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Magniflex launches Nuvola

21 May 2018
Events, Mattresses

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – Magniflex, the Italian producers of higher-end collapsible mattresses, will unveil Nuvola at the upcoming 2018 edition of the Canadian Furniture Show (CFS), which is scheduled to open this Friday at the International Centre here.

In a statement, the company said the collection contains Thermic fabric and Aquabreeze foam, two of its own cutting-edge sleep technologies which they believe ensures Magniflex’s position as an industry innovator. It also features Airyform technology in the core of the mattress, to aid in air circulation and creates five zones of support across its surface.

Nuvola also includes the company’s Dual Core technology – which allows couples to adjust their comfort with a quick zip and flip of the internal foam cores. “There’s no more compromising in terms of comfort,” the company said.

Magniflex will launch Nuvola at the upcoming Canadian Furniture Show.“The Nuvola collection maintains a contemporary and modern look, in-line with unique technology that is sure to satisfy even the most sophisticated customer,” it added, noting the Thermic material provides several important benefits to help increase sleep quality by giving a cool yet comfortable sensation that lasts all night. It absorbs body heat generated while sleeping, stores the energy and then releases it generating a sensation of coolness in contact with the body. This material is applied to the natural viscose fabric on the top side of the mattress cover, a highly breathable fabric that provides freshness and a constant airflow.

Aquabreeze is plush yet resilient foam that offers a high elastic recovery and increased flexibility. The internal structure of the foam features an open-cell construction, which increases airflow within the mattress for enhanced freshness and coolness.

The Nuvola collection is also offered in both ten-inch and 12-inch profiles with at a retail price point of C$2,299 and $2,499 respectively.

During CFS, Magniflex will be on display in booth 1426.

Xtraroom debuts at CFS

21 May 2018
Events, Furniture

OAKVILLE, Ontario – Two collections centred on beds for small spaces will be unveiled when the Xtraroom brand makes its debut at the Canadian Furniture Show when it opens at the International Centre this Friday morning (25 May 2018).

“We are a company that creates furniture for the way you want – and deserve – to live. Furniture that changes with your needs, be it an impromptu dinner party or an unexpected guest,” the company said in a statement announcing its debut. “As you get to know us, you’ll soon discover that functionality isn’t our only concern. We thoughtfully design each piece to ensure the highest level of quality. That means it is built for ease, comfort and durability, all while turning heads with its stylish good looks.”

Produced by TGD North America Furniture, based here, and designed by Chip Wade – best known as the host of Elbow Room on HGTV – two collections will be offered during CFS: Orion and Virgo.

The Orion collection is built around its console bed, a space-saving or hideaway bed that folds away into a modernly styled console table. It accommodates a queen-size mattress and is offered in white, deep walnut or warm anthracite. It takes about 60 seconds to go from console table to bed.

Crafted from a combination of solid wood and veneer, the bed is constructed using a combination of springs, euro slats and high tensile fabrics to help ensure the user doesn’t feel the bars. The collection also includes a desk, hutch and TV stand.

The Virgo collection from Xtraroom, a new case goods group centred on a Murphy bed and created by designer Chip Wade will make its debut at CFS 2018.The Virgo collection is centered on a sturdy wall or Murphy bed. To best fit the space and ceiling height of the room it is placed, the twin bed is available in portrait (vertical) while the full-size and queen bed is offered in a landscape (horizontal) configuration. It features euro slats for great support without the need for a box spring and accommodates mattresses up to eight-inches thick (sold separately). The integrated headboard unfolds in seconds.

“Opening and closing the bed is as quick and simple as an Instagram Boomerang,” the company said. “It’s a task that can easily be accomplished with one-hand in under a minute. And the legs automatically rotate when opening and closing the bed.”

To complement the wall bed and achieve maximum space-saving results, the collection includes a self-leveling desk, comfortable stain-resistant sofa, stylish TV stand as well a fireplace option. The sofa features swivel armrest tables with iPad slots.

It’s available in sleek white or warm anthracite to fit a variety of design styles.

The brand has its own web site at and during CFS can be found in booth 1420 in the International Centre.

