Bunakara, Norwalk Participate in New American Remodeled Home

An opportunity for two home products company to display their merchandise to a large audience
February 13, 2017David Gill

BunakaraNewAmericanRemodeledHomeFULLBunakara furnishings in the New American Remodeled Home
LISBON and NORWALK, Ohio—Home furnishings manufacturer Bunakara and furniture maker Norwalk Furniture both contributed products to the New American Remodeled Home, a feature of the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders Show in Orlando, Fla.

The home, built in the 1980s and converted for the show to a Bahamian-style residence, displayed Bunakara’s Fingerprint Two Stripes Arm Chair, made of acacia wood and covered in the company’s striped Fingerprint fabric; the Fingerprint Ribbon Armchair, also made with the Fingerprint fabric; two sizes of the Rich Bronzes Indian daybed, made of acacia in a matte finish; and the Sewing Box Bedside Table, which combines acacia with brass legs and hardware, and a removable fabric sewing-box drawer. All of the pieces include the Flower of India insignia, a Bunakara design signature.

Norwalk’s contributions encompassed upholstered beds, sectionals, sofas, chairs, benches and storage ottomans, located in the master bedroom, the guest room, the great room and the media room. Among the pieces that Norwalk contributed are the Miranda and Hudson Queen Beds, the Tatum and Colton Sectionals, the Kaden Sofa, the Annette Cuddle Swivel Chair, the Jane and Renee Chairs, the Andy Bench, and the Nora and Dillon Storage Ottomans.

The company’s products are made in the United States with components from American suppliers, particularly local artisans. Norwalk is a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, and its products are made without harmful chemicals and with sustainably harvested wood products and recycled steel.

“Much like this home, Bunakara is all about blending the old with the new,” said Dixon Bartlett, Bunakara U.S. national sales and marketing director. “Bunakara, which means ‘weaver’ in Hindi, weaves the emotions, the history and the knowledge of the past with the present into each design through Bunakara’s creator, Joana Aranha’s, vision and the talented artisans’ craftsmanship.”

“This was a great opportunity to get Norwalk’s sustainability story out there,” said Caroline Hipple, president of Norwalk Furniture. “Plus, it was a canvas to display the range and diversity of our products in a single home.”

Originally built in 1987, the New American Remodeled Home was updated with a more symmetrical, open floor plan, along with the home furnishings from Bunakara and Norwalk, and a light, contemporary color scheme to modernize the space. The International Builders Show took place from Jan. 7-12 and attracts about 80,000 attendees annually.

David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor
dgill@hfnmag.com

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.

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