Where Tradition Meets Perfection

Lasting quality. Attention to detail. Hand-crafted excellence, made right here in the United States. That’s the experience you can expect from our exclusive Thread & Feather Collection.

Made in Hickory, North Carolina, our Thread & Feather brand was commissioned by Art Van Furniture Chairman and Founder Art Van Elslander. He wanted to create a line of furniture that embodied the excellence this company is known for. Made in America for lasting quality, this collection includes sofas, chairs, and ottomans, each uniquely constructed so that no two are alike.

From each spun thread to the kiln-dried wood frames, no element is overlooked. Superior materials merge for honest beauty. And best of all, it’s completely customizable, so each piece is utterly and uniquely yours. Start by choosing a silhouette for you piece — everything from the arm style and leg options to the finish and nailhead trim. Next, choose a base fabric to set the groundwork for your masterpiece. Over 200 fabrics are available at fashionably affordable prices. And the stores have one-yard swatches on hand to give you a clear idea of the final product you’ll design. Finally, choose an accent fabric to complete your look. You can choose as many coordinating fabrics as you like to suit your style and complement your overall design.

It’s as simple as that! With our smart fabric selection and built-to-last construction, Thread & Feather is your choice for classic furniture that you’ll love for years to come.


Warming Up When the Temperature Goes Down

We’ve hit the dead of winter, folks — those dark days when spring seems furthest away. While we can’t promise you warmer weather (and oh, how we wish we could!), we can help you keep cozy while you wait for the snow to melt.

 

Wrap It Up. Throw blankets not only keep your movie nights in nice and toasty, but they also add color and a warm feel to your room. Go with a thick down blanket for a soft, fluffy look, or an intricate knit throw for texture and depth. Fleece blankets are also a snug (and inexpensive) option, especially for a more casual space. Check out our showrooms for some great ideas! And when you’re ready to cool off, you can tuck the winter blankets away in a storage ottoman for a functional way to keep them out of sight. 
Night Light. Want warmth and ambiance without having to trudge through the snow to chop wood? An electric fireplace will thaw your icy nights. With the convenient remote control, you can enjoy a “roaring” fire at the touch of a button! Patented 3-D flame effects simulate realistic firelight, and whether the heat is on or off, the glass stays cool to the touch. Using no combustion and producing no emissions, it’s a safe and easy way to keep the cold at bay.
A New Winter Coat. Paint won’t literally protect your house from chilly drafts, but a warm red or cheery yellow accent color on a wall or piece of furniture will put you in a sunnier state of mind. Warm tones like oranges and reds are great on accent walls, or go with a bright lemon in a kitchen or bathroom. A couple coats is all it takes, and you can easily change it back when you’re all warmed up! Visit our partner in paint, Sherwin-Williams, to find a shade you crave.

However you decide to warm your winter nights, we think the best way to fight the seasonal blues is with a warm disposition. So get cozy, hunker down, and remember that spring is on the way! In the meantime, pass the hot chocolate.


Cars & Fashion: Merging for a Good Cause

Once a year, there’s a magical night called prom. Girls get all dressed up in fabulous gowns and guys make sure their prized ride is looking fine. Fast forward a few years into adulthood to another magical night called the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview.*

Known around town as “Auto Prom,” the premise is the same as it was when you were an awkward teenager, but with a much bigger “WOW” factor.

Dressing “to the nines” is still a must, but so is making sure you’re wearing the right outfit. We suggest reading fashion writer Georgea Kovanis’ recent article in the Detroit Free Press to make sure the fashion police don’t issue you a moving violation on the big night. In the piece, Karen Daskas, co-owner of the Birmingham boutique Tender, says color is often more interesting than basic black and suggests standing out in vivid hues like red, purples, a really deep teal, or forest green.

But let’s face it, the night really belongs to the cars, and they’re eager to put their best foot forward, too! Check out the 2011 Dodge Charger R/T taking to the street in Toxic Orange or Blackberry Pearl. Or cruise around in the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year®, the Chevy Volt — snazzy in Viridian Joule Tricoat (that’s a fancy way of saying blue/green). The “North American Truck of the Year” Ford Explorer also keeps things fresh with Red Candy and Kona Blue. And it’s no coincidence that you’ll be seeing some of these hot colors on our showroom floors and in our spring catalog.

In the meantime, you’ll find us raising the style status quo in the VIP lounge with our exclusive genuine leather Perla Collection from ROMA. And after you’ve taken a few spins around the floor, visit us on the concourse by the Joe Louis statue to test drive one of our Robotic Massage Recliners from Human Touch®.  With just the push of a few buttons you can undo knots and kinks without the expense or time of visiting a masseuse. And while you’re relaxing, you can check out the newest HD 3-D TVs from Paul’s TV.

If you can’t make it downtown, then join us in Grand Rapids as we present the Auto Show Spectacular on February 2, 2011, benefitting the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation. Just remember to have your date home by midnight.

* Funds raised will support vital services for children of all ages from birth to eighteen. Since 1976 the Charity Preview has raised nearly $82 million for southeastern Michigan children’s charities – over $37 million of which was raised in the last seven years alone. Source: www.naias.com


Marking a Memorable Year: Fall

525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear.
525,600 minutes – how do you measure, measure a year?

