Monday, October 19, 2009

Hickory Chair Forever Pieces

We have had the great pleasure of being invited to Hickory Chair in North Carolina for fall Market 2009 by the ever sweet Laura Holland, the Marketing Director for Hickory Chair (and who writes the Hickory Chair Blog)and all of the wonderful people at Hickory Chair. Laura contacted us back in the summer about coming to Hickory Chair to view the fall introductions and show. It was with great pleasure that we excepted. Melissa and I both flew into Raleigh NC on Friday so that we could attend the lecture Laura was giving on "The Construction, Craftsmanship and Customization of High-End Furniture." It was held at the beautiful showroom of Hickory Chair. The lecture was so informative and we learned so much about the differences between low end and high end furniture and the quality and reason behind making a higher end furniture purchase. She spoke about using American Hardwoods which are sustainable woods, and about how you should look for furniture that has 5-7 ply construction of veneers. This is as apposed to using only 3 ply veneers, which of course will chip off on the first knock through a doorway or when someone pushes a chair in too hard. High end furniture uses kiln dried lumber so that the furniture does not warp or crack. This is used instead of freshly cut wood in a warm climate that is constructed and then shipped to the US and put into a much drier climate where the wood will warp and crack. We learned how the amount of labor intensive sanding up to 7 times will bring the exquisite wood grain in the furniture as apposed to simply applying a decal onto the furniture, or simply using Plywood for the frames. (Can you image how long that would last!) We learned about how patterned fabric is applied onto a piece of furniture. The way fabric is applied can also show the amount of time and detail put into manufacturing the pieces of furniture. The use of full 4 way matching makes such a difference on the upholstered furniture, as well as hand made custom fitted skirts. On the other hand there are machine made shirts that never end up hanging correctly. These are some of the important points covered in the lecture which explained why buying quality that will last a life time as "Tomorrows Heirlooms" is always the best choice.

The very kind and thoughtful Laura Holland with Melissa and the "Gabriela tufted chair by Alexa Hampton."
Hickory Chair work room
Custom craftsmanship from second and third generation furniture builders.

We just can not say how beautiful the Hickory Chair show room at High Point is. It was just so calm and serene. Hickory Chair in essence allows you to create a look for your whole room or house in that one showroom. It is all inclusive with 4 world renowned designers with 4 unique styles that can all be pulled together for an eclectic style. Stay tuned for the individual interviews from the Hickory Chair designers and their new products: Mariette Himes Gomez, Thomas O'Brien, Alexa Hampton and Susanne Kasler. Their work is so exciting! We had a wonderful time meeting them all and seeing their incredible work.

7 comments:

Donna said...

Love Hickory Chair, so classic! Thanks for inside!

Design Esquire said...

What an amazing experience! I can't wait to hear more.

Renae said...

Oh I am GREEN, I would love to have been there! So glad you were able to go!
Blessings...

Kristin said...

It's so fabulous that they use sustainable woods!

Smitten Design said...

What an amazing experience- I want a tour!

Tamstyles said...

I am new to your blog and so jelly...wow..nothing here at all...but its home.

Laura Holland said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful post about your Hickory Chair experience! We really appreciate it and hope you come visit us in the future where we make the furniture - Hickory, North Carolina!

Love your blog!

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