Yorkshire House, a leader in made-100-percent-by-hand-in-England English antique reproductions, will offer more new products at the upcoming International Home Furnishings Market here than ever before.
Buoyed by robust business in 2004 and a strong first quarter, the High Point-based company is showcasing a record 30 new pieces for virtually every room in the home. Each piece reflects one of England’s most celebrated antique styles crafted by England’s most respected cabinetmakers exclusively for America’s most elegant homes.
One new piece exemplifies Yorkshire House’s commitment to combine the best of Old World styles and craftsmanship with modern functionality. The #9916 Television Chest appears to be an antique chest of drawers, but actually serves as a cabinet for a flat-screen plasma TV. Centered in the case, the screen emerges and retreats by remote control through the hinged cabinet top. What appear to be drawers actually open as doors, providing abundant room for audio-visual components and DVD storage.
“Based on designers’ reactions to sneak previews, we are confident this piece is going to be a big hit at market and enjoy a long run with our customers,” said Michael Beaver, president. “Preserving an antique look while offering contemporary function, especially relating to today’s home entertainment technology, is a direct response to our customers’ requests.”
Featuring elegant walnut burl veneer in a rich antique distressed finished, this Television Chest is 59”wide x 42 3/4”high x 23 3/4”deep.
The #9339 Secretary offers another example of Yorkshire House helping old meet new. This reproduction of a Georgian Period classic creates an ideal space for inspired work on a laptop computer. With striking myrtle burl veneer, hand-tooled tan leather, bun feet, a lay-down lid that serves as a desktop, plus hidden drawers and cubbyholes, this piece packs defining details of an English antique while serving a modern function in an elegant context.
Other new pieces include bookcases, consoles, cocktail tables, a linen press, chests and a dining table.
Yorkshire House furniture features marquetry and inlays cut from the highest quality veneers and set by hand. All drawers feature traditional dovetailing. The company’s multi-stage hand-finishing and polishing technique, combined with subtle aging and distressing, produces a depth of finish and rich patina comparable to heirloom antiques. In fact, Yorkshire House furniture blends seamlessly with cherished antiques. And prices for these products crafted entirely by hand in England compare favorably with high-end manufacturers’ mass-produced pieces of lesser quality.
Yorkshire House sells primarily to interior designers and also to selected retailers.
“This is definitely a line of fine furniture created for consumers with refined tastes – for the growing number among us who appreciate the difference between English antique reproductions made in centuries-old cabinetmaking shops in England versus the pretenders mass-produced in Asian factories. And, make no mistake, discerning consumers know the difference.”
Yorkshire House showroom and offices are at 430-438 N. Wrenn St. in High Point. The company provides an authentic London taxi as a market shuttle and will serve wine and cheese during a special market reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 15.
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