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Designers creating furniture influenced by habits of cats, dogs

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This side table from Modernist Cat also doubles as a dog den.

With the American Pet Products Association estimating that more than 37 percent of households own a dog and more than 30 percent own a cat, designers are creating furniture influenced by the habits of pets, the Journal Sentinel reports.

Interior designer Michael John Weber, who works at Collaborative Design in Waukesha, Wis., says he always asks his clients if their pets are allowed on the furniture. He uses their pets’ behaviors to influence his designs; for example, a pet owner with a cat that sits on the couch to look out the window may want cushions that attach so they don’t move.

Crystal Gregory also has a furniture company that caters to pets, called Modernist Cat. “I’d say that Internet access has made for a more design-conscious public by enabling people to look up a tremendous variety of decorating tips and ideas conveniently from home,” Gregory said.

Harrison Forbes, a dog trainer and animal behaviorist, also says considering pets makes sense when adding new furniture to or renovating a room.

“In terms of fabric, pet owners should be realistic about what fabrics they have in their home,” according to Forbes. “For example, I like a very soft plush fabric on couches and chairs, however, because I have a tall three-coated Beauceron that sheds, plush fabrics are not practical.

“You don’t want to have to vacuum and clean the furniture every time your dog brushes up against the fabric. Similarly, hardwood and tile flooring is much easier to maintain than carpeting; inexpensive area rugs are a go-to of mine since they can easily be replaced after regular wear and tear and track-in paw prints from pets,” Forbes says.

Forbes recommends keeping in mind where pets will spend the majority of their time, as well as where they eat and drink. “Place furniture in a way that allows them easy access to their favorite spaces and will also make those spaces easy to get to so you can clean them more easily,” he says.


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October 31, 2013 at 7:00 am

AkzoNobel ColourFutures selects teal as 2014 ‘Color of the Year’

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AkzoNobel ColourFutures unveiled teal as its “Color of the Year” for 2014. The Color of the Year was chosen by a panel of international color experts assembled by AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetic Center.

The theme for 2014 is “Unlocking Potential” to encourage exploration of the potential found in everyday spaces. Teal was chosen as the Color of the Year 2014 because it is the amalgamation of blue and green. “Sitting somewhere between these two colors, it represents balance as well as sophistication, tranquility and versatility,” the company says.

Additionally, ColourFutures also identified five broad color design trends for interior and exterior decoration, and presents palettes of complementary colors that can be used to create these trends.These five trends are:

• Silent Revolution – This trend is very subtle, using slight shifts in hue and tone to create delicate combinations of tinted white and neutral mid tones. This palette gives a restful and silent effect that showcases the trend’s use of texture and natural materials.

• Urban Folk – The Urban Folk palette is alive with friendly and robust shades that feel familiar, and yet at the same time look new. The colors of this palette are inspired by the homely shade of a cross-stich pattern, the bright ornamentation of Russian dolls, the light and cheery decoration of Scandinavia as well as the fabrics of India, South America and China.

• Margin of Proof – This palette was inspired by how we map our fast-paced lives. This is a mature and measured neutral palette accented with colors such as bright teal, scarlet and ochre, which complement natural materials like dark wood, marble, cork and concrete.

• Secret Garden – This look is romantic, poetic and curious, with misty shades adding a subtle veil of surprise to create a feminine, yet enigmatic effect. It is filled with soft, smoky tones of green and lilac.

• Do It Now – This palette represents “Get Up And Go For It!” This is a high-octane, energetic medley of colors where anything goes. This is a palette that creates a riot of colors, where there is something for everyone.

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October 31, 2013 at 7:00 am

Axyz International expands CNCRoutership Division online services

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Axyz International recently expanded its online services for its CNCRoutership Division. A larger range of immediately available parts, more technical support and more training programs are all now accessible online.

Available spare parts range from controller parts to fuses, belts and bearings, as well as replacement spindles, vacuum pumps and controllers. Available tools and accessories, for nearly any machine, include routing cutters, special purpose bits, engraving tools, collets and cones, knifes and service parts.

