Summer Classics’ interiors division catches the attention of the design world.
All eyes were on the fabulous handcrafted furniture offerings from Gabby, the three-year-old Summer Classics venture, as decorators and designers from across the country gathered in North Carolina this April for the annual spring market. Displaying the same commitment to quality as its Alabama based parent company, this latest division stole the show with its unique line of furniture and accessories that beautifully blends classic styles with modern flair.
Don White, National Sales Manager for Gabby, has been attending High Point markets for more than 30 years, and is pleased to see that the country’s current economic woes have not dampened the spirit of market goers. “You can see the market is returning to its vibrancy,” he says. “People are using the market again for what it is meant for—to see new indoor furniture products and trends and to develop vendor relationships.”
And new products are right up Gabby’s alley. The company is constantly conducting market research to best serve their loyal customers as well as draw in new buyers who love the look of transitional style furniture and appreciate superior craftsmanship. Says Don, “Gabby’s team has a terrific intuitive nature about design and the type of products that fit Gabby’s brand. They started with gray-wash furniture and now use new mixed media and materials, like bone, stone, metal, and horn. People want something different, something to be stimulated by.”
One look at Gabby’s inventory and it’s obvious they’ve hit the mark. Market sales were up significantly, thanks to innovative designs that employ reclaimed wood, metal, and burlap, as well as more traditional styles reminiscent of classic European furniture. Buyers—particularly those in the Millennial generation—are able to invest in key foundation pieces to anchor their home’s decor then build upon those pieces with lighting and accessories to complete the look. Gabby perfectly caters to the Millennial aesthetic preferences. “Our president, William White, is of this generation,” explains Don, “and he has nailed it. We are on the leading edge of what is happening in the home furnishings business today.”
Look for Gabby to continue to grow its line of reproduced vintage furniture aimed at customers who appreciate the signature quality and hand-crafted details that have made a name for both Summer Classics and this savvy and sophisticated offshoot.
For more information about Gabby, or to speak with a representative, visit gabbyhome.com, or call 888-868-4267.
Drawing inspiration from both classic and modern styles, the Gabby family has an eclectic approach to design that is accentuated with vast confidence. Their home furnishings are often crafted by hand using a variety of unique materials that tell a wonderful story. Gabby’s mission is to create innovative home furnishings that change the way people think about home décor. Our eclectic furniture is often crafted by hand using a variety of unique materials that tell a wonderful story.
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Transitional style has taken the spotlight in the design community in recent years, but for many there is still confusion regarding what Transitional furniture actually is and how it can be incorporated into a home. At Gabby, we bring antique and transitional styles together with effortless sophistication, and our Gabby home furniture can transform any room into a Transitional design masterpiece.
In essence, Transitional furniture takes a fresh new approach to classic designs. It incorporates a mix of traditional and contemporary furniture pieces, finishes, materials and fabrics, and relies on a clean, minimalist color palette.
Gabby’s transitional furniture designs include a mixture of materials and metallic metal finishes like goldleaf, brass, silverleaf, horn, bone inlay, eglomise mirror (backpainted mirror), and faux shagreen. Gabby’s unique transitional pieces combine straight lines and classic curves that create a balance between masculine and feminine characteristics.
“As Gabby has evolved, we have taken a much more eclectic approach to designing new furniture, lighting and upholstery,” said Gabby President, William White. “We are mixing modern and classic styles and materials to build a more updated collection of what many refer to as transitional style furniture and décor.”
Give any room in your home the cool sophistication of transitional style by following Gabby’s three easy tips:
View the latest edition of our Chapter 6 catalog, “Sophisticated,” to see our newest transitional style products.
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Gabby continues to explore the use of unique materials in transitional and antique style furniture design:
Gabby’s products are appealing not just because our products are trend setting and narrative, but because we’re made of good stock. Inside and out, our material selections are unique, which stems from our core philosophy, a commitment to innovation. A new Chapter from Gabby, her 6th, is one of Sophistication: meaning highly developed, elaborate and produced with a high degree of skill and knowledge, having worldly knowledge of refinement. Gabby has created a new antique style furniture aesthetic from unusual materials such as: Horn, Faux Shagreen, Eglomise Mirror, Recycled Wood and Molded Concrete.
Horn is a fascinating naturally harvested and hand-selected material. To form the luxurious finish of our Theodore Side Table, for instance, our artisans must take it through many steps before application. Horn can be physically altered by heating. In fact, the word “plastic” first appeared in the late middle ages to describe the pliable state of horn after heating. Horn, if cooked too much reduces to jelly. Actually, gelatin, the kind used to make jellies and Jello, is made by boiling down horn and hooves until the rigid structure breaks down.
Our artisans first split the unworked horn into 2 moon shaped halves. The pieces are placed into a heated pot of oil, and cooked until soft. While heating by torch or charcoal braziers like glass lamp work is much quicker, the oil submersion evenly heats the horn for our next step, the press. After the horn is pliable, it is taken out of the pot and placed in a flat metal press for one day to make the pieces flat. Once flat and dry, the pieces are removed and cut into shape. Sometimes the underside is strengthened with wood and fiberglass inlays using AB glue. After insertion into the furniture, the surface is sanded with a multi step process and the horn is finished with a protective resin layer for shine, strength, and durability.
