Innovation is often found in companies that go through the trouble of using materials in new ways. With Gallery Furniture, finding companies that share the common value of thinking outside the box is always a great thing.
That's why, when Gallery Furniture decided to let the consumer make some choices at High Point Market, the world's largest furniture showcase, it was viewed by many in the industry as thinking outside the box of normality and as a result, it may have been viewed by some with skepticism.
Likewise, when a couple members of the team - Debbie Spurr and Nancy Rawson - found their way into Mayland Court to look at various pieces of furniture for Gallery Furniture - they themselves may have had just a bit of skepticism when told the company actually uses the bark of the tree in its construction technique for panels, inlays, and drawer fronts. Though seemingly strange at first, as they were quick to realize, it's often the radical ideas that will work the best - especially these from the Natural Elegance collection by Mayland Court. They had to show Houstonians these great pieces.
The bark, specficially treated to gain a strength and durability that matches the wood used throughout, was most often used in a decorative, non-structural capacity. Mayland Court used the bark to bring a very natural look to case good pieces that were at once transitional and powerful, merging mother nature's beauty directly into the piece fit for the home.
"Making full use of the tree is a plus. It kind of speaks to a commitment to full use of resources, and I can respect that," said Nancy Burke.
"Another thing," added Debbie Spurr, "it's really neat what they did with the bark - adding things like silver leafing and other features to bring the beauty of the bark to life."
Indeed it is, and Gallery Furniture customers love the new and innovative when it can become a part of their every day life. Furniture is more than a place to put the clothers, pack a shirt, or hold your jewelry - furniture is a statement, furniture is a lifestyle reflection, and furniture tells the world more about you.