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After United Furniture Industries abruptly closed last week and laid off its entire 2,700-strong workforce almost overnight, former employees filed class-action lawsuits saying their employer failed to give them 60 days’ notice, a violation of federal law on hiring and retraining workers is Notice or WARN Act. Corresponding Home News Now, plaintiffs in three separate lawsuits include two separate individuals suing on behalf of all of the company’s former employees, and a group of more than 30 former employees who were summarily terminated on the night of November 21 — all benefiting immediately terminated without renewal by COBRA. Under the WARN statute, if an employer fails to give 60 days notice, it will be liable for 60 days of wages per affected worker, any compensation the plaintiffs are seeking, along with accrued vacation time, civil penalties and attorneys’ fees. Todd Evans, Lane’s former CEO, and company owner David Belford did not respond HNN‘s requests for comments. HNN also tracks the impact of the United/Lane closure – an estimated $550 million market hole – on the furniture industry as a whole.

Unilever, the parent company of The Laundress, is facing a class action lawsuit alleging that the high-end cleaning brand misled consumers about the presence of bacteria in its products. Modern Retail reports. The lawsuit comes a week after the company ordered retailers to immediately stop selling and distributing its products and even quarantine their inventory. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Northern California on Thanksgiving Day, alleges that The Laundress made “false, misleading and deceptive representations” by marketing its products as safe. Said plaintiff, Margaret Murphy, alleges that members of her household experienced respiratory problems and skin infections after using the products. The lawsuit involves eight claims of violations of consumer protection and warranty laws and seeks relief on behalf of three classes of customers: a national class; a class for California residents; and a third for residents in 11 different states, including California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Washington.

On Thursday, the federal government released housing data for October, which included key figures on new housing construction. The report, conducted by the United States Census Bureau, found that the number of privately owned dwelling units approved through building permits fell 10.1 percent from the same month last year, along with a 2.4 percent decrease from the March figures September. Private housing statistics also declined, falling 8.8 percent from the same month last year and 4.2 percent below the September rate. In a bright spot, the report also noted that home completions rose 6.6 percent from the same month last year, although it was still down 8.3 percent from September.

As workers left office buildings to work from home during the pandemic, it paved the way for the empty buildings to become prime candidates for adaptive reuse. The New York Times reports. About 28,000 new U.S. rental homes were created from former commercial buildings between January 2020 and December 2021, according to a new study by RentCafe — more than triple the number of units remodeled in 2018 and 2019 and 10 times the number of units from 2010 and 2011. The report reiterates the trend of continued remote work lowering demand for office space, with the national vacancy rate hitting a record 19.1 percent in the third quarter of 2022. Accordingly, high concentrations of adaptive reuse housing have been found to be common in major cities where offices are present, including Washington, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

While last year Amazon was the #1 site among shoppers looking for Black Friday discounts online, this year it fell to fourth as Walmart took the top spot, followed by Target and Kohl’s. As CNBC The news reportedly comes from ad technology company Captify’s annual survey, which also found that Walmart’s searches are up 386 percent year over year. Due to inflation, the National Retail Federation still expects total holiday spending to grow less than last year and up just 2.5 percent this season, compared to an 8.6 percent increase a year ago.

Dandelion Energy, a residential geothermal energy company, closed a $70 million Series B financing round led by Len X, the corporate venture arm of Miami-based construction company Lennar. Founded in 2017, the company replaces air conditioners and heaters in residential buildings with a heat pump and underground pipes – a system that aims to reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 50 percent while supporting environmental efforts by cutting homeowners’ carbon emissions up to lowers to 80 percent. News of Dandelion’s capital injection comes after a year of growth for the company, which more than tripled commercial activity in 2022.

The wealth management arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co. has closed an agreement to acquire over $1 billion of single-family homes. Bloomberg Reportedly by forming a new joint venture with Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm Haven Realty Capital. As part of the project, the partners will purchase and develop (a strategy known as “build-to-rent”) communities of new homes, beginning with three communities in the Atlanta area. Going forward, the group plans to issue an additional $415 million in equity — enough to acquire more than 2,500 properties.

