Gardner White of Shelby Township has introduced the exclusive American Life Collection, a curated collection of Americana-inspired furnishings, accent pieces and unique, authenticated collectibles.
The American Life collection was developed from concept to execution in collaboration with the Michigan design team of Lori and Lou Mettler, owners of Mettler’s American Mercantile in Petosky.
“Each piece in the American Life Collection at Gardner White has been carefully curated to enhance the decor of any home by paying homage to the legendary lifestyle of Americana and Michigan,” said Rachel Stewart, President of Gardner White.
“People will be enveloped in history as they peruse the truly one-of-a-kind vintage finds and classic pieces, many of which are exclusive to our American Life Collection. Gardner White worked hand-in-hand with Lori and Lou Mettler to bring our vision to life as we continue to innovate and work with local partners to create interesting, relevant guest experiences.”
The collection includes luxury furniture from the designers Dovetail Design, Four Hands, Case & Canvas and Sagebrook Home made of suede, velvet and high-quality leather. The collection contains unique equestrian, naval, automobile and military antiques such as: and an ILS (Instrument Landing System) gauge for World War II bomber pilots.
Original artwork, photographs, and one-of-a-kind handcrafted décor items such as a 17-foot handcrafted, hand-painted Wisconsin canoe and paddles adorn the 3,000-square-foot design space. Vintage American Flags with Certificates of Authenticity include a 48-Star US Flag from 1940-1945 printed on cotton with stitched edges and an Antique 13-Star Centennial Flag made of starched gauze and hand stenciled.
It also features animal skins and mounted wildlife, such as an Alaskan Yukon moose, a Yellowstone bison and a South African zebra, stunning designer rugs and cushions, and chandeliers, scones and lamps by Regina Andrew Detroit.
Designer duo Gardner White and Mettler worked together for a whole year to develop this new retail concept. Lou Mettler has worked for iconic American brands such as Ralph Lauren and Tommy Bahama.
In 2006, he and his wife, Lori, who had previously worked with Herman Miller in office design, traveled across America sourcing American-made goods and in 2009 opened Mettler’s American Mercantile, a popular destination for tourists and residents of Northern Michigan.
Gardner White will continue to update the American Life Collection with unique Americana themed inventory. The Shelby Township Store is located at 14055 Hall Rd.
In related newsGardner White was awarded Best Place to Work in Furniture 2022 in a national competition organized by furniture today.
“This extraordinary recognition belongs to each of Gardner White’s 1,000 team members,” says Stewart. “It is an achievement shared by all of us and made possible by the hard work, dedication, dedication and passion of everyone.
“Family owned and operated for four generations, we invest personally and professionally in our team members who are like family to us. We are very honored to receive this tremendous honor from Furniture Today for the second consecutive year.”
Companies underwent an assessment of their organization to qualify for consideration. 10 winners were selected.
“Companies selected for the Furniture Today Best Workplaces award go through a rigorous screening process that assesses a wide range of employee benefits and engagement programs, including detailed employee surveys,” said Bill McLoughlin, Editor-in-Chief of furniture today.
Gardner White was also named the 2021 Best Places to Work winner in the same competition, which is open only to companies whose primary business is furniture in the United States
“It’s not easy to get that recognition. For a company like Gardner White to earn it twice in the first two years of participating in the program speaks to the high value the company places on its most important asset – its people,” he says.