Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Metal Furniture and Accessories Move Indoors for a Fresh Look

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Metal Furniture and Accessories Move Indoors for a Fresh Look

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IT'S RULES-OUT-THE-WINDOW time in decorating. Any and all interesting pieces are fair game in the effort to create an interesting room.

So iron benches, metal porch chairs and even the galvanized metal of an old-fashioned milk pail are turning up in living room furniture these days.

"My mother would not have thought of putting metal furniture in her house," says Pattie Shaw, home furnishings style director for the J.C. Penney Catalog. "But customers today see metal with new eyes." The appeal of metal started in women's apparel, when silver jewelry, silver buttons and trims became popular, Shaw says. Metal is being used to similar effect as curtain rods and tiebacks, and there are even metal grommets on curtains and draperies. But the prescription to put more iron in the decorating diet has gone far beyond mere trim. At this spring's furniture market in High Point, N.C., many showrooms were bursting with metal furniture and accessories. While wrought iron - it is actually steel these days - seemed the dominant look, other metals ranged from matte and shiny chrome to copper, bronze and aluminum. Mixing metal with other materials, such as wicker, leather, wood and glass, is also a widespread trend. A typical piece is a leather tray top table that is ornamented with brass nailheads and that rests on a metal base. Sixty-piece furniture reproductions by the Lane Furniture Co. exemplify the opulent wrought-iron look that is being referred to in the industry as part of "the new Mediterranean." Based on designs at the William Randolph Hearst estate in San Simeon, Calif., the Hearst Castle Collection offers 19 metal or metal-and-wood pieces, including curio cabinets, beds, tables and mirrors. A signature piece is an 85-inch curio based on a gate at Hearst Castle and executed in a muted gold and rusted metal finish. Although the material has not displaced wood as the main furniture material, the quantity of metal furniture has recently grown astronomically, said Lee Booth, a vice president for marketing at Lane Furniture of Altavista, Va. In fact, Lane's sales of metal furniture are at least four times what they were five years ago. …

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