HIGH POINT, N.C. - Elvis is back in the building. And soon in your bedroom, if the good ole' boys at Galax, Va.-based Vaughan-Bassett furniture makers have their way.
The Elvis Presley Collection, unveiled at the spring International Home Furnishings Market here, are not reproductions of the furniture at Graceland, Elvis' home in Memphis that attracts 600,000 visitors each year. These are relatively low-key designs inspired by Graceland and the King's time in Hollywood.
The "Graceland" group features the large "Love Me Tender" bed ($599) with ample carving and curves. It's easy to overlook the initials subtly worked into the bed carving, but you can't miss the Elvis Presley signature centering a frosted-glass armoire door panel. A little outrageous but a lot of fun is the heart-shaped, gold-tone "Burning Love" mirror ($399) accented with musical notes and initials "EAP" (Elvis Aaron Presley).
The retro-look "Hollywood" armoire and dresser could be part of any clean-lined, contemporary collection. Its unmistakable signature piece, however, is the platform bed with a high-back headboard upholstered in white leather ($899, queen-size).
"What says Elvis better than white leather?" Vaughan-Bassett vice president Doug Bassett asked.
The furniture is scheduled to hit stores in July. The collection can be viewed online at www.elvis.com or www.elvisfurniture.com.