Paragon Furniture Acquires Bretford MOTIV® and EMOJI™ Product Lines

May 4, 2017


MOTIV® Soft Seating and Occasional Tables Facilitate Group/Individual Learning and Meeting; EMOJI™ Seating Addresses Sensory Needs While Keeping Learning Spaces Active

ARLINGTON, Texas – May 4, 2017 – Paragon Furniture, Inc., manufacturer of K-12 educational furniture that sets the pace and place for learning, has acquired the MOTIV® Freestanding and Modular Soft Seating and Occasional Table Series, and EMOJI™ Seating Series product lines from Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.®, effective immediately.

“Education spaces are, more than ever, about student choice and about offering variety,” explained Mark Hubbard, president of Paragon Furniture, Inc. “Using a mix of different furniture helps to create areas for independent study, student collaboration, and group project work. MOTIV® and EMOJI™ products are complementary to Paragon’s existing K-12 product offering, and to the new lines we are introducing this year.”

According to Chris Petrick, CEO, Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “The MOTIV® and EMOJI products have generated great success in the K-12 environment. While they are not Bretford’s core expertise any longer, they are an ideal addition to the Paragon line. These products will continue to advance teaching and learning in the K-12 community for many years to come.”

MOTIV® Freestanding and Modular Soft Seating

Known for its comfort, flexibility, and power access, the MOTIV® line of soft seating is ideal for media centers, student commons, teacher lounges, main office areas, and other casual and collaborative spaces within the K-12 environment.

MOTIV® Freestanding and Modular Soft Seating furniture products include stools, chairs, sofas, and benches all designed to support countless configurations. MOTIV® modular products move and gang together to create the formation required for individual study or group discussion. Both freestanding and modular pieces offer optional AC (120V) and USB power outlets — USB charging supplies up to a full charge rate of 2.1 amps to ensure devices stay charged and students stay productive throughout the entire day. In addition, MOTIV® Occasional Tables are complementary to MOTIV® Soft Seating. Tables come in a laminate top and are offered in round, rectangle, or square shapes.

All MOTIV® products are certified to GREENGUARD GOLD air quality standards, which contribute points toward LEED certification. They meet CAL TB117 standards for fire retardancy and are CarbonNeutral® certified for a net zero carbon footprint.

MOTIV® Soft Seating and Occasional Tables are currently available and shipping.

EMOJI™ Seating

EMOJI™ seating is available in child, youth, and adult sizes and can be fully customized in a variety of shell and frame colors. The furniture is lightweight, mobile, and stackable making it ideal for any active learning space.

EMOJI™ seating comes in bright primary colors and neons to increase energy, creativity, and activity, as well as in muted colors to promote relaxation, calmness, and focus. The “textured zones” are used to hold a person firmly in their seat while the rubberized bumpers and quiet casters eliminate ambient noise. All the EMOJI™ chairs have seatback flexibility with a shell design that allows for fluid posture change and spontaneous movement. At the same time, the perforated seat patterns are slotted for natural aeration.

EMOJI™ Soft Seating will be available and shipping from Paragon Furniture this fall.

About Paragon Furniture, Inc.

Since 1985, Paragon Furniture, Inc., headquartered in Arlington, Texas, has set the pace and place for learning through the creation of high quality, affordable, eco-friendly furniture for use throughout entire K-12 educational environments. Paragon Furniture builds stronger communities by making schools safe, comfortable, active, and inspirational. Paragon knows that learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom – it can happen anywhere. For this reason, Paragon furniture products come in a variety of sizes to fit every educational space and every grade. Paragon’s entire product portfolio is mobile, reconfigurable, collaborative, and customizable to enhance learning, allowing teachers to engage students and students to become more engaged in their future.

Paragon Furniture is passionate about its customers and helping them achieve success through the use of comfortable, sustainable furniture products. For more information about Paragon Furniture, go to or call (800) 451-8546.

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