Kaitlin Petersen

Inside a new shelter magazine for black interior designers

industry insider | July 15, 2019
Last year, Atlanta designer Celeste Alexander put her three-decade-long career on pause to launch Curated Quarters, a quarterly print and digital magazine featuring the work of African-American designers. By Kaitlin Petersen & Robyn Smith

India Hicks shutters her lifestyle brand

comings & goings | July 5, 2019
The former model, style icon, daughter of renowned British decorator David Hicks announced on Wednesday that her eponymous lifestyle line is shuttering. By Kaitlin Petersen

Passing the baton: Interior Define’s founder and new CEO on the next chapter

weekly feature | July 3, 2019
After six years at the helm, Interior Define founder Rob Royer moves into a new role as chairman of the board. BOH caught up with Royer and his brand’s new CEO, Bonobos and ModCloth alum Anthony Nieves—to discuss the company’s growth, brand-building around a strong value proposition, and knowing when the time is right for a big move. By Kaitlin Petersen

Was this year’s NeoCon the last iteration of the show as we know it?

weekly feature | June 26, 2019
At the 51st-annual edition of the venerable contract design show in Chicago earlier this month, attendees buzzed about the departure of longtime tenants Knoll, Herman Miller and Vitra from the Mart. What do these notable brand defections mean for the show, and for the commercial design industry at large? It depends on who you ask. By Kaitlin Petersen

Is Trad Home’s new business model the future of magazines?

industry insider | June 24, 2019
Two weeks ago, the Meredith-owned shelter magazine announced that it would transition from a subscription model to a quarterly, newsstand-only special-interest publication amid widespread layoffs. BOH caught up with the Meredith president Doug Olson and Traditional Home editor in chief Jill Waage to find out what precipitated the changes at the beloved title, why the company still believes in Trad Home, and what comes next. By Kaitlin Petersen

Showroom defections and foreclosure drama: Is DCOTA in trouble?

weekly feature | June 19, 2019
After Wells Fargo filed a $172.9 million foreclosure suit earlier this month, DCOTA is facing a crisis of property value and tenant turnover. Can building upgrades and high-end branding help the Dania Beach, Florida–based design center bounce back? By Kaitlin Petersen

Material Bank tests brick and mortar concept in Chicago

digital disruptors | June 14, 2019
This week, Material Bank opened its first lab in a marquis spot at the Mart in Chicago. The brand’s creator, Adam Sandow, tells BOH how the disruptive digital memo-sampling platform aims to solve designer pain. points without killing reps’ sales. By Kaitlin Petersen

Will the buildings of the future be made of port mud?

industry insider | June 6, 2019
In his booth at Salone del Mobile’s Salone.Satellite this spring, Yann Santerre debuted the start of an ambitious project: a new building material to rival concrete—formulated out of sediment dredged from a local harbor. By Kaitlin Petersen

An imperfect union: What went wrong at Robert Allen Duralee—and what’s to come?

weekly feature | May 15, 2019
On May 2, RADG was saved from liquidation by Tennessee–based real estate developer Brant Enderle, who purchased the failing company for $19 million. On the same day, Enderle issued a round of layoffs, letting go of a reported 36 employees, including the entire executive leadership team. BOH analyzes how the brand got here and where it’s headed next. By Kaitlin Petersen

With Perigold, trade brands find a compelling online avenue

digital disruptors | May 9, 2019
Last month Perigold turned heads by adding more designer-favorite trade brands to its platform, including Century Furniture, Lillian August, Start Studio Rugs, Janus et Cie and Lladró. Business of Home caught up with the site’s general manager, Rebecca Ginns, to take stock of the company’s progress—and get a sense of how it plans to grow. By Kaitlin Petersen
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