Classic Brands Unveils New 'Bed-in-Duffel' Packaging That Ditches Cardboard for a Reusable Duffel

Specialty bedding producer Classic Brands recently introduced a reusable duffel in which the mattress is shipped, instead of a carboard box. The duffel is lighter than cardboard packaging, is easier to ship, easier to handle, and can be reused by the consumer.

“This innovative delivery method is a win-win for the retailer and the consumer,” said Michael Zippelli, president and CEO of Classic Brands. “It takes roll-packed bedding to the next level by reducing transport costs, and offering more environmentally-friendly reusable packaging.”

The mattress duffels are made of tear-resistant nylon and feature a drawstring closure at the top. Once the product is in the home, the consumer simply pulls the mattress out of the duffel and unrolls it – the same unpacking procedure used for boxed bedding. The difference is that there’s no cardboard to dispose of once the mattress has regained its original shape.

Initially, the new packaging is available for Classic Brands’ new Chic Couture Collection, a three-model hybrid bedding line that was introduced at the Las Vegas Market. However, Zippelli said the option will be expanded to include other Classic collections.

“It was very well received at the Las Vegas show,” he said. “The pricing is the same as our boxed product, and savvy retailers recognize that it’s simply another delivery method that may give them an edge in a very competitive bedding marketplace.”

About Classic Brands: Classic Brands uses the finest materials from around the world including all-natural and high-performance covers, Talalay and Dunlop latex, memory foam, gel-infused memory foam, innerspring and wrapped coil hybrid. Classic’s line of gel-memory foam and hybrid mattresses, with various luxurious constructions, represents the fastest growing segment of the bedding market. Classic Brands is committed to being on the cutting edge of designing and producing innovative products for people to sleep healthier. Its sleep systems are designed to help you get the maximum benefit out of each night of sleep. For more information, visit


Abbyson to Debut New Flagship Showroom at Spring 2019 High Point Market

International Market Centers (IMC) announced that home furnishings brand Abbyson will debut their new flagship showroom at 300 East Green in time for 2019 Spring High Point Market, running April 6 – April 10, 2019.

“We are delighted that Abbyson continues to invest in High Point Market with their latest move from a showroom in the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC) to a standalone building at 300 East Green,” said Scott Eckman, executive vice president of furniture and home décor for International Market Centers.

The two-floor building will feature more than 60 rooms of product, a full-service restaurant and wine bar, a design center and a digital store with Abbyson’s current product line. The design center will be open year-round by appointment and serve as a working space for designers to come and shop Abbyson’s collection. The design center also will be a platform to host events and panel discussions.

“At Abbyson, we respect the long standing history of the High Point furniture industry and truly believe that this city is the furniture capital of the world,” said Yavar Rafieha, president of Abbyson. “That is why we have invested in our state-of-the-art flagship showroom here and chose to create a one-of-a-kind immersive experience that will become an industry destination, much like the city of High Point. Abbyson wants to continue our 30-year legacy and build upon the roots of furniture history in the city that started it all.”

For Spring Market, Abbyson will be debuting more than 10 Modern Traditional collections, which will showcase a clean style that allows buyers to mix and match and blend different looks into their home to create their own style. The new product designs will include upholstery collections, bedroom, dining, casegoods and occasionals, among other products. Additionally, Abbyson will launch new technology for its motion upholstery line.

About Abbyson: Abbyson combines stylish designs and statement looks through an
integrated model to fulfill savvy customers that seek value, speed and
quality. With their strength and experience in supporting today’s
largest ecommerce retailers, Abbyson offers a state-of-the-art
infrastructure and customer service to enable today’s demanding
multi-channel retail models. As a family company, Abbyson believes that
relationships and strategic partnerships are of the highest value. For
more information, visit

About High Point Market: High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, with more than 2,000 manufacturers in 11.5 million square feet of showroom and exhibit space in multiple buildings in downtown High Point, North Carolina. Each Market attracts tens of thousands of retail home furnishings buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry. International Market Centers owns the vast majority of the prime High Point Market showroom and exhibit real estate, which contain seventy percent of the exhibitors, including the majority of the top 500 manufacturers. Spring 2019 High Point Market runs April 6 – April 10, 2019. For more information, visit

About International Market Centers, L.P.: International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC is the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for furniture, gift, home décor, rug, and apparel industries. International Market Centers owns and operates nearly 20 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furniture, gift, home décor, rug, and apparel industries. For more information about IMC, visit


