A $70,000 Mattress?

The World's Most Expensive Bed!

While in High Point, we couldn’t resist the offer to lie down on the job… on the world’s most expensive mattresses!  Hastens of Sweden, founded in 1852, still makes its mattresses by hand using horse hair, cotton and wool. When you lie down on one, it has a noticeable density below you that is very comfortable – but with prices ranging from $18,500 up to $70,000 it’s unlikely most of us will ever know what it’s like to sleep on one! Perhaps we should ask Swedish royalty – King Gustav insisted only on Hästens mattresses!

Shapes and Textures Abound

The Market was dominated by more subtle textiles this season, many giving the appearance of a single color, but up close, revealing a rainbow of color. Think tiny tweeds and herringbones that look solid from afar, and ‘tone on tone’ fabrics that bring more interest to the piece. Texture is also important this year, and can be mixed to create interesting effects. Popular textured fabrics include boucle, chenille, felt and velvets. We saw interesting graphic patterns and shapes in wood furniture design, including geometric cutouts and asymmetrical designs.

Great shots from the MARKET!

Beautiful room at the Thomasville Showrooom.

"Thomasville Furniture is designed like jewelry" - the Art Van team tours the factory showroom.

Mr. Van at the Drexel Showroom.

Corduroy is popular again!

Mr. Van examines a new piece made of plantation grown Indonesian mahogany from Bernhardt.

Art Van is 2010 Youth Retailer of the Year

From The Alexander Julian Cottage Colours Collection. Country style bedroom group, available in master and youth bedroom pieces. Stocked in Heartland Cherry, Pinstripe Pine, and Beach Cottage White.

Art Van Furniture received a special award at the Spring 2010 International Furniture Market at High Point this week: “America’s Youth Retailer of the Year”.  The award was given by Legacy Furniture, one of the leaders in the youth category.

“We have a fantastic assortment of furniture and accessories from ‘Crib to College’! Michigan families are discovering great new ways to make their children’s rooms both fun and functional,” said Melinda Lehman, a Buyer with Art Van. “Youth furniture today is high quality, solid wood in great styles that transition as your child grows.”  To see what’s in store today, click here.

Great Shots from the MARKET

Mr. Van discussing industry trends with Ellen Gefen, host of The Home show
Rustic accents set the mood
You never know who you'll meet at Market!
Ecclectic accents at Hooker Furniture
Create a Sanctuary with new Hooker Furniture styles
Art Van VP Amelia Ellenstein starring in a video from Sam Moore Showroom at Market
A Sweet Seat – a chair made of candy at Rowe Furniture