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St. Frank launches its inaugural tabletop

industry insider | July 20, 2018
St. Frank, the mission-driven furnishings and textiles brand, is branching out into tabletop. Its latest line is the Oaxacan Tabletop Collection, comprising pieces created by a number of artisan groups in the Mexican state. The materials vary, with one group working in black clay to create plate... By Katy B. Olson

Liaigre opens new showroom in Midtown Manhattan

industry insider | July 19, 2018
Courtesy Claire Israël, Liaigre Liaigre is opening its second New York City showroom this summer, marking the brand’s third flagship showroom location in the U.S., after one on the Upper East Side in Manhattan and one in Miami. “The NoMad Design District is becoming New York’s preemin... By Robyn Smith

Instagram-powered Bright.Bazaar Collection makes its real-life debut

digital disruptors | July 19, 2018
Will Taylor, the British influencer behind the Bright.Bazaar blog and Instagram account, launched a line for grandinroad this week. Comprising living room, dining room, entry and home office furniture, the 40-piece Bright.Bazaar Collection also includes tabletop and wall decor, lamps, pillows, t... By Katy B. Olson

Residents open their homes for Cape May showhouse

east coast edition | July 19, 2018
This fall, four privately owned homes open their doors for a daylong tour presented by Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), in Cape May, New Jersey. While prior editions featured one home, this year’s Cape May Designer House Tour includes four seaside spots: The Villa at Will... By Katy B. Olson

Four Hands acquires two companies

texas edition | July 19, 2018
It's official: Four Hands has acquired fellow Austin, Texas, company Wonderwall, whose handcrafted, made-to-order artisan frames will complement the home furnishing brand’s artwork, photography and specialty print products. It also acquired the Austin-based technology firm Adaptdev, with plans o... By Katy B. Olson

Sotheby's partners with WWF on art rugs fundraiser

industry insider | July 18, 2018
World Wildlife Fund has partnered with Sotheby’s to create Tomorrow’s Tigers, a new fundraising project that features carpets. The project was created in support of the TX2 goal, which is a global commitment to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022. All the artwork will be on show at t... By Robyn Smith

Have you met this year’s ICON lifetime achievement winner?

southeast edition | July 18, 2018
Drumroll, please: This year’s Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA)/Gift for Life Honor of Excellence goes to April Cornell, the home furnishings and fashion designer known for starting out following the Silk Road and visiting Istanbul and Afghanistan. Delivered by Arianna Huffington at the n... By Katy B. Olson

How one chic young upstart is rethinking the trade show

weekly feature | July 18, 2018
Shoppe Object’s founders have chops. The semiannual home and gift show is debuting to the trade next month from Jesse James, founder of the showroom and agency Aesthetic Movement, as well as Deirdre Maloney and Minya Quirk, two founders of the apparel trade show Capsule. All three draw from long... By Katy B. Olson

Am I a stylist or a designer? 

business advice | July 18, 2018
Dear Sean: I am weighing an offer from a potential new client. The fee is great. However, her existing home is a disaster: a mix of conflicting aesthetics, a jumble of clashing furniture, atrocious art … The list goes on. Of course, I want to do an entire revamp, but she’s making it clear tha... By Sean Low

Meet the innovative Rado short-listers

industry insider | July 17, 2018
The London Design Festival may be two months away, but there’s already news out from across the pond: Rado will be the headline partner of Designjunction 2018. Embracing the year’s theme of “On Time/Time Off,” projects for the brand’s yearly design award, the Rado Star Prize, spanned ceramics, f... By Katy B. Olson
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