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40th China International Furniture Fair attracts Over 91,000 visitors.

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China International Furniture Fair (Shanghai) attracts Over 91,000 visitors

The 40th China International Furniture Fair (Shanghai) (CIFF) has reported a record 91,623 visitors from 200 countries and regions who came to see the more than 2,000 exhibitors at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. The attendance numbers mark a new high for CIFF (Shanghai) and represent an 8.18 percent year-on-year increase.

"This year's CIFF connected members throughout the industrial chain to mark the event's 20th anniversary," the CIFF committee staff said, "Moving forward, CIFF will continue to improve our capabilities and work to create ever-more business opportunities for exhibitors and buyers by offering innovative functions, improving product quality and optimizing service."

New Product Launches and Promising Trade Opportunities

The 400,000-square meter main exhibition hall created numerous business opportunities for both exhibitors and visitors. Daily traffic per booth reached 4,800 during the fair with an average of 9 visitors at each booth every second during the event's peak.

More than 90 percent of exhibitors have come to the fair with their latest products, with some of them hosting new product release events on-site, covering home furniture, and home decor, as well as outdoor & leisure, office, commercial and hotel furniture, furniture machinery and raw materials.

Focus on Design: Promoting Creativity in the Furniture Industry

CIFF (Shanghai) 2017 hosted more than 30 speeches, forums and events in various fields including:

  • A speech by Dr. Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum
  • Award ceremony for the first Asia-Pacific Pinnacle Awards (the Pinnacles)
  • "Witness the Pinnacle" Design Forum highlighting Jonathan Adler, top U.S designer, Masayuki Kurokawa, pioneer Japanese architect and industrial designer, and Alex Shuford III, president and CEO of Century Furniture Company

About CIFF

Launched in 1998, the China International Furniture Fair's two annual fairs in Guangzhou and Shanghai have connected the Chinese furniture industry with buyers and sellers at home and abroad. The mega tradeshow has featured home decor, home textiles, furniture machinery, and raw materials, as well as outdoor, office, commercial and hotel furniture at every fair and became one of the four major furniture fairs globally.

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Overview of the Nigerian Furniture Market

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Up until recently that the federal government revised the embargo on the importation of Furniture and other sundry commodities into the country, which has seen a rise in the creative potential of our local manufacturers who were hindered by the lack access to loan, exorbitant duties on the importation of raw materials and other unfavorable government policies.

It will be recalled that the reason for this ban was because Government wanted to protect the local industries involved in the manufacturing of these goods and according to recent statistics and market trends, one must say it worked.

With the numerous calls for diversification of the Nigerian economy, the furniture manufacturing sector has experienced growth that has inaudibly been contributing to the earnings for investors and the overall GDP of the country.

The global furniture market has been on the rise, with analysts forecasting the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) estimate of 3.53 percent over the period of 2012 and 2016. Nigeria has not been left out in this global. Information from Reuters showed that one of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the boom in real estate industry.

The furniture market in Nigeria has had its own share of challenges which include the shortage of timber supply often poses a challenge to the growth of this market but industry professionals have been hard at work to develop modern designs using contemporary material like wire mesh, Wicker or rattan furniture, Metal, Plastic, Glass etc. Another prevailing issue that is making the efforts of manufacturers go unnoticed is the access to reliable sources of power, Not only is this detrimental to the production of furniture and manufacturing but also the nation’s ability to possess a sustainable GDP. 

The electrification of Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole will liberate many of the constraints that we face as a nation is regards to our overall productivity. This will also help in empowering local manufacturers’ abilities to produce more high-quality furniture at reduced prices.

Furniture manufacturers at the moment must rely on the electricity provided by the government as much as possible. Although these conditions are not ideal, it does not, however, impact on the ability to provide quality, affordable furnishing, and interior design solutions.

So in order to make the system more innovative, great care should be taken so as to ensure that the industry becomes more efficient and are capable of producing high-quality goods by utilizing the waste from the production process to create other goods.

With contributions from

Olaoluwakintan Babatunde 

Odinaka Anudu, Business Day 

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How to Protect your Outdoor & Garden Furniture

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Tips on How to Protect your Outdoor & Garden Furniture

Protecting outdoor and garden furniture from the weather and the elements is a top priority, in order for them to reach their long lasting potential.

