It is desirable that manufacturers of furniture products determine in advance, at the stage of its design, the level of safety when using certain raw materials. For this purpose, a technique is proposed that allows us to determine the concentration of harmful substances in the air of the premises with the selected materials, design and manufacturing technology of furniture products. By Boris Rybin, Irina Zavrazhnova and Dmitry Rybin, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Ruslan Safin and Shamil Mukhametzyanov, Kazan National Research Technological University, and Albina Gazizulina, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University

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With the development of industrial mass production, the traditional handicraft industry is facing a series of challenges. The current development of the traditional handicraft industry requires both external heritage protection of the government and the internal transformation and innovation of the industry. By Kuo-Kuang Fan and Ting-Ting Feng, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology

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For next season, it’s all about adding a new twist to popular trends for a refreshing change in the home. Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice, dishes on 3 of the top trend predictions for Spring/Summer 2019 and how to get the look at home.

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Assessment of daylighting in the residential hall of a historical chateau is presented. Valuable paintings and claddings as well as wallpapers and furniture upholstery in the hall are extremely light sensitive and they need to be protected from light damage. By Jitka Mohelníková, Denis Míček and Skarleta Floreková, Brno University of Technology, Alena Selucká, Technical Museum in Brno, and Martin Dvořák, National Heritage Institute

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Many companies that produce environmentally friendly furniture enjoy commercial success. In addition to sustainability, end customers appreciate quality and good design, and they are happy to pay more for it. By Koelnmess via ambista

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Currently, home-based workspaces have developed substantially all over the world, especially in Malaysia. By changing the furniture layout, the lighting quality of a residential workspace can be changed dramatically. By Seyed Mohammad Mousavi, Tareef Hayat Khan and Lim Yaik Wah, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

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Wood is one of the most versatile materials we can use in our home. There are also multiple ways for us to incorporate wood into our spaces by handmade work. By Sandy Sun

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As people live more diverse lifestyles and customer needs become more unpredictable, megatrends can point us to the right direction. By Ursula Geismann, press officer and trend analyst, Association of German Furniture Industries (VDM)

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The furniture business is evolving as consumer habit changes and the landscape become more competitive. Innovation is not always in the form of something completely new, but can also exist in different approaches, thinking and applications. By Jackie Wong

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Inventory management systems and dynamic reliability measures and controls remain challenging at every stage, especially when time variances and operating conditions are considered. A novel, reliability-based robust design optimisation model has been developed to optimally allocate and schedule time while considering uncertainty associated with inventory movement. By AbdulazizAlmaktoom, Effat University

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