• Cindy W. Hodnett

Bunny Williams Home returns to High Point Market after 5 years

HIGH POINT — It’s been five years since Bunny Williams showed at High Point Market, but the timing was right to return, according to company officials.

The Bunny Williams Home collection launched here with 10 new pieces on display, and the full collection available for purchase, including a lighting debut collection with Currey & Co.

“The superstar of the collection is the Greek Key canopy bed with hammered metal and wrought iron,” said Jen Potter, chief operating officer for the company. “We originally launched the collection in 2008-2009 with 30 SKUs in accessories, and now we have expanded to 150 SKUs.

“Our last showing in High Point was April 2012, and since then, we’ve opened a flagship store in New York. Our distribution has grown and is growing,” Potter added, “and we felt like it was a good time to return to market.”

Key items in the introductions group include Regency-style benches available COM, a Napoleon-style chair, a Knole-style sofa, a dining table with spiral legs, a black bookcase with brass detailing, a 60-by-60-inch panel and a gold gilt mirror. Prices range from $1,500 to more than $10,000, and ship time is six weeks, 12 weeks for made-to-order beds.

“We warehouse in North Carolina and stock frames,” Potter said. “For most new intros, we are looking at a June delivery.”

Williams opened her interior design company, Bunny Williams Inc., in 1988 after 22 years with the Parish-Hadley Associates decorating firm. For 25 years, Williams co-owned Treillage Ltd., a garden furniture shop in New York, with antiques dealer John Rosselli.

The Bunny Williams Home collection launched at the International Home Furnishings Center, space IH-102.

Potter said the introductory launch showcases Williams’ modernized traditional designs while underscoring the company’s philosophy.

“Our mission is to offer education and design through product development,” Potter said. “Many of the pieces in the collection were inspired by pieces Bunny has owned or has seen on her travels. We’re very excited to be back in High Point and bring her designs to buyers and designers.”

Cindy HodnettCindy W. Hodnett | Upholstery/Style Editor

As the Upholstery/Style Editor for Furniture/Today, I spend my work hours studying the sloping curves of sofa frames, the intricacies of fabric and the nail head trim and button accents that function as jewelry on a piece of upholstery. I research the companies that bring these things together for retailers, and ultimately consumers, and interview industry leaders about their business strategies and where they think furniture is heading in the future. And when traveling, I provide a sneak peek at what I'm seeing, whether at international markets or in High Point or Las Vegas.

I look forward to sharing what I see and I hope you'll feel free to do the same. Email me at chodnett@furnituretoday.com or follow me on Twitter @CynthiaWHodnett.

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