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Casual dining takes spotlight at Emerald Home Furnishings

emerald carerraThe Carrera dining set by Emerald Home Furnishings is made with ash veneers in a dry gray finish.
HIGH POINT — Case goods and upholstery resource Emerald Home Furnishings had a strong wood presentation at the fall High Point Market that resonated with many dealers.

The company showed seven new casual dining sets, five of which featured tables with self-storing butterfly leaves. It also offered a gate leg table and a glass top table in its assortment.

The wood groups had casual contemporary leaning as well as rustic designs. Made with combinations of oak, ash and solid pine, they also featured drier gray and natural wood tone finishes that complemented the grain patterns of these species.

With five-piece sets retailing from $1,499 to $1,999, the introductions were timely given the demand for dining in the marketplace — also illustrated by the fact the category is up 50% in sales volume year to date. And based on response at market, all seven are going into production, officials said.

The company also had an aggressive bedroom market with several new groups featuring styles ranging from soft contemporary to rustic looks as seen in its new Pine Valley group made with solid pine and retailing at $1,499 for a four piece set.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today

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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