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Case goods sources offer wealth of styles, prices

LAS VEGAS - Retailers looking to bolster their case goods assortment heading into next year will find a wealth of styles and price points at market here this week.
The assortment could lead to strong sales in the first and second quarters from consumers in the market for fresh looks in bedroom and formal dining. Introductions also could coincide with strong investor-driven housing sales in states such as California, Arizona and Nevada.
At the upper-middle segment of the spectrum companies such as A.R.T., AICO and Lexington Home Brands are offering new whole home collections that target various segments of the market.
Lexington's Tower Place offers 45 pieces of case goods and upholstery. Of these, 26 are wood pieces made with cathedral walnut veneers in a dark brown finish called Arlington.
Company officials said the collection has a refined contemporary design best described as "Luxe Transitional."
"The impact and appeal of this styling continues to be defined by clean architectural lines, but the modern iteration has a softer edge, reflective of today's casual approach to luxury living," said Phil Haney, president and CEO of Lexington Home Brands.
He added that this evolution of design involves finish, texture and color. "Finishes are warmer and richer with a strong emphasis on the natural character of the wood.... Tower Place represents a fresh upscale look that will connect with sophisticated customers looking for a décor that blends high style with exceptional comfort."
A.R.T. has a new 39-piece collection called Egerton that has casual traditional style influences. Available in a slightly distressed mid-tone brown finish, it offers an arched panel bed with a low profile footboard and a second panel bed with an 85-inch-tall headboard with leather insets and nail head trim.
On the dining side, the collection includes an 80-inch rectangular leg table with two 24-inch leaves and a second 60-inch round pedestal table with a 22-inch leaf.
Four-piece bedrooms are targeted to retail at $2,999 while a table and four chairs is targeted at $1,399 to $1,499, placing it at the more moderate, or starting level of its line.
A.R.T. also is adding bedroom and occasional to a successful Mediterranean-influenced dining collection launched in January. Made with walnut, oak, and pine veneers and featuring leather and metal accents, a four-piece bedroom retails at $4,999, placing it at the top of its line.
AICO's 20-piece Catalonia also has Mediterranean style influences, seen in its rose gold mirrored accents and textured synthetic insets on door and drawer fronts.

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