HIGH POINT – Upholstery and wood furniture resource Parker House is expanding its offerings at this week’s High Point Market with a new accent furniture program sourced in India that covers a variety of lifestyle designs and presentations.
The 58 SKUs available in Crossings by Parker House include wood pieces that are made with mango solids. They fall within six style categories that include:
- Downtown: A group offering a mix of architecturally inspired pieces that offer “casual luxury with a youthful, slightly Boho vibe. Available in a natural matte amber finish, the group features tables and bookcase display units with metal bases and accents as well as mirrors with frames featuring architecturally inspired slatted lines.
- Eden: A group of tables, mirrors and bookshelf units in a sandblasted and hand-sanded Toasted Tumbleweed finish and featuring hand-carved botanical and floral motifs.
- Monaco: A clean-lined group of tables, mirrors and display/étagère units that feature hand-applied radial patterns in a sandblasted Weathered Blanc finish that was inspired by the white pebbled sands of the French Riviera. Tables, consoles and display units are on metal bases and feature iron hardware and/or frame detail.
- Palace: A group of mirrors, consoles and display/étagère units with wood frames in an antique walnut finish and hand-clad antique silver finished fronts featuring sunburst medallion design patterns. Accent tables have metal bases, with tops in the antique walnut finish.
- Serengeti: A group of tables, console units mirrors and display units in a multi-step, sandblasted Fossil Gray finish and hand-applied whitewash over solid mango. Pieces also feature hand-carved surfaces reminiscent of ancient tribal patterns as well as iron accents. Tables have polished-edge glass tops.
- The Underground: A group of cocktail and accent tables, mirrors and TV consoles featuring planked and variegated, hand-finished reclaimed woods of mango, sheesham and acacia in a multi-step rustic brown finish. The combination of these designs with handmade iron accents offers an aesthetic that is meant to reflect the vibe of today’s most influential cities.
The addition of these pieces, along with a new casual dining line called Grand Casual Dining, are part of the company’s efforts to become a whole home resource. It has long been known for its motion upholstery and entertainment consoles as well as home office, but is now offering retailers solutions in the other categories – occasional and accent furniture and now dining.
The decorative nature of the accent line also reflects the ability to meld these pieces with other items in the line. There is also a functional nature of the accent line too as most tables are on casters.
“Because we are in the motion business, you expect that from Parker House,” said Marietta Willey, vice president, product development and merchandising. “There is something for every consumer to buy. Even if you don’t need a console, there is a treasure to be found in each of these collections.”
The line is expected to hit retail in the spring and can be mixed (three groups at a time) on containers and also can be shipped from the company’s Eastvale, Calif., warehouse.
The line, along with other new products ranging from TV consoles – also sourced in India – to new home office groups and office chairs, can be seen at the Parker House showroom at 309 S. Elm St.
I’m Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.