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March 13, 2005

Huffman Koos Killed DIA?

DIA is DOA -- and all evidence points to the late Huffman Koos as the culprit. DIA, aka Design Institute of America, closed its doors on Thursday without fanfare, leaving retailers and designers mouths agape. What went so wrong that this Jasper, Ind. darling, the originator of "have-it-your-way" glass and metal occasional items, suddenly called it quits?

Its a simple story that plays out time and again. A chain retailer, the Holy Grail of distribution for a manufacturer, can also be its bane. When Huffman Koos, the furniture chain closed its doors last July, it left unsecured creditors holding the bag. DIA, like Broyhill, Lane, Excelsior, Century, Shermag, had extended huge lines of credit to the Pennsylvania company in hopes of keeping it alive. According to the InterNet Bankruptcy Library, DIA was owed over $330,000.

Huffman Koos may not have caused the fatal blow, but it certainly left DIA in a weakened state.


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Hello all - I am posting here because I just returned home from the auction of the Design Institute of America's stock. I bought a moving truck full of furniture and I know a guy who has two semi-truck loads of new in the box DIA furniture. I'm looking to sell it. If you are interested, please contact me at 717.386.1402.

Thank you!

Brian

Posted by: Brian Sloan | Sep 23, 2005 10:28:18 AM

Do you have any DIA parts by chance? Need some 3inch round chrome caps (with or without a hole drilled in the center) to fix a DIA chrome/glass coffee table.

Posted by: Tom Rehman | Aug 20, 2007 2:38:07 PM

Dear Brian,
Im very interested in the Bloom Collection from DIA. I would need two end tables, one sofa table and one cocktail table if availiable, please feel free to contact me 1-631-905-2332.

Posted by: Imani Brown | Oct 3, 2007 12:35:24 PM

Back in the 70's I purchased several DIA chairs covered in a brown suede with a subtle pattern. Legs with chrome. I would like to recover the chairs and wonder if you have any of this material. Chairs had a model P-126 I think but would have to check.

Posted by: J P Bartl | Oct 25, 2007 10:22:42 PM

Did DIA sell it's designs to anyone? I'm looking for some obscure parts to to Oblique Bar Stools.

Posted by: tim | Nov 6, 2007 10:19:11 AM

I'm looking for a top right hand bent glass door for a #74 cabinet, Vitrine/enteger. it was broken during cleaning/

Posted by: bill beynon | Apr 2, 2009 3:08:21 PM

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