Spring Market Salutes International Style

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Furniture Manufacturers Association

    HIGH POINT, N.C., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Furniture manufacturers unveiling new collections at the spring International
 Home Furnishings Market here have taken a trip around the globe for style
 inspiration.
     "Although the return to elegance and formality that was so widely evident
 at last October's market is still a dominant style theme, this market shows a
 proliferation of new products in the casual arena, many of them with an
 international influence," said Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president at the
 American Furniture Manufacturers Association. Among the international flavors
 this market are Asian, British, Australian, Irish and French.
     Asian styling, with its emphasis on simplicity, natural elements and clean
 lines, has been popular for several seasons in home accessories and fashion
 apparel. This spring, Thomasville, Broyhill and Bassett bring this popular
 look to major furniture collections.
     Broyhill is offering Eastwinds Tapestry, a gracious blend of Asian
 elegance and laid-back Western allure. According to Broyhill Vice President
 Tom Lentz, this exotic yet casual look is custom-made for an era when the
 trappings of Eastern culture have become almost mainstream in America, a
 phenomenon that can be seen in almost every U.S. arena, from food to fashion
 to feng shui decorating. "There is a real spirituality, a sense of ethereal
 beauty, to Eastern culture," Lentz said. "And when you blend that feeling with
 references to the sun-drenched tropics, the results are irresistible."
     Eastwinds Tapestry is crafted in figured cherry veneers and select
 hardwoods, enhanced with a warm ginger finish. Curved panels and delicate
 carvings offer a sense of movement and emphasize the interplay of light.
 Stylized elements from nature such as free-flowing palms, orchid leaves and
 bundled reeds are seen throughout the collection.
     A touch of an Asian influence also can be seen in Bassett's new Focus
 collection, which redefines contemporary with a seamless blend of clean lines
 and light finishes with natural materials and textures. The casual
 contemporary look draws on the modern architectural profiles common in
 contemporary furniture, but adds natural elements that soften its edge.
 Features include alabaster lace fossil stone, split cane and crushed bamboo.
 The 45-piece collection includes bedroom, dining room, occasional tables, home
 entertainment and a variety of upholstery styles. Ash solids and veneers with
 a unique cashew finish are accented by satin finish bronze drawer and door
 pulls.
     At Thomasville, Visaya, an addition to the Impressions line, fuses Eastern
 influences and American contemporary design. The collection encompasses
 bedroom, dining room, occasional, wall and upholstered pieces. Named for the
 islands of Visayas in the Philippines where many of the collection's natural
 elements are grown, Visaya's oak-based furniture features a complex, deep-
 brown Meridian finish and artfully integrates banana bark, natural twines,
 supple leathers, Asian brown marble and natural materials.
     "The basic items in this collection are very light and delicate but
 complex in their simplicity," said Guy Walters, vice president and general
 manager, Thomasville design and merchandising. "They work as a group or as
 striking accent pieces. They can be used to create a variety of different
 moods and styles -- from very Asian to New England transitional to almost
 contemporary."
     Also new at Thomasville is Bridgehampton, a lightly scaled collection with
 a subtle French accent. The collection of bedroom, dining room, occasional,
 wall and upholstered pieces was inspired by French antiques and its namesake
 French locale. It offers a warm, inviting blend of honey-colored pine,
 antiqued cast iron, sun-kissed fabrics, woven water hyacinth and hand
 painting.
     Century has turned down under for inspiration this spring with Matilda
 Bay, named after the bay on the west coast of Australia near Perth. The
 collection of bedroom, living room and dining room mixes formal with informal
 elements, tied together by a theme of relaxed but gracious living. The pieces
 are casual, but sophisticated -- beautiful, yet useable. The dominant wood is
 alder, a western hardwood that is noted for its consistency of color and its
 ability to absorb a stain evenly and polish to a high sheen. Adding accents
 and character are marble, straw glass, antiqued mirroring and tooled leather.
     Kincaid Furniture has teamed up with the quintessential name in English
 country, Laura Ashley, for the Laura Ashley Home collection. The 200-piece
 collection features bedroom, dining room, occasional, entertainment and
 upholstered furniture. Design inspiration draws from the many English and
 European environments that shaped Laura Ashley's life. The collection
 encompasses two distinct looks: Keswick, combining the warmth and grace of
 English country with a touch of Louis Philippe; and Camberly, a more formal
 offering with styling inspired by Victorian and 19th century French designs.
 Keswick is crafted of maple solids and premium hardwoods, with bold beds,
 fashionable mirrors and the texture of leather and marble adding to its
 elegant character. In Camberly, beds are dramatic, scaling is massive, and
 hard carvings accent all pieces. Crafted in solid birch, the line features two
 primary finishes: antique brown and antique linen.
     Pennsylvania House has turned part of its High Point showroom into a cozy
 Irish cottage to unveil Erin's Cottage, a 30-piece assortment of casual cherry
 designs for the entire home. The collection is inspired by Irish and English
 design elements with details such as simple beehive turning, prominent corner
 posts, raised panel doors and scrolled metal accents. A liberally distressed,
 warm Russet finish and antiqued brass hardware further enhance the
 collection's rustic charm.
 
