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Market Outlook  

What Does Brexit Mean For The UK Furniture Industry?

On 23rd June, a majority of Britons voted to leave the European Union. A significant 72.2% of the electorate turned out – and 51.9% of them opted for Brexit. This somewhat unexpected outcome caused the pound to plummet, and saw billions wiped off the stock market. The PM announced his resignation, leaving a Government divided.

Trend

Trends From The Milan Salone Del Mobile 2016

The 2016 edition of the Salone del Mobile in Milan has been the most crowded ever - recording more than 372,000 visitors - confirming its mission to be the most important resource in the world when it comes to trends in furniture design.

BUSINESS ISSUE

From Action To Accelerated Learning For Ultimate Performance

Actions speak louder than words. Thus, managers spend more time “doing than thinking”. On the other hand, academics spend more time “thinking than doing”. There is a widening gap between the theory and practice of management. Action learning holds the key to bridging the “knowing and doing” gap, i.e. the cycle of See-Think-Plan-Do. However, in the 21st century this action learning cycle is inadequate.

Spotlight  

Deesawat - Leader in Eco Design

Within the Asia region, the Thai furniture industry is known to stand out amongst its neighbours for its innovative
and contemporary designs with a unique Thai twist. Coupled with high quality production and creative use of
materials, Thai furniture products have been enjoying a price premium over its competitors in markets globally.

CHINA FOCUS  

Product Clustering

My recent experience as a judge in Qingdao Furniture Exhibition and Nankang Furniture Exhibition has led me to consider a phenomenon: I noticed a several “blocks” at both exhibitions. For example in Gaomi, many factories are producing large and rough wooden frame sofas, this is one “block”; in Gaomi, there is another “block” that makes northern European designs; In Jiaodong, there are similarly designed bedroom furniture and pinewood child bunk bed “block”.

Furniture Insights   

US Furniture Insights

Our latest survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors continued to show slower business conditions for this part of the industry through April 2016. New orders were down 3 percent from April 2015 with 69 percent of the participants reporting lower orders. This decline brought year-to-date orders to the negative, falling 1 percent from the first four months of last year.