March 2004

abc Contract Interiors Network xyz is a one-stop marketplace for direct sales of commercial furnishings. Similar to eBay, the site offers new, used, re-manufactured and refurbished products that are auctioned to the highest bidder.

The website also includes product directories, which provide names of major manufacturers and their cutsheets. The A through Z directory includes 30 to 40 listings

under each letter, for example, under the letter “M’s, one click brought up McGuire, Mainline and Metropolitan Furniture as well as 30 other top manufacturers.

  • Office Furnishings (Information For Windows, Finishes, Lighting, Flooring, etc.)
  • Dealers (Dealers by Region for the U.S. and around the world)
  • Architects (Regional by U.S. and International)
  • Bookstore (Home Office, Architecture, and Commercial Interior Design)
  • Showrooms (Trade Center and Mart listings with website links where available)

Advertising on allows for direct online sales that are directly linked to your website as well as products and services information. Also included is a search feature, “What are you looking for?” and a FAQ section, with information about writing your product descriptions and advice about selling multiple items.

Contract Interiors Network is a wonderful tool for the contract interiors professional, students or the average furnishings collector, looking for a good deal. For those who are interested, there is even a link to the National Weather Service, an airport directory and a listing for U.S. Embassies around the globe. The website is so easy to navigate and utilize, you will wonder how you ever got along without it!

Reviewer: Cynthia Aaron, FIDM Library Staff Member