Fritz Hansen makes acquisition, Sotheby’s record year and more

In this month of twinkling lights and garlands, now is the right time to pay homage to inventor of the artificial Christmas tree, If Spiegel—An achievement preceded by his previous life as a radio presenter and decorated WWII bomber pilot. Or, read on for the latest announcements crossing the BOH press office.

Economic news

Sotheby’s sales for 2021 topped $ 7.3 billion, The arts journal reports, marking the highest year-end total in the company’s 277-year history, and there are still more than 20 auctions left before the new year. This transport far exceeds that of 2020 – this year’s figures are 68% higher than last year’s $ 5 billion. The increase can be attributed to both an influx of new buyers and an increase in online sales; around 39% of buyers and 44% of bidders were new to Sotheby’s this year, while 92% of this year’s total auctions were placed online.

The Rhode Island School of Design has appointed Williams crystal as 18th President following the recent retirement of the outgoing President Rosanne Somerson– in the new role, Williams will become the first black president in the history of the institution. Currently, she is Boston University’s Vice President and Associate Vice President for Community and Inclusion, and will assume the new position in April 2022. As an educator, Williams is known for her commitment to advancing initiatives around diversity, equity and inclusion, a legacy that she plans to continue in her new role. “I entered this research because I believe in the value of art and design in uplifting and amplifying the human experience, and in telling about who we have been and who we can become,” said Williams. Interior design.

Danish furniture company Fritz Hansen has acquired Danish furniture company Skagerak, Dezeen reports. Following the acquisition, Fritz Hansen will add outdoor furniture to its existing product line of furniture, lighting and accessories, taking over pieces such as the indoor and outdoor furniture collection. by Skagerak, Lilium, designed in collaboration with the Danish architect Bjarké Ingels‘s farm BIG.

Garrett Leather Corporation, a private distributor of Italian upholstery leather, has acquired New York-based leather finishing company Mohawk River Leather Works. Mohawk will continue to operate under its current name, with the founders Joe sicilia and Bob hojohn remaining at the head of the company. For Garrett Leather, the purchase will allow the distributor to offer a wider range of selected colors and textures with reduced delivery times.

After 75 years in business, Wisconsin-based furniture and bedding retailer WG&R Furniture has decided to transfer ownership to its employees, Furniture today reports. The family-owned business, which employs 280 people and has showrooms statewide, to switch to employee stock ownership plan, with CEO Jim greene continue in his current job title. WG&R is the latest in a series of industry players taking the same step, as Whitewood Furniture, Kentwood Office Furniture, Norwalk Furniture and KI Furniture have all made the transition in recent years.

Travel startup AvantStay announced the completion of a $ 160 million Series B funding round, TechCrunch reports. The company’s platform facilitates the process of decorating and renting upscale homes used for vacations and short stays, and has increased revenue tenfold over the past two years while increasing the number of properties to over 1,000. With the new capital, the company plans to continue its expansion and further develop its technology to further encompass the rental property industry.

Moore & Giles appointed Small Tray as the new president of the company, while the outgoing president Sackett wood will remain within the company in his role of Managing Director. Petty joined Moore & Giles in 1994 and has held various positions with the company over the years, most recently as Executive Vice President. Building on 25 years of collaboration, Petty will join Wood to bring the company into its next era. “To look ahead, you first have to look back. I’ve learned from some of the best – Sackett Wood and Don Giles – and I thank them both for everything they’ve done for me personally, and most importantly for what they’ve done for this business, ” Petty said in a statement. “I am excited about the opportunity to lead Moore & Giles as she continues to grow in all aspects of the business. “

Launches and collaborations

Ecommerce marketplace Juniper announced the January 2022 launch of JuniperCredit, which will provide qualified buyers with a referral base of up to $ 250,000 per company for JuniperMarket purchases with standard Net 60 terms, enabling buyers 60 days to pay for their purchases. buyers will have the option to manage a single line of credit from multiple vendors through the B2B e-commerce platform.

The Bzaar technology-based online marketplace has just launched with the completion of a $ 4 million seed funding round, debuting as an “Online Showroom for India”. Aimed at small to medium-sized retailers, the platform offers more than 15,000 references in the textile, home, fashion and jewelry sectors, with a particular focus on artisans and small producers of Southeast Asia, especially community-based and women-led. brands like Jaipur Rugs, Amoliconcepts and Eyda Home.

To celebrate its 175th anniversary, the long-closed Smithsonian Institution’s Arts and Industries building reopened with the Futures exhibition, in which the artist and architect Suchi Reddy of Reddymade Architecture and Design has launched a light and artificial intelligence installation called Me + You. For the project, Reddy called on Levia Lew, director and co-founder of architectural lighting design firm Reveal Design Group, to join her team in creating the cloud of light points, glowing acrylic rods, and LED portals and panels housed in the 90’s rotunda. feet high of the building. Visitors are encouraged to approach an LED portal and express their vision for the future in just one word. Using AI technology, the piece translates the emotion and tone of the word into a kinetic mandala of color and light, and combines it with an additive display of the “collective future” of all visitors.

recommended reading

Over the past two decades, Pleasant Rowland, the creator of the American Girl doll empire, completed massive renovations throughout Aurora, New York, a project that some have compared to a “dollhouse the size of a doll.” ‘a town “. For Bordered, Clio chang delves into the business, which includes Rowland buying the dilapidated buildings on the town’s Main Street and renovating them in various historic styles of his choosing.

The Eames Lounge chair is an enduring symbol of Mid-Century style, a coveted centerpiece in homes of various designs, but what’s the story behind the chair? For Beautiful House, Hadley keller traces the origins of the chair back to Charles and Ray Eamesfrom his early years at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, then explores the piece-making process and, perhaps most importantly, how to spot an authentic Eames chair in the wild.

Unstable working conditions, long hours and low wages are common for architects in training. For The architect’s journal, Jessica myers advocates for unionization as a tool to solve the problem – the biggest obstacle, she explains, is challenging the prevailing mindset among architectural workers that middle class status superior that the profession conveys means that its members are not apt to consider themselves as workers. The New York Times also examined this question, targeting recent organizing efforts among employees at New York-based SHoP Architects, best known for its work at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, as a case study among a growing wave of organizations unions. in industry.


The 2021 Outstanding Show Pro Award, presented at the Trade Show News Network’s annual gala, went to the Director of Customer and Marketing at International Market Centers. Dorothy Belshaw. Belshaw was honored for her efforts in leading the creation of the IMC Together Safely COVID protocols, which she developed through a combination of customer research, local and national guidelines, and input from a leading epidemiologist.

In memory

British architect winner of the Pritzker Prize Richard roger died at the age of 88, the New York Times reports, leaving behind a legacy in the world of design to reshape museums, monuments and institutions as accessible centers of social and cultural connection. Rogers’ architectural achievements include the Millennium Dome in London, the Lloyd’s of London building and the Center Pompidou in Paris, which he designed as “a place for all”. The ethics have been extended to his own practice, Rogers Stirk Harbor + Partners, where 160 staff members share in the company’s profits, a percentage of which is donated to charity. “He wanted town planning to be a positive force – he worked his whole life to make cities civilizing places, not just disconnected sets of buildings,” the reviewer wrote. Paul Goldberger for the Time.

Home page image: Suchi Reddy’s light and artificial intelligence installation titled Me + You | Courtesy of the Smithsonian

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