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Robotics for future apartments, today


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 more with less space. A [...]

Robotics for future apartments, today2017-06-21T11:57:35+10:00

Smart office furniture from Herman Miller


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 with Herman Miller desks, or [...]

Smart office furniture from Herman Miller2017-06-21T11:48:40+10:00

Ikea targets small apartments


Ikea is launching new micro-living furniture, inspired by storage ideas in actual space shuttles. The company will shrink its furniture to target those who have to move into small apartments and tiny homes. “An Ikea team is looking into how a Mars habitat can become more like home,” Ikea said in a statement. The micro-living [...]

Ikea targets small apartments2017-06-21T11:46:41+10:00

Amazon is focusing on furniture


Amazon.com 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 companies that currently dominate online [...]

Amazon is focusing on furniture2017-06-21T11:43:34+10:00

Global design trends for 2017


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) in New York, as well [...]

Global design trends for 20172017-06-21T11:41:09+10:00

Prospects are strong for Nick Scali


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 to shareholders, according to Adrian [...]

Prospects are strong for Nick Scali2017-06-21T11:38:11+10:00

Pillow Talk reaches milestone year


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 why companies succeeded or failed. [...]

Pillow Talk reaches milestone year2017-06-21T11:36:10+10:00

Vast franchise boasts lower cost base


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, and cuts the cost and [...]

Vast franchise boasts lower cost base2017-06-21T11:34:22+10:00

Aussie online furniture ready to take on Amazon


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 Carlinea Williamson, founder of a [...]

Aussie online furniture ready to take on Amazon2017-06-21T11:31:29+10:00

Highlighting home-grown design


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 the fair. He said, "In [...]

Highlighting home-grown design2017-06-21T11:27:52+10:00
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