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Trade Show Announcements:

BDNY (boutique Design New York) November 13-14, 2016 @ Jacob K. Javits Center, New York, NY

Hospitality Design Summit
  February 15-17, 2017 @ La Cantera Resort, San Antonio, TX

HD (Hospitality Design Expo)
  May 3-5, 2017 @ Mandalay Bay Convention Center - Las Vegas, NV

Check out the latest issues of NEWH Chicago Magazine:
Spring 2016 / Summer 2016 / Fall 2016


Manufacturers’ News:

Signature Carpets

Signature Hospitality Carpets - We are pleased to announce our partnership with Signature Hospitality Carpets.  Signature is a vertically integrated mill in Dalton, GA offering the hospitality industry quality designs and exceptional service for guest rooms and public area carpet.

As a vertically integrated mill, they provide custom designs, yarn extrusion, tufting, dyeing and coating. Their list of state-of-the-art tufting equipment includes Multi-Level Cut Loop, Infinity Loop, Loop Scroll, Enhanced Loop, Tapistron, ColorTech, ColorPoint, Precision Cut/Uncut, Cut Pile and Cut Pile Graphics, which enables them to design and manufacture the best carpet to fit your needs.  Signature has the expertise, experience and equipment required to create products that meet the diverse needs of our industry. Signature also offers numerous running line carpets for immediate shipment needs. 

Via Motif

Via Motif manufactures beautiful accessories for the hotel bathroom, guest room, public spaces, dining rooms and spa areas.  Products are made of sustainable materials, including:  pandan, a completely renewable aloe-derived plant; mendong, a harvested grass that purifies ground water; recycled polypropylene and sustainable woods.  Custom products, not just modifications to existing items, are available. 

Seura received state certification as a woman-owned business enterprise, a big plus for contracts with diversity requirements.  Select Séura Brilliant LED lighting for a long-life, energy-efficient, and environmentally safe solution that reduces maintenance and replacement costs, and saves money on electric bills. With Séura Brilliant LED lighting, mirror size and design are unrestricted by standard bulb sizes. Joining the Geo Collection, Seura has also released its second inspiring collection of custom etch patterns - the Eco Collection. Both collections are meant to inspire creativity for custom etches. Geo with its crystalline essence capture chic and edgy patterns of faceted elegance and delicately frosted glass. Eco’s flowing patterns capture the organic allure of life in gorgeously illuminated glass.

Seura also introduced 2 new waterproof outdoor TVs:  Seura Storm and Seura Storm Ultra Bright.  For shaded locations, Séura Storm Outdoor TV provides ideal 450-nit brightness with anti-glare glass, perfect for covered patios and under awnings.  For direct sunlight, the Séura Storm Ultra Bright Outdoor TV is designed with LuminOptics™ proprietary technology that delivers the undisputed best direct sun picture through a combination of a dazzling 700-nit brightness screen and sophisticated dual-layer anti-reflective screen coatings.

Kimball Hospitality just released a brand new website! The website showcases not only details on their high quality program products for many national brands (on the home page, click on Product à Casegoods à Brands), but also custom product which you can also see on their site (under Product à Casegoods or Seating à Custom). Additionally, Kimball’s Felicity headboard was featured in the Jan/Feb edition of Hospitality Design Magazine. It was also on display at the BDNY trade show. Kimball’s domestic manufacturing capacity, which doubled in the past year, is in full force with primarily program goods production.

Alger-Triton offers the new Wired II catalog, available both electronically and in print. The Loews-Chicago features stunning lighting manufactured by Alger-Triton, both designed and purchased in Chicago. They also provided many of the decorative lighting fixtures for the LondonHouse Hotel, recently opened in downtown Chicago. This property was also designed and purchased in Chicago.

Kichler Lighting introduced its 2016 Catalog with many new styles and finishes, including:  over 250 new skus, and 49 new collections, natural brass and weathered grey wood finishes, unique glass treatments and modern LED designs and chrome finishes in new bath lighting.

