Product Focus


License to thrill

November/December 2017— What do luxury consumers want in upholstery? It helps if you have a name behind it. Pull up a chair. Comfort, customization and cachet. These are the watch-words…


Invitation to Dine

October 2017— Predictions on formal dining’s demise are premature. Retailers should pull up a chair and prepare to feast. Remember that time not so long ago when industry oracles were…


Endless Summer

September 2017— As outdoor furniture numbers swell, the rush to ride the wave is on. Change is in the air for the outdoor category, and it’s not just the approach…



Accent Action

July 2017— Occasional furniture offers a chance to personalize homes while giving retailers quick and easy sales. Consumers, retailers and manufacturers agree when it comes to the popularity of occasional,…




Better Bedrooms

March 2017— Consumers are more diverse than ever, which means today’s bedroom furniture must have broad appeal. More and more consumers want their bedrooms to be a retreat, a restful…


Time to Get to Work

February/March, 2017— Manufacturers are rethinking, reimagining the home office category With a few notable exceptions (think Nebraska Furniture Mart and Mathis Bros.), home office departments are shrinking in independent home…