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MAY 2019

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Salone Wraps Successful Show MILAN, ITALY — The 58th edition of Salone del Mobile.Milano is in the books, and its success is measured partly by a 12% increase in visitors over 2017, the last time the event included Euroluce and Workplace3.0. Over 386,000 attendees from 181 different countries descended on Milan for the 2019 Milan Furniture Fair, which took place at Rho in Lombardy, Italy from April 9 through April 14. Some 2,400 exhibitors from 43 countries were split among the Salone Inter- nazionale del Mobile, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, Euroluce, Workplace3.0 and the first-ever S.Project, including the 550 designers under 35 who participated in SaloneSatellite. Salone del Mobile.Milano also presented a Special Lifetime Award to Mario Bellini, the Milanese designer. The award honors his creativity and talent and serves as a thank you for his huge contribution to Salone del Mobile through his collabo- ration with so many exhibiting companies over the years, event organizers noted. "We are closing this edition of the Salone del Mobile with a very positive feeling," said Salone del Mobile President Claudio Luti. "We invested in quality and have demon- strated once again our desire to do even better, working closely with designers, artisans and communication and cultural professionals to keep on producing product and process innovations and 'narratives' that serve to boost the value of design objects." The next edition of Salone del Mobile.Milano will be held in Milan from April 21 through 26, 2020. Hagerstown Kitchens Celebrates 50 Years HAGERSTOWN, MD — Hagerstown Kitchens, Inc., based in Hagerstown, MD, recently marked its 50th year in business. The family owned and operated company has been manufacturing all wood custom cabinetry in the western Maryland town since 1969. The company celebrated this important anniversary with a catered luncheon for employees, many of whom have been with the company for over 25 years. "It would not be possible to reach such a significant point without the dedication and hard work of our people," said David Lobley, v.p. of sales for the company. Hagerstown Kitchens currently offers over 150 door styles, as well as over 40 hand-wiped standard stains, 28 paints and 11 glazes. The company also notes that it can custom color match any finish. Support Solicited to Oppose Duties on Chinese Vanities BEVERLY HILLS, CA — A prominent Beverly Hills kitchen and bath designer is soliciting industry support in protest of the potential imposition of anti-dumping and countervailing duties on wood cabinetry and vanities imported from China. Christopher Grubb, an award-winning interior and product designer, recently contacted a network of kitchen and bath in- dustry colleagues to support his efforts in fighting what Grubb called a "destructive petition" charging that unfair Chinese trade practices have resulted in a sharp increase in lower-cost Chinese cabinet imports that are seriously undermining the businesses of U.S. cabinet/vanity manufacturers. The petition, currently under consideration by U.S. trade officials, is seeking the imposition of anti-dumping penalties on the Chinese, whose manufacturers and exporters benefit from government subsidies and other economic programs (see related story, Page 14). Grubb, who is president of the Beverly Hills-based design firm Arch-Interiors Design Group, also has a signature line of bathroom furniture, The C.G. Collection by Christopher Grubb, and recently spearheaded an endeavor in high-end products for interiors, Autograph by Christopher Grubb. In recent years, moreover, Grubb has maintained a licensing arrangement for an imported vanity line with Modern Bathroom, a North Hollywood, CA-based supplier of bathroom products that manufactures its Grubb-licensed-and-designed vanity line in China. Grubb said the anti-dumping duties, if approved by trade officials, "will affect my imported line – actually kill it." An attorney for Modern Bathroom, Grubb said, was among the parties testifying in March before U.S. trade officials in protest of the potential duties. The thrust of the protest, according to Grubb, is that the unfair-trade petition has grouped kitchen cabinetry together with vanities, despite the fact that the products, according to Grubb, are very different. "A vanity, to me, is a freestanding piece of furniture – a "vanity in a box" that includes a counter and a sink," Grubb said. Cabinetry, in contrast, "is when we provide a custom built-in." Grouping the two products under one umbrella, Grubb argued, is "incorrect." If approved, the countervailing duties would make the majority of freestand- ing vanities out of reach for price-conscious consumers, Grubb predicted. Rising costs would, in turn, impact consumers' desire to spend on other kitchen/bath products, including cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, lighting, hardware, appliances and accessories, he added. Aside from threatening vanity sales, the duties would also have a "devastating" ripple effect on the industry, negatively impacting an abundance of trade profes- sionals – designers, architects, wholesale showrooms, contractors, subcontractors, industry-related publications and trade shows, Grubb said. 'Red Dot' Award Broadens Scope ESSEN, GERMANY — Red Dot, the global awards program that cites unique and distinctive product brands, has broadened the platform in its annual competition for communication design, competition officials announced. According to contest officials, the "Red Dot Award: Communication Design" will now be called the "Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design." "We've decided to respond to developments in the market, and to adapt the competition accordingly," said Peter Zec, CEO of the Red Dot Award. "It has become repeatedly clear to us that our participants and award winners want to present themselves as integrated brands," he added. "We are now making this possible." Companies can choose from 36 industries, including some with kitchen and bath ties, in which to register for the distinction "Red Dot: Brand of the Year." Mar- keting, product and public-relations managers can submit communication works that portray a consistent image of their brand across different channels – including logos, advertisements, packaging and websites - contest officials said. Submissions will be accepted until June 28, with an awards ceremony set for Nov. 1, contest officials noted. 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