Eero Aarnio

Eero Aarnio (born 1932) is a Finnish interior designer, well known for his innovative furniture designs in the 1960s, notably his plastic and fiberglass chairs. Aarnio studied at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki, and started his own office in 1962. The following year he introduced his Ball Chair, a hollow sphere on a stand, open on one side to allow a person to sit within...

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Environmentally friendly fabrics slow to catch on PDF Print E-mail

HIGH POINT — When upholstery companies shop Showtime here, environmentally friendly fabrics will not be first on their list.

Or second, or even third.

While there's interest in soy-based foams and lumber certified to be from well-managed forests, consumers have been only lukewarm toward chemical-free and pesticide-free textiles to cover their sofas and chairs.

The reason, according to several fabric specialists here for the show, which opens Sunday and runs through Wednesday, is that consumers really don't know what's good and what isn't.

"The problem with this whole green phenomenon is there is a lot of confusion as to how ‘green' is defined," said Michael Delgatti, executive vice president, sales and marketing for Hooker Furniture. "There are varying degrees of green and so much of that whole initiative has been lost at the retail level."

Sheila Seigel, an owner of Sklar Peppler/Alan White, agreed.

"Eco is a very broad term that means a lot of different things. But we're always looking to put eco-friendly products into our line," she said, noting that the company earlier had begun to offer products with EarthCare Inside, including soy-based foam from Hickory Springs.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 June 2010 01:17
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Chinese Furniture good news PDF Print E-mail

We are the country with the principle of China's furniture as a practical subjects to study, in the next five to 10 years more so over the long term, China Furniture Association established the guiding ideology: "with the actual furniture industry, and comprehensively implement 16th CPC National Congress and the Third and Fourth Plenary Session of the spirit, grasp the scientific development concept, persist out of a suitable Chinese furniture market, a new road to industrialization effective: raise the scientific and technological content, promote original designs, and give full play, the use of low consumption of resources , little environmental pollution and human resources to enhance the overall level of China's furniture industry, and maintain industry health, coordinated and sustainable development, changes in industry growth mode from quantitative expansion to qualitative improvement "- this is the formulation of China Furniture Association 11 Five-Year Plan and the 2005-2020 long-term planning work purposes. Of this objective, in the history of the development of China's furniture industry will be important and decisive significance. Since then, the industry growth pattern change from quantitative expansion to qualitative improvement, the future for a long time to the furniture industry will be faced with the arduous tasks and complete.

Recalling

Over the past 20 years of reform and opening up, especially in the past 10 years, China's furniture industry from small to large and from weak to strong, and the development of furniture in the world today occupies an important position. China's furniture basically formed from manual to mechanized production of manufactured mainly from the scale of production to product sales were relatively complete industrial system has taken shape adapted to the needs of national economic development, and meet the needs of China's domestic exports to the needs of multi-level management system.

More than 20 years of reform and opening up, especially in the past 10 years, China's furniture industry from small to large and from weak to strong access to high-speed development period, in the world today have been in the furniture industry occupies an important position.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 June 2010 05:58
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Just the Stats: Recliners PDF Print E-mail

The Just the Stats series gathers in one place data Furniture/Today's Market Research team has compiled on specific product categories; in this case, recliners. Drawn from special research reports published throughout the year, the data points spotlight what's going on with the category.

Recliner retail sales


2009 estimated spending in $ billions 2008 estimated spending in $ billions %change from 2008 % of total furniture and bedding market
Reclining chairs $3.3 $3.6 -9.7% 5%



Motion chairs (including recliners, gliders/swivel rockers, etc.) in furniture stores

  • Accounted for 7% of furniture store sales in 2008.
  • Accounted for 6% of selling space in furniture stores in 2008.
  • Median SKUs, 30 and median number of lines, 3.
  • Median best-selling price points for a leather recliner, $699 and $399 for a fabric-covered recliner.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 June 2010 06:31
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Furniture Today's The 2010 Consumer PDF Print E-mail

In order to better understand how the recession has affected the consumer overall spending habits and shopping and buying habits for home furnishings in particular, Furniture Today, in partnership with HGTV, fielded an online survey in September. The survey launched as part of HGTV Ideas newsletter.

More than half of consumers desire new home furnishings. This evidence of pent-up demand is part of the good news coming from Furniture Today and HGTV exclusive survey, The 2010 Consumer. In September more than 8,500 consumers shared their thoughts on how the recession has affected overall household spending and furniture and bedding spending, in particular, and weighed in on buying plans for next year.

According to the survey, 19% of responding consumers can afford new home furnishings right now. And, while 30% aren't sure when they'l be able to spend money on new furniture, a promising 22% think they'l be able to next year. Another 16% cite 2011 as the year they'l be able to afford.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 July 2010 02:41
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