26 June 2010

Minnesota retailer honors Kincaid Furniture

press release

June 25, 2010, Hudson, NCBecker Furniture World, the largest and most
shopped furniture store in Minnesota, has recognized Kincaid Furniture as its
Vendor of the Year.

“We are recognizing Kincaid Furniture as our Vendor of the Year because the
company shares our philosophy of offering quality furnishings at an
outstanding value,” said Becker founder and owner Doug Huseby. “Kincaid’s
quality, service and commitment to superior design are to be celebrated.”

With more than 250,000 square feet of furniture and home furnishings,
Becker Furniture World is a destination that attracts customers from a five-
state area. The company offers a broad product line of furniture and
accessories, carrying merchandise from nearly 100 vendors. The 32-year-old
company is family-owned and operated by the Huseby family.

Todd Hady, vice president of sales, Kincaid said, “We are incredibly honored
and proud to receive this award from Becker Furniture World. Becker has
always been a wonderful retail partner and we enjoy the relationship we have
with the Huseby family.” Hady and Kincaid district sales manager, David
Mans, were on hand to accept the award from Doug Huseby, his wife Julie,
and their son, Joel, executive vice president.

25 June 2010

Vintage-inspired pillows by Jennifer Paganelli

Peking Handicraft expands its textile offerings by designer Jennifer Paganelli with six new, vintage-inspired pillows. The pillows are designed in two styles: embroidered and hook. They blend Paganelli's classic use of feminine colors and unique, sophisticated patterns.
Paganelli, who first debuted as a Peking licensee earlier this year, draws design inspiration from her past experiences and charming memories.
Peking Handicraft is an international manufacturer and wholesaler of home decor, tabletop and giftware items.

Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums.

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

23 June 2010

Modern, colorful seating

M2L offers reintroductions of old classics from Walter Knoll and Artifort, and minimalist and modern pieces from e15 and KFF. Artifort's Little Tulip armchair (left) was originally designed by Pierre Paulin in 1965 and has just been reintroduced with the original cross base.
Swamp is an upholstered fauteuil designed by Michiel van der Kley. Artifort's Swamp collection (below) features a one-person armchair, a snug loveseat and a pouffe that makes an ideal footstool or extra seat. The entire Swamp family utilizes spiral springs and foam and is upholstered in two contrasting fabrics.
Founded in 1992, the M2L Collection imports authorized and licensed modern design from Europe. It maintains showrooms at:
  • 215 East 58th Street, NYC 10022,
  • 3334 Cady's Alley, Washington DC 20007
  • 104 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116.

Retailers: Contact the showroom for prices and minimums.

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

Gift For Life to Benefit from Pacific Market Center’s Tabletop by Design

press release

Tablescape fundraiser to be held during August Gift and Home Accessories Show

June 15, 2010—Gift for Life, the gift, stationery and home décor industries' sole charitable organization, today announced it will serve as the beneficiary of the first annual Tabletop by Design, a celebration of all things tabletop and home entertaining organized by the Pacific Market Center.

The program was initiated by the Pacific Market Center as a special event complementing their Summer Gift and Home Accessories Show, taking place August 18-24 in Seattle. For the event each participant will showcase inventive tabletop designs on 48” or 60” round tables. Buyers attending the show will vote on their favorite designs by making donations to Gift For Life, with all proceeds benefiting DIFFA: Design Industries Foudnation Fighting AIDS.

According to Lisa Goodman, Director of Marketing for the Pacific Market Center, the aim is to create dazzling and memorable tabletop displays that will inspire show attendees while raising funds for Gift For Life/DIFFA. “Times are challenging, but we continue to see encouraging support for inspirational events and charitable giving,” said Goodman. “We look forward to wide participation and the opportunity to showcase unique creativity for charitable good.”

“We are delighted to work with the Pacific Market Center to develop a new Gift For Life activity in Seattle,” said Jenny Hammons, chair of the Gift For Life board and president of Jenny Hammons Company. “What a wonderful way to blend design inspiration and industry giving.”

Gift For Life presents its annual Industry Achievement Award each August as part of the Gifts & Decorative Accessories Retailer Excellence Awards. In addition, Gift For Life hosts regional events throughout the United States and a national fundraiser each winter in New York City during the New York International Gift Fair®. Funds benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. For additional information please visit www.giftforlife.org.

Gift For Life, the gift and home décor industry’s volunteer group raising funds for AIDS assistance and research through DIFFA: Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS, was founded in 1992. Since then, Gift for Life has raised nearly $4 million through special events, cause-related marketing, promotions, and from corporate and individual donations. Information is available at www.giftforlife.org.

DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the U.S. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide more than $38 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide. Information is available at www.diffa.org

22 June 2010

Oriental rugs: are they 'in' or 'out'?

"The rug. It might be anything from an unobtrusive sisal (everywhere) to a penetrating Fornasetti gaze (roubinirugs.com). What it's less likely to be these days, in a new space anyway, is a classic Oriental." Read more.

21 June 2010

BoConcept expands in San Francisco

Danish design leader BoConcept has opened a second San Francisco store, this one in Pacific Heights.

Read more at SFGate.com
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