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Robotics for future apartments, today

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The home of the future is one step closer to reality with the launch of Ori Systems’ first product, an all-in-one robotic dresser, desk and bed. Showrooming in luxury real estate developments in a number of US cities, Ori is debuting its new, modular furniture that enables city-dwellers to do [...]

Smart office furniture from Herman Miller

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Herman Miller has teamed up with Swiss designer Yves Béhar for a new suite of smart office furniture that launched recently at NeoCon, a trade fair for commercial interiors in Chicago (USA). This line of furniture is called Live OS and uses a system with sensors that can come preinstalled [...]

Amazon is focusing on furniture

FB Newsletter| is making a major push into furniture and appliances, including building at least four massive warehouses that specialise in handling bulky items, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal who spoke with people familiar with the online company’s plans. With that move, Amazon is taking on two [...]

Global design trends for 2017

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At the Milan Furniture Fair, collaborations between fashion and design companies are on the rise, and there is a move towards modular structures, super sofas and bright colours. Finely-crafted collectibles were shown at the 56th edition of Salone del Mobile in Milan and the recent International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) [...]

Prospects are strong for Nick Scali

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Shares for furniture retailer Nick Scali (NCK) have surged in the past 12 months with solid sales growth and continued margin expansion. Founded in 1962 by Nick Scali and listed in 2004, NCK has a track record of delivering consistent earnings growth and a steadily increasing stream of fully-franked income [...]

Pillow Talk reaches milestone year

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Queensland-based Pillow Talk is celebrating 40 years in business. The bedding and homewares company has been operating since 1977, when the brand’s first store opened in Brisbane’s Ann Street. Now over 50 Pillow Talk stores operate around the country. Chief executive and co-founder Heath Goddard said there were many reasons [...]

Vast franchise boasts lower cost base

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Australian franchise Vast Furniture & Homewares said it has developed a business that runs a lower cost base than that of industry standards. CEO and founder of Vast, Ross Clayton has criticised this way of doing business and has devloped an alternative model that has removed the need for storage, [...]

Aussie online furniture ready to take on Amazon

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House of Home is an online marketplace that offers products from over 400 local Australian retailers and has annual revenue of more than $4 million. The business came about after co-founder Stephen Jones started a web-based furniture marketplace called Furniture Exchange in 2013. Soon after the launch, he merged with [...]

Highlighting home-grown design

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The Denfair Furniture Fair, held recently in Melbourne, is constantly focused on contemporary Australian designs. "The idea behind Denfair was simply to give Australia a platform to promote original design without compromise," Thibaud Cau-Cecile told the Financial Review. Cau-Cecile, along with Claudio Oyarce, manages Unwritten Shows, the organising body behind [...]

Adelaide made, bespoke furniture

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Three furniture designers from South Australia are making waves in the industry. They are benefiting from the state’s booming hospitality scene and a demand for locally-made, handmade products. Wholegrain Studio Josh McCallum is the self-described “object maker” behind Wholegrain Studio and said the majority of fitout jobs come from food [...]

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