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Fairfield Chair CEO and Former President, J. Harper Beall III, Dies at 77

J. Harper Beall III, CEO and former president of Fairfield Chair Company, passed away on Dec. 13 at the age of 77. Beall suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease the last seven years of his life and died at home surrounded by family.

AHFA-Backed ‘SOFFA’ Passed by the House

The American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) announced that The House of Representatives has passed the Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act (HR 2647). The AHFA-backed legislation would make California’s Technical Bulletin 117-2013 a federal flammability standard.

RH Unveils Newest Location, RH Columbus

RH (NYSE: RH) has announced the opening of RH Columbus, The Gallery at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio. The new location was designed to represent the brand’s quest to revolutionize physical retailing, and its continued foray into hospitality with a glass-encased Rooftop Restaurant, and Wine & Barista Bar.

Steelcase Makes Newsweek’s List of “Most Responsible Companies”

Office furniture supplier Steelcase (NYSE:SCS) has received national recognition as one of the “Most Responsible Companies” in the U.S. by Newsweek Magazine for positive efforts in environmental stewardship, social impact and corporate governance, placing 85th overall and 13th in the Consumer Goods category.

Fast Fact: Housing Starts 31% Below Pre-Recession Levels 

A decade after the Great Recession, housing starts are failing to keep up with demand, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Department of Housing and Urban Development.

United States, China Announce Phase One Trade Deal

The United States and China have reached an agreement on a Phase One trade deal that requires structural reforms and other changes to China’s economic and trade regime in the areas of intellectual property, technology transfer, agriculture, financial services, and currency and foreign exchange, according to a release issued Dec. 13 by the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Pottery Barn Brands Launch New Line with Flour Shop’s Amirah Kassem

Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Teen and Pottery Barn, divisions of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) have announced the launch of Flour Shop x Pottery Barn Brands, the colorful home furnishings collaboration with Amirah Kassem of Flour Shop, the bakery known for its signature treats and social media-famous “Rainbow Explosion Cake.”

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