WARREN, Mich. - Made in North Carolina, a new furniture line developed for growing retailer Art Van Furniture by celebrity fashion photographer Nigel Barker launches at the rapidly growing 100-store chain based in Warren, Michigan.

Internationally renowned celebrity fashion photographer, TV personality and radio host Nigel Barker is bringing his creative eye for style to Art Van Furniture. The number one furniture and mattress retailer in the Midwest has partnered with Barker to develop furniture, which includes living, dining and bedroom collections.

An internationally renowned photographer and author of "The Beauty Equation" and the New York Times Best Seller "Models of Influence," Barker served 17 seasons as the photographer and judge on the hit TV show, American's Next Top Model. He also hosted Oxygen Network's modeling competition series, The Face. With nearly 30 years of experience in the fashion industry, Barker's work has been recognized through the creation of his own show on VH1, The Shot. Currently, Barker serves as the host of SiriusXM's Gentleman's Code and is the host of Top Photographer, the new digital competition series with Adorama TV on YouTube.
 
"Through my travels, I was inspired by cultural elements of the countries," Barker said, "and knew that I wanted to bring that rich design aesthetic to life in this exclusive furniture collection for Art Van Furniture."
 
The Nigel Barker Collection features signature homestyle pieces, such as canopy and sleigh beds, sectional sofas, and parquet dining and pedestal tables, inspired from his travels around the globe. "We have produced a truly unique portfolio of home decor that is sophisticated and functional," says Barker. "It is just as beautiful today as it will be 100 years from now."
 
Each piece in the American made collection was handcrafted at Barker's direction with comfort and functionality at the forefront, creating a refined versatility perfect for any home. As a dedicated family man, Barker worked with Art Van Furniture to craft pieces that are both stylish and practical. The high-quality materials made in North Carolina ensure the assortment is built to stand the test of time.
 
"Nigel Barker has a unique, extraordinary talent for capturing style through the lens of his camera, and he has brought that same passion to his exclusive collection for Art Van Furniture," said Art Van Elslander, chairman and founder of Art Van Furniture. "His hands-on design approach has resulted in a furniture collection that combines style with functionality to create pieces that are practical, yet beautiful and sophisticated."
 
Art Van Furniture is America's largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates more than 100 stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, including freestanding Art Van PureSleep mattress stores, Art Van Flooring stores, and Art Van Furniture franchise locations, as well as a full service e-commerce website. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Source:  artvan.com  

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