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Laura Van Zeyl
You can tell how a man will treat his wife by how he treats his mother. Along those same lines, I would argue: You can tell how much an industry values design by how it treats its designers. When I attended Euroluce in Milan... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I find it ironic that the biggest trend at the June Dallas Market (one that has been building for quite some time and shows no sign of stopping) was vintage industrial fixtures, featuring open, minimalist forms that seemed... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Maybe it’s a by-product of being a working mom, but I’m the queen of compartmentalization. I can tune out one crisis for the sake of solving another, keeping calm and carrying on in just about any circumstance. That’s why it... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
At last week's Dallas Market, I had the pleasure of presenting the fourth annual Showroom of the Year Awards, an event we proudly host with the Dallas Market Center each year. The finalists for these awards represent the... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Before joining Residential Lighting 20 years ago, I interned at the Waco Tribune-Herald in Waco, TX. There wasn’t much to do in Waco — I quickly exhausted The Circle, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Dr... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Is it just me or does it seem like June gets earlier and earlier every year? Manufacturers pulling together new product portfolios for the summer Dallas Market surely feel that way. The question is: Will this edition bring... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
If anyone still needed proof that ART - The Creative Home Furnishings Network had graduated to a new level of relevance in the home décor market, last week’s ART Conference in Miami provided plenty of compelling arguments.... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
I don’t often quote Voltaire in my head when thinking about ceiling fans, but a line from the poem “La Béguele” came en tête when I learned about proposed legislation that would potentially increase costs significantly for... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Just as our April issue was going to press, news broke of Lighting Science Group’s voluntary recall of more than a half million LED replacement lamps due to possible fire hazard. This came after 68 known reports of product... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Just returning from the High Point Market in North Carolina and Lightfair in Philadelphia back-to-back, my brain is processing a range of trends, from highly technological and purely aesthetic. There's plenty happening on... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Euroluce made its bi-annual appearance in Milan last week as part of the annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture fair at Fiera Milano Rho just outside Italy’s fashion capital. A staggering 320,000 attendees take... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Even before it was rebranded last year as ART – The Creative Home Furnishings Network, the Accessories Resource Team offered a creative complement to our membership in the American Lighting Assn. (ALA). ALA was an invaluable... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
As I assembled this year’s Showroom of the Year entries for judging (which just concluded), I was once again inspired by all of the generous ways that lighting retailers readily reach out and give back to their communities.... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Thomas Edison famously said: “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” His point is well taken; an initial idea — however brilliant — is only a fraction of the process. There is no substitute for the... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
When Pantone announced that its Color of the Year for 2013 would be Emerald, I braced myself for the green scene that would follow at the winter markets in January. I was not surprised to find front window displays awash in... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Leave it to the market venue that opened one of its buildings with a performance by Rod Stewart — and had President Bill Clinton as a keynote speaker two years ago — to bring in some more heavy hitters for its winter 2013... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Working on our 20th anniversary supplement this month, I found it amazing how much the business and science of lighting had changed in that timeframe. Technology may be responsible for most major adjustments in our industry... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
Many times, a “rebrand” simply brings your marketing image up to speed with the realities of how you’ve already evolved. That’s certainly the case for ART - The Creative Home Furnishings Network. This dynamic industry... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
The American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Bi-National Advertising and PR program was launched 15 years ago with a budget of $324,000 and a goal to create 68 million consumer impressions with a targeted PR effort to mainsteam media... read more
Laura Van Zeyl
This month, the Congressional provision that defunded the enforcement of the Energy Independence & Security Act’s (EISA) first light bulb regulations will expire. The rider, buried within an omnibus spending bill, did... read more

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