Sunpan signs Peloso, launches new lighting assortment
TORONTO – Contemporary furniture resource Sunpan Modern Home will collaborate with designer Glen Peloso to create a new line of upholstery that will be unveiled at the spring edition of the High Point Market. The company will also expand its lighting category over the coming months.
Sunpan’s new lighting category features Art Deco inspired chandeliers in clear, amber and smoked grey glass finishes with steel frames. According to Sundeep Bagga, chief executive officer of the privately-held firm, it has been one of the most successful category introductions it has had in recent history.
“As we enter one of the most competitive categories out there, we wanted to offer pieces that were unique,” said Bagga. “Our designs create a sophisticated vintage feeling, suitable for hospitality, formal and casual environments.”
There are currently ten SKUs in the line, all designed to co-ordinate seamlessly with Sunpan’s furniture offerings. They also anticipate more designs will be added at the upcoming winter edition of the Las Vegas Market. While chandeliers and pendants are the current focus, marketing director Katherine Kalen told HGO they hope to add shadeless table lamps to the assortment in the near future.
Expanding the lighting category also presents an opportunity for overall company growth. “Lighting is a natural tie-in to our product assortment and merchandising,” she explained. “We want to make it easy and efficient for our customers to source product across all the various categories which are closely connected to completing a space or project. It also comes down to finding the right source to manufacture our designs as we look to expand the category.”
Sunpan’s lighting will be made in China, but Kalen was quick to note pricing will be competitive for both home furnishings retailers and design firms – the two primary customer groups they are targeting with this assortment.
In a related announcement, the company said it has signed a partnership with Toronto-based designer and television personality Glen Peloso to create a tailors upholstery program that exudes his distinct functional, transitional style. A preview of the collection’s first pieces was seen at the last High Point Market, including two sofas and two occasional chairs.
“I’ve known Glen for a long time and I know that he is a talented designer,” said Bagga. “We are pleased to be working with him to bring softness and sophistication to our upholstery programs.”
With a starting retail price point of $1,600 for a three-seat stationary sofa, the collection – which will be made in China – will include both fabric and leather covers and will be featured at this upcoming April edition of the High Point Market.
“Glen is a well-known Canadian designer and has been a long-standing customer,” Kalen said. “He has a very keen sense of design, scale and attention to detail. He understands what will resonate with the customer and is able to seamlessly bridge the gap between transitional and modern styling for a relaxed, yet refined look.”
While the collaboration with Peloso is the first to be announced, Kalen is also working with other designers as part of its bid to infuse a sense of uniqueness and diversity to the Sunpan’s product line. “It is our constant goal to offer on-trend designs and these designer collections help to bring this to life.”
During the Las Vegas Market – which will run from January 28 to February 1 – Sunpan Modern Home can be found in space B700 of the World Market Center.