Donald Flanders inducted into AHF Hall of Fame
October 16, 2017,
GREENSBORO—Nearly 1,000 industry members gathered for the 29th annual American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro, N.C., last night.
Joining the current 108 Hall of Fame members, four new members were inducted: Donald H. Flanders Sr., Lloyd Flanders, Inc.; Bernard D. Moray, Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design; Samuel Kuo, Samson Holding International; Vladimir Kagan, The Vladimir Kagan Design Group.
The event was special for the casual industry because the late Flanders, a veteran and innovator in the industry, was honored for his lifetime achievements.
Donald Flanders began his career with two employees and his wife. He transformed outdoor furniture in 1985 when he introduced consumers to weather-resistant furniture that looked like traditional natural wicker. He acquired a Lloyd Loom factory, which weaves natural fiber made of twisted cellulose (paper) reinforced with aluminum stakes, and added a weatherproof coating, thus launching a new category that would become a backbone of the casual furnishings industry.
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