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    HIGH POINT, N.C., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Furniture manufacturers unveiling new collections at the spring International
 Home Furnishings Market here have taken a trip around the globe for style
 inspiration.
     "Although the return to elegance and formality that was so widely evident
 at last October's market is still a dominant style theme, this market shows a
 proliferation of new products in the casual arena, many of them with an
 international influence," said Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president at the
 American Furniture Manufacturers Association. Among the international flavors
 this market are Asian, British, Australian, Irish and French.
     Asian styling, with its emphasis on simplicity, natural elements and clean
 lines, has been popular for several seasons in home accessories and fashion
 apparel. This spring, Thomasville, Broyhill and Bassett bring this popular
 look to major furniture collections.
     Broyhill is offering Eastwinds Tapestry, a gracious blend of Asian
 elegance and laid-back Western allure. According to Broyhill Vice President
 Tom Lentz, this exotic yet casual look is custom-made for an era when the
 trappings of Eastern culture have become almost mainstream in America, a
 phenomenon that can be seen in almost every U.S. arena, from food to fashion
 to feng shui decorating. "There is a real spirituality, a sense of ethereal
 beauty, to Eastern culture," Lentz said. "And when you blend that feeling with
 references to the sun-drenched tropics, the results are irresistible."
     Eastwinds Tapestry is crafted in figured cherry veneers and select
 hardwoods, enhanced with a warm ginger finish. Curved panels and delicate
 carvings offer a sense of movement and emphasize the interplay of light.
 Stylized elements from nature such as free-flowing palms, orchid leaves and
 bundled reeds are seen throughout the collection.
     A touch of an Asian influence also can be seen in Bassett's new Focus
 collection, which redefines contemporary with a seamless blend of clean lines
 and light finishes with natural materials and textures. The casual
 contemporary look draws on the modern architectural profiles common in
 contemporary furniture, but adds natural elements that soften its edge.
 Features include alabaster lace fossil stone, split cane and crushed bamboo.
 The 45-piece collection includes bedroom, dining room, occasional tables, home
 entertainment and a variety of upholstery styles. Ash solids and veneers with
 a unique cashew finish are accented by satin finish bronze drawer and door
 pulls.
     At Thomasville, Visaya, an addition to the Impressions line, fuses Eastern
 influences and American contemporary design. The collection encompasses
 bedroom, dining room, occasional, wall and upholstered pieces. Named for the
 islands of Visayas in the Philippines where many of the collection's natural
 elements are grown, Visaya's oak-based furniture features a complex, deep-
 brown Meridian finish and artfully integrates banana bark, natural twines,
 supple leathers, Asian brown marble and natural materials.
     "The basic items in this collection are very light and delicate but
 complex in their simplicity," said Guy Walters, vice president and general
 manager, Thomasville design and merchandising. "They work as a group or as
 striking accent pieces. They can be used to create a variety of different
 moods and styles -- from very Asian to New England transitional to almost
 contemporary."
     Also new at Thomasville is Bridgehampton, a lightly scaled collection with
 a subtle French accent. The collection of bedroom, dining room, occasional,
 wall and upholstered pieces was inspired by French antiques and its namesake
 French locale. It offers a warm, inviting blend of honey-colored pine,
 antiqued cast iron, sun-kissed fabrics, woven water hyacinth and hand
 painting.
     Century has turned down under for inspiration this spring with Matilda
 Bay, named after the bay on the west coast of Australia near Perth. The
 collection of bedroom, living room and dining room mixes formal with informal
 elements, tied together by a theme of relaxed but gracious living. The pieces
 are casual, but sophisticated -- beautiful, yet useable. The dominant wood is
 alder, a western hardwood that is noted for its consistency of color and its
 ability to absorb a stain evenly and polish to a high sheen. Adding accents
 and character are marble, straw glass, antiqued mirroring and tooled leather.
     Kincaid Furniture has teamed up with the quintessential name in English
 country, Laura Ashley, for the Laura Ashley Home collection. The 200-piece
 collection features bedroom, dining room, occasional, entertainment and
 upholstered furniture. Design inspiration draws from the many English and
 European environments that shaped Laura Ashley's life. The collection
 encompasses two distinct looks: Keswick, combining the warmth and grace of
 English country with a touch of Louis Philippe; and Camberly, a more formal
 offering with styling inspired by Victorian and 19th century French designs.
 Keswick is crafted of maple solids and premium hardwoods, with bold beds,
 fashionable mirrors and the texture of leather and marble adding to its
 elegant character. In Camberly, beds are dramatic, scaling is massive, and
 hard carvings accent all pieces. Crafted in solid birch, the line features two
 primary finishes: antique brown and antique linen.
     Pennsylvania House has turned part of its High Point showroom into a cozy
 Irish cottage to unveil Erin's Cottage, a 30-piece assortment of casual cherry
 designs for the entire home. The collection is inspired by Irish and English
 design elements with details such as simple beehive turning, prominent corner
 posts, raised panel doors and scrolled metal accents. A liberally distressed,
 warm Russet finish and antiqued brass hardware further enhance the
 collection's rustic charm.
 
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