WASHINGTON (April 18, 2006)–National Geographic Home is introducing the Provence Collection and the Côte d’Azur Collection, two French-inspired lines, to its roster of award-winning furniture collections. The new lines will be unveiled at the High Point International Home Furnishings Market, April 27-May 3, 2006.
National Geographic licensing partners that collaborated on the new collections include Lane, Palecek, Toyo, iPhotoart, Wildwood, Sphinx by Oriental Weavers, Lava Enterprises Ltd. and New Growth Designs. This introduction includes hundreds of new items across key categories, including furniture, lighting, candles, permanent botanicals, area rugs and accessories for the home.
National Geographic’s net proceeds from the Home Collection are dedicated to the Society’s World Cultures Fund, which supports the study and preservation of world cultures.
National Geographic explorers and photographers have spent decades discovering and photographing the way of life along the Mediterranean coast.
“Reflections of southeastern France’s timeless beauty are depicted in the Society’s extensive content and resources,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic vice president of licensing, soft lines. “Through National Geographic’s vast archives and an expedition trip to this region, our partners were able to design furnishings that reflect the lifestyle of the region, its history and rich culture.”
The relaxed and time-honored elegance of French furniture design comes to life through the 18th-century-inspired craftsmanship and classic silhouettes of the National Geographic Provence Collection. Pin-dot cherry woods and basket-weave tabletops pay tribute to the region’s organic energy, while cabriole legs and ironwood accents complement the collection’s clean lines. Rustic paint finishes evoke the region’s energizing blues and cool greens, warmed by the brilliant southeastern sun.
The National Geographic Côte d’Azur Collection is reminiscent of the 19th-century Louis-Philippe furniture style. The classic and symmetrical pieces blend with bright floral and deep rust-red fabrics to capture the understated luxury and sophistication of the French Riviera. Swirl mahogany woods are balanced by soothing neutrals, marble accents and a focus on comfort as well as design. The collection’s fluid lines, softened corners, vibrant colors and understated moldings represent one of the most popular looks in home design.
For more information on the National Geographic Home Collection, log on to www.nghome.com.
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