Permanent floral arrangements

NDI offers a variety of permanent floral decorations for everyday use and for holidays. Flowers include orchid, lily, hyacinth, magnolia and peony. The catalog is arranged by flower, colorway and style. Styles include Provence, Sante Fe, South Beach Tropical, Wildflower, Window Sill Garden and Winter Holiday.


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Czech glass from a California design team



At the High Point market, SkLO showed vases and other decorative glass items made in the Czech republic. SkLO is a collaboration between Pavel Hanousek, founder of Fusion Z, and the husband-and-wife design team of Karen Gilbert and Paul Pavlak The company can create custom items, and it supplies the contract market.


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Table lamps, barware, decorative accessories

Andrea by Sadek introduced a wide range of lamps, decorative accessories, animal figurines and barware at the High Point market in April. Styles include Asian, botanical and seaside.

Gingko botanical lamp with a 3-way switch

Asian floral lamp with a white linen shade


Leather and nickel barware
See more items from Sadek at the International Home Furnishings Center's Active Merchandiser online catalog gallery.



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More lines join TrafficBuilder

press release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


NATURAL LIFE & TERVIS TUMBLER JOIN OTHER VENDORS
IN SUPPORTING RETAILERS WITH INNOVATIVE NEW SYSTEM

TrafficBuilder to be rolled out in mid-June

May 25, 2010—SnapRetail announced the addition of more leading vendors to the list of those who will support retailers with their marketing content in its TrafficBuilder marketing system. Newly announced lines include Arteriors, Murval, Napa Home & Garden, Natural Life, Santa Barbara Studios, Sterling Industries and Tervis Tumbler.

“We view TrafficBuilder as a breakthrough in our ability to support our retailer customers in marketing to their customers,” exclaimed George Schuetz, President of Natural Life. “We love that our retailers can better market to their consumers with new types of marketing- email, Facebook and Twitter.”

“Vendors clearly see this marketing system as pioneering in this industry,” said Ted Teele, CEO of SnapRetail. “This is evidenced by over 75 vendors now having committed to participating in the TrafficBuilder system.”

Previously announced lines include Mud Pie, Midwest-CBK, Lindsay Phillips, Yankee Candle and Evergreen.

TrafficBuilder is an easy-to-use email marketing and social media marketing system for independent retailers that enable them to better market to their customers, resulting in higher store traffic. Vendors provide content in the form of product images, videos and designed emails which are then used by retailers in their marketing communications.

TrafficBuilder is scheduled to be launched in mid-June. Retailers will be able to see demonstrations of the system in SnapRetail showrooms in Dallas, Atlanta and Vegas during the summer markets. They are also invited to participate in free seminars on best practices in electronic marketing, Facebook, and more.


SnapRetail is offering a free 90-day, no-obligation trial of TrafficBuilder to retailers who sign up before June 15, 2010. To learn more about TrafficBuilder and for a list of participating lines, please visit http://www.snapretail.com/trafficbuilder/retailers.asp.

About SnapRetail:
SnapRetail is leading the way to solve the challenge of slowing wholesale and retail sales. With the largest online wholesale MarketPlace in the industry, we help vendors and sales agencies with the “sell to” of products to retailers. Plus, by leveraging the best of e-marketing and social media with the content of leading vendors, we offer the system called TrafficBuilder that retailers need to “sell through” products to consumers. SnapRetail is the complete solution for making retail a snap! More information is available on www.snapretail.com and SnapRetail’s Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/snapretail.

Furniture, accents for indoors and outdoors

Cyan Design stocks more than 2,100 decorative home furnishings, including furniture, lighting, wall decor, garden items and accessories. See more at the International Home Furnishing Center's Active Merchandiser online catalog gallery.



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Saturday special: Furnishings for commercial interiors

Please visit FF&E Specifier, a new blog showing furnishings for commercial interiors, including hospitality, office, healthcare, education and retail. You'll find sources of products and, perhaps, some inspiration.

This is a new venture I'm involved in. If you manufacture furniture, lighting, flooring or wall decor for the contract interiors market, please submit products.

Or, if you are an interior designer working in commercial interiors, submit a recently completed installation.

See the Contribute to FF&E Specifer tab.

