January 22, 2018
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Chilton Furniture and Sea Bags Collaborate on Uniquely Maine Nautical Bed

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FREEPORT, Maine – Chilton Furniture Co. and Sea Bags of Maine are pleased to announce the introduction of the High Mast Bed, a collaboration inspired by Maine’s woodworking and seafaring heritage.

The frame for the High Mast Bed is a modern interpretation of a classic four poster bed. It is an original Chilton design with clean lines and turned legs shaped to resemble the front legs of the Alfred Village rocking chair, an authentic Shaker chair currently sold only at Chilton and the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village.

The headboard for the bed was designed and manufactured by Sea Bags from genuine repurposed sailcloth. The sailcloth headboard is affixed securely to the headpost “masts” with brass grommets and marine rope, giving the headboard a distinct, nautical look.

“After sails have soaked up years of salt, sun, fun and adventure, we carefully hand-picked and prepared the sails for each headboard. With the original sail stitching and markings, they retain the essence of what they were and where they’ve been, which makes each one truly unique,” said Sea Bags President, Beth Shissler. “Our collaboration with Chilton is a great way for two Maine companies to work together to create a great piece for your home. It truly is a limited-edition piece.”

“We are delighted for the opportunity to work with Sea Bags to make this vision a reality,” said Jen Levin, Chilton co-owner. “As a Maine furniture company, we look forward to incorporating sailcloth into an expanded collection of beds and lounge chairs, both for comfort and to honor Maine’s nautical heritage.”

A prototype of the High Mast Bed will be displayed for the first time at the Maine Boats Homes & Harbors Show in Rockland, Maine at the Chilton booth from August 11 to August 13, and will feature bedding from Portland linen company, Always Piper. The beds will be available in maple, cherry or oak hardwood frames along with a selection of sailcloth colors.

Chilton and Sea Bags ultimately plan on incorporating sailcloth into additional beds and lounge seating. The High Mast Bed will be commercially available this fall, when it can be viewed in Chilton’s showrooms in Freeport and Scarborough Maine, or online at Chiltons.com.

Additional information about Chilton Furniture Co. can be found online at https://www.chiltons.com/pages/about.

Additional information about Sea Bags of Maine can be found online at https://seabags.com/info/about-us.html.

About Chilton Furniture
Founded in 1885, Chilton Furniture is a family-owned, Maine company dedicated to selling fine wood furniture, all American-made. Specializing in Shaker-inspired, as well as Cottage, Scandinavian and Japanese-inspired furniture, their collections feature clean lines and quality craftsmanship, following their guiding principles of utility, quality and simplicity. For more information, visit their showrooms in Freeport and Scarborough, Maine. You may also browse their full collection or request a complimentary catalog on their website at www.chiltons.com.

About Sea Bags
Founded in 1999, Sea Bags started making fun, functional and stylish totes from reclaimed sailcloth in the historic Old Port district of Portland, Maine. Today, the company makes a diverse line of totes, bags, and home goods, all featuring material from sails that were once actively used. The extensive use of reclaimed sailcloth is unique to Sea Bags. Signs of hard sailing can be seen in every Sea Bags creation, making them as individual and unique as their owner. To learn more about Sea Bags and the stories their sails tell, go to www.seabags.com, visit them at 25 Custom House Wharf in Portland, Maine or at their retail stores in Camden and Freeport, ME; Cape May, NJ; Chatham, Rockport, Newburyport, Mashpee and Oak Bluffs, MA; Mystic, CT; Greenport, NY; and Portsmouth, NH.