Vanguard's new Splendor console

Vanguard's new Splendor console

Vanguard goes for glamour and elegance with new collection

Vanguard Furniture unveiled its new Splendor collection at Market. CEO Andy Bray also answered a few questions about Market in general.

Bobby Dalheim//Senior Editor of Case Goods and Global Sourcing//October 26, 2023

HIGH POINT – High-end case goods and upholstery manufacturer Vanguard Furniture unveiled its Splendor case goods collection at the recent High Point Market, featuring bedroom, dining and occasional furniture.

The collection was shown in two distinct ways in the showroom: a light and airy vignette, showcasing the soft finishes and materials, as well as a dark and moody vignette highlighting darker finishes and bolder tones. The darker vignette is contrasted with the natural luminescence of selenite, a crystalline mineral material.

Andy Bray

“We created the Splendor collection to showcase the inherent beauty found in natural materials,” said Vanguard President and CEO Andy Bray. “The soft sheen of natural selenite adds a touch of glamour and elegance to a space without feeling overly ‘glam.’”

The line can be styled with lighter finishes or contrasted with deeper, richer finishes such as Mocha and Peppercorn. All pieces in the collection can be customized with finishes from an array of curated wood stains, paints, metallic paints and premium leaf finishes.

“The possibilities are limitless, and we can’t wait to see all the stunning interiors our customers create with Splendor.”

Bray said Vanguard’s time at market was successful, with at least 1,000 people in the company’s showroom Saturday. A good market isn’t judged by sales though, he said; it’s the quality of the interaction that counts.

“We’re here to inspire,” he told Furniture Today. “Markets aren’t as much transactional as they are about spending time with people. We’re lucky if our factory gets two days of production out of it. It’s all about building and strengthening relationships.”

Vanguard Wright chair
The new Wright dining chair was a favorite among designers, Vanguard said.

Bray also talked about the strong designer presence.

“Most people we’ve seen are designers,” he said. “But on the luxury side, retailers are more design-driven anyway. Even with our retailers, you know there’s a designer involved somewhere.”

The company also revealed the favorites of its designers. Those included the “M” shaped, fully upholstered Origami chair; the modern Flynn dining table, which features a cast aluminum top and triangle-shaped travertine bases; and the Wright dining chair, which features a narrow, open oak frame and T-shaped silhouette.

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