The result is a beautiful and complex shape made of natural, replenishable materials.
Shagreen is a rough and untanned rawhide, formerly made from horse skin with seeds pressed in to leave a texture, but now mostly made of shark or ray. It is commonly used in fancy book covers, pocketbooks, or sword hilts and scabbards, where slipperiness is a disadvantage. The word comes from the French chagrin meaning annoyance as it relates to its rough or granular texture.
Shagreen was a very common cover for 19th century reading glasses containers as well as small Chinese container boxes. In the 17th and early 18th centuries it was primarily shark or ray skin, which are naturally covered with round, closely set, calcified papillae. These scales are ground down to give a roughened surface of rounded pale circles, between which the skin is usually colored with a green vegatable dye. This shagreen was first popularized in Europe by Jean-Claude Galluchat (d. 1774), a master leatherworker in the court of Louis XV of France. It quickly became a fashion amongst the French aristocracy, and migrated throughout Europe by the mid-18th century.
Our Faux Shagreen is a modern interpretation in color and manufacturing of this traditional material.
Verre églomisé is the French term for gilded glass, where gold or silver leaf is applied to the back of a piece of glass with a gelatin adhesive, creating a mirror-like, reflective finish in which designs are sometimes engraved or combined with reverse painting.
Although dating back as far as the 3rd century B.C., this technique was popularized and named for Jean-Baptist Glomy (1711–1786), and 18th century French framer for Louis XVI, who decorated mirrors and tremeaux for Marie-Antoinette.
Eglomise in its purest form of squares of silver leaf seems to originate in our transitional furniture designs. But quite the contrary, the technique possesses a historically rich, depth which will resonate interest in any room.
As Gabby explores new forms and types of recycled wood products, what our fans expect to see is meaningful narrative created by opposing different material combinations, like you see with the soft, earthy recycled pine, contrasted with the cool, dynamic hardness of the iron louvres in our Emma Chest.
While we believe we have “done it again”, what you will be surprised to find is unusual types and uses of recycled wood. The processes themselves are illustrative and will stimulate conversation.
Our recycled wood originates from reclaimed warehouses, furniture, barn wood, structural beams, where the scars of age speak through our furnishings.
By design, concrete, a liquid to solid material takes on any texture or form. Molded or precast concrete is produced by using a reusable form or mold. Precast stone is differentiated from precast concrete by using a fine aggregate in the mixture, so the finished material looks more like natural stone. We find moulded concrete as far back as Ancient Rome in inventive aqueducts, culverts and tunnels. Pre-cast, paneled buildings were pioneered in Liverpool, England in 1905, by John Alexander Brodie, inventor of the football goal net.
Cool to the touch, concrete possesses qualities of stone, feeling ancient but reborn. In our Wyatt Bakers Rack, a precast shelf has been molded from anciently figured wood, appearing petrified, to complement the Brushed Aged Zinc finish of the geometric metal frame. Products made of precast concrete can withstand the most extreme weather conditions and will stand up to years of constant usage.
The main features of Gabby’s new product offerings incorporates transitional pieces and many mixed materials, including metal, stone, recycled wood, glass, rattan, and mirror in a more transitional styling. Look for geometric shapes, clean lines, and sophisticated details. New products also include darker finishes as well as gilded, metallic, antiqued, gold and silver and finishes that contrast well with our current furnishings.
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How its made: Gabby’s Tailored Collection of Custom Upholstered Furniture
Gabby Tailored is a collection of custom upholstered pieces featuring the finest quality bench crafted furniture made in the USA. The Tailored collection brings you transitional designs that reflect your aesthetic. Customize each piece in one of the select 75 fabrics or 15 beautiful leathers. Each style is available in one of 3 Tailored leg finishes and 5 nailhead finishes.
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L Gifts & Home Furnishings in Leesburg, Virginia specializes in handmade home furnishings and accessories that offer the elegant look of antiques and vintage decor. In addition to their unique home furnishings, the store offers a variety of gifts, gourmet foods and wines.
With a knack for stylish designs, Pandy Agnew and her daughter, Sunni, have the expertise and variety of home furnishings to decorate every room in your home. The two owners of, The Good Life, in Birmingham, Alabama, personally select each item in their store guaranteeing only the best home furnishings are offered to their customers.
With a unique selection of home furnishings, gifts, and baby items, The Good Life is certainly a store to visit. Stop in, browse their ecclectic home furnishings, and let Pandy and Sunni help you find the perfect piece for your home.
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Gabby’s AmericasMart Showroom.
The Edward Ottoman has been a hit since its introduction at the Spring 2012 High Point Market.
“Looking for a spot to put your feet up? This is the place! Gabby just introduced this tufted quatrefoil with metal base,” Marisa Marcantonio of StyleBeat. Photo from StyleBeat of the Edward Ottoman in Gabby’s High Point Market Showroom.
Functionality meets style with the tufting and versatility of the Mollie Coffee Table. The white linen covered center pieces flip over to reveal a wood tray and storage space.
Gabby’s Claire Mirror Pinned by the Las Vegas Furniture Market.
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