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An acquisition isn’t an invite: Why Janus et Cie wants to keep its brand autonomy

weekly feature | September 19, 2018
While most of the girls in her grade school chose to babysit to fill their coin purses, Janice Feldman opted for a job with a higher pay grade: selling exterior siding. After finishing her homework, the 13-year-old would spend the rest of the night spinning the rotary of her robin’s-egg-blue Pri... By Mel Studach

How Instagram turned these influencers into product designers

weekly feature | September 12, 2018
Have you made a purchase on Instagram? If you’re among the site’s 500 million active daily users, there’s a large chance that you have—a reported 30 percent of the social-media titan’s consumers have used the app to purchase goods. And a number of influential design accounts are transforming tha... By Katy B. Olson

With $2.6 million in new funding, The Inside co-founders are ready for prime time

weekly feature | September 5, 2018
Two custom-furniture-on-demand founders are angling for a slice of the multibillion-dollar home furnishings pie. Entrepreneur and design author Christiane Lemieux, formerly of a fast-furniture brand, and Britt Bunn, founder of a former text-based design app, announced today that they have closed... By Katy B. Olson

Discussing design and e-commerce with Food52’s buying director

weekly feature | August 29, 2018
Browse Food52’s product offerings—kitchen, table, home, outdoors, pantry, and even sourced vintage finds and only-found-here collaborations—and it is clear the brand’s e-commerce strategy has been as carefully designed as, say, the hand-knotted wool rugs from Canadian maker Gus* Modern, or the l... By Katy B. Olson

New CEO is transforming Frette from linens to lifestyle

weekly feature | August 22, 2018
Emerging wellness trends and the rise of direct-to-consumer ecommerce players have contributed to the $22 billion home textiles market. This summer marked the launch of the first-ever Sleep Show, a three-day expo expected to present nearly 200 sleep product manufacturers. Now more than ever, bra... By Melissa Studach

The Black Interior Designers Network is breaking the mold

weekly feature | August 8, 2018
Black Interior Designers Network (BIDN) president Keia McSwain opened the organization’s seventh-annual conference at ADAC last month with a moving tribute to her mentor, the late Kimberly Ward, who founded the group in 2011. “One of the most important things Kim taught me was that if you have a... By Kaitlin Petersen

Designer Nicole Gibbons intends to upend the paint industry

weekly feature | July 31, 2018
Like many designers, Nicole Gibbons had a tried-and-true roster of paint colors. But for the average shopper, she realized, buying paint was a real pain point in the decorating experience—a choice that could sometimes feel more agonizing than investing in the house itself. “When I would talk to ... By Kaitlin Petersen

House Beautiful’s digital redesign is ruffling feathers

industry insider | July 25, 2018
Even the most well-intentioned changes aren’t always met with excitement. House Beautiful, the 100-plus-year-old publication owned by Hearst, learned that lesson last week as it debuted a digital redesign—created by a team not affiliated with its print magazine—featuring a youthful logo and comm... By Melissa Studach and 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
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