The juiciest bites from the BOH news desk.
Land of Nod becomes Crate & Kids The Land of Nod is no more. The whimsical children’s furniture company was officially folded into Crate & Barrel—and rebranded as Crate & Kids—17 years after it was acquired. Most of Land of Nod’s brick-and-mortar stores closed earlier this year, but its full product lines will be available online and at more than 40 Crate & Barrel retail locations.
Domino diversifies with staging business Bennett Leifer is the latest designer to collaborate with Domino Media Group on its real estate staging service, an arm of the company that has been quietly gaining momentum since 2014. Leifer worked with the Domino team to design a 2,355-square-foot, three-bedroom residence at One Hundred Barclay in Manhattan, on the market for just over $5 million, which will appear in the magazine’s fall issue.
B2B disruptors Artemest and Eporta gain momentum Two e-commerce marketplaces with a focus on the trade, both founded in 2015, recently raised some serious cash. Italy-based Artemest, which netted $5 million in Series A funding, includes offerings from over 400 Italian artisans and designers, many exclusive to the site; an augmented reality app and other trade-only initiatives are imminent. British brand Eporta, which secured $8 million in capital, is a workflow management system that comes with deep trade discounts (up to 60 percent off) at its partner brands, including 1,200 manufacturers and 10,000 companies.
In memoriam: Larry Kravet & Suzanne Varney Third-generation Kravet Inc. leader Larry Kravet, who evolved the business from a local fabric company into the biggest integrated trade wholesaler of decorative home products in North America, passed away in March, at 92. Suzanne Varney, co-founder of the textile and wallcoverings design studio Carleton V Ltd., passed away in April, at 81. She was remembered for treating her company as an extension of her family.
Consumer tour of High Point Market canceled After designer outcry and a robust petition ricocheted around social media, Hearst announced that it had nixed what would have been the first consumer tour of High Point Market. Many designers breathed a sigh of relief, but the tour’s organizers insist that backlash from the design community wasn’t the reason for the cancellation. The $350 tour (including guided visits through nine furniture showrooms, none of which would have allowed direct purchases) was undersubscribed, they say.
Ike Kligerman Barkley launches fellowship Awards of $12,000 went to Rebecca Kennedy of the University of Texas and Evan Sale of Yale University as part of Ike Kligerman Barkley’s inaugural Traveling Fellowship. The program, which funds travel and research, gives students the opportunity to learn about the history of architecture and design before entering the industry—something the firm feels is lacking among young talents today.
Madeline Weinrib shutters textiles brand After 20 years in business, textile and carpet designer Madeline Weinrib (right)—known for creating bold, colorful patterns and working with artisans throughout the globe—shuttered her company to pursue new artistic endeavors. She was named partner at hotel El Fenn in Marrakech and will be collaborating with the estate of the late Rene Ricard.
Photography Crate & Kids: Crate & Barrel; Bennett Leifer: Cody Guilfoyle for Domino Magazine; Madeline Weinrib: Francois Dischinger