HIGH POINT, NC - In the high-fashion manner they've come to be known for, Marge Carson's spring lineup of fabrics is nothing short of amazing. A show-stopping selection of patterns, textures and colors is elegance epitomized.
According to Christine Rendino, who leads the design team, the entire showroom is infused with color - especially blue, in every imaginable shade. "It runs the gamut from navy to turquoise to pale cerulean blue," she says. "There's a room done in turquoise and chocolate brown with metallic accents, and one that features a slate blue menswear look. Another features crisp white with French blue in a traditional French country look and a particularly glamorous one done in an ocean blue; it has a bed upholstered in blue chenille with sequins woven right into it, the hologram-colored sequins reflecting light and giving it a mirrored effect."
Other recurring themes throughout the Marge Carson showroom include mixed metals - golds and silvers used together - as well as geo patterns and tonal animal prints. "We've paired a pale metallic gold matelass crocodile print with silver nailhead trim and, in our Silver Screen room, a gray fabric with chocolate brown embroidery and gold metallic accents takes the metallic trend in an entirely different direction," Rendino says. "A more contemporary take on the same trend features a chocolate brown linen in a geo pattern with polished silver nailhead trim."
The trends play out beautifully in Marge Carson's striking upholstery introductions. The Skylar sofa, for instance, has a warm look, decked out in a gray menswear boucle accented with a textured silk spiral pattern. Likewise, the asymmetrically styled Adele sofa - a full 100 inches long - is a traditional shape that's been updated with eye-catching transitional fabrics. The chic pillows on the sofa feature "Telford Gate," a pale taupe satin embroidered with a metallic "V" pattern accenting the mushroom-colored link design.
Meanwhile, smaller-scale pieces are no less impressive. "Katya is a much smaller silhouette for us," says Rendino, "with its fine wood frame and half-moon shape." Being shown in a sophisticated neutral palette, it's decked out in "Miami Sand" - a casual linen with just a touch of rayon for sheen - and accented with silk linen pillows in a contemporized medallion pattern. The channel-backed Ariel sofa is more diminutive, too, but has all of the Marge Carson details that customers have come to expect; being shown with pillows in a contemporary gold-embroidered ogee pattern, it's dressy but not-tootraditional at the same time.
But the "Wow!" sofa this market is a wood-frame sectional. The Odessa is being shown in cognac leather, with pillows in tones of spice and cayenne - even an alligator-patterned velvet and pumpkin-colored sheepskin, all highlighting the majestic elephant pattern "Varanasi Pachyderm." Like the entire Marge Carson showroom, it's a treat for the eye at every turn.
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 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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