tubbs Furniture Plant on Auction Block

By Aggregated Content in Case Goods on April 25, 2013 from A closed furniture plant that once employed more than 100 people when it was in full production is now being readied for the auction block in June. 

When Brown Street Furniture and Vermont Tubbs owners closed up last summer and laid off their remaining 35 workers, the twin brothers in charge called that move temporary. 

But the decision now appears permanent.

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Kingsdown, Airland to Open China Locations

By Home Furnishings Business in Bedding on April 25, 2013

Kingsdown and Chinese bedding producer and retailer Airland will open 34 stores in 2013 featuring Kingsdown€™s MySide line and Bedmatch sleep diagnostics.

€œThe Chinese demand for premium products made in the USA remains strong, and with the accelerated growth of its middle class we know we€™re entering China at the optimal time,€ said Frank Hood, president and CEO of Kingsdown, Mebane, N.C. €œOur partnership with Airland has been a few years in the making, and we€™re confident they€™re the right licensee to represent Kingsdown. They€™ve been a strong player in the sleep space since 1966 and they truly understand the research and science behind our products and how it sets us apart from the competition.€

A family-owned bedding producer and retailer based in Hong Kong, Airland also is a large supplier of mattresses to high-end hotels.Airland already has opened its first two MySide branded retail locations, both in Shenzhen, outside of Hong Kong. Stores are set to open in Shanghai and Beijing by early summer. The company€™s goal is to place both MySide mattresses and Bedmatch sleep diagnostic technology in nearly three-dozen stores this year by targeting every major first-tier and second-tier city nationwide. Airland will secure space in mixed retail locations including furniture and fashion malls, strip malls and free standing shops. 

As the program launches, four MySide product lines are being made at Kingsdown facilities in the United States and exported to China, while another five MySide product lines are being made at Airland€™s state-of-the-art facility in Shenzhen. Additionally, Airland will participate in joint product development with Kingsdown, with all products tested and certified by the Sleep to Live Institute.

Airland introduced MySide to dealers the recent Shenzhen International Furniture Exhibition. After sending out 1.2 million SMS text messages and 20-thousand invitations to dealers across the country, Airland had 200 staff members on hand prepared for the turnout.

€œAirland is committed to absolutely flood the market in order to build the MySide brand quickly and powerfully,€ said Hood. "The turnout in Shenzhen was phenomenal, and the market ended with 80 new dealer contracts signed and dozens more expressing interest.  We are optimistic that we will see rapid growth in China."

MySide, The Sleep to Live Institute€™s signature product caters to couples--boasting two individual sleep zones in one mattress. The dual zones can comprise wrapped coils, foam, gel, or latex and are recommended through the Bedmatch diagnostic system. Bedmatch uses 18 statistical measurements and 1,000 calculations to help consumers pick the best mattress for their body type.

Alexa Hampton, HSN Team for Home Textiles Line

By Home Furnishings Business in licensing on April 25, 2013

Multichannel retailer HSN has partnered with award-winning interior designer Alexa Hampton to launch Alexa Hampton Home, her first-ever textile collection.

The line debuts May 2 on HSN, and via HSN Mobile. This exclusive line of home décor elements reflects Hampton's distinctive, sophisticated style and a design aesthetic that is clean, elegant and smart.

Alexa Hampton Home will feature bedding sets, headboard covers, sheets, throws, bath and window treatments. While the styles are tailored, the collection will feature neutral and blue animal print bedding; luxurious jacquard weave bedding collections; and foundational textile pieces in a range of colors including yellow, sage and wine. The entire collection is priced under $200, including the seven-piece bedding sets.

€œSensible, gorgeous design shouldn€™t be unattainable," said Hampton. "Together with HSN, my goal is to offer customers elegant and luxurious décor that is warm, fun, and accessible to everyone.€

Hampton is a perennial fixture on Architectural Digest€™s AD100, House Beautiful€™s Top Designer list and is a member of Elle Décor€™s A-list. Her work can be found across the globe in numerous apartments, large residences, private airplanes and luxury yachts.

€œAlexa is an accomplished high-end interior designer who can transform a space with marvelously creative designs, while still embracing her practical side as a working mother of three,€ said Anne Martin-Vachon, chief merchandising officer for HSN. €œHer approachability, vast knowledge of interior décor and elegant designs are sure to inspire and delight our customers. We look forward to Alexa joining our growing roster of talented designers.€

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