IAFP elects new Executive Committee for 2013-2015

Posted in International on Thursday, 10 October 2013. Print

International Alliance of Furnishing Publications (IAFP), the global group of the world's top furniture magazines held its 2013 Annual Meeting in Shanghai, China. Hosted by UBM Sinoexpo Ltd and held alongside the Furniture China / Office China / FMC 2013, the half day meeting took place on 11 September 2013 at the Kerry Hotel in Pudong, Shanghai, China.

IAFP elects new Executive Committee for 2013-2015

Shanghai, China
11 September 2013


During the meeting, there were in-depth discussions regarding the recent development, opportunities and challenges of both the furniture and publishing industries worldwide. Two new members, Meubihome from Belgium and MD magazine from Bulgaria were inducted at the meeting. This increased the IAFP global membership of leading magazines to a total of 19. In addition, the new executive committee for 2013-2015 was also elected at the meeting.


The following is a list of new office bearers for the period covering 2013-2015:


Chairman                             - Dr Casey Loo, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Furniture & Furnishing International, Singapore/Malaysia

Vice Chairman                   - Mr Zeki Yucel, General Co-ordinator, Furniturk magazine, Turkey

Secretary General           - Mr Imre Zilahi, Publishing Editor, Mobila & MagMob, Romania

Honorary Treasurer        - Mr Takayoshi Nagashima, President, The Home Living, Japan

Marketing & PR Director - Mr Helmut Merkel, Editor-in-Chief, Möbelmarkt, Germany

Special Advisor                  - Mr Pedro Ruben Romero, Editor-in-Chief, Moblaje, Mexico

Special Advisor                  - Mr Joseph F. Carroll, International Marketing Consultant, USA



Australia — Furnishing International

Belgium — Meubihome

Brazil— Mobile Lojista

Bulgaria— MD magazine

China— China Furniture

France— Le Courrier du Meuble

Germany— Möbelmarkt

India —Index Furniture Journal

Italy — GdA

Japan — The Home Living

Mexico — Moblaje

Republic of Korea — Gagu Guide

Romania — Mobila & MagMob

Russia — Mebelny Biznes

Singapore/Malaysia — Furniture & Furnishing International

Taiwan — Taiwan Furniture

Turkey — Furniturk

United Kingdom— Furniture News

United States of America — Furniture Today


Dr Casey Loo, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Furniture & Furnishing International, Singapore took over the helm from immediate past chairman, Mr Pedro Ruben Romero of Moblaje, Mexico. According to Loo "IAFP is a tightly knitted family comprising the world's premier furniture trade magazines. Under the leadership of former chairmen such as Joe Carroll, formerly publisher of Furniture Today USA until his retirement and Pedro Romero, our immediate past chairman, IAFP made great progress. Since its formation 16 years ago, the alliance has now a global network covering major furniture markets around the world”.


“I am honoured to have been elected its new chairman. Supported by a highly capable executive committee and many active members, I am confident we will be able to further our objective for greater exchange of information between members and markets, which is crucial to help furniture businesses, agencies and organisations for effective decision making, as well as our larger goal to facilitate the positive development and growth of the international furniture trade and the global economy."


"In addition, in my other capacity as advisor to the Council of Asian Furniture Associations (CAFA), I hope to be able to link and bring both IAFP and CAFA to work together. Asia has grown to become not only the world's largest furniture manufacturing region, it has also become one of the most attractive markets for furniture products. With the official membership of China National Furniture Association in CAFA this year, CAFA has the power to help integrate the industries and markets in the region and to push for greater collaboration around the globe. IAFP would be a strategic partner to industry agencies and associations such as CAFA to enable them a more global perspective and world view of the furniture business and establish vital connections worldwide" – added Loo.





For more information, please contact:


Dr Casey Loo, chairman, IAFP

Eml: caseyloo@tradeplanners.com


Mr Zeki Yucel, vice chairman, IAFP

Eml: zekiyucel1958@yahoo.com


Mr Imre Zilahi, secretary general, IAFP

Eml: zilahi@magazinulmobilei.ro




The International Alliance of Furnishing Publications (IAFP) is an association of the foremost trade publications from each country, based on quality editorial content and on circulation.