• Cindy W. Hodnett

Design Today Winter 2014 is here!

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Design Today December 2014In the second issue of Design Today, a quarterly B2B digital magazine for interior designers produced by Progressive Business Media, designers, as well as furniture industry retailers and manufacturers, are talking about many of the subjects that impact your business. (Click to read.)

On the product side, The Essentials—also known as a variety of home furnishings products in the Oh So Good, Betters Box and Quest for Best categories—gives you a look at some of the recent market introductions suppliers are offering, underscoring how the lines between price points can be blurred through design.

Referencing their evolving business strategies, designers Libby Langdon and Dakota Jackson talk about how they have embraced new consumer demographics to expand their market horizons, adding product in new price ranges. Lauren Renfrow talks about accessories and her work at Times Two Design and Bob Mackie weighs in on his new partnership with KAS Rugs.

In The Mix, designers and manufacturers Baker and Bassett Furniture talk about what works well and what doesn’t in a sometimes difficult professional relationship. Retail Showcase adds another voice to the discussion, underscoring the awareness that every stage of the product-to-home process benefits from a designer’s input.

Industry veteran Mary Knackstedt talks about the importance of recognizing and celebrating genius. At the other end of the career spectrum, Rachael Bozsik, who describes herself as an entrepreneurship major, shares her experience of visiting High Point Market as a college design student and highlights some of the products that she, part of the sought-after Millennial demographic, found appealing.

Mary Knackstedt writes, “Clients today are buying the stories behind the product.” The winter issue of Design Today includes quite a few of those stories—take a look here.

Cindy HodnettCindy W. Hodnett | Upholstery/Style Editor

As the Upholstery/Style Editor for Furniture/Today, I spend my work hours studying the sloping curves of sofa frames, the intricacies of fabric and the nail head trim and button accents that function as jewelry on a piece of upholstery. I research the companies that bring these things together for retailers, and ultimately consumers, and interview industry leaders about their business strategies and where they think furniture is heading in the future. And when traveling, I provide a sneak peek at what I'm seeing, whether at international markets or in High Point or Las Vegas.

I look forward to sharing what I see and I hope you'll feel free to do the same. Email me at chodnett@furnituretoday.com or follow me on Twitter @CynthiaWHodnett.

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