At Alsy + Cycle, ‘trends’ light up growth

It seems only natural that the first column should deal with Alsy+Cycle II, the largest decorative lighting manufacturer--a company which for the past decade has dominated the lighting industry. lsy+Cycle II, the largest decorative lighting manufacturer While Alsy+Cycle II's market share is sizable--especially among the nation's leading department stores and home furnishings chains--the firm's plans for expansion during the eighties is equally significant. According to chairman and … [Read more...]

Living in Colour

Colour bursts forth in our first-ever special home style section A┬ápassion for colour The warmth of the French countryside flourishes at Toronto decor haven En Provence -- and it all starts with colour A French country flair For 12 years, the owners of En Provence have imported the spirit of the French countryside to their decor boutique. It's a joyous approach, blending painterly fabrics with handcrafted materials in nature's most exuberant hues: Here's how to incorporate that French … [Read more...]

Buyers thinking big out West: show shoppers seek broader assortments

SAN FRANCISCO--Bigger spring and summer commitments of home textile retailers at this week's Home Fashion West show, which opened here yesterday, reflect consumers' demand for wider selections. Home textile retailer An upsurge of retail sales over the last 90 days is a big factor in swinging the merchandising pendulum away from the increasingly narrow assortments that marked the programs of many stores in the recession, merchants indicated. "We'll be competing for business not only with … [Read more...]

The Milan Chronicles – 2nd day

9:30 We run to the Cassina showroom to meet Ron Arad, who appears not to have changed out of last night's clothes. There we photograph his A Table That Eats Chairs, a prototype table designed with thin steel legs and a sandblasted glass top. Arad created four injection-molded fiberglass chairs to fold into thin slabs for storage under the top. 14:30 At B&B Italia's stand, we discover a number of lounge acts, from James Irvine's Radar relax chair, a rotating polyurethane lounger, to … [Read more...]

The Milan Chronicles – The 1st day

If the wisteria is blooming in Milan, it must be time for the International Furniture Fair. Once again, Interiors brings you the highlights.   LAST APRIL MARKED the 40th anniversary of the Salone del Mobile, better known as the International Furniture Fair. It wasn't always a global event. In 1961, when the fair opened in Milan, 328 Italian exhibitors touted their goods in 14,000 square feet. Not until 1967 did foreign manufacturers participate, and the numbers grew to operatic … [Read more...]

Kitchens and baths

Moving is out. Remodeling is in. The result: A market of more than $100 billion waiting to be tapped. The sluggish economy, slowdown in the new housing market and the high price of housing means today's homeowners are staying situated and updating what they already have. "People are staying in their homes, rather than moving. They're fixing up their houses," says Ann Daymude, manager of the home improvement department at Barron's Gaithersburg Lumber, Gaithersburg, Md. Although the … [Read more...]

Spotlight on change: new features mark first Building, Remodeling & Decor Products Expo

The 1st Building, Remodelling & Decor Products Expo will be held at the Dallas Convention Center from Feb 12-15, 1994. Previously known as the National Home Center Show, the three-day event will feature new exhibits from Latin American home improvement retailing companies. In addition, the exposition will also feature a number of seminars and panel discussions on key issues affecting the industry. Change is constant in retailing, and in industry trade shows as well. The 1994 Building, … [Read more...]