Drexel Heritage: Traditional Style with a Twist

Drexel Heritage: Traditional Style with a Twist

Sarah Coffey
Apr 5, 2011

Store History

  • Founded: 1903
  • Sister stores: Thomasville, Broyhill, Lane

This was my first time at the High Point furniture market, and I figured a company like Drexel Heritage would be showcasing typical traditional furniture — i.e. heavy sofas with turned legs and dowdy upholstery. Instead, I was surprised to see bold color, big patterns, and a collection strongly influenced by fashion. So much for my smug, citified preconceptions.

Drexel has been a wholesale furniture company since 1903. They're under the umbrella of the Thomasville Group, which owns Thomasville, Drexel, Broyhill, and Lane. Drexel is their most fashion-forward brand, and they've had in-staff designers creating special collections since the 1930s.

The line on view at High Point included lots of chevron stripes, bright pink in a Honeysuckle-ish shade that's very 2011, bold florals, and tons of upholstered coffee and occasional tables. The tables are a nice touch, since they combine surface area with seating while adding some color and pattern on a smaller scale than a sofa.

Drexel Heritage furniture is available from showrooms throughout the US. To find one, check their dealer locator.

MORE INFORMATION: DrexelHeritage.com

Located in North Carolina and held twice each year in April and October, High Point Market is "the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world." The market includes 180 buildings, 10 million square feet of showspace, and over 2,000 exhibitors who exhibit to designers, buyers, press, and industry representatives.

Photos: Sarah Coffey

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