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Home Office Growth Seen Hiking Sales of Organization Products

CLEVELAND, OH — The COVID-19 pandemic and its demands for social distancing, telecommuting and home schooling has spurred current and projected growth for home organization products, including those for the kitchen, a major new study has found.

According to the Cleveland, OH-based industrial research firm Fredonia Group, sales of home organization products are forecast to grow 2.1% per year from an “elevated” 2020 level through 2025, reaching a total of $13.5 billion.

“As would be expected, the top reason for buying home organization products in the past year was to improve a home office space or to set up a new one,” Fredonia reported. “Similarly, setting up home study space for telecommuting schoolchildren also was a primary reason for purchases,” researchers added.

A Freedonia Group poll, conducted from November to December of 2020, found that 38% of surveyed U.S. consumers bought home organization products in the past 12 months, with purchasing habits varying across demographic groups.

“For example, households with children under 18 were far more likely to have bought home organization products than households who did not,” Fredonia said. “This trend also aligns with the middle age groups who are also more likely to be buying their first home or a home to fit their growing family,” the company added.

Products studied included bins, shelving, accessories, hardware and hanging units, as well as more elaborate installations like custom-built modular units for closets, pantries or garages.

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AG&M, Pental Surfaces and Modul Marble Rebrand

AUSTIN, TX — Architectural Surfaces Group, a leading importer and distributor of natural stone, engineered stone and tile for residential and commercial applications, has announced the strategic rebranding of its regional brands, AG&M, Pental Surfaces and Modul Marble, as Architectural Surfaces.

The new name leverages the company’s national presence to provide brand clarity and streamline the customer experience for fabricators, architects and interior designers working in both the residential kitchen and bath and commercial construction industries, notes the firm. Customers will now engage with one brand across the 20-plus U.S. markets Architectural Surfaces serves rather than three brands that varied by region.

Architectural Surfaces will continue to have global material sources, national distribution resources and customer-focused operation with roots in the communities and markets it serves, states the company.

“In consolidating under the Architectural Surfaces brand, we brought together the core elements of each regional brand’s DNA to create a more easily recognizable organization and simplify the selection, specification and purchase experience for our customers,” says Patrick Dussinger, president of Architectural Surfaces. “The focus is on authentic relationships between our people and the customers we serve, whether they are fabricators, architects, interior designers or the homeowners they send to us knowing they will receive attentive and knowledgeable service. That’s always been at the heart of who we are, and it always will be.”

Each of Architectural Surfaces locations features a selection of natural stone as well as the latest designs in engineered stone from PentalQuartz or MetroQuartz, curated to reflect the design tastes of that particular market. Select locations also offer a variety of commercial and residential tile brands for indoor, outdoor, wall and flooring applications.

For more information about Architectural Surfaces locations, products and current inventory, visit arcsurfaces.com


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BSH to Open Miami Design Center

IRVINE, CA — BSH Home Appliance Corp. is bringing its “Experience & Design Center” format to Miami next year, with plans to open a space on the top floor of the Design 41 Building, a prime setting within Miami’s Design District, the company announced.

At more than 8,000 square feet, the BSH Experience & Design Center will feature the latest appliances from BSH’s three brands: Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau.

“As one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., Miami is an important market for BSH and we are thrilled to have a new way to interact with our customers in the area through the BSH Experience & Design Center,” said Thomas Staebler, head of Experience and Design Centers, North America, for BSH. “By strategically locating our new space within Miami’s bustling Design District, we will be where consumers, designers, builders and trade professionals alike come for design inspiration and to see the latest in innovative products for homes.”

BSH currently has Experience & Design Centers in Irvine, CA, New York, Chicago, Montreal and Toronto.

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BKBG Conference Set for September in Arizona

BETHESDA, MD — The Bath & Kitchen Business Group (BKBG) will conduct its 2021 Annual Conference as an in-person event from Sept. 19-22 at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix, the Bethesda, MD-based trade group announced.

Conference highlights include peer-to-peer roundtables, preferred vendor partner-shareholder rotations and the annual BKBG shareholder meeting, among other features.

“The peer-to-peer roundtables are one of the most valued programs at the BKBG Conference,” said BKBG President Frank Morris, of Granite State Cabinetry in Bedford, NH. “Small groups of shareholders with similar business models in non-competing markets meet to discuss challenges, opportunities and successful practices, ranging from hiring in a tight market and overcoming supply chain delays to design and market trends and advertising and sales strategies.”

Rotations provide BKBG shareholders with opportunities to meet one-on-one with preferred vendors to discuss business relationships, identify new product offerings and develop growth strategies, Morris added.

Additional conference information can be obtained by visiting www.bkbg.com.

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