Winter, by design, is one of our busiest seasons for events and opportunities to connect with our vibrant design community, and we have much to share before we all unplug for several weeks as we celebrate the holiday season!
Winter Market News
Save the Dates for our winter markets as we at Currey & Company ring in an entirely new decade! We’ll be in Dallas between January 8 and 15; Atlanta is right on its heels from January 14 through 21, and we’re back in Las Vegas from January 26-30. See Showroom details in the graphic, and you can always check our Facebook page for events we’ll hold in each of these great cities.
ARTS Award Nominations
We’re in the running in several categories for the 31st Annual ARTS Awards. Winners will be announced on Friday, January 10, 2020, during Dallas Winter Market. Currey & Company has been tapped for the lighting fixtures category, and our Senior Designer Clarence Mallari is up for best product designer. One of our favorite sales representatives, Andrea Combet of Art & Function, is in the running for best sales rep in the West Region.
Home Accents Today magazine called our Senior Designer Clarence Mallari someone who likes to think outside the box. This will be Clarence’s first ARTS Award nomination for Designer of the Year. The magazine asked him to share the fundamentals to his design perspective, and he answered: “My approach to design is rather straightforward and simple. I usually start with ideas triggered and inspired by personal travels, artwork, fashion, and even nature. I find things and places that stimulate my senses, then convert those ideas into an authentic form that is relatable—one with a sustainable connection to the mainstream consumer. One important aspect for me when coming up with a design is the desire to be innovative. This pushes me to think outside the box.” We’re rooting for Clarence as he makes his way to Dallas next month.
About Andrea Combet, the principal of Art & Function, Home Accents Today says that at the heart of her success is the importance she places on forging and nurturing relationships that benefit all. This is her second ARTS Award nomination as Western Sales Representative of the Year, having previously won in 2016. When asked what she brings to the table as a rep, she answered: “I bring the ability to understand how a product and a brand can fill the needs of a buyer in a way that benefits all. Never pushing an inappropriate match just to get an order, but instead mindfully working for the long-term success of my manufacturers and retailers has been the recipe for lasting relationships in my career. As the principal of a rep agency, I take great care in hiring and training salespeople who share this value.”
When asked why she has been a perfect fit for Currey & Company, she says, “I’ve been associated with Currey & Company for over thirty years, so in many ways I’ve grown up with the company. When I first encountered founder Robert Currey, the line was called Garden Source. It featured artisanal products, mostly made in the Southern U.S., such as bent willow furniture, bark birdhouses, and wrought iron candlesticks. The product had so much soul that I marched into Robert’s High Point showroom and demanded the line for my young West Coast agency! That wrought iron twist candlestick gave birth to the vast lighting assortment made by Currey & Company now. Today I count Robert and Suzy Currey, and their son Brownlee Currey (now company President) among my dearest friends. We share a keen interest in decorative and functional arts that provide inspiration and context for the product line. We are all avid gardeners. That love of plants is reflected in the natural elements of our designs. And, like the Currey family, I enjoy working hard, doing good in the world, and having fun!” Fingers crossed that you’ll be holding the award at the end of the evening, Andrea!
Las Vegas Showroom Expansion
We are expanding our showroom in Las Vegas so make sure to stop by and experience the new space during the January Las Vegas Market, one of the biggest events each winter. Bob Ulrich, our Senior VP of Sales/Marketing, says of the new atmosphere, “It is exciting to see our showroom spaces evolve to meet the growing challenges of the marketplace. Our commitment to this expansion further demonstrates our support of the wholesale marketplace. Our customers need the opportunity to see our products, explore the unique qualities, finishes, and beauty that is often lost in a photo or online.”
Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020 is Classic Blue, a hue we are quite fond of as you can see from the products we offer in different tones of this soulful color. Our Kallista Chest, shown in the vignette above, has a dark sapphire blue finish that enlivens the sycamore veneers on its door fronts. The wood grains bring the cabinet a hint of distressing that is juxtaposed against the sleek lines of the base in an antique brass finish and the glossy caviar black finish on the cabinet’s exterior. The door pulls echo the lines in the woodgrain, a slight of hand our designers are so adept at producing.
Created in the Color Field tradition of the 1940s, the Graduation Large Chandelier is a grandly-scaled piece that would hold its own in a boldly designed interior. Nine wide rings of wrought iron in alternating hues of blue are accentuated by small exterior squares as a sophisticated design detail. The interiors of the rings have been treated to contemporary gold leaf and new gold leaf finishes to enhance the glow of the illumination. The Japanese-inspired fixture is included in our Hiroshi Koshitaka Collection.
Aimee Kurzner’s inspiration for the Janelle Ink Settee was an Art Deco shell chair. The frame is made of Beech wood with a caviar black finish, and the Velluto Ink fabric is made of 100-percent polyester. We also offer the Janelle as a chair.
We’re proud to announce that we have launched a gallery program to showcase our distinctive lighting and accent furniture, which we will debut in a select number of showrooms, at Upcountry Home in ADAC in October. When this showroom partner decided to relocate and expand, we knew it would be the perfect opportunity to debut our gallery program. The flexible modular system of free-standing shelving units also has pedestals to house lamps and accent tables, as well as wall panels to showcase our sconces and flush mounted lighting.
We will also be presenting this program in the Currey & Company showrooms in Dallas and Las Vegas during the January markets; and it can be viewed at Upcountry in Atlanta and in our Dallas location anytime, as both spaces are open weekly. “We believe this gallery program will increase the visibility of our goods for our customer base,” notes Cecil Adams, our Vice-President/Creative Director, “and we hope to enhance the experience of designers who visit Upcountry Home and our Dallas showroom.”
As we ease into the holidays and move into a brand-new decade, we salute each and every one of you who are so passionate about creating beautiful interiors. We hope you enjoy being surrounded by those you love and we will see you all here for our next blog post in 2020!