Instagram tests its creator market, stunning start-up raises $410 million and more


Many architects and designers are taking a forward-thinking approach to their designs, but a team of researchers are taking things a step further by developing plans for an “artificial gravity life facility” to support life on Mars and the Moon. Whatever happens next, stay in the know with our weekly roundup of headlines, launches and events, recommended reading and more.

Economic news

Months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Armstrong Flooring was acquired by AHF Products, a wood and laminate flooring supplier based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where Armstrong was also headquartered. in a $107 million deal that is expected to close by July 22. As LancasterOnline reports, the sale included the acquisition of Armstrong’s Chinese operations by mechanical maker Giant Group (also known as Zhejiang GIMIG Technology Co. Ltd.) for $59 million and its Australian assets by the owning company. Cowes Bay for $31 million. Although the exact amount of the job losses remains uncertain, court documents have revealed that the layoffs will mainly affect corporate and administrative employees rather than production workers, whose union contracts will transfer to AHF Products.

Following the recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, members of the architecture and design community are preparing for an expansion of abortion service providers and clinics in states where abortion is legal. As braked reports, architect based in Syracuse, New York Lori Brown and his colleague Jordan Kravitz began compiling a list of pros willing to help with the transition after the draft ruling leaked earlier this year — it now includes more than 70 architects from 16 states. According to Brown, architects can help license, design services, communicate with contractors and navigate code and zoning requirements as clinics seek help building new locations – a process that has already begun for providers in states like Mississippi, where trip bans required immediate action. clinic closed. Design professionals can provide crucial assistance in the clinic development process, which is often complicated by TRAP or Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers laws – a series of zoning and building codes used to limit access to abortion – and land use policies that dictate whether or not anti -abortion protesters can congregate nearby.

Instagram began testing its new invite-only Creator Marketplace last week, Tech Crunch reports, allowing brands to connect with creators on partnerships and campaigns through a separate hub on the app. The feature will allow brands to filter creators by a number of criteria, including age, gender, interests, number of followers and audience demographics, while identifying creators who have expressed their interest in working with them. Once brands and creators decide to partner, the marketplace also hosts campaigns, where information like deliverables and compensation can be managed.

Italian tech startup Casavo has completed a $410 million funding round, Tech Crunch reports, led by Dutch holding company Exor. Following a strategy similar to that of proptech company Opendoor, Casavo operates from an “instant buyer” approach, buying European homes from sellers to aggregate the supply, then renovating the properties to resell them for a profit. With the new capital, the company plans to expand its business across Europe, beyond its current markets of Italy, Spain and Portugal.

Although ‘home fatigue’ has touched on other aspects of the industry, it seems Amazon users have yet to get the memo – during this year’s Amazon Prime Day event on the 12th and 13th July, the top-selling categories in the United States were consumer electronics, essentials and home. As Furniture today reports, this year’s edition marked the largest event in company history, with members purchasing more than 300 million items and spending more than $3 billion on more than 100 million items. small businesses sold through the platform.

Actress Garcelle Beauvais launched her first home collection with HSNCourtesy of HSN

Launches & Collaborations

West Elm Kids has teamed up with Brooklyn-based baby and toddler brand Lalo for a collaboration on children’s furniture and decor, including a three-in-one chair design that transitions from high chair to booster seat for play chair; a game table; and meal items. Half of the sales produced from the collection until October 2, 2022 will be donated to the No Kid Hungry campaign.

Actor Garcelle Beauvais has partnered with HSN for the launch of its first home decor collection, Garcelle at Home. The homeware assortment includes furniture, bedding and accessories with a modern, tropical twist inspired by Beauvais’ Haitian roots.

Model houses

The 2022 Southern Living Idea House, located in Oriental, North Carolina in the quaint waterfront village of River Dunes, is open for public viewing through December. Centered around the theme of the great escape, the 4,125 square foot complex features multiple structures, porches and outdoor living spaces designed by a team including an interior designer Charlotte Lucas from Charlotte; constructor Jordan Maroulès of SLD Custom Homes of Morehead City, North Carolina; architect Court William Court Atkins Group of Bluffton, South Carolina; and developer Ed Mitchell river dunes.

recommended reading

One of Netflix’s new releases incorporates an R-rated element into the typical home improvement show. In How to Build a Sex Room, host Melanie Rose (known as “Mary Poppins of Sex Rooms”) descends into the homes of a dozen everyday couples to reinvent their bedrooms, basements and spare rooms in everything from “sacred spaces” to “fantastic bedrooms. As Ronda Kaysen reports for The New York Timesthe show marks the latest iteration of the streaming giant’s attempt to add a personalized self-care angle to the interior design show genre, joining predecessors like weird eye and Get organized with The Home Edit.

Taking the Marie Kondo method a little further, the artist Barbara Iwein recently embarked on a journey to not only take stock of everything in her home, but also to photograph and catalog each item individually. As Oscar Holland reports for CNN, the five-year process yielded 12,795 images documenting the contents of Iweins’ life – from shoes, keychains and combs to a cast of her teeth and a book she stole as a teenager – and allowed him to have a difficult time in his life. “Now that the project is complete and I’ve identified the items that have value, I can start living,” Iweins said. CNN. “It was all there for a reason, I guess.”

Call for applications

Bienenstock Furniture Library has announced a new scholarship as part of its annual student furniture design competition. In memory of legacy furniture designer Dudley Moore, Sr., the organization will award two prizes to the winners of its 2023 design challenge – a check for $5,000 will go to the first-place winner, in addition to $1,000 for their school’s furniture design department, while $1,500 will go to the second place winner. To apply before December 7, click here.

Home Page Image: The 2022 Southern Living Idea Home | Courtesy of southern life


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