The Citizenry has partnered with weavers in Afghanistan to create a new collection of unique rugs available on the retailer’s website.Courtesy of The Citizenry

Market launches and collaborations
Universal Furniture has partnered with upholstered furniture brand Crypton and Garden & Weapon Magazine for a limited edition capsule collection available exclusively through the GDC Home Store in Charleston. Curated by Garden & Weaponthe 10 piece range combines pieces from Universal’s furniture line with Crypton fabrics for a range of upholstery and luggage that reflects the upscale southern lifestyle.

The Citizenry has teamed up with a group of master weavers in Afghanistan to create a new collection of unique rugs available on the retailer’s website. Each piece is handcrafted from locally sourced wool, dyed with natural vegetable and mineral dyes, and crafted in weavers’ homes over a laborious six-month period – a process made even more difficult given the country’s recent regime change. which has forced artisans to move operations to their own homes.

Wovn Home, a direct selling window treatment company based in New York, commissioned watercolor artist Kelly Ventura to launch a new collection of nature-inspired blinds and drapes. Adorned with patterns designed by Ventura, the collaboration includes three colorful styles called Courtyard, Fern and Trail.

UK-based wallpaper and paint brand Graham & Brown expanded into a new category with the debut of a range of made-to-measure home textiles. The product range includes more than 200 fabric designs, available in printed, plain and textured styles, as well as drapes and shades.

The laundress faces a class action lawsuit, employees are suing United Furniture and more

Graham & Brown expanded into a new category with the debut of a line of made-to-measure home textiles, including more than 200 fabric designs.Courtesy of Graham & Brown

Literature Recommendations

When a Nevada homeowner listed his 25-acre estate in August 2021, $30 million seemed a reasonable price for the 18,000-square-foot mansion complete with multiple ponds and outbuildings. Fifteen months later, he’s asking $11.5 million for the property — a price reduction of almost 62 percent. Since EB Solomont and Katherine Clarke report The Wall Street Journalmany high-end homeowners have found themselves in a similar situation amid the market’s recent correction, with the luxury real estate market evolving from a “huge party with champagne and caviar and everyone thought it was never going to end” into a complex environment for home sellers.

Living above a shop was a common facility in the first half of the 20th century, falling out of style in the years that followed as residents sought quieter spaces and a better work-life balance. As reported by Joanne Kaufman for The New York Timesis bringing back tradition to a new generation of New Yorkers—across nightclubs, off-Broadway venues and Upper East Side restaurants alike.

Call for Submission
Design Within Reach is now accepting entries for its 19th annual Champagne Chair Contest, created in partnership with Champagne Pommery and climate innovation hub Slow Factory. The competition challenges entrants to create miniature models of either a chair from DWR’s product portfolio or an original design, using only the foil, label, lid, cage and cork from no more than two champagne bottles. For each valid entry, the MillerKnoll Foundation will donate between $50 and $25,000 to support Slow Factory’s mission of advocating for environmental justice and social injustice. To participate before January 6th, click here.

Call for applause

Architecture Digest published its annual AD100 list, celebrating the best designers and architects of the year. This year’s cohort includes 11 debut award winners, including Justina Blakeney, Young Huh and Josh Greene. For the full list click here.

In remembrance
Renowned trimming historian Ed Goodman passed away this month at the age of 84. Goodman’s expertise in this field spans more than three decades, during which he has overseen historical restorations of trimmings at high-profile institutions such as the White House, the Metropolitan Opera House, The Breakers, the Governor’s Room of New York City Hall, the Plaza Hotel in New York and the Wrightsman Galleries in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Homepage Image: Design Within Reach is now accepting entries for its 19th Annual Champagne Chair Competition. | Courtesy of Design Within Reach


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