Caracole taps Vanguard Furniture to produce custom upholstery
Cindy W. Hodnett -- Furniture Today, April 8, 2013
HIGH POINT — Schnadig International says it is teaming up with high-end North Carolina manufacturer Vanguard Furniture to have Vanguard manufacture special orders in Schnadig's Caracole custom upholstery program.
Meanwhile, Schnadig also will continue to offer upholstered furniture built in the manufacturing facilities of its China-based parent, Markor, in the Caracole Fabric to Frame program. Pieces will be added to that program and other categories in the whole-home Caracole line at this month's High Point Market.
The joint venture with Vanguard will begin in late April, company officials said.
Caracole's custom upholstery program was announced last year and features a number of frame designs that are specified as statement pieces by interior designers and dealers, according to the company. Caracole stocks a selection of fabric as well as fulfilling C.O.M. orders, tasks that will now be handled by Vanguard.
"We are pleased to work with this reputable producer of upholstered seating to meet the growing needs from interior designers and our dealers for individualized upholstery products and we look forward to the collaboration with Vanguard," said Schnadig CEO Jeff Young.
"We believe the Schnadig leadership, culture and personnel are among the best in the industry and this partnership fits perfectly into our long-term plans," said Andy Bray, Vanguard's president. "Vanguard has long prided itself in its ability to provide designer oriented product alongside our Vanguard brand upholstery."
"Over the last few years, we have leveraged lean manufacturing techniques to grow our top line while increasing manufacturing capacity," added Bray. "This partnership with Caracole allows us to more fully utilize our reclaimed resources."
Additions to the Caracole line in High Point will include new upholstery and accent furniture.
The 20-SKU introduction includes accent chairs, a modular ottoman and a settee. The collection showcases special materials including crystals, custom designed hardware made from semi-precious materials, and a new matte gold finish.
Company officials said the new collection plays to Caracole's strength as a resource for "individual furnishings that can add visual interest, like jewelry for the home, along with clever functionality, to any room setting."
The new items are in the Caracole portfolio's three lifestyle collections: Classic Contemporary, Naturally Casual and New Traditional.
The accent chairs are designed to be seen from every angle and feature textured fabrics, black and white combinations and gold accents, the company said.
A classic Klismos form has been updated in an occasional chair style featuring leather and accented with metal.
Exposed wood and fully upholstered seating options include the smaller scaled settee and the ottoman with a center accent table, both of which can serve as finishing touches for most rooms, officials said.
"Each new design can be merchandised to fill in and round out Caracole's current offering," said Melanie Dunn, creative director for Caracole. "It's a very flexible approach. We want to make the job of the buyer or the designer customer easier with styles that complement our existing and best-selling items."
Caracole shows in High Point in the International Home Furnishings Center, C-500.