Accessory Styles for Spring Range From Dressed-Up Formal to Laid-Back Lodge

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Furniture Manufacturers Association

    HIGH POINT, N.C., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Although much of the attention at the International Home Furnishings Market
 here focuses on the major new furniture collections, there's also an abundance
 of new and exciting looks in decorative accessories. After all, it's the
 accessories that set the tone for the furniture collections, creating the
 romance and pizzazz that give special character to the room settings.
     "Accessories also lend personality to a consumer's home," said Jackie
 Hirschhaut, vice president at the American Furniture Manufacturers
 Association. "They put the finishing touches on a room and allow individuals
 to express their personal style. Accessories can be used to quickly and
 inexpensively update a room and create a whole new look. A stylish new lamp, a
 new piece of wall art or a fresh new permanent floral can do wonders for a
 room -- and for a person's outlook."
     Accessories this spring will suit any taste, from the most traditional to
 the most ultra-contemporary, and from the most elegant and luxurious to the
 most laid-back casual. International influences reach around the globe, from
 the United States to Britain to India and other parts of Asia.
     Following are a few of the accessory highlights in High Point. These
 trends and products will be appearing in stores in the weeks to come:
 
     * Elegance and luxury. Last fall's market brought a renewed interest in
       dressed-up home furnishings that allow one to furnish and entertain in
       grand style. That trend continues this spring. The John Richard
       Collection is unveiling accessories to accompany the Harrods furniture
       pieces introduced at Highland House last October. Harrods Home
       Accessories includes framed art, tabletop accessories, antique nautical
       reproductions and decorative lamps. The pieces feature the hallmarks of
       elegance and quality -- aged patinas, eloquent detailing, leaded
       crystal, hand-painted finishes, fine porcelain and one-of-a-kind hand-
       sewn, soft-sided shades. "We see Harrods as an elegant collection of
       found treasures -- like wonderful pieces you might unearth in the hidden
       recesses of an English townhouse," said Jim Becker, vice president of
       marketing at John Richard.
 
     * Asian accents. Palecek, known for its exotic furniture and accessories,
       is introducing a number of items suitable for Zen-flavored decorating.
       New bamboo trays offer function and beauty, as do new lamp designs with
       natural bases of bamboo and polished wood. New baskets are woven of
       interesting natural materials from rope to seagrass to split wood.
 
     * Lodge looks. Lamp maker Shady Lady crosses the country from West to East
       with new lodge designs. Antiqued leather bases feature horseshoe themes
       and rustic iron bases sport a cattle-iron flair. Shade introductions
       include a vintage painted Mountainscape and a linen and rope Cowboy
       collar shade: sophisticated with a hint of kitsch. Across the country
       (and showroom) you'll find the Camp Collection, a lamp line that's all
       about nostalgia. Among the items are the new table lamp called Croquet
       Anyone?, as well as the Log Cabin lamp and the hand-painted Vintage
       Wilderness lamp. Kinder Harris, a wall decor and accessories producer,
       is taking a contemporary, urban approach to lodge with its Lux Lodge
       offerings. The group exudes a sophisticated air, designed for settings
       such as an elegant mountain home in Aspen. Within Lux Lodge is the Tahoe
       collection, featuring an umber rain finish over hand-leafed bisque,
       evoking the flavor of mountains in the western United States with the
       sun dancing across the surface.
 
     * Historic flowers. Permanent botanical specialist Natural Decorations
       Inc. has teamed up with the Winterthur Museum in Winterthur, Del., to
       create a collection of permanent florals celebrating the famed museum's
       50th anniversary. Among special pieces in the Winterthur in Bloom
       collection is the exquisite Franklinia watergarden, named in honor of
       Benjamin Franklin. The small, graceful flowering tree displays perfect
       white flowers and rich green leaves.
 
     * Indian influences, including paisley designs. Toyo is unveiling Raymond
       Waites' Mahal collection, influenced by India's mendi designs. The 15
       pieces are made of porcelain, wood and toleware and are available in
       eggplant, ivory, taupe or forest green with gold accents.
 
     * Home as sanctuary. Consumers continue to seek refuge from the stresses
       of a high-tech world and are looking increasingly to the master bedroom
       and bath as a retreat. Montaage speaks to that trend with its new Terme
       Collection. "As we travel more and more and experience higher levels of
       luxury, we want to carry that pampering and luxury back to our private
       retreats," said Mary Taylor, Montaage president. "The Terme Collection
       provides those decorative and functional elements that bring the
       memories of our pampered indulgences back to us." The collection,
       designed to appeal to both traditional and non-traditional tastes,
       features trunks on stands, towel stands, sculpture, decorative boxes,
       urns, vases, trays, sconces, accent tables and benches.
 
     * Timeless Tiffanies. Tiffany-style lamps have endured for generations and
       continue to look fresh for today. Dale Tiffany updates its offerings
       with new colorations and sophisticated traditional designs. A number of
       new transitional to contemporary Art Glass designs feature stipple
       glass, water glass and frosted glass with brushed silver and platinum
       finishes.
 
     * Monkey madness. Monkeys are particularly popular this spring in
       accessories and other accent items. At the Bradburn Gallery, which is
       focusing on dramatic shade treatments in lamps, a hand-painted monkey
       adds a whimsical touch to a metal shade with a faux crackle leather
       finish.
 