Occasional tables and case goods

Somerset Bay adds to its color palette by expanding the line to more than 150 items for the living room, bedroom and dining room. The company introduced larger statement furnishings and more delicately scaled occasional pieces.
Each piece in the case goods collection is handcrafted from plantation-grown mahogany and premium veneers and trim. Distressing, dry brushing, and antiquing shapes the character of each piece.

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Contemporary seating and case goods

Dorya’s Contemporain Collection, designed by the company’s Creative Director, Megan Perry, consists of about 200 handmade case goods and upholstered products. The designs have their origins in styles from different eras, but they feature clean, graceful lines that are fresh and suitable for today’s living environments, the company states.

“I wanted to create a line that was ‘in the moment’ but with pieces that can be used in interiors for years to come,” Perry said. “While some might call it modern, I prefer to think of Contemporain as timeless because timeless furniture never loses its appeal. The focus of this collection is grace and simplicity.”

The pieces consist of exotic woods, including mahogany, lemanja, and walnut burl; and textures that include leather and chrome. “This line is intended to demonstrate that Dorya’s specialty is still the ability to make outstanding handcrafted furniture, so the wood choice and details are very important,” Perry added.


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Colorful outdoor furniture

John Thomas Furniture has introduced color into its Somer’s Pointe outdoor program. The Somer’s Pointe program encompasses benches, Adirondack chairs, stools, table and chair sets, rockers, umbrellas and more. All are offered in 10 of the company’s custom finish colors: Snow White, Black, Moss Green, Celery Green, Periwinkle Blue, Sea Mist, Red Pepper, Farmhouse Red, Lemon Yellow and Canary Yellow. The furniture is built with solid Asian tropical hardwoods.


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Stationery Show names award winners

from a press release

NEW YORK, NY, May 17, 2010…Seven National Stationery Show® (NSS) exhibitors were honored with Best New Product Awards on Opening Day, Sunday, May 16, 2010, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The coveted Awards are presented in seven categories and are considered a distinguished honor within the social stationery industry.

Winners of the 14th annual Best New Product Awards are:

Desk Accessories
Wooster & Prince Papers (Seattle, WA), for Desktop Notes, the perfect addition to any desktop, designed in patterns from the best-selling Wooster & Prince collections with each footed box containing 200 loose note sheets.

Lifestyle/Specialty Gift
Shannon Martin/Girl Designer (Seattle, WA), for Holiday Bath Salts, 6 ounces of sea salts blended with pure essential oils, packaged in a festive gift box.

Luxury
Cartesian Graphics (Long Island City, NY), for Vintage Print Fabric Blank Cards, handmade blank cards in 40 new fabrics, including florals, food prints, and the NYC subway map.

Paper Craft/Scrapbooking
Ellison (Lake Forest, CA) for Sizzix® Texture Boutiquetm Embossing Machine, a 90-piece kit including a boutique embossing machine, embossing pads, mylar shim, cards, envelopes, assorted heavy weight cardstock, black rub on, and idea booklet.

Party
Hello Hanna (Menlo Park, CA), for Wishing Tree, a unique, easy-to-assemble paper wishing tree that makes the perfect centerpiece; made with FSC-certified recycled paper.

Social Stationery
Blackbird Press (Baton Rouge, LA), for Grizzly Bear Hug Card, a die cut and letterpress greeting card, with a bear ready to hold a note, photo or small gift.

Think Green
Michael Roger Press, Inc. (Middlesex, NJ), for Re-Bottled Journal, felt-covered journals made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, featuring a flower design with bottle-shaped petals.

Judges for the 14th annual Best New Product Awards were Patricia Norins, Gift Shop; Caroline Kennedy, Gifts & Decorative Accessories; Dorothy Creamer, GREETINGS etc.; Kathy Krassner, Krassner Communications; Kim Warren, Party & Paper Retailer; and Sarah Schwartz, Stationery Trends. Winners - selected from 315 entries - were selected based on innovative product design or concept, how the product answers an industry need, aesthetic appeal, creative use of materials and innovative packaging.

