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American Drew collections offer relaxed take on traditional forms

Laurelmont and Litchfield to debut at Oct. 14-18 High Point Market

American DrewThis nightstand is part of American Drew's Litchfield collection. The cane and blue finish panel show the mix of materials and colors in the collection.
HIGH POINT – American Drew’s newest collections debuting here this week offer updated vintage European designs spanning both traditional and cottage inspired designs.

The two new collections include the 30-piece Laurelmont, which has updated European traditional design elements and the 40-piece Litchfield, which has relaxed cottage inspired lines inspired by antiques found in English coastal villages. Both include bedroom, dining room and occasional furniture.

Laurelmont is made with oak and primavera veneers in a two-tone finish of light gray and brown. Key pieces include a contemporary sleigh bed with a framed oak molding that retails around $1,399 and a large rectangular dining table with a base that consists of a riveted metal stretcher between two fluted posts. The collection also includes a 78-inch tall door chest with drawer storage and a buffet with metal overlay detail on its doors. A curio in the collection features sliding glass doors.

Made with wire-brushed oak veneers, Litchfield features natural cane accents in a basket weave pattern as seen on the headboard of an upholstered panel bed. The same bed features an upholstered headboard. Other design elements include quartrefoil patterns chamfered pilasters and denim blue accent finishes that complement sun washed white cases with driftwood brown tops.

Other standout pieces include a flip-top console, a bachelor’s chest with a pullout tray and a semainier with a dressing mirror and storage capacity.

“Our homes are a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of our increasingly busy lives, and the furniture we surround ourselves with should not only appeal to our senses aesthetically but should also be functional and practical to make our lives easier,” said Drew Sweeney, vice president of sales and marketing for La-Z-Boy Casegoods. “Both collections combine exciting design details with a high level of functionality and quality that distinguish American Drew and reinforces our commitment to inspired designs for contemporary life.”

American Drew shows in space C-926 of the International Home Furnishings Center.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today
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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