Marking its 20th year in Design Center at the Merchandise Mart, OW Lee, manufacturer of fine wrought iron and wrought aluminum outdoor furniture and fire pits, recently relocated to a more spacious showroom to allow for an expanded selection of lines and products.
The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) is offering GREENleaders certified sustainability training on Oct. 4, at the Morimar Design Center in Estero, FL. and Nov. 9 at Parsons Healthy Materials Lab, in New York City. The comprehensive 6-hour exam program provides designers, retailers, manufacturers, reps and others the knowledge and credentials to become an expert in sustainability.
Dallas Total Home & Gift Market welcomed more businesses from key states as well as businesses attending for the first time at the show in June. Many exhibitors reported larger average orders, and a total sales increase of up to thirty percent, especially among exhibitors with new products, new showrooms, and/or special promotions. The result was consistent, deep order writing across the show, according to a press release.
Austin, Tx.-based Four Hands nearly doubled their revenue within a five year period, projecting $160 million in sales this year. The significant growth is credited to their loyal following, which includes over 12,000 business-to-business customers with notable retailers such as West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Neiman Marcus, RH, and top interior designers as well as over 500 trade applications per month from those wanting to become registered Four Hand customers.
Art Van Furniture will celebrate the grand opening of its 15,000 square foot showroom in East Peoria, ILL., with a ribbon-cutting at noon on Thursday, July 12. Local dignitaries including City Administrator Jeffery Eder and City Commissioners John Kahl and Gary Densberger as well as several east Peoria Chamber of Commerce ambassadors are expected to attend.
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) have launched the Wood Furniture Scorecard, a comprehensive assessment of wood sourcing policies for over 50 of the largest furniture retailers in North America. Published on a dedicated website and available through both organizations, the scorecard covers publically available information on how companies source virgin wood. It also evaluates company use of recycled and reclaimed wood.
New Pacific Direct Inc. (NPD) dining, bedroom and accent furniture specialist will be exhibiting at the Las Vegas Market, July 29-Aug. 2, showcasing two items identified by IMC’s educational and trend-spotting program First Look.