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New youth collections debut at High Point market

Legacy Classic Kids, Standard and others introduce new youth furniture.

New youth collections debut at High Point marketThe youth category continued its growth trend at the fall High Point Furniture Market with major collection debuts, new colors, new licensing partnerships and more.
     One of the most buzzed about debuts of the market was the new Legacy Classic Kids' Inspirations by Wendy Bellissimo collection. The line marks the children's fashion, accessory and décor designer's first foray into the furniture world.
     "Partnering with Legacy Classic Kids to create this collection has allowed me to expand my passion for design to the furniture industry," said Bellissimo. "The collection is a combination of elements and designs that capture the essence of comfort without sacrificing classic styling."
    The collection features the Grow with Me Crib, which converts to a toddler bed with guardrails, a daybed for preschool-aged children and a full-size bed for ages 5 and older. Other bed options include the Avalon Platform Bed with a modified sleigh, upholstered headboard and scalloped apron; the Catalina Panel (louvered) Bed with shutter-style paneling on the head and footboards; and the Westport Low Poster Bed with shaped crown moldings and turnings on the head and footboards.
     Bellissimo said the collection's clean, elegant design gives it versatility. "Instead of looking totally girly, the collection is just beautiful and can easily transition to an adult or guest set-up."

Wendy BellissimoThe new Inspirations by Wendy Bellissimo collection for Legacy Classic Kids is the first furniture venture for the famed children’s fashion and décor designer.

     Rounding out the group are dressers, mirrors, nightstands, a chair and a hutch, as well as the Signature Dressing Chest and the 360 Dreamer Chest, which features four functional sides and a pivoting full-length mirror. The collection comes in three finishes- morning mist gray, driftwood and seashell white.
     "The gray is such a nice neutral shade, and it's really easy to mix the driftwood and the white with the gray to make it your own so it's not so matchy," said Bellissimo.
     The collection hits stores in early 2014.
     Standard Furniture expanded its youth offerings with the addition of the new Watercolor Bedroom group, which features classic silhouettes with details such as clipped corner overlay frames on drawer fronts, ogee undertop moldings, beadboard end panels and chunky tapered feet. Most eye-catching, though, are the finishes-along with a classic snow white shade, saturated hues of yellow, pink and green make accent pieces really pop.
     "Currently, colorful accent pieces are very popular for all rooms of the house," said Standard Chief Merchandising Officer Roy Yates. "Adding these colorful pieces allows the child to personalize a bedroom space and make it their own."
     Yates says the style also gives Watercolor versatility.
     "Many parents want a bedroom that can grow with their child," he said. "Watercolor, with its clean white finish and timeless classic cottage styling, can transition easily from young child to teen, then to a first apartment or guest room, simply by changing linens and accessories."
     Standard also introduced A
WatercolorThe new Watercolor collection from Standard Furniture includes pieces in eye-popping hues.
very Corner Beds, a new profile in their youth reversible corner beds, available in hot pink, lavender and black fabrics.
     Lea Industries debuted a new youth bedroom collection, along with new metal bed options.
Made with birch veneers and finished in a lightly distressed toffee brown, Lea's new Keaton full bedroom collection, has a contemporary design with clean lines and uncluttered forms. The mid-height loft bed features modular and interchangeable storage options, as well as the optional use of stairs or a ladder.
     "Today's homes dedicate fewer square feet to bedrooms, and we are constantly adapting our designs to meet our consumers' limited space needs," said Jack Richardson, Senior Vice President of Sales for Lea Industries. "The Keaton collection is a great example of how youth furniture can provide the right amount of storage while remaining stylish, adaptable and fun."
     The Keaton collection includes an updated chart desk with a pencil drawer and multiple bins for easy organization, and panel beds with an applied horizontal bead motif available with a trundle or an under-bed storage drawer.
     Lea also introduced new metal twin beds with mix and- match design options, available in white, bron
Lea IndustriesLea Industries’ new Keaton bedroom collection features a lightly distressed toffee brown finish.
ze or silver finishes.
     This market was a big one for Young America. In addition to unveiling two new upholstered beds designed to complement the brand's existing furniture collections, Stanley's infant and youth line also earned the 2013 Pinnacle Award from the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) for its Boardwalk collection.
     A panel of 12 judges evaluated entries based on form and function, innovation, retailer and manufacturer benefit and consumer benefit. Created by the ASFD to promote quality design and to recognize outstanding furniture designers, the Pinnacle Awards also challenged entrants to demonstrate how their design positively impacts the end customer.
     The Boardwalk collection features tailored, clean design elements and subtle nautical influences, such as recessed campaign drawer pulls and bead detailing. The collection is available in 20 paint colors and wood stains, with weathered and antique finishing options. The line also includes Built to Grow pieces, such as cribs that convert to toddler and then full-size beds, as well as changing stations that evolve into dressers.
     "We're honored that the ASFD judges selected Boardwalk as the 2013 Pinnacle Award winner," said Stanley's Vice President of Product Adam Tilley. "Young America prides itself on creating furniture that goes above and beyond the competition in meeting the aesthetic and performance needs of our customers."

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