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Deco drama

Staff Staff -- Furniture Today, October 31, 2005

The exaggerated svelte shapes of Art Deco mirrored by the glitz of 1940s Hollywood are both in abundance this market. Universal's principal introduction, Hollywood, sports plenty of curves and "glama" in its case goods and upholstery offerings. Similar themes are evident in wood collections from American Drew, Hekman, Henredon, Hooker, Leda and Riverside. Others hone in with metal ferrules or other sharp hardware details. In upholstery, designer Ted Boerner infuses Deco lines from vintage racecars into his Flow sofa for American Leather, while Best serves up a neatly tufted sofa group.

American Drew

IHFC C-926

Sophisticate, which includes this innovative dining storage piece, is a transitional take on Art Deco and mid-century style influences executed in Mozambique veneers.

Hooker Furniture

IHFC W-1047

A chest-on-chest exemplifies Modern Classics' effort to "transcend transitional" with familiar traditional themes, as well as Art Deco elements of soft edges, cloverleaf posts and pilasters, all in birch solids with cherry and ash burl veneers.

Riverside

IHFC C-302

Art Deco gets an unfamiliar wood treatment — oak solids with straight-grain pattern oak veneers, shown on this dresser/mirror, as well as starburst-pattern veneers — in Majorca, the producer's first group in the style.

Leda Furniture

IHFC G-576

This dresser shows off the Astoria collection's jewelry hardware, quarter-cut mahogany veneers and style influences from France's Post Moderne era and the North American Art Deco period.

Best Home Furnishings

239 S. Main St.

Making a comeback from decades ago is a new collection of retro upholstery that features this sofa with a short back and tall, square arms that extend to the floor, tufted back and banded and reversible seat cushions.

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