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Charles Edward Gerken and John R. Galpin became partners and founded Galpin & Gerken, an upholstery company specializing in repairing and reupholstering furniture. The company was located on Washington Street in Toledo, Ohio.


Norwalk identifies emerging textile trends to share these inspired themes with you.


Earthy shades of clay have been on trend for several years at this point, and the complementary accent colors of blue, russet, and sage have been well explored within the furniture industry. For 2022 we feel that the clays are a bit less red or brown, but rather they tend toward yam, ginger, and cinnamon shades, with a soft rosy undertone. These colors are beautifully mixed with nut toned leathers and they combine for a decidedly tranquil colorway that’s evocative of desert and arid environments.


Lush greens in hues of grass, palm, and asparagus take the lead in this colorway that adds dashes of tangerine for an all-important pop of contrasting color. The many shades of green have had a considerable resurgence in the past three years, as they have varied from deep emerald to bright chartreuse. For spring 2022, the pallette tends toward nature inspired greens that are neither too blue, nor too yellow; and they mate well with soft khaki shades of sisal and rattan for a mildly tropical vibe.

Tiger Eye

With contrasting tones of butterscotch and onyx, Norwalk’s Tigers Eye color trend evokes a slightly exotic mood. While ivory and eggshell ground covers anchor the trend, warm honey and butter hues give this colorway a subtle animalistic undertone. Be on the lookout for bees, tigers, giraffes, cats, and sheep. The inky accents add a crispness to the softer mustard hues that carry this colorway.

Silvered Blues

Fabrics that sooth with steely blue color hues. Soft blues, often with a luster, and tempered with the infusion of silver or platinum carry the major color story. As counterpoints and complements to the ethereal blues a variety of green tones, ranging from celadon, to grass, kelly and chartreuse add an enlivening energy.



Jungle Jive

The deeper green tones of emerald, pistachio, and basil. In these modern vignettes, midnight black and snow-white play the accent roles, while frolicking zebras and leafy tropical patterns add a far-away rhythm. Hints of canary yellow add punch and counterpoint to this upbeat tune.


While shades of camel and caramel take the lead, obsidian and tribal patterns continue to play a supporting role in this growing color trend. We’ve watched for several seasons now, as mid-brown earth tones and shades of butterscotch and dune have grown in popularity. Tribal patterns, animal skins, and rich sorrel browns add depth and familiarity to this color story.


No color is more a menswear staple than Khaki. Born in the British Raj, and expanded to virtually every country and men’s closets, Khaki is that base color that, in all its subtle shades, is the perfect ground for a broad range of accent colors. Like Khakis and a Navy blazer, the blues range from navy to chambray and a punch of scarlet adds that tertiary accent.


Recognized throughout the home furnishings industry for its energetic and lively fabric collection, Norwalk Furniture’s Cabana collection includes a variety of festive fabrics with a cheerful assortment of upbeat color combinations. Mint greens, hot pinks, cerulean blues and ruby reds combine to create an animated mix with a variety of cheerful floral patterns and multiple textures.

Green Envy

Echoing nature-inspired hues, Green Envy pulls in deeper shades of emerald, shamrock and pickle for the framework of this trend. Darker green tones are paired with mustard and dandelion tones, while lighter shades like pickle softly interplay with light violets including periwinkle and lavender.


Highlighting the Scandinavian-hip aesthetic and masterful color mixing of the Kim Salmela for Norwalk Furniture Collection, this trend combines menswear-inspired textiles and mixed scale layouts to create a relaxed, casual feel. Plaids and stripes in soft rose and blue colorways merge with rich mustard tones and black accents for a crisp look.


As spice tones continue to dominate, they will see a refreshing twist this spring. Tannery, presents cinnamon, nutmeg and turmeric hues anchored with brown undertones that take this theme to an earthier palette.

Easy Does It

Inspired by everyday life, Norwalk Furniture is introducing two new performance concepts that are not only family-friendly but offer a variety of pattern, texture and color. Purely Protected® leathers are light tolerant, scratch and soil resistant. In addition, 50 new Inside Out® fabrics join the fabric portfolio with premier ratings for light fastness, soil resistance and a broad range of designs.

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