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SOURCE American Furniture Manufacturers Association
    HIGH POINT, N.C., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Although much of the attention at the International Home Furnishings Market
 here focuses on the major new furniture collections, there's also an abundance
 of new and exciting looks in decorative accessories. After all, it's the
 accessories that set the tone for the furniture collections, creating the
 romance and pizzazz that give special character to the room settings.
     "Accessories also lend personality to a consumer's home," said Jackie
 Hirschhaut, vice president at the American Furniture Manufacturers
 Association. "They put the finishing touches on a room and allow individuals
 to express their personal style. Accessories can be used to quickly and
 inexpensively update a room and create a whole new look. A stylish new lamp, a
 new piece of wall art or a fresh new permanent floral can do wonders for a
 room -- and for a person's outlook."
     Accessories this spring will suit any taste, from the most traditional to
 the most ultra-contemporary, and from the most elegant and luxurious to the
 most laid-back casual. International influences reach around the globe, from
 the United States to Britain to India and other parts of Asia.
     Following are a few of the accessory highlights in High Point. These
 trends and products will be appearing in stores in the weeks to come:
 
     * Elegance and luxury. Last fall's market brought a renewed interest in
       dressed-up home furnishings that allow one to furnish and entertain in
       grand style. That trend continues this spring. The John Richard
       Collection is unveiling accessories to accompany the Harrods furniture
       pieces introduced at Highland House last October. Harrods Home
       Accessories includes framed art, tabletop accessories, antique nautical
       reproductions and decorative lamps. The pieces feature the hallmarks of
       elegance and quality -- aged patinas, eloquent detailing, leaded
       crystal, hand-painted finishes, fine porcelain and one-of-a-kind hand-
       sewn, soft-sided shades. "We see Harrods as an elegant collection of
       found treasures -- like wonderful pieces you might unearth in the hidden
       recesses of an English townhouse," said Jim Becker, vice president of
       marketing at John Richard.
 
     * Asian accents. Palecek, known for its exotic furniture and accessories,
       is introducing a number of items suitable for Zen-flavored decorating.
       New bamboo trays offer function and beauty, as do new lamp designs with
       natural bases of bamboo and polished wood. New baskets are woven of
       interesting natural materials from rope to seagrass to split wood.
 
     * Lodge looks. Lamp maker Shady Lady crosses the country from West to East
       with new lodge designs. Antiqued leather bases feature horseshoe themes
       and rustic iron bases sport a cattle-iron flair. Shade introductions
       include a vintage painted Mountainscape and a linen and rope Cowboy
       collar shade: sophisticated with a hint of kitsch. Across the country
       (and showroom) you'll find the Camp Collection, a lamp line that's all
       about nostalgia. Among the items are the new table lamp called Croquet
       Anyone?, as well as the Log Cabin lamp and the hand-painted Vintage
       Wilderness lamp. Kinder Harris, a wall decor and accessories producer,
       is taking a contemporary, urban approach to lodge with its Lux Lodge
       offerings. The group exudes a sophisticated air, designed for settings
       such as an elegant mountain home in Aspen. Within Lux Lodge is the Tahoe
       collection, featuring an umber rain finish over hand-leafed bisque,
       evoking the flavor of mountains in the western United States with the
       sun dancing across the surface.
 
     * Historic flowers. Permanent botanical specialist Natural Decorations
       Inc. has teamed up with the Winterthur Museum in Winterthur, Del., to
       create a collection of permanent florals celebrating the famed museum's
       50th anniversary. Among special pieces in the Winterthur in Bloom
       collection is the exquisite Franklinia watergarden, named in honor of
       Benjamin Franklin. The small, graceful flowering tree displays perfect
       white flowers and rich green leaves.
 
     * Indian influences, including paisley designs. Toyo is unveiling Raymond
       Waites' Mahal collection, influenced by India's mendi designs. The 15
       pieces are made of porcelain, wood and toleware and are available in
       eggplant, ivory, taupe or forest green with gold accents.
 
     * Home as sanctuary. Consumers continue to seek refuge from the stresses
       of a high-tech world and are looking increasingly to the master bedroom
       and bath as a retreat. Montaage speaks to that trend with its new Terme
       Collection. "As we travel more and more and experience higher levels of
       luxury, we want to carry that pampering and luxury back to our private
       retreats," said Mary Taylor, Montaage president. "The Terme Collection
       provides those decorative and functional elements that bring the
       memories of our pampered indulgences back to us." The collection,
       designed to appeal to both traditional and non-traditional tastes,
       features trunks on stands, towel stands, sculpture, decorative boxes,
       urns, vases, trays, sconces, accent tables and benches.
 
     * Timeless Tiffanies. Tiffany-style lamps have endured for generations and
       continue to look fresh for today. Dale Tiffany updates its offerings
       with new colorations and sophisticated traditional designs. A number of
       new transitional to contemporary Art Glass designs feature stipple
       glass, water glass and frosted glass with brushed silver and platinum
       finishes.
 
     * Monkey madness. Monkeys are particularly popular this spring in
       accessories and other accent items. At the Bradburn Gallery, which is
       focusing on dramatic shade treatments in lamps, a hand-painted monkey
       adds a whimsical touch to a metal shade with a faux crackle leather
       finish.
 
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