In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee.
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.

525,600 minutes! 525,000 journeys to plan.
525,600 minutes — how can you measure the life of a woman or man?

It’s time now to sing out, the story never ends

let’s celebrate, remember a year in the life of friends.”

Seasons of Love from RENT

Fall is probably the most beloved season we have here in Michigan. Gorgeous arrays of color on the trees extend from the Upper Peninsula to the “Mitten.” The rich diversity of our state is what makes it a great place to live and do business. And most importantly, it provides us with a multitude of philanthropic opportunities!

Play Me, I’m Yours

Just two years old, ArtPrize® in Grand Rapids has become one of the premier art events in the country. Part arts festival, part social experiment — this international contest is decided solely by public vote.

So you can imagine our excitement when we announced that we would be sponsoring British artist Luke Jerram’s piano installation piece titled, Play Me I’m Yours. Twenty pianos were placed throughout the streets of downtown Grand Rapids. Using the core of the city as a backdrop, each piano acted as a sculptural, musical, blank canvas, and provided musicians of all levels an opportunity to share their creativity by performing in the public.

“We are thrilled to be involved in bringing Luke’s project to ArtPrize,” said David Van Elslander. “It’s an opportunity to engage the community, bring out hidden musical talent, allow people to express themselves and just to have fun.”

This year alone Play Me I’m Yours will be presented in New York City, London, Belfast, Cincinnati,  and San Jose. At the conclusion of ArtPrize, the pianos were donated to schools and community groups in the area.

Simply Irresistible Party

Art Van and Detroit News columnist Chuck Bennett hosted a night of food, furniture, and fashion for a great cause. While the event gave us an opportunity to showcase our new Fall Home Catalog, Simply Irresistible, it also gave us the chance to raise over $14,000 for the Horatio Williams Foundation, which supplies uniforms for underprivileged inner-city students. In 2009, the Foundation was able to outfit one school in Detroit. Thanks to this party, they were able to provide four schools with 560 uniforms! Now that’s a great style statement.

Charity Challenge, Round 2

After months of reading heart-tugging submissions (and going through boxes of tissues) our panel of judges whittled over 600 Million Dollar Charity Challenge applications to 50, and we went on a whirlwind, 50-hour tour across Michigan to announce the lucky recipients of grants ranging from  $5,000 to $50,000.

The first press conference took place at our flagship store in Warren where past recipients spoke about the positive impact 2009’s donation had on their charities. From feeding children and providing support to families coping with domestic violence to serious medical conditions. And, last year’s recipients were able to leverage the Art Van grants to raise an additional $4 million in donations.

But we didn’t stop there. To raise more awareness about these remarkable charities, we created http://artvancharitychallenge.com/. This website featured bio’s on each charity and a donation functionality. We also asked people to vote for their favorite charity. The charity that received the most votes would be given an additional $25,000 check.

Charities like HAVEN and Ozone House tapped into their supporter base with e-mails, while DADiaperBank took to social media. A digital billboard was even donated to promote Paws With A Cause. In the final stretch, Grace Centers of Hope and Paws were running neck and neck toward the finish line, with Grace Centers ultimately winning the check.

After the winner was announced, the gracious Paws With a Cause posted this on their facebook page:

Many thanks to ALL PAWS FB friends and family who voted fro PAWS in the Art Van Charity Challenge Bonus Grant voting! While we took second place, we truly appreciate your support and that of Art Van Furniture‘s! In the end, we all ‘won’ because of the community awareness this opportunity provided all 50 winners…thanks again for supporting PAWS!

And Whaley Children’s Center wrote:

We had a child named Jacob arrive on Friday, it was freezing that day, his case worker came and said “Miss Karen we have a problem” Jacob’s bag he brought is full of toys, no clothes.  He had on only what he was wearing.  I stepped back, swallowed hard so I wouldn’t cry and said, “Dude lets go up in my donation closet and shop for some clothes”.  We found a coat that fit and boots too, he said thank you for every item of clothes (no matter how tattered) that I gave him.  I came down into our lobby area and started to cry wishing I could help every child, every way possible, then I looked at the Art Van check proudly displayed on the mantle in that room, and my heart was happy because you guys cared and shared!  Please let everyone know that this has been an amazing uplifting experience for all of us here! 

Detroit Meets New York

In October, we brought the Big Apple to the Motor City for a spectacular gala to benefit Henry Ford Health System. Faster than a New York-minute, our Tech store was transformed into signature NYC neighborhoods like Chinatown, SoHo, Central Park, and Times Square.

Over 600 guests enjoyed the sights, sounds, and flavors of “the city that never sleeps.” They were even treated to a Broadway revue. Most importantly, 100% of the proceeds raised from ticket sales went directly toward the services and research being done at the Henry Ford Neuroscience Institute and the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center at Henry Ford Health System.

Strike up the Parade!

