St. Frank Debuts a Furniture Collection, Major Design Auctions Take Place, and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know. 

Product Launches

St. Frank and Others Make Notable Debuts

For several years, St. Frank has been carefully placing bespoke pieces of furniture throughout their retail spaces. Now, they’re expanding that effort with a full-on collaborative collection. “We’re thrilled to to be introducing our first offering of upholstered furniture in partnership with Forsyth,” St. Frank founder Christina Bryant says to AD PRO. “This collaboration allows us to bring our signature printed textiles to one-of-a-kind furniture pieces as well as bespoke ottomans and poufs.” Beyond such items, fans of midcentury modernism should look out for vintage efforts as well, such as a pair of indigo Eero Saarinen chairs. 

The interior designer behind Kelly Martin Interiors has launched a furniture collection by the

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2021 Bentley Bentayga Debuts With New Exterior Look, Tweaked Interior

The W12 and plug-in hybrid models follow later this year.

Bentley introduced the Bentayga, the company’s first SUV, for the 2016 model year, and it quickly became the company’s best-selling model. However, that hasn’t enticed the British brand to build more high-riding vehicles. Instead, the company said it’d improve the Bentayga, and the first of those improvements are here with the 2021 model, the vehicle’s first significant refresh since it arrived.

Bentley says every panel at the front and rear is new, adopting the brand’s latest design language it introduced on the new Continental GT and Flying Spur. At the front, changes include a larger, more upright grille and an elliptical headlight design – a first for Bentley. There are bigger changes at the rear with elliptical taillights and a new, full-width tailgate. Bentley also moved the license plate into the bumper while redesigning the tailpipes to

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J.C. Penney Plans to Spin Off Its Real Estate Holdings, Sight Unseen’s Offsight Online Debuts, and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.

Business

J.C. Penney: Struggling Department Store…and Burgeoning Real Estate Company?

J.C. Penney delivered some surprising news this week by announcing the divestiture of its real estate assets. As such, it plans to form a “publicly traded real estate investment trust.” The move will hopefully help improve the financial situation of the department store, which recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Home Depot Sees Coronavirus-Fueled Sales Increase

Elsewhere in the land of retail, Home Depot released its first-quarter results this week. The home improvement store, which has been named an essential business throughout the country during the pandemic, saw sales rise 7.1% in the first quarter of its fiscal year. At the same time, the average sale size was up 11%

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