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Marge Carson Captivates Market With Ionia Collection And Stunning New Upholstery Designs

APRIL 2014, HIGH POINT, NC - With a unique blend of classical and transitional furnishings, the Ionia Collection incorporates Greek, Neo-Classic and Regency styles into a sophisticated collection. Detailed with traditional architectural elements of flutes and scrolled carvings into balanced forms, each piece reflects the sense of scale and proportion that these classical periods honored.

In accord with Marge Carson's renowned ability to cater to personal style, a number of beautiful finishes, trims, hardware and textiles can be customized to create a variety of moods, suitable for any environment. All of the pieces within the Ionia Collection can be transformed into unique items, tailored to the individual's taste and personal look, a hallmark of Marge Carson's custom ability. Adding to its custom offerings, the Ionia collection introduces a new finish called "Dover", an off-white finish, enhanced by a subtle distressed crackle surface. Stunning by itself or mixed with darker rich tone finishes for a more dramatic look, it is sure to make a great statement.

A signature component of the Ionia Collection is the Ionia Rectangular Dining Table, a double pedestal extension table, featuring a classic diamond-patterned inlaid veneer top of cherry, swirl ash and ebonized maple. Here, the "Noche" finish with "Venetian Gold" leaf trim anchors the pedestal bases and offers an architectural platform for the contrasting lighter "Havana" top. To enhance a contemporary interpretation, the unique tri-foil bases can be customized by opting for antique mirror insets within the bordered panels. Pairing the table with a set of striking X-back dining chairs upholstered in a new cut velvet chenille "Warhol Silhouette" adds to the classical atmosphere.

The Ionia Sideboard features classic Greek elements of fluting, scrolls and tapered legs all balanced with architectural forms. But again, the beauty does not stop there. Shown in "Orleans" finish with "Ebony" trim and a contrasting lighter white-gray "Carrara" marble top with nickel hardware makes a strong statement. Yet changing the finish to "Havana", and adding inset leather door panels, antique brass hardware and an exquisite wood top, creates an entirely different vision.

With its grandiose stature a display case from the Ionia Collection will give any room a dramatic effect. The Ionia Display Cabinet is shown in the "Dover" finish and antique mirror back, providing a more casual yet cultivated look. Using the lost art of wax casting, the hardware comes in the Ionia Collection's classic Greek-key motif.

Two beds from this collection are also among the signature pieces. The Ionia Bed, a stately four poster bed features insert diamond tufted upholstery bordered by a shaped wood trim. The tapered and fluted hand carved columns are iconic of Greek and Roman influence. It is shown in the "Dover" finish, creating a softer classical arrangement that is perfectly suited for more casual environments. Meanwhile, the "Noche" finish with its "Venetian Gold" leaf trim will explore a sleeker more up-scale feel, typical of Neo-Classic. 


The softly curved Ionia Sleigh Bed with its channel upholstered head and footboard offers a more casual bedding approach in a lower profile look. The "Bombay" finish and "Versailles" trim paired with exceptional bedding; including beaded paisley pillows hand-beaded with silver, gold and crystals, exude a feminine element of sophistication and glamour. Both beds will be presented in different finishes to express the varied looks that can be achieved with Marge Carson's custom finish ability. Add to that Marge Carson's wide variety of custom comforters and bedding packages and what you dream can come true.

Graceful curves and sweeping forms mark this statement piece from Marge Carson. Like a Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire choreography, the sumptuous Deville Sofa continues to move your eye along its sensual curves. Optional clear Lucite legs sparkle in the light and hand tufted interior seat and back are outlined with delicate nail head trim. Whether upholstered in the formal attire of a rich blue velvet called "Pasta Indigo" or more casual neutral boucle and chenille called "Wearing Bisque", the presentation is "aha"-inspiring.

A true classic Regency form, the Aphrodite Chaise is upholstered in "Diplomat Mica", a new chenille that is frosted with a gold dust tipping. The exposed wood frame is finished in "Bombay" and outlined in "Versailles" silver leaf trim. Adding to its romantic qualities are accent pillows with "Panel Paisley" print made of beads, sequins and crystals. A double row of nail heads exquisitely outlines the frame, adding a distinct element of sophistication.

The Ionia Sofa embodies a sophisticated, casual look that is ideal for a comfortable yet polished atmosphere. Its exposed wood frame is detailed with a hand carved Greek-key motif along the border of the base. Supported by tapered paneled legs, the wood frame highlights a new soft off-white finish called "Dover" that features a subtle crackle texture. Presented in a rich woven chenille with subtle gray and ivory colors called "Leonardo Pewter" that is further accented with pillows in a medallion acanthus pattern called "Devine Pewter" .

The Orion Sectional features 15 individual pieces that can be configured to complement a variety of interior spaces. With key-shaped corner and end pieces, it embodies all that Marge Carson is: infinite flexibility and great design. Shown in two settings at High Point Market, a coastal beach setting in a warm sun drenched textured linen called "Magnificent Sand" that is accessorized with pillows of "Michelangelo Link", and a more sophisticated approach in a new "Alabaster" leather that is complemented with embroidered pillows called "Acrobat Twist" in a contemporary grill pattern. Both settings showcase the great versatility of Marge Carson's signature "looks".

Founded in 1947, Marge Carson, Inc. is one of the world's premier manufacturers of high-end residential furnishings, including upholstery, case goods, occasional pieces and decorative accessories. With more than 55 finishes and 600-plus fabrics, embellishments and leathers to choose from, Marge Carson is known for completely customizable pieces.


Marge Carson's 29,000 square-foot showroom is located at 121 N. Hamilton St., High Point, NC.


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