Scott Thomas plans Caribbean-inspired furniture line

8By Thomas Russell
Furniture Today

AURORA, Ohio Case goods manufacturer Scott Thomas has partnered with Michael Connors, an authority on Caribbean antiques and architecture, on a new licensed collection to be launched at the October High Point Market.

The debut of The Michael Connors Collection by Scott Thomas coincides with the release of Connor’s new book, The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors.

The new collection will include an initial 20 SKUs of occasional wood furniture and upholstered seating that is expected to be available at retail in February, the company said.

Founded in 1997, Scott Thomas manufactures case goods in a factory in Alexandria, Egypt, that employs about 150 workers who build furniture one piece at a time.

Connors has more than 30 years of experience in consulting, collecting, writing and teaching in fine and decorative arts. He has written many books, including works on Caribbean houses and style influences from the West Indies. He also serves on the board of Fundacion Amistad, a nonprofit that promotes educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Cuba.

He previously consulted on the design of two furniture lines by Baker Furniture: West Indies, introduced 1993, and Colonial Legends, introduced 1997.

“When Michael approached us with this very unique idea, we were just beginning to see increased sales in our own French modernism or vintage mid-century inspired designs,” said Scott Hamed, president of Scott Thomas, in a statement. “We were impressed not only by his incomparable knowledge, unique viewpoint and access, but also by Michael’s commitment to excellence. We think this collection is a perfect marriage of refreshing, innovative design and classic modern investment-quality furniture.”

“The style of furniture made in the Caribbean islands from the 1920s to the 1950s is a genre that has been totally overlooked and/or neglected – except by collectors,” Connors said. “This is the perfect time to illuminate the unsurpassed beauty and elegant legacy of Caribbean modern (moderne, or Art Deco-inspired) design. This younger look, classification and expression of furniture forms is completely new to the marketplace, and Scott Thomas has the foresight, understanding and ability to reproduce it.”

Connors also will sign copies of his new book from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Scott Thomas showroom at 525 N. Wrenn St. in High Point.