Designer Mona Stephen launches the TuxSeato Collection

ATLANTA – Interior Designer Mona Stephen has created a custom collection of accent chairs featuring abstract art on canvas.

These one-of-a-kind chairs, priced from $2,900 to $3,936, are dressed in fabrics ranging from plush velvet to commercial grade leathers. The chair frames are unique in style and shape, as well as in fabric variations and color schemes, and are designed for luxury and comfort as well as visual impact.

Mona Stephen

After more than 15 years of designing commercial, hospitality and residential interiors, Mona Stephen, the principal and creative director of M One Design Group, was challenged with finding unique chairs for her clients. She said “accent chairs are a staple for any well-appointed room” and decided to create her own collection.


Stephen commissioned her longtime friend, Belize-based abstract artist Natalie Alexis, to collaborate on the TuxSeato chair line. Alexis’ original art adorns the chairs on canvas that is strategically

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City Furniture adds Win-Win Partnerships to manage partnerships, community outreach

TAMARAC, Fla. – City Furniture is redefining its approach to community outreach programs, partnering with marketing firm Win-Win Partnerships to “enhance its commitment as an active sponsor and contributor in local communities.”

Win-Win Partnerships specializes in a “data-driven partnership approach to drive sales and elevate brands,” focusing on integrated sponsorships and licensing solutions via celebrity influencers, sports and entertainment.

“Nothing is more important than connecting with and supporting the communities we serve,” said City Furniture President Andrew Koenig. “As we continue to grow, we saw an opportunity to be even more thoughtful about our sports, licensing and charitable partnerships. Win-Win is the right agency at the right time.”

City Furniture currently partners with several professional sports teams, personalities and charitable causes. Its 19 locations can be found across Florida from Miami through Vero Beach, and in Fort MyersNaplesThe Villages and Orlando. Ashley Home

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Consumer Reports survey offers good news about furniture deliveries

YONKERS, N.Y. — A new survey from Consumer Reports reveals that only a small minority of furniture recipients have a negative experience during the delivery process.

According to the survey, only 6% of those who purchased furniture in a retail location and 10% of those who bought furniture online received an item that had been damaged or was missing parts. Also, 6% of purchasers experienced a delay in delivery.

Consumer Reports reached out to more than 38,000 of its members who had furniture delivered over the past few months for the survey.

Another encouraging statistic is that most of the Consumer Reports members surveyed did not return their home furnishings purchases, whether bought in-store or online. And, when they did, the most common reason was that the item had arrived damaged or with missing parts. Only a small minority of purchasers returned items because the quality, comfort or color wasn’t

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Showtime fabric fair may rethink 2021 dates

HIGH POINT – With High Point Market pushing its April show into June, Showtime is surveying its community about its own dates.

In an email, show organization International Textile Alliance reached out to members and buyers about whether its spring event should also shift in timing.

The spring Showtime event is currently scheduled for May 23-26. ITA is asking its constituents whether the dates should be moved to run concurrently with the rescheduled High Point Premarket event, now slated for April 25-28.


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AkzoNobel repurchases 204,347 of its common shares

AMSTERDAM – Paint and wood coatings specialist AkzoNobel said it has repurchased 204,347 of its common shares between as part of a share buyback program announced in late October.

The company repurchased these shares from Dec. 7-11 at an average price of euro 88.25 per share. This is part of a plan to repurchase common shares up to a value of euro 300 million. The buyback program commenced Dec. 7.

The company has engaged a third party to manage the program and perform transactions on its behalf. It intends to complete the share buyback in the first half of 2021 and the shares will be cancelled following the repurchase.

The company said that in accordance with regulations, it will continue to inform the market of the progress of this initiative and will post weekly updates on its website.

I’m Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003.

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