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Design Within Reach raising funds for Haitian earthquake victims

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Will match donations to UNICEF
Furniture Today Staff — Furniture Today
SAN FRANCISCO — Home furnishings retailer Design Within Reach says it will match up to $25,000 in donations to UNICEF’s Haiti Earthquake Fund, for a collective total donation of $50,000.
To participate, customers should visit the DWR website,, where they will be directed to a link to make a donation.

In coordination with other UN agencies, UNICEF will provide supplies to allow access to sanitation, safe water and basic health care in Haiti. The agency also is preparing materials and staff so that children, vulnerable during natural catastrophes, are protected.

“While our company’s name is Design Within Reach, today we are proud to provide help within reach to the people of Haiti,” said John Edelman, CEO. “I am equally proud of the support of our customers and employees in joining me in providing assistance. Our hearts and thoughts are with the people of Haiti.”

Unifi expands Repreve line with eco-friendly yarns

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Uses 100% recycled materials for upholstery application

Furniture Today Staff — Furniture Today,

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Yarn producer Unifi has expanded its Repreve line with a launch of polyester staple fiber made from 100% recycled materials for use in spun yarns.

The material will be used in products such as open-end, ring and jet-spun yarns. Upholstery is one of the primary end uses.

  Post-industrial waste from Unifi manufacturing. Repreve staple product is made from a blend of post-consumer bottle waste and post-industrial fiber waste.

The product offers a recycled staple fiber source that can be used as a drop-in replacement for fabrics and products currently made with virgin polyester staple fibers or other less eco-friendly fiber.

“In 2008, estimated global polyester staple fiber consumption was approximately 20 billion pounds,” said Roger Berrier, executive vice president. “Based on this global consumption opportunity, Unifi accelerated the introduction of this new environmentally friendly fiber as part of the company’s mission to provide the industry with sustainable textile solutions.”

Antique upholstery trends

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Upholstery Journal |by Dionne Cordell

     Antique Trends are more varied today than they were in the past. George Evans of Bond & Bowery notices specific trends in pieces ordered from his online antique marketplace. Evans says the more history we have to influence trends, the more variation there will be in styles.


Antique pieces, such as Biedermeier, Georgian and Regency styles. Classic Chippendale, Louis XVI pieces, Swedish painted pieces, Jansen pieces and fine Art Deco pieces are also hot.

Mission-style oak rockers with straw-filled leather seating.

1880 Eastlake styles and 1890s, 1920s chairs.

Well-proportioned legs on sofas and loveseats rather than skirts.

Animal prints in small quantities. A leopard-print footstool or ottoman works well as an accent piece.

Silk and wool fabrics, and down and feather cushions with sumptuous trims work best with traditional frames.

Rich chenille tapestry along with classic damasks.

Jewel and earth tones. Terra cotta reds, sage greens and flaxen golds are popular.

Tone-on-tone damask fabrics.

Sumptuous trims and cording in Bullion fringe.

Neat trim and a well-done cover never fails.

Nickel nailhead trim.


Arm covers. These should only be used when taking to the paint or fabric store for color matching.

Living room sets. The classic sofa, loveseat and chair set is out of style.Use two sofas or a sofa and a pair of chairs for a versatile and stylish alternative.

Loose slipcovers.