Here's a cross section of design industry-related news -- what's happening now and in the near future.


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Coming Fall 2018, Kravet Couture introduces Well-Suited, the first collection with acclaimed designer David Phoenix. Well-Suited is inspired by the details of men's haberdashery using traditional elements and details paired with modern styling. The collection has a balanced mix of grand and small-scale patterns, checks, stripes, and solid textures, brought to life through a harmonizing color palette. For this collection, Phoenix says he looked to the past for inspiration. "I like to return to a time when luxurious living and smart styling were common components of our lives."

The Howard Elliott Collection and NYC-based television and movie set decorator Beth Kushnick, best known for her work as set decorator on the CBS hit television series “The Good Wife” and the critically acclaimed spin off “The Good Fight” will develop a collection of wall décor and decorative accessories that will be added to the company’s current assortment and be used in future sets decorated by Kushnick. She will also contribute to Howard Elliott’s social media channels and Design Lounge. “Working with Howard Elliott is going to allow me to create an elevated level of design...They are a detail-oriented company who truly appreciates and understands the craft that defines me.” says Kushnick. The new collection is set to launch in early 2019.


Surya Chicago ribbon cutting

Surya Chicago ribbon cutting

SURYA opened a 5,000-square-foot, to-the-trade Chicago showroom, located in Suite 619 at the Design Center at The Merchandise Mart. In addition to shopping Surya’s luxury rugs, lighting, textiles, wall décor, accents, and bedding, designers will also be able to collaborate with their clients in designated workspaces outfitted with state-of-the-art technology.

PORT 68, known for its colorful and highly patterned lighting, accessories and accent furniture, including licensed collections with Scalamandre and Colonial Williamsburg, has a new home at Americasmart in Building 1 on the 14th Floor, E22. 


The 23rd Annual Pinnacle Awards has been expanded to include a new Maker’s Category designed to recognize those who create one-of-a-kind pieces for sale in galleries and stores, as well as client-specific products. Additionally, the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) is amplifying the former Accessory Category into three separate classifications—Wall Décor, Floor Décor, and Tabletop. Likewise, the former Lighting Category has been divided into Fixtures and Portables.  “As the emphasis on great design intensifies across all home furnishings channels and the lines between channels continues to blur, the ASFD board of directors is moving to ensure that the Pinnacle Awards celebrates the most comprehensive vision of home furnishings product design in the industry,” says Catina Roscoe, President of ASFD. Set for October 15, 2018, the Twenty-Third Annual Pinnacle Awards Gala will take place in the High Point University, Congdon School of Health Sciences. “We expect the move to this new venue to elevate the entire Pinnacles experience,”  says John Conrad, Executive Director ASFD and podcaster at Design Between the Lines. Deadline for entering the competition is July 31st. For more information:

Hooker Furniture is settings its sights on expanding its relationships and support of interior designers through a new relationship forged with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and its more than 25,000 members. Registered as a National Industry Partner, Hooker Furniture and sister companies, Bradington-Young and Sam Moore Furniture, plan greater participation in key networking events in the ASID community nationally and through its 47 chapters across the country. “This is the first step in a larger strategic plan that will unfold in the coming months to promote our position in the marketplace as a premier furniture resource for the interior design community,” said Johne Albanese, vice president of corporate marketing for Hooker Furniture.

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