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John Conrad, David Blair
John Conrad passes the ISFD torch to David Blair on his retirement at the end of 2022.

David Blair Named Executive Director of the International Society of Furniture Designers

Having served the International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) for more than 13 years, first as a board member, vice president, president and finally as its executive director, John Conrad is…
Patrick Chapin, American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation
Patrick Chapin has been named CEO of the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation.

American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Names New CEO

The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation has named Patrick Chapin as Chief Executive Officer. In his new role, Chapin will lead the opening of the industry’s new home as a place to…
HPMA Board of Directors
For 2023, the HPMA Board of Directors will include (Top: L to R) Griffin McClure, Patti Carpenter, Neil MacKenzie; (bottom L to R) Blake Millinor, Joni Vanderslice and Taylor West.

HPMA Announces Board of Directors Updates for 2023

The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) announces updates to its board of directors, effective January 1, 2023. Six incoming board members will serve a two-year term ending in December 2024,…
Miles Sherrill, ISFD photo of chair
Miles Sherrill took home the People's Choice photo winner for this image of the Cio Arm Chair by Brian Boggs.

ISFD Names Innovation + Design Photo Winner

As part of the International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) INNOVATION + DESIGN 2022 exhibition local photographers were invited to imaginatively shoot the INNOVATION + DESIGN finalists’…

Artist Katie Merz Creates Sustainably Themed Mural

The distinct and authentic style of Brooklyn-based artist, Katie Merz, captured the attention of Valdese Weavers as they were trying to find a meaningful way to share their passion for sustainability…
Polywood Outdoor, Martha Stewart
Polywood has launched an outdoor collection with Martha Stewart.

Polywood Launches Martha Stewart Outdoor Furniture Collection

Home design icon Martha Stewart is joining forces with outdoor furniture manufacturer Polywood to launch a collection of relaxed heirloom-worthy designs made to last a lifetime. Polywood is the…

Spectra Home Ends Freight Surcharge

Upholstery manufacturer, Spectra Home, is happy to announce that they have eliminated the freight surcharge on their entire line, including new Market introductions, effective October 1, 2022. The…
Dana Helms, Outward Inc
Dana Helms has joined Outward as a business development executive.

Outward Adds Home Furnishings Veteran to Business Development Team

Outward, Inc., the independent Williams-Sonoma Inc. company, has hired home furnishings veteran, Dana Helms, as its new SMBR business development executive. Helms will be working with Outward’s team…
High Point Market Authority Executive Team
Clockwise from Top Left: Tammy Nagem, Terry Venable, Ben Muller and Ashley Grigg.

High Point Market Authority Reorganizes for Leadership Transition Following Fall Market

High Point Market Authority (HPMA) prepares for its previously announced leadership transition following Fall Market with a new reporting structure outlined by incoming President and Chief Executive…
Jodi Brookshire, Furniture of America
Jodi Brookshire has joined Furniture of America as VP Sales and Marketing.

Furniture of America Names New Corporate VP of Sales and Marketing

Furniture of America, a full line furniture resource based in City of Industry, CA, has announced that Jodi Brookshire has joined the company as their Corporate Vice President of Sales and Marketing…
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