One Kings Lane Acquires Publishing Design Firm Helicopter Top Online Retailer Adds Editorial Focus with Purchase of Company that Launched Domino Magazine

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when the lines between media and e-commerce are becoming increasingly blurred, with magazine publishers allocating enormous capital to acquire and invest in technology platforms, one leading e-commerce company has made a strategic investment that portends how the online shopping experience will become ever more editorialized.  

One Kings Lane, the leading private online shopping destination for home decor, furnishings, accessories, and gifts announced today that it has acquired top publishing design firm Helicopter, which will bring the online retailer industry-leading design and content capabilities to provide shoppers magazine-like context for items as they browse. In assuming leadership for One Kings Lane's in-house design and content teams, Helicopter will broaden the site's scope and depth by developing content that inspires shoppers with new ideas about home decorating, interviews with leaders in the design industry, and features on everything from gift-giving to entertaining.

Helicopter, a New York-based design consultancy, has been the go-to design and content partner for top publishers including Conde Nast, Time Inc., Hachette, Hearst and The Wall Street Journal for more than 10 years. Founded by business partners Josh Liberson and Ethan Trask in 2001, Helicopter launched Domino magazine, redesigned Jane magazine and was enlisted by The Wall Street Journal to redesign WSJ magazine.

"We envision the future of e-commerce as the convergence of retail, media and technology, and our acquisition of Helicopter positions us at the forefront of the industry," said Doug Mack, CEO, One Kings Lane. "While already tremendously successful, One Kings Lane is poised for dramatic growth as we engage our members with the depth of information they increasingly seek when making purchases of exceptional products, sight unseen.  We are thrilled to be bringing on the outstanding talents of Josh, Ethan and the Helicopter team to help us lead and shape the next wave of the industry."

Liberson added, "We are excited to take the concept we helped develop at Domino, which combined an accessible tone with a broad array of ideas-all anchored to achievable, buyable product-and take it to a whole new level as part of One Kings Lane.  Consumers, inspired by the content, will be able to shop with a sense of context and feel confident in their buying decisions because they've been given a back story or expert advice.  We are particularly excited as this vision plays directly to the strengths that we've spent the last decade developing on high profile assignments with some of the leading consumer brands and media companies."

Since its launch in March 2009, One Kings Lane has quickly become the category leader. The site hosts 72-hour sales daily beginning at 8 a.m. PT. From furniture to flatware, linen to lamps, decorative accessories to art, it offers a diverse and curated assortment of high end designer merchandise at deeply discounted prices in limited quantities, obtained directly from designers and suppliers.

About One Kings Lane

One Kings Lane is a private online shopping destination which offers members spectacular designer home decor, furnishings, accessories, and gifts -- at prices up to 70% off retail. One Kings Lane works directly with top home brands to bring the very best products and prices to its members -- every day. One Kings Lane also partners with top designers, decorators and industry insiders for content that inspires, enlightens and informs. Please visit www.onekingslane.com for more information.

About Helicopter

Helicopter is a design firm based in New York City and founded in 2001 by Joshua Liberson and Ethan Trask. Early on, Helicopter specialized in the development of strong print editorial brands for companies such as Conde Nast and Time/Warner as well as identity and packaging design for visual artists and the music industry. Helicopter's integrative approach to design and business expanded its reach to clients ranging from One Kings Lane, Waterworks and Steuben to The Ritz Carlton and Andre Balazs properties such as The Standard and the Chateau Marmont. Please visit www.hellochopper.com for more information.

SOURCE One Kings Lane



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