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  1. Upholstery from the Dominican Republic? You’d better believe it

    Upholstery from the Dominican Republic? You’d better believe it

    Amid the myriad of supply chain challenges facing furniture importers these days, the enormous rise in container shipping costs – especially for goods shipped from Asia – takes center stage. And the seemingly endless delays in getting those containers from an Asian port to a U.S. warehouse runs a close second.

    But the folks at Zuo have developed a very creative end-run around this issue. In addition to ramping up production at its upholstery factory in Mexico, the company recently began making upholstery in the Dominican Republic.

    So you’ve never heard of anyone making upholstery in the Dominican Republic? We hadn’t either – until we got a peek at Zuo’s new product launches at last month’s High Point Market. The lineup included 25 sharp-looking SKUs from the new Dominican Republic factory.

    Yes, the new products must

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  2. Award-winning accent chair illustrates growing importance of casual styling

    Award-winning accent chair illustrates growing importance of casual styling

    A quirky Zuo accent chair suitable for indoor or outdoor use proved to be very popular with design-minded attendees at this month’s High Point Market.

    It was so popular, in fact, that it earned a Market Snapshot “People’s Choice” award from International Market Centers, the owner of several major market showroom buildings. The chair was one of only three furniture pieces to earn the award after online voting in the weeks leading up to the show.

    “I am especially proud of this award because it was voted on by members of our target audience – buyers who have an eye for great design at a great value,” said Luis Ruesga, CEO of Zuo. “It also illustrates the growing importance of casual styling in almost any indoor or outdoor living space.”

    The winning chair, named the Kelley, was one 49 finalists. Voting took place on IMC

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  3. Colorful mosaic patterns highlight new fabric line from designer Allison Eden

    Colorful mosaic patterns highlight new fabric line from designer Allison Eden

    Continuing its aversion to “me too” products, Zuo has partnered with designer Allison Eden – best known for her mosaics on tile and glass – on a line of stunning upholstery fabrics that will be introduced at next month’s High Point Market.

    The new fabrics, which combine her colorful mosaic designs with solid leather and fabric colors, create a unique look that will give retail sales floors a pop of color many times over.

    “I couldn’t be more excited about this new fabric line we’ve developed with Allison,” said Luis Ruesga, CEO of Zuo. “It gives our dealers a way to reach younger consumers with a look they won’t find anywhere else.”

    Ruesga said the new products also should allow the company to expand its customer base with both e-commerce and traditional brick-and-mortar retailers. And who knows? They may even be suitab

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  4. Why are details important in interior design?

    Why are details important in interior design?

    Every single piece of accessory matters when you are decorating your home. We bring you some findings on why details are important in interior design.If you think that nobody will notice the amount of energy you invested in decorating your home, you are wrong. Most of the time, the tiniest details are the ones that get spotted first. After that, decorative accessories of sorts are the ones th...
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  5. Designers take note: Survey says room packages still a winner with consumers

    Designers take note: Survey says room packages still a winner with consumers

    We were intrigued by a recent survey conducted by Furniture Today that showed a sizeable number of consumers – especially Millennials -- prefer to buy home furnishings in room packages. Given the consumer’s well-known preference for eclectic pieces instead of suites and seating groups in recent years, this finding might seem surprising. But this item-by-item approach can work just as wel
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  6. Great design on a budget

    Great design on a budget

    "While we were designing the Ramo d’ Olivo Wine bar we wanted the space to have cool, texture be fun and accentuate the vibe of the place… And Zuo definitely helped us to get the message targeted.

    The picklock chair fabric is the center of the attention and the resin and bone colors are just fun"


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  7. Is this the end of business travel as we know it?

    Is this the end of business travel as we know it?

    Bill Gates raised a lot of eyebrows a few weeks ago when he predicted that 50 percent of business travel will disappear permanently after the pandemic ends.

    The significant improvements to video conferencing software have made corporate executives realize that business travel isn’t always an absolute necessity, the Microsoft co-founder said during a conference (virtually, of course) sponsored by the New York Times. He noted that working from home is also easier that it was even a couple of years ago, which also reduces the need for in-person meetings.

    While some thought Gates’ prediction was a bit alarmist, we haven’t read of any key business leader who is predicting business travel will quick

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  8. Amid today’s supply chain disruptions, logistics takes higher profile

    Amid today’s supply chain disruptions, logistics takes higher profile

    For many furniture designers and product development gurus, the subject of logistics generates about as much excitement as the final two minutes of a 49-0 football game. But as the post-lockdown home furnishings sales boom has scrambled supply chains worldwide, it’s a topic that needs to be top of mind for everyone – even those who can’t distinguish a shipping manifest from a grocery list.


    And there’s good reason to start paying attention -- many furniture factories and raw materials suppliers haven’t been able to keep up with surging demand. So even though a retail buyer or designer might spot that perfect sofa in a manufacturer’s showroom or online catalog, it can be anyone’s guess when that piece of furniture will actually be delivered to the customer.


    Since late summer, we’ve heard multiple stories of manufacturers quoting delivery dates 20 to 25 weeks or more into the future. Large retail chains are a little better prepared to deal with that, but

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  9. More time at home means more time in the outdoor space

    More time at home means more time in the outdoor space

    Since furniture factories and retail stores began re-opening in April and May, sales in product categories such as home office and bedding have soared, which is not surprising since most of us are spending a lot more time at home these days.


    But sales are also booming in one often overlooked furniture category: outdoor.


    And that shouldn’t be surprising, either, since those of us who are spending a lot more time at home need to get some fresh air once in a while. So why not relax on comfortable outdoor furniture?


    Outdoor furniture insiders tell us seating products are leading the charge, followed closely by dining tables and shade products.


    And Luis Ruesga, C

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  10. Collab: Life is what matters the most… get comfortable

    Collab: Life is what matters the most… get comfortable

    "It’s amazing how the little details in your backyard make a huge difference on the dynamics of a family.


    Recently I had the opportunity to bring this amazing Zuo piece to my home for them to enjoy during the summer and let me tell you…I wish I did it earlier.


    This amazing Albany daybed is not only used by my kids to play, also is used by my wife to sit, relax, read her favorite books, and for me to keep working safely from home on my laptop why taking care of my businessinmod.com

    The fresh open weave makes the big structure non-invasive to

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