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CASE GOODS BOWING AT MARKET TO HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR.

HIGH POINT, N.C.-Throw a dart at a spinning globe and wherever it lands there's a good chance that some case goods manufacturer will have a style or material to match that spot during this week's furniture market here. Styling of the case goods offered will reflect the growing international nature of this market -- to satisfy the growing diversity of consumers.

Broyhill Furniture invites consumers to return to the rich Renaissance period of southern Europe with Vintage World, a 76-piece, whole-home collection, including bedroom, dining room, upholstery and entertainment centers. Each piece is antique-inspired with hardwood solids, oak veneers and walnut inlays with worn edges. The finishes in vintage, sable and antique ivory are rubbed and worn to simulate hundreds of years of use. Gouge marks and worm holes are included.

Outdoor apparel supplier Woolrich comes to High Point for the first time with the Woolrich Home Furnishings case goods collection, part of a larger, multiple-category collection, which includes upholstery. Lexington Home Brands is the primary supplier The case goods, for bedroom, dining, occasional, entertainment and accent, are designed for a feel that is inspired by the outdoors for the indoors. The three wood finishes are heritage brown, soft black (evening smoke) and worn white (weathered stone), with some distressing.

Henredon is introducing three major case goods collections. The At Home Collection by David Easton is a collaborative effort between Henredon and New York designer Easton. The collection puts a fresh spin on traditional styling with rich materials and finishes. Edgerton Square offers 17th- and 18th-century Country English designs styled from a more youthful viewpoint, offering a look that is simultaneously antique and current. Borderland is a quiet interpretation of Western Americana that celebrates America's sense of freedom. This 24-piece collection is being merchandised within Henredon's Acquisitions collection.

Universal Furniture is introducing St. John, a collection based on 18th-century European bombe design with a finish in caramel or antique pearl crackle. The collection includes bedroom, dining room and occasional groups. Another introduction, the Hampton collection, features a pine finish with painted options and ebony inlay, aimed at the casual living buyer.

Alexander Julian At Home is presenting Harmony, a transitional collection, with more contemporary items this market, finished in classic mahogany tones, touched by bubinga wood and ebony inlay. The curved pieces are accented with etched glass and brushed metal accents.

French Heritage introduces its Office-In-Bed, from the Tribune collection. The bed provides a sliding tray for your laptop or letters, tambour doors in the headboard for tucked away storage and a fully hidden bookcase.

Bernhardt is introducing two major case goods collections: Latitudes and Opus XIX. Latitudes is a 75-piece collection for dining room, bedroom and occasional, in a tropical plantation style in light woods and two-toned rattans. Materials include pin knotty cherry veneers, crushed bamboo sheeting, acid-etched brass, hand-forged iron, glass and stone mosaic. One accent wood finish, Clay, has a burnt raku effect. Opus XIX is part of Bernhardt's Artistry Series collection, featuring neoclassical designs and styling with a modern twist for the bedroom, dining room and occasional categories. Features include turned posts, reeded trim and scalloped designs that blend with metal accents, stitched leather and inlay marquetry patterns.

Fine Furniture Design & Marketing has drawn from the beauty of North Carolina's emerging wine country to introduce The RayLen Vineyards collection, a 35-piece bedroom, dining room and entertainment collection. RayLen Vineyards, located in Yadkin County, northwest of High Point, has been designated as one of the premier Southeastern wine producers by the Wine Spectator. The collection draws its inspiration from the French countryside and furnishings found in homes throughout Europe and California's wine country.

By partnering with a case goods factory in Honduras, Hooker Furniture expects to offer retailers attractive pricing, quality control, and cheap and fast delivery to retailers. Hooker is introducing a 36-piece collection of European-style, antique-look, upscale pine occasional furniture and writing desks with parquet tops. The company expects shipping time to be only 10 days versus the normal 30 days for products from China.

Hooker will also offer a number of solutions for consumers with plasma and large-screen televisions and introduce six bedroom groups, its most ever. Hooker is entering the curio cabinet category for the first time, with items retailing at $999 and up. Futurist Faith Popcorn is introducing her Canyon Cocoon group of home office and home entertainment furniture in a western-style rustic finish.

With today's focus on the home as a destination, Riverside Furniture is introducing The Gathering Place, a 55-piece collection for the whole house. The finishes are available in antique cherry, black with a rubbed finish and a crackle black. The company has expanded its Plantation Key collection by adding a four-poster bed with a louvered headboard. Riverside has also added casual dining to the Harmony collection it introduced in April. The tabletop is made from fieldstone with an oak and metal base. Also new is Solano, a 48-inch, round dining table with a sealed granite top and leather seating.

Kimball Home has entered into a new, more modest, price point with the introduction of a low-profile sleigh bed from the ongoing Villa Jolivet collection. Stan Sapp, vice president and general manager at Kimball Home, said a retailer has described the look as "new traditional." Additions will include a master dresser with cedar shelves and an executive desk with a patent-pending laptop pullout drawer. Kimball is also adding a home office category to the Novello bedroom collection, with European styling, walnut inlay and latte finish. Also new is the Park Avenue bedroom collection in crotch-mahogany veneers, with a low-profile bed, a four-poster bed and an entertainment center.

Largo International continues to build on its popular Jaclyn Smith Home collection of case goods with a selection of bookcases. Its Georgian Meadows group has proven to be the most popular, according to Richard Yargus, vice president of sales and marketing at Largo.

Vaughan-Bassett Furniture is introducing American Casual, a collection with bedroom, dining and occasional furniture.

Despite its push into the bedroom category, Magnussen Home Furnishings hasn't eased up on its commitment to occasional furniture. The company is introducing 18 occasional collections in an array of styles ranging from 18th-century traditional and casual contemporary to Southwestern and French Country. The collections use a variety of materials, such as wood, fossil stone, slate and marble tabletops.

Magnussen's 10 new master bedroom collections range from Carmel's modern contemporary look in light maple finish to Chelmsford with its Louis Philippe influence in crotch mahogany veneers. Four new dining room collections include American Legends with Mission-inspired lines and a comfortable white oak finish.

Bassett Furniture has added versatility to looks with the design of its new armoires for the entertainment and/or home office categories, with its removable shelves and replaceable keyboard drawers. The Baldwin model 9737 armoire, one of several models, can easily fit a range of measurements of television screens, be used to store curios or linens, or be converted into a fully equipped work station. The Baldwin is available in cherry veneers and maple solids in medium cherry finish. Bassett's introductions in bedrooms and dining rooms include the Somerset collection with a distressed ebony finish with sand-through pine surface, white or pine and louvered doors. For casual bedroom, dining and living room, three new collections are available from the Echo category: Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbon. Oxygen, for example, is made with Appalachian northern hardwoods and finished in a light, linen finish with spatter detail and with a clean-lined louvered design.

Stanley Furniture is introducing three new collections that include furnishings for the bedroom, dining room, home office, home entertainment and accent tables to blend with the home entertainment centers.

For homes with towering ceiling heights, Stanley will offer the large-scaled Villa Antica whole home collection that includes a home entertainment center designed with subtle Italian and French influences, maple solids with rogue cherry and mahogany veneers with authentic distressing and a gentle patina to reflect a sense of history. The other collections are the European-inspired Portofino with distressed finishes in ivory or basque and American Modern with contemporary styling.
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Author:Kunkel, Karl
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Date:Oct 13, 2003
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