|Arts & Crafts and Mission live again in Hookerâs Simply American Collection, with this market added dining room, living and home entertainment pieces. The collection, touted as being made in America, is of quarter-sawn oak with exposed mortise-and-tenon joinery.|
|In Youth Furniture, Stanley Offers Rainbow; Pulaski, the Bear Facts
A couple of companies showing at the High Point Market came up with novel twists in the ongoing effort to appeal to the young.
Stanleyâs Young America looked to the rainbow, while Pulaski looked to the woods.
Young Americaâs myHaven Collection stresses customization and individuality, with 20 different finishes offered on 30 different pieces.
âmyHaven allows both boys and girls â along with their stylish moms â to create the rooms they imagine, as bright and as colorful as they wish,â says Glenn Prillaman, Stanleyâs senior vice president of marketing and sales. Shades range from bright pink âwatermelonâ to sky blue.
By teaming up with St. Louis-based Build-A-Bear Workshop in an extensive design and marketing effort, Pulaski is tying its fortunes to a pint-size, fuzzy toy.
The bears have been a retail phenomenon for some time, âmadeâ by kids visiting Build-A-Bear Workshop stores across the country. Working with focus groups of moms and kids, Pulaski has designed a line of youth furniture, Build-A-Bear Workshop Home, that has bear-paw drawer knobs and a windowed âcaveâ in a chest that serves as the bearâs resting spot. The collections, which feature variations in drawer fronts, include Pawsitively Yours and Pawsitively Perfect, both designed for girls; Bearific, designed for boys; and Bear Necessities, a set of storage and other auxiliary pieces.
A bear-making machine, which fluffs foam stuffing into empty little bear arms, legs and tummy, will travel to some two dozen furniture retailers in the coming year. Experts will teach retailersâ staffs how to lend kids a helping paw at bear building.
Honey, I Shrunk the Sofa
There is also a deliberate attempt to appeal to people who may not have as much room. For them, footprints are reduced. Broyhill, for instance, has made the cocktail tables in its âsmall spaces programâ 2 to 4 inches shorter or narrower than usual, and offers sofas that are 78 inches long.
Yaletown, a harbor community in Vancouver where a former garment district has been turned into a thriving urban community, inspired Bassettâs collection by the same name. Cherry-veneer dining, bedroom, living room and home entertainment pieces are contemporary in style, inspired by Yaletownâs condos and apartments. Manufacturers built many of their pieces to be used in a variety of ways. The Rialto base in Stanleyâs Toluca Lake, for example, can be topped with either a matching bookcase, bar or home entertainment center.
The popularity of the laptop computer has shrunk home office, though some traditionally-sized offices like Sauderâs high-fashion, high-gloss Via continue to be shown. Hooker and Stanley also offer all-in-one secretaries, with laptop space, file drawers and other storage in cases 4-feet high or less.
For the ultimate in multi-tasking, Hooker offers its Convergence Secretary, with space for both a laptop and a TV.
If home offices are shrinking along with laptops, home theaters continue to grow along with the wide-screen TVs that are rapidly coming down in price. The Consumer Electronics Assn. says it expects sales of flat-panel TVs to top $7.3 billion this year, up 85 percent from a year ago.
Big Screen Solutions
Manufacturers have found four solutions for holding the TVs: consoles that the TVs sit on; consoles with pop-up screens that hide the TV when not in use; entertainment armoires with doors that enclose the screen; and entertainment centers with âwallsâ on which the TV is mounted. With disagreement still raging among manufacturers over consumersâ wishes, all four options are available.
One of the first to come out with a pop-up screen, Hooker has refined its consoles to hold both storage and the pop-up mechanism. Previously, piers flanking the console provided storage. The new console cuts as much as 2 feet in width off the old footprint.
Kincaid has a patent pending on its C-Box, which converts any chest to a TV console by offering storage room for DVD or other media gear. The boxâs two side-by-side compartments provide a surface for the TV to rest.
Besides TV consoles and tables for electronic gaming, consumers next spring will see poker tables, bars and a proliferation of bistro or gathering tables. The 36-inch high tables match kitchen countertops in height, and since the kitchen is a favorite socializing spot, they are handy for holding drinks and snacks, says Kincaid Vice President of Sales and Marketing Todd Hady. âA lot of times, when people stand around in the kitchen, they just stand,â he says.
Sauder offers kitchen storage, while tables in other collections also can do double duty in the kitchen, but nobody is yet offering the kitchen sink. Just give them time. Hooker comes close with additions to its group of bathroom-sink vanities.
|Broyhill salutes the success of its five-year-old, nostalgia-based line with this Limited Edition Attic Heirlooms Hall Console. Like many of the new pieces, itâs simple and flexible enough to fit in most anywhere.||Most of Centuryâs New Traditional Collection of bedroom, dining and occasional pieces is made of maple with cerejeira crotch veneers and chestnut crotch veneers, and is in a dark, Espresso finish. But nightstands come in green, black, ivory, blue and dark red.|
|The solid, rectangular look of this bedroom in Pulaskiâs Casa Cristina Cantabria Collection is softened by double mouldings, strips of brass and antiques-inspired hardware.||Small but self-sufficient, Hookerâs 4-foot-high Vineyard Desk has a writing surface for a laptop, plus file drawers, and other storage. This âhome office in a boxâ is in the companyâs new Vineyard finish, a subtle combination of sage green, putty and russet hues.|
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