A.R.T. Furniture Introduces the Bobby Berk for A.R.T. Furniture Collection

A.R.T. Furniture, a division of Markor, recently announced its latest product collection created in collaboration with award-winning interior designer and star of Netflix’s Queer Eye, Bobby Berk. The Bobby Berk for A.R.T. Furniture collection features a stylish and extensive selection of new pieces for the bedroom, dining room, living room, and outdoor spaces, and will debut at High Point Spring Market, April 6-10, 2019 in High Point, North Carolina. Berk, whose Netflix show is seen in 190 countries around the world (while heading up a growing social media empire with over 1.6 million Instagram followers), will also incorporate A.R.T. products into upcoming seasons of Queer Eye.
Inspired to create a collection that is modern, versatile, and stylish, Berk collaborated with A.R.T. to craft a line that offers elegant home essentials that fit seamlessly with a variety of interior design styles. The Bobby Berk for A.R.T. Furniture collection includes furniture for all areas of the home and marks the first time A.R.T. has collaborated with an outside designer.
Established in 2003, A.R.T. Furniture’s unique manufacturing capabilities make it possible to produce the Bobby Berk for A.R.T. Furniture collection with meticulous detail while still offering the collection at a fair price point. The company’s extensive experience in manufacturing, wholesale presence in North America, vast retail network in Asia and ongoing commitment to quality construction made them the perfect partner for Berk’s latest furniture collection.

“Markor’s DNA is innovation, both in design and technology to bring art into people’s homes,” says Mark Feng, President of Markor International Business Division. “Bobby shares this common mission with us, which is to change people’s lives through design. A.R.T.’s best in class capabilities in design and production along with Bobby’s creativity and social influence will enable us to deliver great value to our customers and partners.”
“A.R.T. has a long history of producing incredibly beautiful furniture collections,” says Bobby Berk. “From the moment we started working together, I was blown away by their manufacturing capabilities and their commitment to bringing my design ideas to life.”
Among the collection’s signature pieces are walnut dressers and sideboards with subtle yet eye-catching geometric patterns, lush, streamlined beds, and sleek, comfortable upholstered sofas in a variety of fabrics and finishes. The collection features tasteful details paired with an appreciation for the minimalist urban luxury Bobby is known for, while offering a product line that is inviting, warm, and organic. The Bobby Berk for A.R.T. Furniture collection puts a new spin on many classic pieces and epitomizes Berk’s singular approach to interior design.
“Bobby is one of the most talented designers working today,” says Jeff Cook, CEO for A.R.T. Furniture. “We are thrilled to work with him on this latest collection and believe it is just the start of a long and fruitful partnership with Bobby and his team.”
The Bobby Berk for A.R.T. Furniture collection will be available to the trade in April and to consumers and via select e-commerce retailers in the fall of 2019. The collection will debut this spring at High Point Furniture Market in the company’s new building in the Hamilton Wrenn district designed and built by A.R.T.’s corporate parent company, Markor International Home Furnishings Company. Located at 122A N. Hamilton Street, the new space was conceptualized by Markor founder Richard Feng and will allow for A.R.T. Furniture to more extensively show its product range and latest furniture collections.
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About A.R.T. Furniture: A.R.T. Furniture is a Markor company that designs and manufactures whole home collections in case goods, upholstery and outdoor. A.R.T. Furniture is positioned as the entry to the upper-end segment of the home furnishings industry and is best known for quality construction and its ability to craft artisan finishes. In addition to its wholesale market selling to U.S. and international retailers, A.R.T. Furniture has over 120 branded retail locations in major cities throughout China and is the pre-eminent brand in China for its style and price segment. A.R.T.’s Epicenters retail store brand launched in China in 2018 and already has over 40 locations with plans to triple this amount within 12 months. Founded in 2003, A.R.T. Furniture is headquartered in Ontario, Calif. with its flagship trade showroom in High Point, N.C.

About Markor: Markor, founded in 1990 by Richard Feng, chairman and CEO, owns four U.S. subsidiaries — A.R.T. Furniture, Caracole, Rowe, and Jonathan Charles — and operates 10 advanced manufacturing facilities in China. Markor In China, operates seven distribution brands: Markor Home Furnishings, A.R.T., A.R.T. Epicenters, Rehome, Yvvy, Zest and Jonathan & Richard. Markor has more than 300 stores in China. The company distributes its products to over 50 countries through a large network of retail partners. It employs approximately 13,000 people and is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

About Bobby Berk: Celebrity designer Bobby Berk is best known as the design guru on Netflix’s Queer Eye, but his rise to fame didn’t happen overnight. Originally hailing from Texas, Bobby dreamed of the big city and moved to New York in 2003 with only a few dollars to his name and no job in sight. After working his way up in retail at Bed Bath & Beyond and Restoration Hardware to a Creative Director position at Portico Home + Spa, Berk decided that it was time to create his own brand. Since 2006, Bobby Berk has consistently provided customers with a unique approach to modern design. Epitomizing hip, minimalist urban luxury, Berk’s designs reflect a stylish and youthful spirit that perfectly fits any cool, relaxed lifestyle.