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Mary Gannon Design to create Alice in Wonderland children’s furniture

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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Mary Gannon Design has teamed up with Walker Books – the world’s leading independent publisher of children’s literature – to produce an exquisite range of children’s furniture that brings Carroll’s colorful world to life.

Handmade in U.K.’s the Cotswolds by local craftsmen and decorated by esteemed illustrator Helen Oxenbury, the covetable collection includes a four-door storage unit, the White Rabbit wardrobe and the Caucus Race table. Also featured are handmade cushions, in four designs.

www.marygannondesign.co.uk

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June 5, 2015 at 7:00 am

Ashley Furniture unveils e-commerce headquarters

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After a six-state competition, Ybor City, a neighborhood in Tampa, Florida, will become the e-commerce headquarters of Ashley Furniture, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

At a formal unveiling with Tampa political and economic development leaders this morning, the giant Wisconsin-based furniture company – which bills itself as the world’s largest furniture manufacturer and top selling brand of furniture in North America – said its subsidiary, Ashcomm LLC, will operate its U.S. e-commerce operations from 70,000 square feet of space in Centro Ybor. The site is in the heart of Tampa’s historic business and entertainment district.

The business will eventually house more than 100 employees in executive, administrative, marketing, design, and information technology positions for both the e-commerce business as well as other Ashley corporate operations. The opening was delayed by about a year, but employees are expected to move in by the end of 2015.

“This is a time of strong growth for Ashley Furniture and we’re proud to partner with the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, and the Ybor City business community to build our future in this exciting and historic location,” said Ashley CEO Todd Wanek at the Centro Ybor event.

Ashley Furniture Industries founder and CEO Ron Wanek said at the event that thousands of employees will visit the headquarters for training.

“The competition among the six states vying for Ashcomm’s new headquarters was fierce,” said Sandy Murman, board chair of the county commission. “We are thankful to Ashley for the jobs and investment they’ve already made in Brandon, and look forward to Ashcomm’s and Ashley’s efforts in Ybor City.”

See the full story, along with pictures of the event, here.

www.ashleyfurniture.com

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June 1, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Smart furniture now recharges smartphones with surface contact

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Thanks to the emergence of Qi technology, phones can be charged wirelessly simply by putting it on a bedside table. Or lamp. Or kitchen surface.

Qi, pronounced “chee”, meaning “natural energy” in Chinese, works by using a transmission pad embedded into any hard surface (including furniture and lighting) that charges your mobile using something called resonant inductive coupling.

 

It’s basically a magnetic field that transfers power from the pad to a receiver embedded within a device. At the moment, Qi only works with compatible smartphones that already have the inbuilt technology.

Many Samsung phones do, for example, including its swanky new flagship model, the Galaxy S6. iPhones don’t.

But even if your smartphone isn’t Qi enabled, buying a Qi smart case will also do the trick, including ones made for both the iPhone 5 and 6.

Ryan Sanderson, commercial development executive at office and home wireless charging company Aircharge, has seen a surge in demand for installing Qi technology in offices.

It recently set up Qi in Microsoft’s Paddington HQ in London, as well as in hotels, shops and restaurants including McDonald’s. “It’s a natural response to rapidly changing trends in working practices, as well as technology and legislation,” says Sanderson. Starbucks, meanwhile, is rolling out wireless charging by installing powermats in its coffee shops. What about at home?

For furniture stylistas, father-and-son duo Steve and Rob Hodge of Evoni Design have recently launched the appropriately named Chill & Charge range.

Sleek with a hint of mid-century, the coffee and side tables come in walnut, grey ash, elm, oak or wenge.

Moving into the kitchen, DuPont, the company that makes Corian work surfaces, is currently pioneering Qi technology. Just think, it won’t be long before you’ll be able to chop and charge too.

See the full story here: http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/charge-of-the-light-brigade-the-new-smart-furniture-that-allows-you-to-wirelessly-charge-your-phone-10165865.html

www.aircharge.com

www.evonidesign.com

www.dupont.com

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April 29, 2015 at 7:00 am

Dura Supreme announces new bathroom furniture collection

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Dura Supreme Cabinetry’s new bathroom furniture collection offers six unique styles, each with coordinating linen cabinets and mirrors. Designs can be personalized with any number of door styles, wood species and finish options, and custom sized.

