Much Ado About Zuo

Being described as “fast and easy” isn’t for everyone, but Serena Martin, Zuo’s Marketing Director, says it with a coy smile and without hesitation. Translated into industry speak: Zuo makes it really simple for interior designers to buy and get furniture, lighting, and accessories quickly. The company embraces accessibility, so much so that on ZUO's website there is an open invitation to come visit Zuo's USA headquarters in Oakland, CA.

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Just minutes from the airport which is mighty convenient for a team that attends no less than 24 trade shows a year and is constantly traveling overseas for product development, you should know that when the company relocated, owners Luis and Steve made sure to include a frozen margarita machine in the redesign (in the photo, right, it's just to the left out of frame) , and a playroom in case you bring your kids, Foosball, and a quiet relaxation station with two massage chairs.

Beyond the warm, fuzzy, and fun "we're-one-big-family-with-cool-furniture" feeling at Zuo, when it comes down to your interior design business, here are five things you should know when considering and/or specifying Zuo products:

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They're AFFORDABLE. Since opening in 2005, Zuo has offered designers wholesale pricing on all our products.

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There's BREADTH.  When Zuo started in 2005, the company sold office furniture and over the years has expanded category by category, to include indoor and outdoor furniture and accent pieces, lighting, and most recently Decor. Lots to source and love here. 

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They'll get you DESIGN TOOLS as in free catalogs, swatches and wood samples.

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Orders are processed FAST, within 24 hours from California and Florida. Rush orders and last-minute needs are de rigeur here. 

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Zuo CUSTOMER SERVICE is on it. If an item is damaged in transit, contact Zuo customer service (and send pictures), and someone will help you solve the issue. by either rushing out a replacement or damaged part, or issuing a credit.

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No need for a shelf-full of binders. I

Interior designers can browse all of Zuo’s collections (including Zuo Décor) 24/7 on Steelyard.

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Sandy Hughes