29 August 2009

Cuisinart Elite collection

The new Elite collection of food processors from Cuisinart includes a 14-cup model with three nested work bowls: 14-cup, 11-cup and 4 1/2-cup sizes. The food processor's tapered design and rounded square base represent a fresh look. The electronic touchpad controls have blue LED lights to indicate when the unit is powered on.

Cuisinart elite collection of food processors.

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28 August 2009

Barnstorm assets for sale

Home and garden accents maker Barnstorm, founded in 1999 by Jeff Odell, is selling its assets (inventory, customer lists and data, intellectual property). Any interested party must submit a term sheet by Sept. 15, 2009. Parties are expected to have performed any due diligence prior to submitting a term sheet.
Contact: Grisanti, Galef & Goldress, Inc., Katie Goodman, Managing Partner, 404-293-0137 or 404-256-0003 x225. kgoodman@gggmgt.com
The following commentary is taken from Barnstorm documents:
"Rapid growth of the Company’s initial product line (home and garden products hand crafted from recycled materials) led to early product line expansion, with the Company acquiring its primary supplier in 2000. In 2004, the Company expanded its offerings, partnering with and importing from new overseas suppliers and diversifying into new product categories. Strategic relationships were developed with several talented artists to create new product assortments.
"During this time the company made several mistakes relating to the new importation strategy; management was not experienced with importing, leading to issues with inventory planning and quality control. These issues were compounded by a lack of financing, increasing overhead costs and a lack of infrastructure to deal with larger scale inventory management.
The Company took steps and returned to a cash break even point during 2009. However, these changes occurred too late. The company’s line of credit expired in July 2009 and its bank has been unwilling to renew or refinance. On August 6, 2009 Barnstorm voluntarily filed an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors in Bartow County, Georgia. All assets of the company have been assigned and will be sold.
Barnstorm offers exciting and colorful products that sell through at retail and help the independent retailer maintain a unique look. The authentic reclaimed metal products, hand made in Quebec from antique maple sap buckets and salvaged tin from barn roofs, meet today’s consumer demand for simple, authentic hand crafts. Designs in the bird house and birdfeeder collections are both decorative and functional, blending antique reproductions with retro chic design. Products are produced in Canada, China, and India. All products are designed and developed by the company or its licensed artists, and are exclusive to the Company."

Picnic baskets

Picnic at Ascot showed its Eco collection of upscale picnic products at the summer 2009 new York gift fair. picnicatascot.com giftandhometoday.blogspot.com
The Eco collection of picnic baskets from Picnic at Ascot is free of PVC fabrics. Materials include natural rubberwood cutting boards and 100% cotton napkins. The collection includes wine carriers, picnic coolers and insulated totes. The company exhibited at the New York gift show.

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27 August 2009

Effective Retail Displays

I invited Christine Sisson to guest blog today about retail displays. With feet firmly planted in the design world, Christine is a freelance writer and public relations consultant. She blogs about style, found objects and her European adventures at christinesisson.wordpress.com. Here is her report:

Portland, Ore., the city of roses (and more microbreweries than you can count), is also a burgeoning retail hotspot. On my trip to the city, I explored some of the stores in and around the Pearl District—the once industrial area that now teems with hip design shops catering to incoming loft-dwellers. The city has a young, fresh vibe and palpable creative energy, so it’s no surprise that the stores (and their displays) reflected these ideals.

Canoe home furnishings store in Portland, Oregon, sells Hans Bolling teak ducks.Design objects with a Scandinavian bent are put on museum-worthy display at Canoe. Items, like this solid teak duck by Hans Bolling, are labeled with small placards that provide product details. Co-owner Craig Olson’s displays are carefully curated—never cluttered. The merchandise, as a result, feels more like art than just another SKU.

Hive Modern home furnishings store in Portland, Oregon uses the sidewalk space to lure customers inside.At Hive Modern, the retailer brings the indoors out. A sleek, modern chair in front of the store’s window lures passersby touring the city’s Pearl District—and offers a preview of what’s inside.

Home furnishings and style writer Christine Sisson toured Portland Oregon stores and liked Hive Modern.
Smaller items at Hive Modern are grouped by manufacturer. On a shelf in the back of the store, whimsical Alessi can openers are shown with other kitchen items from the vendor. This merchandising style creates brand awareness and simplifies the shopping experience.

Verner Panton chairs displayed in Hive Modern, Portland Oregon and photographed by style and trends writer Christine Sisson
Molded-plastic Verner Panton chairs take center stage at Hive Modern. This prominent grouping, propped on a raised block, creates a strong visual statement and gives shoppers a display idea: Mix and match chairs in different colors.

Trish Guido owns Relish a home furnishings store in Portland Oregon. Trends and fashion writer Christine Sisson calls the display elegant but not delicate.

The well-designed displays at Relish are elegant but not too delicate. (You can reach out and touch all the goods). Owner Trisha Guido takes care to craft interesting but accessible groupings, like this colorful assortment of bowls arranged just so.

Relish, a Portland Oregon home furnishings store is housed in a former garage. Here is a Chilewich display. christinesisson.wordpress.com. Housed in a wide-open space (formerly an auto garage), Relish uses a smart system to guide shoppers: Tabletop and other accessories are shown in the front; textiles, pillows and other soft goods are grouped together in the back corner. This logical arrangement makes finding a particular item that much easier.

Check back later this month for more of Christine's insights.

26 August 2009

Wall decor

Artisan House Trinity wall decor is sold as a set of three
Artisan House's
wall decor is made of brass and brazed steel. Titled "Trinity," it is sold as a set of three.

Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimum orders. Or see the company at the September Las Vegas Market.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer or designer to order this item for you.

25 August 2009

First look at a new bedding supplier

Ziccibea.com Zicci Bea bedding is a new line, created by interior designers Yali Katz and Shoshanah  Weinstock

Two interior designers started Zicci Bea, a new source of moderately priced top-of-bed products. Bed sets are pigment dyed, 100% cotton sateen and 220 thread count. The linens are sold as a set (a twin consists of duvet, fitted sheet, sham, pillowcase; full and queen sets consist of duvet, fitted sheet, sham, two pillowcases).
The items are manufactured in a state-of-the-art facility in Israel. All of the textiles are printed in an Oeko Teck certified mill and have been tested and washed.

Retailers and designers: Contact the company for prices and minimums.

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24 August 2009

Distressed mirror

Habersham's Messina floor mirror will be featured at the 2009 fall High Point market. highpointmarket.org habersham.com giftandhometoday.blogspot.comHabersham's Messina floor mirror was inspired by the Mediterranean city of Messina. Utilizing the filigree approach of twisting metal into original art, the top of this piece frames the mirror below. Show in the Sandemar Multicolor Studio finish, this mirror is available in any number of the company's signature distressed finishes.

Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums. See Habersham at the fall 2009 High Point Market.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer or interior designer to order this item for you.
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