High Point Market exhibitors add excitement to upholstery introductions
Cindy W. Hodnett -- Furniture Today, October 22, 2013
HIGH POINT - Look in any woman's closet and you'll likely find a mix of staple wardrobe items along with accessories like patterned scarves, colorful handbags, and a variety of shoes for different occasions that includes casual and dressy leather, diverse heel heights and the season's latest "trend."
Furniture showrooms have taken the cue.
Glacier, a BKind3 introduction by Lazar, is updated Danish Modern, a clean and classic style.
Yes, there are color stories, favorite frames and new stories for retail, but the underlying theme is all about stepping outside of the borax box.
"We call this the biggest sectional ever," said Dan Minor, chief operating officer for Southwood. "It's four pieces, including a very unique and hard-to-do corner, and it retails for around $22,000.
We've already had three separate interior designers tell us they can spec this."
Along with the extra-large, there's also an abundance of small and medium at market. Numerous showrooms are introducing or adding to "urban" collections, which typically include simple profiles, smaller scales and often, design flexibility.
Sklar Peppler/Alan White shows blue, reminiscent of a Tiffany gift box, on a print sofa.
The Sklar Peppler showroom also features a blue print sofa reminiscent of Tiffany's iconic gift box.
Blues are still huge in upholstery, ranging from classic navy-white combinations to impressionistic peacock-feather patterns, along with a substantial assortment of brilliant royals and muted denim tones.
The Rolling slipper chair by Tomlinson/Erwin-Lambeth shows a simple profile and a pillow cut-out for visual interest.
Modern-inspired frames remain prominent at market. Traditional has been renamed and updated as transitional or "new" traditional, offering an important style choice for non-minimalists, but the inspiration of modern style's simple lines has popped up in just about every showroom.
"Retro ‘Mad Men' style from the 1960s is very popular," said Lee Fautsch of Flexsteel. "Our Waverly sofa has clean lines, button tufting and a splayed leg that is true to the period."
AICO's new studio collection includes several modern groupings that also work well in small spaces, according to Laurie Phillips, director of upholstery merchandising for AICO.
"A lot of people are living in smaller spaces by choice," Phillips said. "The furniture is about scale, fashion and shape. It speaks to an attitude about how you want to live and what you want to spend."
Hound's-tooth fabric is prominently featured in many showrooms. Traditionally sized in some and "exploded" in others like Norwalk, the pattern works well with many of the menswear-inspired body cloths used for stationary sofa and chair introductions.
Flexsteel’s Waverly sofa nods to mid-century modern style.
"Metal bases have gained a lot of momentum," said Jennifer Green of American Leather. "It's transitioned from stainless to brushed in several introductions, but it is definitely important."
"Color and texture have come back and they often bump up the price point for retailers," said Klaussner's Len Burke. "The more information and options we can give the retailer, the better."
Magnussen’s new upholstery collection includes this group in orange, underscoring one of the market’s important color stories for fall.
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