One of the most legendary moments in Art Van Furniture’s 51-year history is the moment Mr. Van Elslander received a eleventh-hour call from The Parade Company. It was 1990 and due to lack of sponsorship, America’s Thanksgiving Parade was in danger of being permanently cancelled.

With the simple act of writing a $200,000 check, Mr. Van operationally brought the Parade from the brink of death, and in the process inspired other businesses to get on board. The Parade went on as planned, and the following year Mr. Van announced that we would match the contributions of other business up to $100,000. From there, things really started to take off and the Parade once again gained momentum to continue the cherished tradition of bringing families together on Thanksgiving morning.

We are proud to say that 2010 was Art Van Furniture’s 21st year of sponsorship. In the wee hours of November 25th, Art Van employees from all over the metro Detroit area descended upon Detroit to take their place alongside the “Knights of the Charitable Round Table” float and assist in blowing up the crowd favorite 48″ Flicker the Dragon balloon. And as a special treat this year, Deidre Hall, best know for her role as Dr. Marlena Evans on NBC’s daytime drama Days of our Lives, rode in the Parade with Mr. Van.

Afterwards, she shared a Thanksgiving meal with the women at Genesis House III in Detroit. She also participated in two in-store book signings where she autographed copies of her latest book, Kitchen Close-up, in exchange for donations to the shelter.

And that’s how we measure a year. We hope you’ve enjoyed our stroll down memory lane. These events are just a snapshot of the ways we’re involved in our communities. We also participate as sponsors for festivals and cultural events around the state, and we treasure the value of being able to share it with each one of you.

Here’s to many more wonderful opportunities to give in 2011! Happy New Year!


Marking a Memorable Year: Summer

“525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear.
525,600 minutes – how do you measure, measure a year?

In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee.
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.

525,600 minutes! 525,000 journeys to plan.
525,600 minutes — how can you measure the life of a woman or man?”

Seasons of Love from RENT

“Hot town, summer in the city” was definitely the theme in 2010, and Art Van kept things hopping all season long! Check out how we spent our summer vacation.

Rescue Me

We’re not only concerned about our fellow man, but we also look out for our four-legged friends! Our Saginaw and Bay City stores collected supplies for the Few Steps From Home animal rescue shelter. Saginaw Sales Associate Lori Lagalo-Balko, who volunteers her time fostering homeless animals, inspired the stores to host the drive, and the guest response exceeded our expectations and resulted in new beds, leashes, food, and toys for the shelter.

 

 

Shake Your Groove Thing

The Drayton Plains store hosted a Saturday Night Fever party to help children with special needs. Over 300 guests attended to support Clarkston SCAMP, a 2009 Million Dollar Charity Challenge recipient and provider of recreational and social activities for young adults who are mentally and physically challenged. This party was another wonderful opportunity to partner with our Charity Challenge recipients to further help the community and a chance to invite new guests to visit our stores.

Ladies’ Night Out

“An act of kindness from one person is one less burden for another.”

Mr. Art Van Elslander.

Art Van Furniture, along with ABC TV-12 and CARS 108, treated the hardworking ladies of Flint to a free night of pampering that included: a DJ; delicious drinks, appetizers, and desserts from local restaurants; Mani/pedi’s; dancing lessons; and more!

But the event was also about receiving diaper donations to help the 50% of mothers giving birth in Genesee County who live below the poverty level. And the ladies answered the call by bringing 400 plus packages of diapers to the event!

We’re just happy we won’t be the ones responsible for changing them!

Christmas Comes Early

Living with a serious illness puts a significant strain on a family’s finances, time and emotions. So in July, we teamed up with the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan* to lessen the burden felt —especially around the holidays — by hosting a Christmas in July toy drive. We can only imagine the huge smiles on the faces of these precious children on Christmas morning as they opened all the wonderful presents so generously donated by wonderful folks like you.

*This great organization was also one of our 2009 Million Dollar Charity Challenge recipients.

Strength in Numbers

In July, we were delighted to be able to donate 11 brand-new beds to the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. The beds will be used in recently renovated rooms at the House, which provides “a home away from home” for families of seriously ill children who are hospitalized nearby.

“This donation will save the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit thousands of dollars in expenses and ensure our families have a comfortable place to sleep and rest during their stay,” said Jennifer Litomisky, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. “Art Van Furniture has been a longtime supporter and we greatly appreciate their investment in our House.”

Each year, more than 1,200 families stay at the 16,000-square foot House, which includes all of the amenities a normal home would provide. The House consists of 25 bedrooms, four TV rooms, an exercise room, quiet area, indoor and outdoor playrooms, phone booths, dining room, and kitchen. The average length of stay for families at the House is two weeks, with some staying for many months. Families pay $10 each night they stay at the House while donors cover the rest of the operating expenses and the nightly rate for families who cannot cover that cost.

Goodwill for All

Branded with “Donate for Jobs” messaging, we handed over the keys to a 26-foot truck to Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. This stylish new ride will enable the collection and transportation of goods donated to the upscale resale Goodwill store that opened in Canton on December 11. And it’s another way we can support Goodwill’s efforts to help Metro Detroiters overcome employment challenges and become “Trained, Trusted and Ready to Work.”

Next up: Fall