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Chairtech making Las Vegas Market debut

Company specializes in European designs
 This three-drawer console table is part of LDK’s Shipwood collection. It is made with recycled antique ship wood and has a high-gloss finish and metal base with handles and vintage brass-coated tips.This three-drawer console table is part of LDK’s Shipwood collection. It is made with recycled antique ship wood and has a high-gloss finish and metal base with handles and vintage brass-coated tips.

LAS VEGAS — Chairtech, which specializes in European contemporary and modern furniture, is making its debut at the Las Vegas Market, which opens Sunday.

The Toronto-based company will occupy a 2,500-square-foot space in B-745, next door to Kube Import in B-749. Kube distributes the company's proprietary Italstudio brand on the West Coast from a 15,000-square-foot warehouse in Los Angeles.

Additions to this line, including dining and occasional tables, home office and chairs, will be shown in both spaces at market.

Designed in Italy and made in Chairtech's company-owned factory in China, the full Chairtech line includes bedroom, dining room, occasional, home office, home entertainment and sofa-sleepers.

At the market, it also will show two new lines - LDK and Bree's New World - for which it is the exclusive distributor in North and South America. LDK includes case goods, dining, occasional and seating with what it calls a "vintage, yet modern look." A number of pieces in this line are made with reclaimed wood from old river boats in China as well as sustainable materials such as bamboo and straw.

 The Modern Dutch line includes two Lara leather chairs that have swivel function. They are shown with the Libra occasional table made with wood and metal.The Modern Dutch line includes two Lara leather chairs that have swivel function. They are shown with the Libra occasional table made with wood and metal.

"LDK uses authentic reclaimed wood that's been restored to bring out its natural beauty," said Michael Rewucki, president of Chairtech. "Each piece has a unique history and story behind it, and all the designs are quite unique."

Bree's New World is a Dutch manufacturer of contemporary case goods and upholstery that combines aluminum, steel, wood and Formica with high-quality commercial fabrics from De Ploeg and Kvadrat. Chairtech will launch Modern Dutch, the North American arm of this company, in Las Vegas.

"Modern Dutch blends cool stainless steel and chrome with warm woods and stylish fabrics and leathers for a very fresh style statement that is elegant, simple, functional and down-to-earth," Rewucki said. "All of the furniture is both aesthetically and ergonomically designed for exceptional form and function. These are heirloom products built to last for generations."

Chairtech said it will support the new lines with warehouse service from its North American warehouses in Toronto and New Jersey. The 50,000-square-foot warehouse at its Toronto headquarters handles shipments to Canada and the northern U.S., while the 20,000-square-foot N.J. warehouse services East Coast and Midwest dealers.

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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