Marge Carson furniture was luxurious and glamorous way before glam was a trendy buzz word. In fact, I first discovered them in Florida Design magazine…the closest thing to luxury I could afford as a broke art-school-college-kid-transplant. Fast forward almost 20 years, and I’m touring their 29,000 square foot High Point Market showroom as a sponsored blogger!
What does a luxury designer do when she can’t find what she’s looking for? Create it, of course! And this is exactly what Marge did in 1947. Based in Pomona, California, Marge Carson is one of the world’s leading privately-owned furniture companies and a resource for high-end residential upholstery, bedroom, dining and occasional furniture.
Meet “Mini”, if you haven’t already. She’s my 5 year old 4-pound toy poodle, and
boy girl is she spoiled! You can find her perched on the tallest, fluffiest pillow she can find, or trying to sneak popcorn out your hand. Luckily for this little girl, Marge Carson designed the perfect dog bed in small, medium & large sizes. But we aren’t just talking dog beds here! Their custom furnishings capabilities are extraordinary, with over 75 finishes and trims and more than 700 fabrics, embellishments and leathers to select from. Just wait until you see my Instagram detail shots!
The Cross Channel collection was introduced this market and was certainly on trend with its subtle hints of industrial elements. Just as the English Channel connects Great Britain to France and the rest of Europe, so the Cross Channel Collection connects the continents with an all-encompassing European inspiration including Northern Italian, Spanish, French and English.
The round chains side table is my favorite in the collection. It is elegant and industrial and rustic, characteristics woven throughout the collection.
The result, said Director of Design Christine Rendino, is a “casual traditional collection that lends itself to a deconstructed industrial loft look with a backdrop of brick walls and reclaimed wood.” She added, “We drew inspiration from all elements of traditional Europe. When I look at Cross Channel, I envision London during the Industrial Revolution with its grittier elements. Cross Channel also speaks to Marge Carson’s strength in creating a hybrid style. The collection is a bit edgy in a masculine, casual traditional way.”
The fabric mimics a pair of ripped jeans, but the metallic threads infuses a chic touch.
The Pisces Tete-a-Tete is a great conversation piece with its connected scoop-back chairs, a high gloss painted black Caviar finish and shiny silver nailhead trim. The body fabric is Reservoir Shimmer, an Italian jacquard with a mottled, hammered metallic look in charcoal gray.
The Avery sofa, below, has no shortage of details including various curves, angles, and layers of dress maker details and contrasting textures.
There is a reason celebrities and athletes are drawn to the line. Large scaling of furniture is necessary for soaring ceiling heights, and luxurious comfort is vital, especially for the 6 to 7 foot athlete! (Did you notice the mirrored inlay on the sofa below!?)
Even the showroom drapes were meticulously thought out, with peek-a-boo velvet and silk stripes & added costume jewelry embellishments.
Marge Carson also offers bedding accessories to complement their gorgeous furniture. So yes, these fur pillows and silk coverlet can be yours, along with the deep tufted mirrored headboard.
Here’s the juxtaposition again…a delicate princess tulle mixed with a raw rocker zipper edge.
While Marge Carson has been know for their large-scale furniture, they also understand the need for a lighter-scale with smaller dimensions. (Have you been in a New York apartment!?) A new line called MC Avenue was introduced this Spring at High Point Market and contains 235 occasional, bedroom and dining room pieces. ”Consumers in various life stages have smaller living environments but still want well-designed, quality, fashion-forward furniture. It may be Boomers who are downsizing to a smaller, but still very nice home. Or it could be younger consumers with a great design sensibility, who prefer to live in a smaller urban environment,” said Will Sharp, President of Marge Carson.