HIGH POINT — Retailers in the market for case goods this October will find a generous selection of bedroom, dining room and occasional offerings.
This selection should not only provide retailers a mix of inline goods they need to replenish voids on their floors, but also the new product will also help freshen up those floors early next year with the latest styles and trends in wood furniture.
Some of the new goods were originally planned for the spring market cycle. As the April market was postponed then canceled, suppliers have shown the mix of goods virtually, essentially getting commitments and orders that have justified one or more cuttings across all categories and price points.
With those cuttings, the goods have started to flow, in some cases expected to hit retail in the coming weeks, well ahead of when they would normally hit during a typical fall introduction cycle.
Hooker Furniture, for example, has had multiple cuttings on its 57-piece Cascade collection, which includes bedroom, dining, occasional and home entertainment and home office furniture made with oak veneers in three lighter tone finishes: a lacquered burlap finish called Pebble Beach, a taupe tone called Terrain and Chalk, a cast resin on sandblasted pine.
Two other groups, Surfrider and Sundance include a combined 121 pieces of bedroom, dining room, occasional and home office, making it the company’s largest collection in recent memory. Both featuring natural materials such as rattan, jute rope and gypsum, Surfrider has a light natural Driftwood finish, while Sundance has a finish called Cliffside, a natural earthen tone with burnishing on the edges.
“While the collection certainly has a California aesthetic that would live beautifully in a coastal home, the combination of modern styling with natural elements takes it beyond just a coastal look,” said Tim O’Hare, senior vice president of merchandising and design for Hooker Furniture case goods. “Its luxurious materials, shapes and textures combine to create a sophisticated style that will appeal to consumers in all regions of the country who are looking to create a calming resort-inspired retreat in their own homes.”
Beds are targeted to retail for just over $3,000 for the rattan/jute rope frame, which a wood panel version is targeted to retail around $2,399.
The company also is showing Castella, a 51-piece European traditional collection designed off one of the company’s bestselling collections, plus a new casual dining program called Dine Your Way and an office program called work your way.
Both the dining and office programs offer solutions for consumers working and dining more at home, a trend that began with the pandemic, but that is expected to continue.
Hooker Furniture has had multiple cuttings on all four of the new collections and also has the home office in production, meaning that retailers can expect to receive the goods soon.
A.R.T. is showing several new collections, many of which also have had multiple cuttings. The groups feature both smaller scale pieces and sharpened price points with most four-piece bedrooms retailing from $2,499 to about $3,999, compared with historical prices of $3,299 to $4,999.
Companion dining sets are targeted to retail from roughly $1,999 to $2,099, compared with starting prices of $2,199 previously.
Universal Furniture is showing Modern Farmhouse, which includes about 50 SKUs of bedroom dining room, occasional and home entertainment, along with about 30 upholstery SKUs. Clean yet casual in nature due to its drier finishes on pin knotty oak veneers, it has five beds, two dressers, three nightstands and three dining tables as well as a mix of occasional tables and entertainment pieces.
Some pieces are multi-functional, including a 76-inch dining credenza that is wired for home entertainment use. An 82-inch display cabinet with two metal framed doors can display books in the living room or flatware in a dining setting. Other functional items include a writing desk with a 56-inch work surface, drawer storage and metal legs for the base.
Big into home office
The home office category is making a resurgence this market as more resources expand into the category.
Bernhardt furniture, for example, showed several groups at premarket that included writing desks with work surfaces that expand with L-configurations as well as companion bookcase and wood storage pieces.
A-America entered the category with three new home office groups at Premarket and plans to show additional groups in October. Desks retail for around $349 for a basic writing desk with drawer storage and $499 for a partners desk with two distinct work surfaces.
Standard Furniture is also showing its new home office program with desks that retail around $399. Made in Mexico, these also can be paired with companion bookcases/storage units.
New desks are also being shown both in and outside of collections for companies such as Hekman Furniture, Riverside Furniture, Hooker Furniture and EJ Victor.
Licensing continues to remain important as well at resources such as Klaussner, which is showing the new City Lights collection being added to Trisha Yearwood Home.
At Lexington Home Brands, there are two new Barclay Butera collections, each of which captures lifestyle elements of the Utah and California coastal retreats that Butera calls home.
“Park City draws its inspiration from the mountains, but I find the look translates beautifully into any design project where the goal is a laid back approach to luxury living,” Butera said in a promotional video for the collection.
Of Carmel, he said, “Designs reflect the casual sophistication of Carmel; the lines have a fresh contemporary feel while the finish and layered textiles soften the edge, offering a sense of understated elegance.”
In both collections, a king wooden panel bed retails at $2,899, and the leather king bed retails at $3,299. A round dining table retails at $2,299, and a rectangular version retails at $2,899.
AICO is showing additions to its popular Michael Amini, Kathy Ireland line as well as its Michael Amini Jane Seymour Living line. Response was positive at Premarket, and the company is expecting additional business in these licensed collections — along with demand for product in its Michael Amini line — in October.
“We are feeling pretty good about things based on commitments at Premarket,” said Chuck Reilly, executive vice president.
Vaughan-Bassett is showing three new bedrooms in Passageways, the latest addition to its Erin & Ben Napier licensed collection. The solid wood groups feature three different panel beds and companion case pieces, which are available in three finishes: a dark brown called Charleston Brown, a mid-tone brown called Deep Sand and the even lighter Oyster Gray.
Legacy Classic is showing its latest Rachael Ray home collection, Murray Hall, which includes 20 pieces of bedroom dining room and occasional and home entertainment. At the high end, EJ Victor is showing its new Ellen DeGeneres Home collection, and Theodore Alexander is showing its new Ralph Lauren line.
The Ralph Lauren line includes two new collections, Modern Penthouse, whose primary materials include high-end rosewood veneers and tufted Maura Giles leathers, and Modern Equestrian, which features pieces made with mahogany and cerejeira veneers in a mid-tone brown finish that complements not only the wood species, but also the coloration of leather wrapped chairs and tables inspired by English saddlery.
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