In addition, customers can choose a standard training course or a customized course. Training lessons range from single, one-hour sessions to courses with multiple components.

Axyz also launched the CNCRouterCoach operation, an online assistance portal to help with breakdown cover. CNCRouterCoach enables Axyz technicians to remotely diagnose machine problems and provide coaching for new operators.

For further information, visit or call 905.634.4940.

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October 31, 2013 at 7:00 am

Biesse spa rejoins Acimall Italian woodworking machinery association

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The board of directors of Acimall, the Italian woodworking machinery and tools manufacturers’ association, unanimously accepted the request by Biesse spa to rejoin the association.

Biesse says this is a strong signal that shows the industry’s determination to work together to face the challenges of current changes in the woodworking technology.

“We are all very happy about Biesse spa’s decision,” commented president of Acimall, Ambrogio Delachi. “I am sure that this comeback will ensure a remarkable contribution to the association’s life and to the promotion of Italian machines on the global markets.”

“Our comeback in Acimall stems from the renovation process undertaken by Acimall, a process we want to support actively,” said Giancarlo Selci, managing director of Biesse. “For this reason, we are also positively considering possible participation in the next Xylexpo 2014, an event that will have to bring a real return on investment to its major actors.”

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October 31, 2013 at 7:00 am

Putsch Group completes construction of new North American technical center

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Putsch Group completed expansion of its facility in Asheville, N.C.


Putsch Group, a manufacturer and distributor of panel saws, recently completed construction of its North American technical center in Asheville, N.C. This nearly 13,000-square-foot facility increases the company’s overall square footage to approximately 43,000 square feet.

The new North American technical center completes the first phase of expansion, which includes a machinery showroom set to be completed in late 2014. The new showroom will showcase the Putsch SVP precision vertical panel saw family and provide Putsch the opportunity to host product training for its network of dealers and technicians. 

Putsch continues to offer cutting samples and machine demonstrations upon request. For more information or to arrange a visit, contact the company at 828.684.0671.

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October 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

Father and son woodworking team teach craft

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Glenn Palmieri and his father, Ernie Palmieri, have more than 50 years of experience in woodworking combined, according to the Hudson Valley Reporter. Now at their Route 52 workshop in Carmel, N.Y., Bentwood Studios Inc., they are offering private and group classes featuring everything from basic courses where students learn how to use band saws and table saws for home projects, to more complex courses where students make steam-bent oak coffee tables and rocking chairs.

Glenn, 32, told the Hudson Valley Reporter that it is never too late to try woodworking for the first time.
“To me it’s frightening that the younger generations don’t understand what a toolbox is,” he said. “They don’t know what tools are. The great thing about this (woodworking), whether it’s a hobby or you want to do it as a job, it’s never too late to pick it up.”

Ernie Palmieri has more than 40 years of experience as a professional woodworker, college professor, cabinetmaker, furniture maker, and wood turner. Glenn Palmieri made some of the furnishings for the Ground Zero Mass.

For more information about Bentwood Studio’s, and to view courses and scheduling, visit or call 914-227-7898.

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October 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

CEO of outdoor furniture manufacturer Summer Classics awarded for entrepreneurship

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Outdoor furniture manufacturer Summer Classics’ president and CEO, William Bew White III, recently received the Allan J. McDonald International Entrepreneur Award for 2013. The award was presented to White by the Society of International Business Fellows`at a ceremony on October 5 in Toronto, Ontario.

White, a member of the SIBF Class of 1989, entered the textile business after earning his degree in textile engineering from the Auburn University in 1970. In 1978, White left the textile business and held a position as a representative for wholesale goods. In the 1980s, White chose to establish Summer Classics to produce furniture.

According to White, “I am incredibly honored to have been chosen to receive an award created for such an inspirational individual. I have seen many SIBF fellows make outstanding strides in international entrepreneurship, and I am proud to be named one of them.”

Summer Classics, based in Alabama, is a manufacturer of premier outdoor furniture. The company has showrooms located in Atlanta; Chicago; and High Point, N.C., as well as over 300 authorized dealers across the U.S. Learn more at

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October 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

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