“Dura Supreme’s new furniture bath program provides home-owners and designers with a beautiful array of options that can be customized to suit their specific space,” said Karen Wistrom, Dura Supreme’s vice president of marketing.  “With all of our door, wood and finish offerings along with special sizing, it’s never been easier to do a quick remodel with an entire collection of bath furniture designed to coordinate and complement each other.”

The furniture vanity program offers six designs that are pre-engineered to be easy to design, easy to order, and easy to install.  Coordinating linen cabinets and mirrors are also available.  In addition, a series of floating vanities is also available to create sleek cabinetry designs that are raised off the floor for ease of cleaning.

 

www.durasupreme.com

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April 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

Ikea introduces wireless charging furniture

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Ikea just announced its wireless charging furniture at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in San Francisco, California, joining smart phone manufacturers from around the world.

Charging smart phones may soon be a thing of the past, but while gadgets still require charging, manufacturers are looking for ways to make it easier for users to get and keep their smart phones’ batteries full.

Swedish furniture manufacturer Ikea might look out of its league at the MWC, where gadget manufacturers such as Microsoft, Samsung, HTC, and Sandisk are in attendance for product launches. Ikea did not introduce a new wearable or smart phone, but furniture pieces that can charge smart phones wirelessly, like bedside tables and lamps.

The company’s smart line of furniture pieces, called “Home Smart,” utilizes Qi wireless technology. The lamps and bedside tables are equipped with special charging pads, enabling wireless charging.

The smart devices that are to be charged wirelessly must also be compatible with the Qi wireless charging technology. The user only needs to leave the smart phone next to a Home Smart lamp or furniture for fast, wireless charging.

See the full story from Christianity Daily here

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March 23, 2015 at 7:00 am

Lectures, workshops at Winterthur’s furniture forum

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Explore the regional and cultural diversity of New York furniture, discover creations of lesser known but immensely talented cabinetmakers, and immerse yourself in a celebration of furniture at the Sewell C. Biggs Winterthur Furniture Forum: From New Netherland to Empire State: New York Furniture.

The forum opens Wednesday, March 4, and closes Saturday, March 7, with five optional object workshops and an exhibition tour each day. Eight lectures will be offered on Thursday, March 5, and six lectures and three object presentations on Friday, March 6. All lectures will be held in Copeland Lecture Hall in Winterthur’s Visitor Center.

The conference, sponsored in part by Freeman’s, is $375 for Members of Winterthur and nonprofit professionals; $435 for nonmembers; and $250 for students and graduates within the past five years with valid student ID. The fee includes Thursday and Friday lectures, lunches, and coffee breaks; and a Thursday evening reception. Wednesday and Saturday workshops and tours are an additional $75.

Registration forms, available at http://www.winterthur.org/furnitureforum, can be mailed with payment to Winterthur Information and Tours Office, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware 19735. Registration forms can be faxed to 302.888.4953, and also can be completed by calling 800.448.3883.

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February 13, 2015 at 7:00 am

New furniture visualization software aims to improve shopping experience

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Cylindo helps improve the furniture shopping experience for retailers and consumers.

A new visualization software, Cylindo (www.cylindo.com), offers furniture retailers and consumers an improved shopping experience by providing photorealistic 3-D visualization of products from any angle, in any color, in any room.

Cylindo provides furniture retailers and manufacturers with the tools to give product presentation on websites and in stores. Cylindo aims to alleviate the guesswork portion of a furniture purchase, making it easier for customers and sales staff to focus on the sale.

Founded in 2012 by former game industry entrepreneurs Lasse Krügermeier and Janus Jagd, Cylindo is now a team of 21 with headquarters in San Francisco, California, and offices in Copenhagen and Bitola.

“Using the Cylindo’s visualization platform furniture retailers can show hyper realistic 3-D renders of all product configurations and display how the products would look like in consumer’s home prior to purchase which makes the more comfortable with transacting online as they can understand every detail of the product before the buy. This is crucial when you’re buying big ticket items like a couch or a dining table. When you show more, you sell more,” says Cylindo CEO Janus Jagd.

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October 20, 2014 at 7:00 am

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