HIGH POINT, N.C., April 20, 2023 – Like the iconic luggage piece which shares its name, Universal Furniture and Coastal Living’s new Weekender Collection channels relaxation and a sense of retreat. But rather than just the traditional two days of freedom, Weekender brings the spirit of comfortable and unhurried ease into the home the whole week through.
“As the last few years have shown us, self-care has become essential for well-being. People crave spaces for restoration, and Weekender speaks to that need,” said Universal Furniture Senior Vice President Marketing Neil MacKenzie.
This is the third indoor collection from the Universal/Coastal Living collaboration and the fourth overall. It follows on the remarkable success of the Escape and Getaway collections, introduced in 2018 and 2020, respectively. The Coastal Living Outdoor collection debuted in the fall of 2020.
The Coastal Living brand is part of the DotDash Meredith media company, which reaches 178 million consumers each month through its publications like Coastal Living, Better Homes and Gardens and Martha Stewart.
“Coastal Living has strong brand loyalty and reaches the upper-end home furnishings buyer,” says MacKenzie. “And because it is a trusted brand with an engaged audience, it creates an opportunity to leverage their print and online tools to reach the customer and drive traffic to our retail partners.”
Weekender features more than 80 new designs for bedroom, living, dining, kitchen and office. Comfortable, unhurried, and a bit—dare we say—bohemian, it features warm woods, time-worn finishes, an abundance of rattan and softs boucles, a sea of blues and soft whites, and a touch of acrylic that lends a modern feel. White and blue paint finishes mingle with whitewash and the native colors of seagrass and rattan.
Highlights from Universal’s Weekender Collection
Mirissa Lounge Chair – An acrylic whale tail lends playfulness (and back support) to the Mirissa accent chair. Paired with a base of soft boucle in Canberra Ivory, this uniquely inviting in the bedroom or living room. Measures 25” W x 27” D x 31” H.
Weekender Bar Cabinet – Kick your weekend off right with the function-oriented Weekender Bar Cabinet. ThePin Knotty Oak-finished piece flaunts a shutter front and sleek acrylic handles. Inside, the bar cabinet offers placement for a plethora of potables: two drawers and four storage compartments, including a rack for up to 12 bottles. Don’t miss the Honed White quartz cutting board, perfect for garnish prep! Measures 41” W x 20” D x 41” H.
St Kitts End Table – St Kitts adds a hint of coastal chic to your bedroom or living room. With three “floating” sandblasted, White Pine shelves bound with acrylic slab sides, St Kitts is perfect to display a trinket or set a drink while entertaining. Measures 26” W x 26” D x 24” H.
Jupiter Bar Cart – This seagrass and pine bar cart will add some natural elements to your living room while making the perfect in-house bar for serving up margaritas or an Aperol Spritz. Two removable, woven blue and natural-colored seagrass trays add beachy blue hues to any living space. Trays perch upon the sandblasted white pine frame with casters. A weekend-ready party on wheels! Measures 38” W x 20” D x 36” H.
Sainte-Ann Floating Bed – A dream-worthy vision in Nona Vanilla, Sainte-Ann is upholstered in sumptuously soft boucle. Seeming to float in mid-air, this soft, chic, and ethereal platform bed invites relaxation, while the wingback headboard offers privacy for reflection and self-care. In King size, the Sainte-Ann Floating Bed measures 84” W x 88” D x 41” H.
Mackinaw Dining Table – Dining goes au naturel with a rounded table top and hexagonal base finished in White Sand. Mackinaw’s sandblasted wood gives a beachy feeling, perfect for relaxed dinner parties that will go long into game night and beyond. Complete dining table measures 54” W x 54” D x 30” H.
Surf City Headboard – Catch a wave while catching some Z’s with the scalloped Surf City Headboard. Whimsical waves dance across this headboard made of natural pine. Color options of White Sand and Sky Blue add to the bed’s sense of sea and sky. Queen measures 61” W x 2” D x 54” H; Twin measures 39” W x 2” D x 52” H.
St. Clair Chest – Embrace the organic, scalloped waves of St. Clair in the bedroom or living room. Soft curves of Pin Knotty Oak finished in White Sand feature three drawers of stylish storage space. Measures 42″ X 19″ X 36”H.
About Coastal Living
If you have a passion for life on the water, Coastal Living is your ultimate must-have resource. Launched in 1997, Coastal Living is a lifestyle brand that delivers unmatched content for coastal inspired decorating ideas; best in class travel and dream destinations; tempting seafood and other recipes; the best in coastal news, products and more.
Retailers and interior designers around the world trust Universal Furniture’s award-winning, smart and stylish designs to create modern, well-appointed living spaces for the whole home. The company’s casegood, upholstery, accent and outdoor designs are developed under the brand names Universal Furniture, Miranda Kerr Home and Coastal Living.
Universal Furniture, founded in 1968 and based in High Point, N.C., is the recipient of 13 Pinnacle awards for design excellence from the International Society of Furniture Designers. It is a brand of Samson Holdings, one of the world’s largest vertically integrated furniture manufacturers. For more information, please visit www.universalfurniture.com