Veteran Furniture Team Forms Folio 21

Bill Benton

Bill Benton

HIGH POINT, N.C.–Veteran furniture executives Bill Benton, Sean Slack and James Martin Jr. have partnered to form Folio 21, a new case goods company.

Folio 21 will launch here this fall with a line of bedroom designs described as “contemporary/transitional with an edge.” The company has leased a showroom in the IHFC Wrenn Wing, Space 647, and intends to show at pre-market in September, as well as the October market. Corporate offices will open on the eighth floor of the Radio Building at 164 South Main Street on Sept. 1. 

Benton, who serves as president and chief executive of the new company, was most recently president of CR International and formerly president and chief executive of the Powell Company. Prior to that, he spent more than two decades with Levitz Furniture. Slack, who serves as executive vice president of merchandising and product development, most recently held that title at CR International, with similar positions at both Powell and the Lane Company. James Martin Jr., most recently a sales representative with Broyhill Furniture Industries, has been named vice president, major accounts.

Folio 21 plans to introduce a broad range of bedroom groups at pre-market with correlated dining room collections to follow. Initial introductions will be unveiled for major dealers during Pre-Market, and the company will show its complete offering at fall market.