CALIFORNIA CASUAL STYLE GOES ORGANIC
WITH PALMS COLLECTION
OCTOBER 2016, HIGH POINT, NC – With the introduction of the Palms Collection at the High Point Market, Marge Carson reaches back to its California casual roots to create a fresh and current contemporary style inspired by the natural environment.
Capturing the beauty of rugged coastlines, remote beaches and serene deserts, Palms celebrates organic motifs, textured surfaces and mixed materials. Palms is crafted of environmentally-friendly tropical plantation-grown raffia and rift-cut American White Oak that is softly wire-brushed to enhance the character of the wood grain and blend with the texture of the woven raffia.
All 33 pieces of the collection are available in three relaxed, tactile finishes including Dapple, a light grayed-beige; Saddle, a medium honey brown and Dark Bay, a rustic dark brown with black mottling.
In Palms, organic inspiration is front and center with such touches as an intricate twig design that serves as the body of several pieces, the basket-weave veneer pattern on striking dining table tops, woven rattan accents on case pieces and upholstery and a wavy swirl pattern in the cast brass hardware that brings to mind wind-blown sand or ripples of water.
“We’re seeing a lot of contemporary interiors today, yet they often look a little cold or hard-edged. The Palms Collection fits into contemporary interiors in a softer, more naturalistic way that provides a bridge to nature and offers a more emotional appeal,” said Jim LaBarge, Chief Executive Officer of Marge Carson. “We’re also seeing so many interior spaces with large windows and doors that open to the outdoors, and Palms lends itself to an indoor-outdoor appeal.”
“With Palms, people will be reminded of the look and scale of the California casual style Marge Carson made famous, updated for today in the texturing of materials such as wire-brushed oak to give a more relaxed and casual feeling and to draw out the beauty of the natural materials,” said Tom Tilley, director of wood products for Marge Carson.
Along with the organic motifs, natural materials and textures, another signature element of the collection is its striking, sculptural cast-brass hardware. “The custom hardware has dramatic artistic impact,” Tilley said. There are three distinct types of hardware: simple bar pulls crafted from solid brass with raffia-inspired couplings; sculptured solid brass panels framed in solid oak featuring a swirling wave-like pattern, and a half-inch-thick clear glass bar mounted over a brass substrate with a raffia-like texture.
PALMS IS SHOWN IN THREE LIFESTYLE SETTINGS
IN THE MARGE CARSON SHOWROOM:
The light gray-beige Dapple finish is accented by woven raffia and highly- textured fabrics for a coastal feel.
The rustic dark brown Dark Bay finish takes a casual urban direction. Raffia accents are not present in this look, which would easily work in more metropolitan settings, as well as the coast or a resort area.
In this look, the Saddle finish is mixed with the Dark Bay and raffia, along with many mixed materials for a more universal casual contemporary look.
“In Palms, the mixture of natural materials comes together to create a backdrop that would be at home with a variety of accessories ranging from Oriental to transitional to Arts and Crafts to casual contemporary,” Tilley said.
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