What’s New What’s Next 2017

Last week Richelieu partnered with Transform to participate in the New York Design Center’s 9th annual What’s New What’s Next event. This is the most anticipated interior design event of the season with over 80 participating showrooms featuring the latest ideas, materials and products.

When it comes to what’s new and what’s next one of the hottest design trends is “Micro Living and the Evolution of the Multifunctional Space”

Richelieu is the leader in this space – all 350 square feet of it… 🙂

We offer a product line that allows architects and builders to maximize every inch, while allowing designers to make it a place that people want to entertain in.

Micro living and multifunctional space becomes very exciting when you take those solutions and apply them to overall design. Give a homeowner a more functional home without having to add an addition and watch how quickly your conversation changes from a price negotiation to what else can you do for them.

The sleeping area has the biggest impact on micro living. You need the ability to create bed, sofa, desk and wall unit combinations. These aren’t your parent’s murphy beds that ensured visitors didn’t stay too long.

This is the new generation of folding bed systems that are designed with pistons for easy and safe opening and closing.   They are designed with wood slats and can accommodate a 12” mattress – made for every night sleeping.

  • transFORM Showroom

Other products include our pull out tables that can be a place to eat or prep food in the kitchen, a folding table in a laundry room, a place to pack your suitcase in a closet or a desk in the family room.   My favorites are Naxo of Cheo.

Living in a micro unit is great but can you entertain?

You sure can with these adaptable furniture pieces. Here are the newest tables to hit the US market – Okey Dokey, Falco, and Butterfly.  These tables magically transform to create seating for 6.

  • Okey Dokey Table

  • Falco Table

What about the closets?

Our Vertiko floating shelf hardware is great for room dividers and keeps with the design of micro. We also have rotating shoe shelves, and a clothing organizer that can put 10’ of clothing in a 5’ x 30” space.

  • Bella Systems Revolving Shoe Rack

  • Royal Cabinets Rotating Clothing Rack

If you would like more info about micro living and multifunctional spaces please leave a comment below or email RDeMarco@Richelieu.com

To read more about What’s New What’s Next 2017 click here

You can visit the transFORM showroom at 200 Lexington Ave, Suite 708, NY, NY.

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ClosetCon 2017 Recap

If you couldn’t attend ClosetCon this year – you missed a great show. Attendee and exhibitor numbers were the biggest since the recession.

Keynote speaker Chris Stevens – one of the founders of the Keurig energized the crowd and discussed how we could become great entrepreneurs.  No matter how big or small your company is – his message resonated with everyone.

The ribbon was cut and the show floor was packed for two days.

Here are a few pics from my booth –

The items that got the most attention was the drying rack, step stool, our new Vertiko wall system, our multifunctional bed that opens over the couch without removing any of the pillows and our new bi-folding door hardware that also slides giving full access to the cabinet.

Richelieu sponsored the red carpet Top Shelf Awards Party – attendees had a great time posing for the paparazzi.

One of the best parts of attending ClosetCon is laughing and partying with great friends.  Pics taken by the best selfie taker I know – Patrick Layne – follow him on Instagram @PatrickLayne

If you would like more info about any of the new products Richelieu had on display please send me an email or leave a comment below.

ClosetCon 2017 is this week!

Do you have your ticket?

I’m flying to Chicago right now and can’t wait to see all my friends and the latest market trends.

This is the only conference and expo that is focused on the closet industry.

“Not Showing Up To ClosetCon You Are Asking Not To Be Taken Seriously”

 

There is still time to register.

Can’t make it Tuesday? There is plenty going on Wednesday and Thursday to make it worth your trip.

Start the day with SEO and Goggle specialist Lauren Mobyed and Todd Barstow. They will give us the latest in online trends for cabinet and closet companies.

Attend the software design round table – learn shortcuts, tips and design tricks.

An hour of peer to peer round tables – You pick the topic – What’s your problem?

End the night with the Top Shelf Awards Reception – Richelieu is sponsoring this year so you know it will be a good time. Network, eat and maybe have a drink or two.

All of this plus nearly 100 exhibitors that are focused on your industry.

Like Al Bundy said you don’t want to miss ClosetCon!!

Hope to see you there.

Small Spaces, Packed with Profits.

Small Spaces, Tiny Homes, Micro-Living – call it what you want this movement is a huge opportunity for our industry.

For years we have preached the value of an organized closet.

“Increase the quality of your life, Start your day stress free.”

Micro-Living takes design to the next level – Can you create a 400 square foot room with a living space, a bedroom, a kitchen table that seats 6 and don’t forget the closets… 🙂

Your years of design experience will be tested but Richelieu is here to help.

We have a complete program of hardware made for the Small Spaces trend.

Your design starts with our Multifunctional Beds. Our beds can hide behind a couch, double as a workstation and includes a metal frame with wooden slats just like conventional beds.

With this product you can turn any living space into a bedroom – a must when it comes to Micro-Living.

The next step in any good design is room for entertaining. Nobody wants to eat standing up. Richelieu stocks a complete line of transforming and pull out tables.

For small gatherings we have our NAXO Pull Out Table. This can also act as a folding table in a laundry room or a place to pack your suitcase in a large closet.

NAXO Pull Out Table

Our Butterfly Table unfolds to a 6’ dinning table.

The Surprise Table transforms from a 20” console table to a 6’ dinning table. This table is perfect no matter the size of your home. Visit Richelieu.com to be surprised!

For a Micro unit to truly function well it needs adequate storage.

Growing up in Brooklyn my mother would store her shoes in the oven – Who knew she was on the cutting edge of urban living.   🙂

Our Panasonic shoe rack comes in two sizes and can hold up to 80 pairs of shoes in a 30” wide section!

These are only a handful of the items that Richelieu has brought in to help you be the expert in Small Space Design.

Don’t ignore this movement – typically the people living in these Micro Units are affluent city dwellers. When they settle down, start a family and move to the suburbs who do you think they will call to design their closets?

You are creating a customer for life!