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élan furniture launches The Bridge Collection

elanThe contemporary design of The Bridge Collection combines natural materials and industrial elements.
GOSHEN, Ind. - High design furniture manufacturer élan furniture has announced the launch of The Bridge Collection, its latest American-made furnishing line. The contemporary collection, including indoor dining tables and seating, is a collaboration between élan and award-winning designer Dale Fahnstrom, former director of the Institute of Design in Chicago.

The Bridge Collection features relational design between natural materials and industrial elements crafted with contemporary styling.

The company was founded by Chad Yordy, a veteran of the home and outdoor furnishings industry. "Our association with Dale and his design portfolio had a very casual beginning starting with a phone call that now has resulted in an amazing collection perfectly matched to our company's objectives," Yordy said. "With the collection, we were able to tap into Dale's keen awareness of the relationship between beautiful lines and environmentally friendly materials and best manufacturing practices. A lightness yet strength is incorporated into each piece in the collection."

Manufactured in élan's Wakarusa, Ind., facility, the dining and lounge seating pieces in the collection include back and seat elements of formed maple veneer and structural frames precision crafted from architectural aluminum extrusions. Durable for residential or commercial use, the materials utilized within The Bridge Collection are sourced in the U.S.

Fahnstrom, principal of Dale Fahnstrom Product Design and partner in the consulting firm of Fahnstrom/White, has won numerous design awards nationally and internationally for his product designs. His interest in designing environmentally responsible products includes his RecycleDesign line of outdoor public seating and site amenities from which a bench was selected for the Design Museum in London.

"The desire to create a collection incorporating my design and philosophical style to furnishings with residential and commercial appeal drew me to this project," Fahnstrom said. "I saw the high design direction of Chad and his company as reflective of work I had been doing and a great fit with my desire to deliver my design esthetic and expertise to a new marketplace."

Items within The Bridge Collection will be available for delivery in spring 2013 with lounge seating coming in the fall.

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