19 June 2009

"New" antiques from Bobby McAlpine

McRae launches the McAlpine Home Collection of furniture designed by architect Bobby McAlpine

Atlanta-based furniture maker MacRae expands its growing line with the debut of the McAlpine Home Collection, designed by Southern architect Bobby McAlpine. The initial launch includes 26 pieces ranging from case goods to accent pieces. Each reflects McAlpine's style and reinterpretation of traditional English antique design. "The collection has definite historical reference and reverence - and irreverence in execution," McAlpine said. "These are the 'new antiques,' not your grandmother's, but yours - and your great grandchildren's."

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Adler, Doonan on public radio

Jonathan Adler and his partner Simon Doonan interview each other about their creative influences for NPR's "Morning Edition" show.


18 June 2009

Online retailer of modern decor opens

nikkoSHOPS.com, an online retailer of home furniture and d├ęcor, launched its second online storefront today.

Pier 1, Otto earnings reports

Pier 1 Imports said comparable store sales declined 7.5% for the quarter ended May 30. Merchandise margin strengthened to 54% of sales and gross profit increased to 30% of sales, compared to the quarter ended May 31, 2008.

Privately held Otto, the world's largest mail-order group, said sales rose slightly in its first quarter. It said it would invest heavily to expand. Otto, which is based in Germany, owns Crate and Barrel, Baur and Bonprix.

Pets and pillows

My Pillow Pets received an iParenting Media Award in the toy category. My Pillow Pets are plush companions that are also a comfortable pillow. Made from high-quality chenille, they come in more than 20 styles. Blankets and backpacks are also available.

17 June 2009

High Point's Autumn 2009 ads

The High Point Market Authority plans to launch a new advertising campaign next week, which is designed to encourage home furnishings professionals to connect at the fall 2009 High Point Market. The campaign was developed by Greensboro, NC-based agency Emisare, Inc. The series of ads tells retailers to connect to products, trends and solutions. at the market, which runs Oct. 17 to 22.

Emisare Inc. a Greensboro NC ad agency designed a series of ads for the autumn 2009 High Point market

Children's decor

Manual Woodworkers and Weavers Izzy collection of children's decor, apparel and gifts includes this Lil Cow Pokie Hooded TowelManual Woodworkers and Weavers is marketing its baby collections under a new brand called “izzy.” The new catalog, available at the summer markets, resembles a birth announcement.
The Lil' Cow Pokie Hooded Towel sports a horse's face, ears, mane and tail. It comes in pink for girls and blue for boys and is trimmed with a cow-hide design. Towels are made of a soft, thick, cotton terry.
The Lil' Cow Pokie Melamine Set includes a plate, bowl, sippy cup and two utensils. Other items in the Izzy collection include banks, burp cloths, fleece baby throws and travel blankies. All are gift boxed.
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Lil cow pokie melamine set includes a sippy cup. See Manual Woodworkers and Weavers Izzy collection of children's gifts at the 2009 Atlanta gift show and other gift markets

16 June 2009

Citrine table lamp

Thumprints has three new collections of floor and table lamps. Citrine is one of three new collections in Thumprints’ new Precious Gemstones Collection, consisting of table lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces and pendant lights in three different finishes. The collection combines plated steel bodies with natural stone bases and distinctive lamp shades.
Thumprints describes Citrine as "Hollywood Glitz and Glam." The lamps in the collection have plated brass bodies, travertine marble bases and linen shades with hand-painted gold overlays. The flooor lamp is 68 inches tall and the table lamp is 35.5 inches tall.
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15 June 2009

Carpenter named VP at Imax Corp.

Imax Corp. named Bill Carpenter vice president of new nusiness development. Carpenter has been a part of the furniture industry for the past 40 years. He worked most recently at World Market Center in Las Vegas in the key accounts department. From 1980 to 2002, Carpenter was senior vice president of sales at Kincaid Furniture.
Imax provides home and garden accessories from 12 countries around the globe.

Lightweight multifiber throw

Judith Rose, head designer, Textillery Weavers, will showcase the newest color stories and textured designs for her growing hand-woven throw collection during the August 16-20, 2009 New York International Gift Fair.
Textillery Weaver's new "Puff" texture incorporates approximately 30% each of rayon, cotton and bamboo. Together these elements create a lightweight "puff" of a throw. Style PUFF CA-MI uses cadet blue, daisy and midnight tones. The washable design is also finished with a multicolored 6-inch knotted fringe border. It is available in two sizes: 42 inches by 72 nches and 52 inches by 72 inches.
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