Danish Modern office furniture

Jesper Office, a designer of home and small office furniture, presented its new Jesper Danish Modern 50 line at the spring High Point market. The Jesper 50 office line combines unique Danish classic styling with modern features. Classic wood-frame architecture, tapered legs and tongue-and-groove craftsmanship characterize the line.
The furniture includes curvaceous executive and student desks, a top-sliding credenza, bookcases and matching desk accessories - organizers, file boxes and waste baskets. The new pieces, available in teak and walnut, feature wire management, a sliding writing pad, laptop storage as well as an under-desk CPU holder.


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2010 ICFF EDITORS AWARDS

press release

NEW YORK, NY, MAY 16, 2010 The much-anticipated 2010 ICFF Editors Awards were bestowed in 16 categories. The ICFF Editors Awards Ceremony took place during the 22nd annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) tonight at the ICFF Exhibitors Reception at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. This year's ICFF Editors Awards Committee: Arlene Hirst, Anniina Koivu of Abitare, Jessica Johnson of Azure, Stefano Casciani of Domus, Sam Grawe of Dwell, Gilda Bojardi of Interni, Chantal Hamaide of Intramuros, Susan S. Szenasy of Metropolis, Benjamin Kempton of Wallpaper*.

The winners circle:

Body of Work
Blu Dot, Booth 1808

New Designer
Objeti, LLC, Booth 1657
Studio Dunn, Booth 1972

Craftsmanship
Cocochi Design, Booth 832

Furniture
Mabeo, Booth 1112

Seating
Arper spa, Booth 1406

Carpet and Flooring
Ardeco Interier Sro, Booths 1166, 1372

Lighting
Peter Stathis & Virtual Studio, Booth 2542

Outdoor Furniture
Snow Peak, Inc., Booth 1400

Materials
Triple Pin Blue Denim Tiles presented by Material ConneXion, Inc., Booth 1348

Wall Coverings
Timorous Beasties, Booth 1236

Accessories
Kikkerland Design, Inc., Booth 1836

Textiles
Dana Barnes Design, Booth 1767

Kitchen and Bath
Axor, Booth 1704

Multiple Production
Tom Dixon, Booths 1804, 1900, 2000

Design School
MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), Booth 1178

Booth
Molo, Booth 1204

The ICFF is produced and managed by GLM, LLC. Metropolis sponsors the ICFF. International sponsors include: Abitare, Domus, Frame, Interni, Intramuros, and Wallpaper*. The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) provide approval.

Friday special: a new blog for designers

FF&E Specifier is a new blog showing furnishings for contract interiors (office, hospitality, education, healthcare and retail). The following post originally appeared on FF&E Specifier.


Bed throws for the hospitality industry
Washable, custom-order top-of-bed textiles are designed to cover the foot of the bed and provide a special touch in a hotel bedroom. Washable designs like the VIC PL MAI (shown in the Four Seasons, Mexico City) are made from 53% rayon and 47% cotton. This style fuses bright, earthy elements of maize and dark tarragon, with neutral tones of medium bamboo and light cognac, the company states. Textillery Weavers

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Hemingway Collection adds accessories vendors


The Ernest Hemingway Collection introduced a 50-piece furniture collection from Thomasville at the spring High Point market. The licensor also introduced two new accessory licensees (Mario Industries and Sorella Home) and dozens of new products from existing rug, silk botanicals and home d├ęcor partners. Earlier this year, the Ernest Hemingway Collection added hardwood flooring from Noble Hardwoods to the brand.

In addition to furniture from Thomasville, the Hemingway collection includes outdoor furniture from Laneventure; decorative throws and pillows from Corona Decor; home accents from Accessories Abroad; lighting from Mario Industries Inc.; indoor and outdoor rugs from Loloi Rugs and permanent botanicals from TreeMasters, as well as apparel, gift items and restaurants.



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Stylish wine totes, chic lunch bags

Todco introduced a new barbecue set, a new line of recyclable wine tote bags (left) and a new and expanded line of Sachi Fashion Insulated lunch bags (below) at the  Housewares Show in Chicago. The three new Sachi Wine Totes hold as many as three bottles of wine (or other beverages). The eco-friendly totes are available in three colors and two styles. They  have fully lined silver insulated interiors to keep wine cool for most of the day.
The Sachi Fashion Insulated Lunch Bag is available in more than 42 styles and colors. The company offers a  point-of-sale floor display that holds up to 32 assorted totes. The bags have a fully lined silver insulated interior that keeps food and drink cool or warm for hours. A cool pack can extend coolness for most of the day.

