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Contemporary case goods source Exstra Design to debut

 This nightstand is from Exstra Design, a new contemporary case goods specialist formed by industry veterans Steve Kayne and Alfred Birnbaum. It will show at the High Point Market this fall.This nightstand is from Exstra Design, a new contemporary case goods specialist formed by industry veterans Steve Kayne and Alfred Birnbaum. It will show at the High Point Market this fall.

HIGH POINT — Exstra Design, a new contemporary case goods company formed by industry veterans Steve Kayne, former president of Excelsior Designs, and Alfred Birnbaum, former president and design director of Casa Stradivari, will launch at the October High Point Market.

The company will occupy a 3,000-square-foot showroom in space 310 of 220 Elm, where it will showcase a line of bedroom, dining room and occasional. The market runs Oct. 19-24.

Kayne and Birnbaum are overseeing product design and will also manage sales, marketing, sourcing production and distribution.

"We are very excited about the prospects for this new partnership," Kayne said in a statement. "We look forward to building close relationships with a variety of customers, and offering them inspired designs at exceptional values. We are proud of our heritage and look forward to our future as we are committed to creating the best possible products without compromise."

The company said its line will incorporate global design influences and combinations of mixed media materials such as stainless steel, exotic woods, shell, mosaic glass, leather, lacquers and marble.

The company has both corporate offices and a warehouse in North Amityville, N.Y. In addition to shipping from the domestic warehouse, it will offer container direct shipments.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, FurnitureToday
trussell@furnituretoday.com

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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