Other new catalogs are:  the Ceiling Fan Catalog with more than 90 new skus and 20 new styles.  Notable features include:  sleek aluminum blades; weathered white, driftwood, light bamboo and natural palm blade options; a Wet rated uni-pack fan; and Universal LED and Slim Profile light kits.   In addition, a new Lighting Systems catalog and a Supplement for the main catalog are now available.  

Elan Lighting has released its 2016 Catalog featuring:  mini pendants, rail and flush, bath and vanity, wall sconces and more.

Woodard Hospitality is celebrating its 150th year in business, making it the oldest outdoor furniture company in the industry. They will release their next season’s catalog in September.  Whitecraft, wicker furniture hand-woven in the Philippines, remains integrated into the catalog. Check out new collections such as Reynolds, Metropolis and Imprint.

Woodard has been approved as a vendor for Hilton and Avendra properties.  Also, a reminder that Woodard has a showroom in the Merchandise Mart - Space 1534. (Appointment required.)

Challenger Lighting's web site now includes their complete catalog with easy to use search features.  They have moved locations in the western suburbs and are now located in Batavia.  The new location is substantially larger and has increased warehouse and production space.  This will help meet the demand for Challenger Lighting product. 

Challenger has recently added over 50 new products to their web site.  Also, they are in the process of completely redoing their web site.  Challenger now has branded programs with Hyatt, IHG and Marriott.  For a listing of these and others, visit

Finally, Challenger is now officially a certified WBE (Women’s Business Enterprise). 

Uttermost released its new catalogs and a spring supplement in 2016, including:  Mirrors and Accessories, Lamps, Fixtures, and Accent Furniture.   As always, their product design is superb with new products in mirrors, lighting, botanicals, accent furniture and clocks. Additionally, some of their mirror production is beginning to shift back to the U.S.

Simmons Hospitality announced the introduction of the Recharge Beautyrest line with new technology and foam to help manage guest sleeping temperature comfort. 

Three states have introduced a mandatory recycling per set fee.  This appears to be the wave of the future and we anticipate that many more states will move in this direction to have integrated full life cycle costing.

Simmons has recently partnered with Global Sustainability Solutions (GSS) to handle recycling services for hospitality clients.  New product buyers are offered this option which includes installation, removal and recycling services (or removal and recycling only).

Samelson-Chatelane introduced the following new products, several building on previous ones:

Fusion XIV, introduced as the next generation of multi-colored textured patterns and colors – priced more competitively.  There are 6 fabrics in 85 color ways.

Perspectives Print Collection ushered in the next generation of decorative high-performance print designs on the Medley base cloth.  It features 13 exclusive designs in 63 color ways.

Mulberry, the latest Faux Silk solid, has the look and feel very close to a textured Dupioni Silk.  Yarn-dyed for a rich iridescent texture, Mulberry has the feel of a natural fiber but the durability of a synthetic one.  It’s available in 36 fashion-forward colors.

The Decora XI Collection (faux leather) is the next generation of a Graffiti-Free Top Coat plus, allowing Indigo (Jeans) Dye to be simply removed with mild soap and water.  This new technology features Forbid, which is not just a surface treatment but cross-linked into the structure of the vinyl – allowing multiple cleanings.  It features (5) patterns in (87) classic and trendy color families.

No Boundaries III is a multi-dimensional program, ideal for all window treatments, drapery, side panels/cornices, etc.  It’s also ideal for top-of-the-bed applications including scarves, duvets, shams, pillows and accessories.  In addition, all patterns may also be used for upholstery when soil & stain treatment, plus backing, are added.  There are (11) exclusive designs and (97) colorways.

DI offers made-to-order top of the bed treatment, foundation covers, draperies and blinds.  Premeasure and installation are available.

Their patented foundation cover, called ItFits!™, is the best fitting foundation cover in the industry! The key difference is patented Elastic Triangles vs. the obsolete standard elastic band around the bottom perimeter.  This creates the only consistently crisp, tailored looking foundation cover and eliminates the sagging and drooping so consistently seen in covers from others.