HIGH POINT, NC - Last month's High Point Market showed all latest trends in furniture design, including something unique to North America: the Made in American movement.

Made in America Pavilion High Point Market 2012

American Furniture Exporters 
>• Amish Impressions by Fusion Designs, Inc.
Artisan Weavers/Beljen Mills
Artist Guild of America
Atomic PlayroomsFunner Than Furniture
Bushline Furniture
California House
Coastal Woodcraft, LLC
Cody Road Workshops
Cord Coverup by A&M Designs, Inc.
Darrellene Designs 
Designs in Wood, LLC
Dixie Seating Co.
Exotic Sands, Inc.
Flat Rock Furniture
Floyd Evans
Froggy Bottom Outdoor Furniture
Furniture Traditions
J.L. Treharn & Co., Inc.
John Michael Originals Furniture
John Strauss Furniture
Key City Furniture Co.
Lancer, Inc.
Lauren Lachance Collection
Linda Calvert Jacobson 
Linwood Furniture 
LT Moses Willard, Inc. 
Made in the USA Foundn 
Oak Design Corp. 
Paladin Inds. 
S&S Acrylic, Inc. 
Salmagundi Inc. 
Sarahjanes Oilcloth/The Preppy Possum 
Sarkis Studio 
Shiner/Home Source International 
Solos Glass 
Summit Lamp Corp.
Sweetwater Trading Co. 
The Poplar Concept
Trend Manor Furniture 
Troutman Chair
Wallflower Art Boutique 
Winchester Woodworks 
Wright Table Co. 

    A Made in America furniture pavilion, well received when it first launched at the Las Vegas Market last fall, doubled in size for this  sister furniture show in High Point, NC.

    At more than 32,000 square feet, the pavilion featured more than four dozen furniture manufacturers, though many other North American furniture makers not represented here were showing in the general show floors.

    That includes P.A.M.A. Furniture, Jamestown, NC manufacturer of classic baroque Italian and French furniture, has historically handled upholstering in the U.S., working with frames produced in Italy and Indonesia. Now, P.A.M.A. tells the New York Times, it has begun sourcing building its furniture frames in the U.S.

    Furniture Made in America Finds Support

    A resurgence in U.S. furniture manufacture has been widely reported. The Boston Consulting Group highlighted the U.S. furniture industry a likely beneficiary as U.S. businesses repatriate production from China and elsewhere in Asia.

    In recent months, high profile furniture production expansions in the U.S. have been announced by Ashley Furniture, Beaufurn Furniture, Stanley Furniture, Lincolnton Furniture, and Foliot - the Laval, Quebec residential furniture giant that opened a mega plant in Las Vegas last summer.

    The list of Made in America pavilion demonstrates, there is a difference between manufacturing in the U.S. or North America, and using it that fact as marketing message.

    Two organizational exhibitors - the American Furniture Exporters, and the made in USA Foundation - have taken very different approaches. The exporter group consists of a dozen U.S. domestic makers:

    Capris Furniture
    Designmaster Furniture Inc.
    Fairfield Chair Company
    Gold Bond Mattress
    Jasper Cabinet   

    >MacKenzie-Dow Fine Furniture
    Johnston Casuals
    Key City Furniture Company
    McKinley Leather of Hickory Inc
    Sam Moore
    Troutman Chair Co

    American Furniture Exporters says its member companies offer high end residential and commercial furniture rangin from hand-crafted custom upholstery with premium leather and fabrics, dining room and bedroom selections, and special presentations for offices and the hospitality industry.

    The group facilitates sales sales abroad for its members by negotiating shipping documents and credit instruments under one umbrella rather for each manufacturer. Simplifying the logistics, American Furniture Exporters hopes to reduce shipping costs for buyers and shorten lead-times on delivery.

    The manufacturers group says it is also targeting international manufacturers representatives in different countries throughout the world.

    The Made in the USA Foundation has a different mission,  promoting U.S. made or assembled products, and defending intellectual property abroad. While its concerns stretch beyond furniture and wood products, the group exhibits at the High Point and Las Vegas Markets, and stages an annual awards event to celebrate U.S. success stories.

    Last year, wood products firms Ethan Allen Furniture and Fender Guitar were honored, as well as Peterboro Basket and 3M, among 22 total honorees.

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