Mullen named Hubbardton Forge CEO

Hubbardton Forge president and COO Maria Mullen has assumed the role of CEO of the Castleton, Vt.-based lighting manufacturer.

In addition, company veteran Steve Wiegers has been promoted to vice president of operations.

Maria Mullen

Mullen, appointed president and COO on June 1, will now assume the role of CEO, with Bubba Sandford having completed his mission to assist the company in navigating the draw-down and closure, due to the pandemic, and subsequent successful re-opening of production.

Mullen, a lighting industry veteran executive with more than a decade of experience at the helm of two major companies, also led her own lighting design/manufacturing company prior to joining Hubbardton Forge back in June.

“I am honored and excited to have been selected to lead this wonderful company. We have a great and talented team, a terrific culture and a desire to innovate and lead in design and technology,” Mullen said. “We are writing the next chapter in this classic American story and I look forward to leading the team to new heights.”

Under Sandford’s guidance, Hubbardton Forge moved from one shift to two and was able to ship through an unprecedentedly-high backlog due to a five-week closure in the spring. Today,

HEARTS Awards auction site is live

Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, have announced that the HEARTS Awards auction is now live online.

The HEARTS Awards is being held in partnership and solidarity with 13 industry organizations to honor 13 companies that have shown outstanding leadership, empathy and service during the COVID-19 pandemic by going above and beyond in service to their industry and/or community.

More than 70 one-of-a-kind plates have been creatively transformed by artists, designers, celebrities, influencers and special guests to be auctioned to the highest bidder. The auction will conclude on Jan. 8. Participating in the creative fundraiser are figures from the world of product design, interior design and the arts including Jane Seymour, Thom Filicia, Bobby Berk, Justina Blakeney, Thomas O’Brien, Jamie Drake, Libby Langdon, Adam Glassman (O, the Oprah Magazine), Anna Bond (Rifle Paper Co.), Joe Ruggiero, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Jason Phillips (Phillips Collection), George Sellers (Global Views), Dann Foley, Alexander Julian, Bunny Williams, Barbara Barry and Beatriz Ball.

To bid, visit

“From contemporary to traditional, understated to over-the-top, these works of art are an amazing testimony to the creativity and generosity of our industry community,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market

RH recalls 7,800 Wine Barrel chandeliers

CORTE MADERA, Calif. – Retailer RH has recalled about 7,800 of its Wine Barrel chandeliers due to a fall hazard that can potentially injure consumers.

The recall involves several Wine Barrel Chandelier models, the full list of which can be seen here. In addition to the 7,800 recalled in the U.S., some 600 were also sold in Canada.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that hardware parts used to hang the chandeliers can break, causing the unit to fall from the ceiling.

While no injuries have been reported, the company has received 14 reports of the hanging hardware components breaking, including 11 reports of the chandeliers falling.

The units were made in Poland and India and were imported by RH US LLC of Corte Madera, Calif. They were sold at RH galleries nationwide and online and also were sold at from April 2009 through July 2018 at RH outlets nationwide from October 2009 through March 2020 for up to $3,500.

Consumers have been advised to prevent people from going into the immediate area underneath the chandelier. They should also contact RH to schedule a free in-home repair or replacement based on the individual hardware type of the

Retail Star spotlight: The Lemonade Stand

Home Accents Today’s Retail Stars list recognizes independent brick-and-mortar retailers of home accents – including furniture stores, home accessories boutique stores and interior design showrooms – that merchandise creatively, have a positive presence in their local communities and stand out from the competition.

View the complete list here.

To nominate a retailer for our 2021 list, email Thomas Lester at [email protected].

The Lemonade Stand

Yankton, S.D.

1 store

Estimated 2019 total sales: Less than $1 million

Home accent specialist, founded in 2014. Key suppliers include Creative Co-Op and K&K Interiors for decorative accessories and wall décor; Creative Co-Op for soft goods. Attends Las Vegas Market. Store features a cozy, warm and lived-in look due to proprietary line of handmade, custom built furniture. Offers an unofficial in-store design service, which allows customers to bring pieces from their home to help with styling and visualizing store merchandise in their space.

In their own words

Please describe your visual merchandising scheme.

We carry our own line of handmade, custom-built furniture using reclaimed materials. So, the store reflects a very cozy, warm and lived in look. The visuals are kept very simple and clean, to let the furniture stand out, but

Swedish luxury bedmaker Dux partners with West Elm

Swedish luxury mattress maker Dux is offering a new mattress in partnership with West Elm.

NEW YORK – Swedish-based luxury bed maker Duxiana is now offering a new Dux mattress in partnership with modern furniture retailer West Elm which combines pocket coils with a plush yet supportive latex layer.

“As a third-generation, family-owned company, our sole responsibility is to our customers, the integrity of our product and the health of the planet,” said Henrik Ljung, Dux CEO. “Our quest to evolve our products in order to increase their comfort, longevity and performance is paramount, and we are so excited to continue this journey with West Elm.”

Ljung said the new mattress is built to stand the test of time and foster the health of its owner, adding that the company’s OekoTex standard 100 certification guarantees that the bed is completely free from any harmful chemicals or toxins.

“We are pleased to partner with Dux to offer an exclusive design that prioritizes high-quality materials and style,” said Don Macciocca, West Elm vice president, merchandising furniture and lighting. “Together, our customers can shop for an innovative mattress solution that brings our shared commitments of thoughtful design and sustainability at a great value.”