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Is the business of memo sampling ready for disruption?

weekly feature | November 21, 2018
Designers and manufacturers agree that memo sampling is necessary for success, however archaic the system may be. A new platform, Material Bank, hopes to streamline the sampling process.  By Jeffrey Preis

How Trump's tariffs put the home industry at risk

weekly feature | November 7, 2018
Political turbulence and an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China threaten to destabilize the production processes of many industry manufacturers. By Mel Studach

Why mass fashion brands are laser-focused on home

weekly feature | October 24, 2018
Lucky Brand joins Juicy Couture, French Connection and Madewell in the latest crop of fashion brands looking to nab a slice of the $649 billion home market. By Mel Studach

DWR is appealing to the millennial—here’s how

weekly feature | October 3, 2018
Design Within Reach CEO John Edelman and president John McPhee have got millennials on their minds. There are 80 million of them in the U.S., and they spend approximately $600 billion a year, according to one study. Yet while the demographic may be the apple of most retailers’ eyes, DWR actually... By Katy B. Olson

Kathryn Ireland wants to design the perfect room

weekly feature | September 26, 2018
Los Angeles designer Kathryn Ireland knows she’s not the first to the digital design-in-a-box party. But she does hope to do it better than any of her predecessors—and to help, she has enlisted an A-list founding team—Bunny Williams, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Jeffrey Bilhuber,... By Katy B. Olson

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

industry insider | 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
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