Since 1902

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.

Ebony and Emerald

Sophisticated color blocking of jet-black Ebony and rich green Emerald creates a bold statement. Crisp white accents help set a cheeky vibe.  And while not complex in hue, this adventurous trio addresses head-on, home décor’s current exploration of all shades of green. Together they create a lively and verdant mix.


Known as India’s “Pink City” Rajasthan is a rich mix of every shade of clay, from adobe to brick, or terra cotta to mud. These earthy hues cast a shade over the city, and bath it in a perpetual natural glow. Though on the edge of India’s great Thar desert, this maharajah’s capital is blessed with abundant foliage of silver sage, palm, and aloe. For October 2023 Norwalk presents these hues in a maximalist mix our more traditional frame styles.


Reflections of Summer’s sounds inspired us with this tranquil combination of watery blues. Calm shades of sky, powder, and artic blues infuse this look with a stillness that is only interrupted by a punch of raspberry, or the pistachio of a cicada’s wing.

Ivory & Onyx

Decorative schemes that feature shades of black and white, accented with a bold third color, are chic, modern, and endlessly flexible. For Spring 2023 Norwalk is featuring several vignettes that explore the variations of this theme. Anchored with base cloths of snow and charcoal, salt and licorice, or ivory and onyx, each group gets its rosy color punch from a dash of flamingo, cameo, or blush. Furniture in these vignettes tends toward the contemporary, while Cocteau-esque smiling faces add a major touch of whimsy.

Sand Dunes

Summer is just around the corner, as our hearts turn to thoughts of distant beaches. In these groupings Norwalk features base cloths in taupe, khaki, and biscuit. These deepened ecru shades are a rising trend in home furnishings as the pallet warms away from the cooler greys and bright whites. Supporting our beachy theme, accent colors of cerulean, pine green, Aegean blue, and even a touch of lilac add vibrancy to the mix. Look for the introduction of a super fun giant-wale corduroy in these groups.

Magic Mushroom

Nature derived color tones are a decidedly rising trend. We’ve seen shades of clay, green, and brown all moving forward in home furnishings décor. For Spring 2023 we’re showing three vignettes that explore the deeper tones of mocha, shitake, and oyster for an earthy color mix.  Boucle and chenille constructions add texture and a soft hand to these groups. Dark obsidian gives boundary and definition to these deep neutral tones, while touches of dove grey lighten the decorative pallet.

Blue Stone

The many shades of blue are perennially popular for home décor. For Spring 2023 we are featuring blues that are anchored with a soft grey undertone. Slate blue, harbor blue, and ice blue are all descriptive names that describe not only the color, but the restful, tranquil tone of these hues.  Perfect for a Zen vibe, these shades of blue are equally at home in a bedroom or quiet sitting room. On-trend coral accents give a touch of deeper color and energy to these groups, while tigers, butterflies, and happy faces add a “smile” to each of these vignettes.  


Shades of Camel and Caramel have been a home furnishing rising trend for several years. For Fall 2022, Norwalk Furniture introduces a menswear element into this rich color family. By adding classic wool plaids and tartan fabric patterns, and accenting the secondary colorways with luxe grey flannel and gingerbread browns, the whole collection takes on a warm, earthy, and familiar vibe. Think “Ralph” and “Polo” and you’ll understand why this trend story is at once fresh, yet comfortably familiar.


We are all familiar with the hues of Spa Blue, and Sea Green, but for Fall 2022, Norwalk Furniture combines these hues into a spa-green collection of fabrics that are conspicuously restful and serene. Soft verdant color tones and organic shaped fabric patterns merge in a tranquil mix that features celadon, shagreen, and chive greens. They are accented with robin’s egg and Tiffany blue coordinates, and grounded with dove grey, for a color story that is decidedly restful and calming.


For many years the classic Navy/White color combination has been an American favorite. For Fall 2022 Norwalk Furniture updates this look with accents of black and leather complements. The inclusion of midnight indigo design elements offset the white background colors in a very dramatic way. And they give the look a dramatic and rich atmosphere. Cobalt and sapphire leathers, and fabrics that feature graphic vanilla lines, add energy and movement to this undated timeless aesthetic.