The acquisition marks a continued effort to expand the company's services and further solidify its position in the design world. On April 15, Sandow announced the acquisition of Surface magazine and its plans to expand Interior Design and Furniture Today publications to Asia.
The newest acquisition comes on the heels of Material ConneXion’s announcement that it will open 10 Material Libraries throughout China by 2017, beginning with Beijing in October 2011 and Shanghai and Guangzhou in 2012.
"We plan to open Material Libraries around the world, bring the platform to more universities and corporations, and devote substantial funds to new technologies that will greatly benefit our clients,” said Adam I. Sandow, Chairman and CEO of Sandow.
“We are thrilled to be joining the Sandow team. Adam Sandow truly understands our vision, and we are excited to become an integral part of the Sandow platform, taking this business to the next level. I have every confidence that the future of both companies is in great hands and will continue to grow through his expertise and burgeoning network,” said Founder of Material ConneXion and Culture & Commerce, George M. Beylerian, whose primary focus going forward will be to provide vision and direction, support the growth of the company’s international licensing program, and render ambassadorial duties.
“The acquisition of Material ConneXion and Culture & Commerce is a pivotal step for us,” said Sandow. “Material ConneXion’s unparalleled expertise in materials, sustainability and design, coupled with its expanding global presence will bring substantial knowledge to our corporation and greatly magnify our business connections and international reach. Culture & Commerce’s leadership position at the intersection of the business and design worlds provides a valuable, strategic resource for ourselves and clients. With Sandow supporting them, the synergistic opportunities are exciting and limitless.”
“Sandow’s business acumen and passion for developing innovative brands makes the company a perfect partner to take our companies to the next stage,” said Michele Caniato who will remain in his leadership role as President of both Material ConneXion and Culture & Commerce.
Culture & Commerce first made its mark by bringing Philippe Starck to Target in 2001. In the decade since, its business savvy and creative expertise have been sought out by both designers seeking to develop new business and corporations who turn to Culture & Commerce to identify the right designers to make their projects successful. Recent projects have included Marcel Wanders for MAC cosmetics, Yves Behar/Fuseproject for Puma, Philippe Starck for SLS hotels, Dror Benshetrit for Target and Matthew Rolston for The Redbury hotel by SBE Entertainment.
Culture & Commerce and Material ConneXion are working together to provide companies with the essential ingredients to make a project successful: the designer, the materials and the sustainability strategy.