Colors and styles available include red, grey or magenta woolie, blue rose, cream hearts, magenta rose, pink and blue floral cosmo, silver, lime or brown hobo, black quilt, blue squares, circles, orange, blue or pink floral, pink squares and pink Asian floral.


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Contemporary portable lamps with red, black shades


Nova’s Brim floor and table lamps have bright-red shades and brushed-aluminum finishes. The table lamp is 28 inches tall an includes a 14-inch by 14-inch by 10-inch V shade. The floor lamp is 62 inches tall. Each design takes a 100W bulb and features a 3-way rotary switch.

The Brim Arc lamp is 81 inches tall, with a 76-inch span. It has a white marble base, a brushed aluminum stem with a three-way rotary switch and a red shade.

The Ibis Arc lamp comes in red and black. It is 85 inches tall with a 66-inch span. It includes a foot dimmer switch.

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Yankee Candle Joins Online Marketing Program

Press release
 
Yankee Candle  Joins SnapRetail 
TrafficBuilder Marketing Program
Yankee Candle Wholesale Retailers to Drive
Store Traffic with New Media Tools 
 
May 10, 2010—Yankee Candle, the leading designer, manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of premium scented candles, announced it will participate in the SnapRetail TrafficBuilder program. TrafficBuilder will enable its gift channel wholesale customers to easily market Yankee Candle products using new marketing tools.
 
“Yankee Candle continues to work hard, investing in products and programs that deliver profitable results for our dedicated customers. One key growth strategy is to help our wholesale customers effectively drive traffic and market our products through new media and email marketing. SnapRetail will provide an easy way for our customers to do that,” said Mike Thorne, president of wholesale, Yankee Candle. 
“Retailers often face the challenge of slow traffic in their stores, as traditional marketing vehicles like newspaper, print or yellow pages become less effective,” said Ted Teele, CEO of SnapRetail.  “We think it is terrific that vendors like Yankee Candle are embracing TrafficBuilder to leverage new marketing tools to support the store traffic and sales with their retailers.” 
More than 75 leading vendors have signed up to participate in the TrafficBuilder program which launches in June. Vendors provide content in the form of product images, videos and product descriptions which are then used by retailers in their marketing communications.  
SnapRetail is offering a free three month, no-obligation trial of TrafficBuilder to retailers who sign up before June 15, 2010.  To learn more about TrafficBuilder and for a list of participating lines, please visit http://www.snapretail.com/trafficbuilder/retailers.asp. 
Yankee customers interested in signing up for the free trial should visit [HYPERLINK https://www.snapretail.com/trafficbuilder/signup.asp?} to sign up online. 
About SnapRetail:
SnapRetail is leading the way to solve the challenge of slowing wholesale and retail sales. With the largest online wholesale MarketPlace in the industry, we help vendors and sales agencies with the “sell to” of products to retailers. Plus, by leveraging the best of e-marketing and social media with the content of leading vendors, we offer the system called TrafficBuilder that retailers need to “sell through” products to consumers. SnapRetail is the complete solution for making retail a snap!  More information is available on www.snapretail.com and SnapRetail’s Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/snapretail.  
About Yankee Candle
The Yankee Candle Company, Inc. is the leading designer, manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of premium scented candles, based on sales, in the giftware industry.  Yankee Candle has a 40-year history of offering distinctive products and marketing them as affordable luxuries and consumable gifts.  The Company sells its products through a North American wholesale customer network of approximately 20,800 store locations, a growing base of Company owned and operated retail stores (498 Yankee Candle Stores located in 43 states as of April 3, 2010), direct mail catalogs, and its Internet website (www.yankeecandle.com).  Outside of North America, the Company sells its products primarily through its subsidiary, Yankee Candle Company (Europe), Ltd., which has an international wholesale customer network of approximately 4,000 store locations and distributors covering a combined 46 countries.

