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Las Vegas Market puts more emphasis on ‘green’

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

One Good Guide will highlight sustainable products

Heath E. Combs — Furniture Today

LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Market will continue emphasizing sustainability with new green initiatives at the next show, which runs Feb. 1-5 at the World Market Center.

The market’s One Good World program will expand to include a supplier locator called One Good Guide, to help buyers find legitimate sustainable products at the event. These exhibitors will be listed in a special section of the market directory.

Companies interested in being listed will be vetted by the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Applications will require declarations about materials usage, transportation, wood sourcing, VOC emissions and foams used in upholstery cushioning. Exhibitors must also show and offer sustainable products at market and not merely have them as available options, the WMC said.

In addition to the listing, participants will receive window decals and showroom signage to call attention to their status, along with additional online marketing and public relations support.

WMC officials also said they plan to announce a “sustainability leadership congress” in early 2010 with representatives from government, environmental groups, manufacturers, retailers, interior designers and consumer media focused on wood sourcing.

“The green economy is not coming fast – it is already here,” said WMC President and CEO Bob Maricich. “Being ‘green’ is more than a principle and more than a trend; it is a sound business practice. Taking proactive actions to respect our environment is now a business reality and increasingly critical to our industry.”

At the February market, WMC also will offer seminars on eco-issues, including an interior design symposium with participants including HGTV’s Angelo Surmelis and brand icon Kathy Ireland.

The market also is hosting the SFC’s GREENleaders Certified Sustainability Training, a six-hour exam course for accreditation. The WMC also offered the course in February 2009.

For more information about participating in One Good Guide, exhibitors should contact the Sustainable Furnishings Council at (919) 967-1137 or e-mail

It’s a Contemporary world – styles and stationary sofas

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Stationary sofas are the bread and butter of upholstered furniture sales. So what’s the most popular style for stationary sofas? Furniture/Today asked just that question in its exclusive Upholstery Fabric & Style Survey, 2009. Answers came from more than 400 retail furniture store fronts.

It seems that Contemporary is lord of the manor. More than one-half or 53% of stationary sofa units sold can best be described as Contemporary in style. No other style family even comes close to ousting Contemporary from its domination. Even the combination of the next highest-ranking styles, American country and European country, into a new style family, Country, could only lay claim to about one-quarter of the kingdom. And Contemporary’s reign is not a new thing either. In 2006 when Furniture/Today conducted a similar survey of retailers, nearly one-half of stationary sofa units were Contemporary. And in 2004, the unit share figure was just about identical.

For the purposes of the survey, Contemporary included the following individual styles:

  • Art Deco
  • Architectural contemporary
  • Casual contemporary
  • European modern
  • Scandinavian

Where did Contemporary rule the strongest? Examining style families across price points, Contemporary dominated at both low and high price points. At low price points of $799 and below, Contemporary claimed over two-thirds of units sold. At high price points of $1,500 and above, its share was less but still well over one-half of units sold. And at medium price points of $800 to $1,499, Contemporary’s share was just under one-half, or 48%.

Just over three-fifths of retailers’ unit upholstery sales for 2008 came from the sale of stationary sofas as reported in Furniture/Today’s exclusive Upholstery Fabric & Style Survey, 2009.  Recliners and motion sofas were the other two players, each contributing another one-fifth to the market share pie.



Van Millwork Introduces New England Retailers to the Van Mantel Collection

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Van Millwork, a leading provider of fine cabinetry and architectural millwork, is pleased to bring to the retail market the Van Mantel Collection – 14 distinct traditional and contemporary mantel designs plus four adjustable mantel styles. The Van Mantel Collection complements Van Millwork’s custom cabinetry, coffered ceilings, paneled walls and other elaborate architectural millwork products.

Unlike other lines that only offer pine, poplar or oak, the Van Mantel Collection is crafted from the highest selection of any wood species, including Brazilian cherry and Santos mahogany, and is available in paint grade or stain grade. The Collection enables fireplace retailers to move beyond the standard mantel to offer a wide variety of quality crafted custom designs to their customers.

Each Van mantel is assembled in one of the company’s two sophisticated shops in Bellingham or Fitchburg, MA by a team of skilled craftsmen who work from their own designs as well as the client’s to create unique projects on any scale.

“Van Millwork’s goal is to work with retailers to grow their business by offering a wide range of products to their customers,” states Van Millwork’s Director of Marketing, Jennifer Driscoll. “With Van Millwork and Van mantels, retailers can now offer customized mantels and build volume sales with add-on purchases such as cabinetry, shelves, built-ins and much more to compliment their mantels. We are also providing retailers sales tools including marketing materials, discounted and free displays, on-site sales training, and a competitive SPIF program.”

Founded in 1967 as a full service lumber company, Van Millwork, headquartered in Bellingham, is the largest interior millwork supplier in New England. The Van Millwork Showroom, located in Needham, showcases nine architecturally-themed rooms specifically reflecting the architectural period represented by the trim work in each space. In addition to Bellingham and Needham, the company also offers a showroom in Mashpee, MA, and their full-service custom woodworking shop in Fitchburg, MA. In addition to the new mantel division, the company recently introduced their flooring center, which provides quality hardwood flooring and installation options.