Digital Disruptors

May the best design management software win

digital disruptors | May 21, 2019
The design industry has a new arms race: project management software. To the outside world, it is record-keeping with the sex appeal of the tax code. But for design professionals, it’s the administrative lifeblood of any operation that’s graduated from Excel and earnest prayer. On the heels of Ivy's announcement today of a new feature that converts mood boards into purchasing orders, here’s how project management platforms Ivy, Design Manager (now powered by 1stdibs), Studio Design and Fuigo are evolving to fit interior designers’ constantly changing digital admin needs. By Arianne Nardo

Why are designers leaving money on the table?

case study | May 16, 2019
Interior designers play a critical role in the home furnishings supply chain, but they aren’t leveraging their buying power. The result is a lot of opportunity squandered—and money left on the table. By Maury Riad

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

Is Bloomist the future of online retail?

digital disruptors | April 26, 2019
Started by entrepreneur Michael Zung and design maven Alex Bates, home decor e-commerce site Bloomist is inspired by the founders’ shared love of nature and handmade craft. The pair feel the time is right for small, focused companies with an authentic story to tell. By Fred Nicolaus

Is this the first truly direct-to-consumer startup?

digital disruptors | April 4, 2019
Unlike other bedding disruptors, who cobble together a supply chain from third party vendors across the globe, 10Grove relies on a simple two-step process: their fabric is made at a partner mill in Italy and shipped to founder Rana Argenio’s family’s factory in Houston, where’s it cut, sewn and shipped. Argenio says the simplicity of the process allows 10Grove to cut out more middlemen, control quality, and deliver a superior product at a comparable price point. By Fred Nicolaus

What to know before outsourcing your social media

weekly feature | April 3, 2019
For many designers, keeping up with Instagram and client projects is like having two jobs. Could outsourcing to a social media management agency, PR firm or freelance guru be the answer? Business of Home talked to experts to find out how it works. By Jessica Dailey

With its new registry program, Artemest brings one-of-a-kind artistry to wedding gifting

digital disruptors | March 29, 2019
Something old, something new, something borrowed—something Italian? Earlier this week, high-end online marketplace Artemest launched its own wedding registry program. “As a luxury design destination online, we felt that the market was missing a high-end service with the human touch people really need during such an important moment,” says Marco Credendino, who cofounded the site with jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno in 2015. By Kaitlin Petersen

The robots are coming, and they’re designing furniture

digital disruptors | March 27, 2019
Big data, meet big design. This week e-design platform Modsy is launching a new collection of sofas and chairs, Minna Home, exclusively available to users. The twist? When designing the line, the company relied heavily on data it had collected on customer preferences. By Fred Nicolaus
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