Plan ahead: Chicago gift show dates through 2013

The Chicago Market: Living and Giving

July 22 –28, 2010  (Thursday – Wednesday)
Showrooms:
Thursday – Tuesday 9 am – 6 PM | Floors 13,14 & 15
Saturday 9 am – 8 PM (Extended hours for Shop Late Night)
Wednesday 9 am – 5 PM
Temporaries & Beckman’s ™ Handcrafted Show:
July 24 –27, 2010  (Saturday – Tuesday)
Saturday – Monday 9 am – 6 PM | Floor 8
Tuesday 9 am – 3 PM
 
2011 Market Dates
January 20 – 26 (Thursday – Wednesday)
Showrooms: January 20 –26
Temporaries and Beckman’s™ Handcrafted Show: January 22 –25

July 28 – August 3 (Thursday – Wednesday)
Showrooms: July 28 –August 3
Temporaries and Beckman’s™ Handcrafted Show: July 30 – August 2

2012 Market Dates
January 19-25 (Thursday – Wednesday)
Showrooms: January 19- January 25, 2012
Temporaries and Beckman’s™ Handcrafted Show: January 21 –January 24, 2012

July 19 – 25 (Thursday – Wednesday)
Showrooms: July 19- July 25, 2012
Temporaries and Beckman’s™ Handcrafted Show: July 21 –July 24, 2012

2013 Market Dates
January 17 – 23 (Thursday – Wednesday)
Showrooms: January 17- January 23, 2013
Temporaries and Beckman’s™ Handcrafted Show: January 19 –January 22, 2013

July 25 – 31 (Thursday – Wednesday)
Showrooms: July 25 - July 31, 2013
Temporaries and Beckman’s™ Handcrafted Show: July 25 –July 31, 2013


Karim Rashid cutting tools for kitchen, home office

The aptly named Slice offers a wide range of tools for peeling vegetables, opening mail (above) and cutting paper. All but the letter opener are designed by Karim Rashid (see below). The items use ceramics for cutting, which stays sharper than high-carbon steel, the company says.
Vegetable peeler

6-inch blade scissors  lays flat (left- or right-handed)

Salt-and-pepper ceramic mill


Precision cutter (said to be safer than craft knives)

Cheese or vegetable grater



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Furniture from the Keno brothers


Leigh and Leslie Keno introduced a line of furniture for Theodore Alexander at the High Point market in April. The brothers appear on the PBS program “Antiques Roadshow.” The collection consists of 40 pieces, inspired by designs from the 18th century to the mid-century modern period.
The brothers are shown with the Skyscraper, an 80-inch-tall bookcase that can be used as a room divider. Also pictured are the four-drawer Contour chest and the 43-inch-long Float table made of striped ebony.


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Clock, cross and candles


The Peanuts 60th anniversary clock features Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and other charcters from the popular comic strip. From Mark Feldstein & Associates, the clock available in two diameters: 8 inches and 13 inches. The clock plays the “Linus and Lucy” song at the top of each hour.

The solar-powered LED Cross turns on automatically to illuminate the cross up to 8 hours when fully charged.

The company also offers the Flameless LED Vanilla candle (below)with melted top (set of 3). Each set includes a 4-, 5-, and 6-inch pillar Vanilla-scented candle. The auto on/off timer will turn on the candles every day at the same time for 6 hours.






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Furniture in 9 color options, 5 custom treatments

Sligh Furniture rolled out its Premium Color Options program at the April High Point market. The nine standard premium colors are called fresh olive, sassy green, vintage ivory, simply pewter, morning yellow, grey lux, rumba red, blue bliss, and vintage black.
The company also offers five specialty treatments:
  • Two-tone, a combination of any two standard color options
  • Deeper tone, a deeper toning of any original Sligh finish
  • Paint striping, which adds a translucent white to accent any color option
  • Gold or silver leaf accents
  • Painted leather desk tops
Color Options pieces ship in three to six weeks.



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Leather and upholstered seating

At the April High Point market, Currey & Company introduced a collection of carved wooden upholstered chairs and settees. The new upholstered furniture selection, edited by creative director Cecil Adams, is distinguished by its classic styling and distinctive craftsmanship.
The furniture frames are European beech, which are finished with hand-applied finishes. The frames are finished in North Carolina, where  all the upholstery work is done. The hides are from southern Germany. The company offers 22 frames, 13 finish options, 18 fabrics and eight top grade leathers. It accepts Customers Own Material and Customers Own Leather orders.


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