IKEA raises Pride flag

21 May 2018
Community, People, Retail

BURLINGTON, Ontario – In recognition of IDAHOT last Thursday (17 May 2018), IKEA Canada raised the Pride flag at each of its stores from coast to coast, symbolising the organisation’s commitment to an inclusive work environment which stands up for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

IDAHOT is the acronym for International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

IKEA Canada raised the Pride flag at each of its stores from coast to coast last Thursday to honour IDAHOT and to show its support for the workplace rights of LGBTQ employees.“At IKEA, we truly believe that equality is at the heart of human rights,” Marsha Smith, president of IKEA Canada said in a statement. “Every LGBT+ co-worker in this country has the right to be themselves when they come to work. With that in mind, we are proud to go all in on equality, creating a workplace where all co-workers feel welcomed, respected and appreciated for who they are.”

To further foster inclusivity, IKEA Canada announced a new partnership with Pride at Work Canada, a Toronto-based organisation whose vision is a nation where LGBT+ people can achieve their full potential at work. It seeks partnerships with employers to provide services to foster workplace cultures that recognize LGBT+ employees as an important part of a diverse and effective workforce. This partnership is in addition to IKEA’s longstanding and ongoing partnership with Workplace Pride.

“We are pleased to welcome IKEA Canada to our network,” Colin Druhan, executive director of Pride at Work Canada said. “IKEA is recognised globally as a leading diversity employer and was identified as one of the top LGBTQ-friendly brands in a recent report from INTO and Brand Innovators. The best employers know that along with promoting diversity they must foster cultures of inclusion and we are excited for the opportunity to support IKEA moving forward.”

A wholly-owned subsidiary of the IKEA Group that is headquartered in the Netherlands, IKEA Canada has 13 stores, an e-commerce virtual store, six pick-up and order points and 14 collection points across the country. It announced plans to open new stores in Quebec City and London, Ontario. Last year, it welcomed 28 million visitors to its stores and 95 million visitors to its web site.

IMC takes over AM

21 May 2018

HIGH POINT, North Carolina – The U.S. trade event scene for furniture, furnishings, floor covering, gift ware and allied product categories as International Market Centers (IMC) merged with the Atlanta-based AmericasMart (AM) to become what they believe is the world’s largest owner and operator of premier showroom space.

The financial terms of the agreement were not unveiled but it is expect to close sometime in the third quarter.

The combined corporate entity will operate under the International Market Centers name, and will own and operate nearly 20 million square feet of permanent showroom space in Las Vegas, High Point, and Atlanta. The individual trade events they organise and their respective venues will continue to operate under existing names and branding.

In a statement, the companies said IMC and AmericasMart will bring together the best practices, technology, and personnel from both firms to create premier B2B market experiences across more than 20 annual events.

Robert Maricich, IMC’s serving chief executive officer will become CEO of the combined entity.

“IMC has always had immense respect for AmericasMart and its founders, the Portman family, who established a tremendous reputation in the industry. We look forward to bringing together our two companies to provide exhibitors with exceptional access to global markets, and buyers with even more convenient opportunities to explore top products across sectors,” Maricich said in a statement.

AmericasMart houses the world’s single-largest collection of home decor, gift, area rug and apparel merchandise, with a complex comprising over 7.1 million square feet of space in downtown Atlanta. It hosts 17 annual markets and shows including the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and the Atlanta International Area Rug Market. They host over 4,500 exhibitors and nearly 200,000 attendees per year including international attendees from 80 countries and buyers from the top 100 retailers in the U.S.

International Market Centers is the world’s largest owner and operator of premier showroom space for the furniture, home decor and gift industries, with 12.2 million square feet of exhibition space in High Point and Las Vegas serving over 4,000 exhibitors and lines.

IMC has recently committed significant capital to expand both of its existing campuses. In Las Vegas, it will build a 350,000 square foot convention that will connect to the World Market Centre, where it holds a furniture, home décor and giftware trade twice each year. It recently acquired the Chaddock showroom building in downtown High Point and announced it will undertake and an extensive renovation of common areas throughout its properties which include the IHFC, Market Square, Showplace, Furniture Plaza, Plaza Suites, the National Building, 200 Steele St., Hamilton Properties, Hamilton Square, the Commerce & Design Building, 300 S. Main St. and the Christopher Guy showroom.

“This announcement to combine with AmericasMart coupled with our continued investment in High Point and Las Vegas demonstrates our enthusiasm about the expansion of our core business and our optimism for the future of markets for the furniture, home decor, gift and apparel industries,” Maricich said.

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