August is a month meant for browsing, which is all the more reason to step into these highly shoppable new spaces. In our monthly showroom roundup, all the expansions and openings to have on your radar.
After nearly two decades of strong sales partnerships, Kyle Bunting, founder of his eponymous Austin, Texas–based decorative hide rug brand, severed all showroom ties. Here’s why he fervently believes in selling direct-to-consumer—and that other makers should follow suit.
Late last year, the 183-year-old British textile house consolidated its facilities into a 20,000-square-foot warehouse 20 miles outside Baltimore. The move certainly provided more space, but it was also about investing in the company’s core strategy: collaboration with the trade.
At the end of the month, Patrick Dragonette’s famed La Cienega Boulevard showroom will close. Dragonette tells Business of Home about the industry’s bittersweet evolution and how his brand will become more accessible even as he relocates to Palm Desert.
At the 51st-annual edition of the venerable contract design show in Chicago earlier this month, attendees buzzed about the departure of longtime tenants Knoll, Herman Miller and Vitra from the Mart. What do these notable brand defections mean for the show, and for the commercial design industry at large? It depends on who you ask.