The biggest threat to outdoor furniture is weather; rust, dampness leading to pest infestation, chipping away of wood and the list could be endless.

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Presented here are some tips on the protection of outdoor and garden furniture to help remove you from these risks.

1. Evaluation of Weather Conditions

It is important to evaluate the weather conditions and climate of your location, in order to be earlier forewarned about the style and choice of furniture to buy and the care of same.

Living in an environment prone to a lot of rainfall might require looking into metal furniture. These knowledge helps drive wise decisions about your outdoor furniture, so your purpose is not defeated in the long run.

2. Paint or Vanish

Paints and Vanish provide a protective coat over your furniture, keeping them at a safer place from destruction by weather forces. There are known waterproof paints and varnish which you might find in your best interest to use.

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3. Cover

Covering your outdoor furniture could go in several forms. It could involve building a patio cover for your garden and outdoor lounge or could involve using tarps as covering for the furniture when they are not in use.

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Whatever the kind of cover or even both that you choose to favour, it should be done with a diligence and drive, knowing that covering your furniture from the elements are buying them more time daily.

4. Positioning and Placing

The positioning of your outdoor furniture is important for their durability. When furniture is positioned in such a way that they are kept under the direct glare of sunlight or rain, it does more harm than good in most cases.

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Thus, determining the positions where your furniture would sit under your patio cover is an art in itself. It is best to position furniture under some form of shade, either shade from a tree or artificially generated shades.

Outdoor garden furniture can have quite the same lifespan as their indoor counterparts and serve for many long months, the secret is Care.

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Adeyemi Adebimpe

A guest contributor on HOG Furniture Blog is a law student at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

Loves to write, read, travel, paint and talk.

A fan of the outdoor and adventure. Her everyday fantasy is to see the whole world.

5 Common Kitchen Layout & Shapes

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The typical traditional triangle that separates the range, sink and refrigerator has totally progressed into a more functional and efficient "work zone" concept.


The home's kitchen layout consists of a spacious center island with sink, that helps to ascertain the open kitchen from the rest of the house. Of course having that in mind, we now have to increase clearances and look at adding appropriate spaces in the kitchen.

Here are the 5 Common Kitchen Layout & Shapes:


1) One-Wall Kitchen:

Initially called the "Pullman kitchen," the one-wall kitchen layout is typically found in loft spaces or a studio apartment because it’s the best space saver.

One Wall Kitchen Layout

Cabinets and appliances are attached to a single wall. Most modern designs also involve an island, which transforms the space into a kind of Galley style with a walk through the corridor.


2) Galley Style Kitchen:

This adept “clean” layout is perfect for smaller spaces. The galley kitchen, simply known as the walkthrough kitchen.

Gallery Style Kitchen

It is distinguished by two walls facing each other or two side-by-side counter tops amidst a walkway in the middle. Galleys make the perfect use of every little space, and there are definitely no corner cabinets to configure.


3) L-Shape:

An L-shaped kitchen unravels the problem of expanding corner spaces, and it’s also a clever design for small and medium sized kitchens.

L-Shaped Kitchen Layout

The flexible L-shaped kitchen includes countertops on two adjacent walls that are perpendicular, forming an L shape. The “legs” of the L can be as long or as short as you want, although making them less than 12 to 15 feet will allow you to conveniently use the space.


4) Horseshoe:

The horseshoe or U-shape kitchen layout typically has approximately three walls of cabinets/appliances. Today, this design has progressed from just three walls to an L-shaped kitchen, with an island creating the third “wall.”

u-shaped kitchen layout

This design works efficiently well because it allows the flow of traffic and workflow around the island. You can actually get more cooks into the kitchen if you want.


5) Kitchen Island:

A working kitchen island may consist of appliances and cabinetry for storage and it constantly adds extra work surface to a kitchen. It can create a place to eat (with stools), to prepare and cook food (with a sink) and to reserve beverages (with a wine cooler).

Kitchen Island

The island can immediately turn a one-wall kitchen into a galley style, and an L-shaped layout into a horseshoe.

Kitchen islands are amazingly functional, but the reality is, lots of kitchens commonly doesn't  have enough clearance or space to include this feature.

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Ebuka Joshua

A Freelance Blogger and Contributor on HOG Furniture. Specializes in content development for Business, Fitness and Celebrity gossips.

Bsc. Economics