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  1. Partnership with residential design, construction shows could boost January market in Vegas

    Partnership with residential design, construction shows could boost January market in Vegas

    The Las Vegas Market’s recently announced partnership with three major trade shows that overlap the January home furnishings market could be a boon for furniture industry exhibitors anxious to get in front of buyers from the design, construction and home improvement fields.

     

    This unique buying opportunity is possible because of the market’s partnership with the International Builders Show (IBS), which is sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders; the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), which is sponsored by the National Kitchen and Bath Association; and the National Hardware Show. (IBS and KBIS operate under the Design & Construction Week banner.)

     

    All three shows will take place Jan. 31- Feb. 2 at the massive Las Vegas Convention Center. Those dates conveniently overlap the furniture market, which will be Jan. 29-

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  2. Top young female business leaders headline Vegas event for designers, entrepreneurs

    Top young female business leaders headline Vegas event for designers, entrepreneurs

    If you’re a female business owner or interior designer involved with home furnishings, here’s the perfect excuse for your next trip to Las Vegas.

     

    The Las Vegas Design Center, which is made up of about 30 year-round showrooms in Building A of the World Market Center, is hosting a panel discussion and luncheon on Oct. 6 called Project You: Empowering Women in Business. The half day event will be headlined by five female entrepreneurs and business owners who will, in the words of event organizers “inspire collaboration and education.”

     

    “We are proud to be a sponsor of this unique gathering of some of the top young female entrepreneurs connected with the home furnishings business,” said Luis Ruesga, CEO of Zuo. “Not only will attendees gain insights from the panelists, but they will also have boundless networking opportunities with their pe

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  3. ASID event puts female architects, designers in appropriate high-profile roles

    ASID event puts female architects, designers in appropriate high-profile roles

    Considering that women have made the vast majority of home furnishings purchase decisions for decades, it was refreshing to hear that female architects and designers had most of the high-profile speaking slots at the recent national conference of the American Society of Interior Designers.

     

    Called Gather, the event was ASID’s first in-person conference in more than two years. We’re told it was a very well-attended conference that included a wide cross-section of professional and student designers, architects and builders – the majority of them female.

     

    Both of the event’s keynote speakers were female, as were roughly two-thirds of the more than 100 panelists and workshop presenters at the conference’s many educational sessions.

     

    “It was an incredible demonstration of the grow

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  4. ASID Gather event

    ASID Gather event

    Gather - A National Conference by American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), kicked off Wednesday, Sept 21 at the Intercontinental Miami. With three days filled with programming, education, and design focused displays from sponsoring brands.

     

    Gather 2022, is the inaugural conference event created as an opportunity for industry engagement where peer to peer learning and connection helps to strengthen interior designer’s business and practice.

     

    Kerrie Kelly, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, Sacramento, CA - FASID, Past Chair | ASID’s National Board of Directors shared, “It has been an incredible experience to have our professional members, students, chapters and Industry Partners - face to face again. Creating the opportunity to network and forge new relationships is at the core of our organization’s values and we are incredibly proud with ho

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  5. Zuo’s Ruesga named to prestigious Furniture Today list

    Zuo’s Ruesga named to prestigious Furniture Today list

    I’ve known Zuo CEO Luis Ruesga for more than a decade, and I’ve always been impressed with his creativity and his willingness to think outside the proverbial box.

     

    So I’m thrilled to report that those talents were recently recognized by Furniture Today – the industry’s most influential trade publication. He was named one of the “20 People to Watch” in its fifth annual People Issue.

     

    An accompanying profile of Ruesga noted his love for the furniture industry, in general, and modern/contemporary design, in particular.

     

    He was also cited for his aggressive posture during the pandemic, when he refused to dial back product development and maintained Zuo’s typical pace of launching about 100 new SKUs at every High Point and Las Vegas market. In order to keep up that pace, Zuo opene

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  6. New survey shows brick-and-mortar retailers are not yesterday’s news

    New survey shows brick-and-mortar retailers are not yesterday’s news

    We came across some fascinating consumer research recently that should give brick-and-mortar furniture retailers some hope. In fact, it should be very uplifting.

     

    The research, conducted by the industry newsletter Home News Now and sister newsletters Casual News Now and Décor News now, found that more than one-quarter of the respondents plan to begin their next furniture shopping experience at a furniture store – even before doing any online research.

     

    Granted, some 31 percent said their first move would be general online research through a search engine such as Google and another 23 percent said they would begin at a furniture retailer’s website. But the fact that 26 percent would begin by visiting a furniture store -- without previously going online -- was kind of heart-warming to this Baby Boomer.

     

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  7. Allison Eden Celebrates NY NOW Success with Multiple Brand Collaborations!

    Allison Eden Celebrates NY NOW Success with Multiple Brand Collaborations!

    Allison Eden Studios, celebrates the success of NY NOW, sharing details on brand collaborations with three innovative manufacturers for the summer show.

     

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  8. Las Vegas Market strikes positive note amid all the negatives

    Las Vegas Market strikes positive note amid all the negatives

    Despite significant headwinds due to bloated wholesale and retail inventories, high gas prices and fears of a recession, last week’s Las Vegas Market was an upbeat event that included – to the surprise of many observers – a decent amount of order-writing.

     

    Granted, most exhibitors (especially furniture showrooms) described showroom traffic as light to moderate, but we were told that those who did show up were primed to buy.

     

    “Demand is not the problem. Inventory is the problem,” one exhibitor said bluntly. “Dealers still need new product to sell.”

     

    Attendance appeared to be strong from retailers west of the Rockies – many of whom don’t shop the High Point Market – and several exhibitors noted that quite a few major retailers from the Midwest and Eastern U.S. returned to th

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  9. NY Now lounge to spotlight Zuo’s Allison Eden collection

    NY Now lounge to spotlight Zuo’s Allison Eden collection

    Zuo’s recent collaboration with designer Allison Eden will be in the spotlight at next month’s NY Now show when the company returns to the cutting-edge design show for the first time since 2017.

     

    Zuo’s signature mid-century modern furniture – including several pieces covered with Eden’s mosaic-inspired fabrics – will be featured in a high-profile lounge for designers that will be located adjacent to the main show entrance.

     

    NY Now organizers say the goal is to give designers a focal point to reconnect since the organization has not held an in-person trade show in more than two years. Plus, the event likes to highlight works by New York City natives such as Eden. (Her studio currently is in Brooklyn.)

     

    “It gives our audience a chance to experience a fun and elevated take on class

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  10. Container rates are declining – but it’s premature to celebrate

    Container rates are declining – but it’s premature to celebrate

    Finally, there’s some good news about ocean container shipping rates. They’re actually trending down.

    We know that’s hard to believe – especially if you’re a retailer, manufacturer or designer who has watched freight bills rise astronomically the past two years – but the widely-watched Drewry World Container Index is down 16 percent from a year ago. And the consulting firm Drewry Supply Chain Advisers, which compiles the data, believes it will continue to slowly decline over the next few weeks.

    At the end of June, Drewry’s composite index of rates for a 40-foot container on major east-west shipping lanes stood at $7,066. That’s down 16 percent from $8,399 year ago, and down 32 percent from its peak of $10,377 in September 2021.

    But the composite index is still more than double the five-year average rate of $3,490 per 40-foot container, so don’t break out the champagne just yet.

    On the popular Shanghai-to-Los Angeles route used by many furniture manufac

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