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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Zuo Will Feature Products from Mexico, Dominican Republic in New, Larger High Point Showroom

    Zuo Will Feature Products from Mexico, Dominican Republic in New, Larger High Point Showroom

    OAKLAND, Calif. – Zuo Modern, a leading resource for indoor and outdoor furniture and décor, is moving to a new, larger showroom in the International Home Furnishings Center for the spring High Point Market, April 2-6.

     

    The new showroom, space H-534, occupies 30,000 square feet and is about 30 percent larger than Zuo’s previous IHFC showroom.

     

    The showroom entrance will feature a 3,000-square-foot brightly colored candy store designed to resemble an old-school speakeasy. Cotton candy and other sweet treats will be available throughout the day, as will a wide selection of beverages.

     

    “It will be a great way to welcome our customers to our new space,” said Zuo CEO Luis Ruesga. “The candy store and speakeasy flow seamlessly into our product displays, where we will be featuring merchandis

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  10. Travel rebound is fantastic news for ailing hospitality business

    Travel rebound is fantastic news for ailing hospitality business

    On July 1, a news item that may not have appeared on your radar screen (or shown up in your Google news feed) was the most positive sign for the hospitality business we’ve seen in many months.On that day, the Transportation Security Administration screened 2,147,090 passengers at U.S. airports. That’s a significant number because, for the first time, it exceeded the number of passengers screened o...
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