ZUO NEWS

  1. Zuo looks to show product to wider audience at kitchen and bath industry event

    Zuo looks to show product to wider audience at kitchen and bath industry event

    The collaboration between the Las Vegas Market and four other major January trade shows has led Zuo to secure a high-profile sponsorship role at the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry show (KBIS), the premier event for kitchen and bath designers.

     

    No, Zuo isn’t planning to add kitchen sinks or bathroom vanities to its product line anytime soon, but the sponsorship allows the company to tout its importance to the restaurant industry by supplying all the seating and other furnishings for a lounge that will host a variety of presentations at the KBIS show. (Restaurant designers shop KBIS because, after all, those businesses need kitchens and bathrooms, too.)

     

    Both shows take place Jan. 29-Feb. 2 in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Market, where Zuo maintains a year-round showroom, is at the familiar World Market Center, while KBIS is at the recently e

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  2. Home Accents Today readers name Zuo a top home office furniture supplier

    Home Accents Today readers name Zuo a top home office furniture supplier

    Readers of Home Accents Today, the leading trade publication covering decorative accessories, accent furniture, gifts, lighting and an array of other home furnishings categories, have named Zuo as one of the top three home office furniture suppliers in the business.

     

    That’s pretty heady stuff, but the publication’s prestigious Reader Rankings are no joke. Retailers, interior designers and distributors in the residential and hospitality furniture segments take them very seriously, and it’s quite a feat to get consistently high marks from HAT’s readers – many of whom are Zuo customers.

     

    “We are very humbled by this honor, and we appreciate the confidence the readers of Home Accents Today have shown in our company,” said Luis Ruesga, CEO of Zuo.

     

    Ruesga was quick to point out

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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