For the first time in High Point Market’s history, the Style Spotter bloggers have created and curated the Market Authority’s official Style Report. The Fall Market design connoisseurs scoured showrooms selecting, posting and “pinning” their favorite looks and key trends for the coming year.
In the official Fall/Winter 2013 Style Report, available now on the High Point Market home page, they offer their perspectives on the looks to look for in 2014 from masculine and menswear-inspired pieces to brass finishes and wood details.
Here’s what the design bloggers chose:
Michelle Jennings Wiebe (Style Spotter Winner)
Organic Glamour: Natural materials fuse with glamorous accents for a casual, effortless, alluring look that has subtle hints of 1960s-70s retro. Burled and exotic woods combine with golden and bronze metals. Agate, malachite, lapis, onyx, hand cut inlaid bone, and shells are displayed in enthralling chandeliers and furniture. Clear Lucite can add sleekness while woven cane brings an extra touch of texture.
Color Crush: Cheerful hues are on trend, bringing smiles in three different color stories. The first juxtaposes a strong, vibrant color with white or a contrast color in large “blocks.” In the second, a vibrant color shows in highly patterned or geometric designs for a fresh, modern look. Lastly, color is broadcast through hue-infused brushstrokes in wall coverings, artwork, fabrics, and area rugs reminiscent of impressionist watercolors.
The Well-Traveled Man: This “menswear goes global” trend translates the sharp dressed man into interiors. Sexy dark woods, plush hides, stitched leathers, hounds tooth wovens, and necktie stripes are combined with ethnic touches and layered with textured shades of goldenrod, turquoise, green, garnet, or burnt orange. Tiny brass micro nails, smoke or bronze glass, button tufting, and shagreens can add moody embellishments to this daringly masculine style.
Brass & Wood: The trend pendulum is swinging back to the classic, like the timeless combination of dark wood grain and softly glowing brass. Matte metal outlined a sleek block of wood in a manly and magnificent Bernhardt cocktail table. Century used brass as jewelry to accent their curvaceously stunning dining chair. At Pearson, bold brackets and an architectural base created a fantastic campaign approach.
Hair-on-hide: It isn’t new but it’s hotter than ever and showing up in some very unexpected places. Bernhardt wrapped a chest in hair-on-hide for a completely new take on this medium. Lee Industries gave Serengeti a longer hairstyle in a stunning cream, with nail-head trim taking this luxury look to another dimension. We also loved the faux looks we saw, particularly the shearling showcaser at C.R. Laine.
Jadeite & Amethyst: Purple is on an upswing in color trends and it’s showing best in a softer, amethyst shade combined with jadeite—not quite turquoise, not quite malachite—a milkier, lighter green. These quieter tones were showcased in the Alexa Hampton bedroom for Hickory Chair, the mid-century marvelous chair at Younger Furniture, and the gold-accented, pale lilac chest and mint green table pair in Kindel Furniture’s Dorothy Draper collection.
Layers of Materials: Not that long ago, a sense of sameness and simplicity in furnishings left little to discover beyond the first glance. Fresh out of the gate, and a joy to see, are pieces crafted to provide a sense of discovery. On this John-Richard bar cart multiple textures—polished metal, embossed leather, exotic high gloss wood—pull you in and invite you to unfold its multi-dimensional luxury.
Personalization Meets Multi-Function: We are not talking customization here. Personalization uses elements that can be one way, then another, as in the Wall Play collections at Gold Leaf and the metal honeycomb side tables at Noir. The side tables come in different heights, so you personalize by ordering multiples and creating a simple yet organic and movable coffee table today or maybe a stool tomorrow.
Dapper: Bernhardt, Noir and others made big commitments to entire curated collections heavily influenced by polished, yet wearable menswear. An overarching sense of nostalgia was evident, lending a vintage feel to this trend. A refreshing sense of care and attention to detail came out in designs loaded with varied contrasting textures. Here, Ferguson sees a huge opportunity to un-match collections and present fresh perspectives.
Blue: From Peacock and Cobalt to softer shades like slate, blue was in just about everywhere Geyer looked. Century adorned a gorgeous tufted leather sofa with “Moonlight Monet.” Wesley Hall found the perfect peacock for their Bayberry game chair, and created a fresh blue, red, and white vignette for their Colette chair. While in the Codarus showroom, Wayland Gregory presented a stunning cobalt lamp.
Designing for a Cause: Last year, John-Richard recognized the alignment of Fall Market and Breast Cancer Awareness month by giving a portion of sales from their fabulous pink ribbon inspired dining chair to breast cancer research. This Market, Caracole vamped up their top-selling Bee’s Knees chair in pink and white, and gave it away in a drawing of donors to Carolina Cancer Service. Great design in support of a good cause—that’s a trend she'd love to see continue!
Every-day Luxury: An embrace of finding ways to make the experience of spending time at home luxurious and a treat, without being ostentatious in your décor choices. Subtle sheen, luminous materials, a touch of luxe texture and chic details all are hallmarks of this look, especially when combined with more down-to-earth materials and classic design elements.
Organic Chic: One can no longer think of the move to more eco-friendly practices as a trend—it continues to be increasingly prevalent and highly influential. This renewed focus on seeing the beauty in the organic, as opposed to the strictly man made, is a welcome byproduct of our attempts to protect and nurture nature, and now seems to be evolving into an exalted, even glamorous, design direction.
Saturated Colors: Now, the color infusion is no longer limited to accessories, but is showing up on upholstery and case goods. Emerald green remained strong, but other colors popular this Market were hot pink, cobalt blue, turquoise and orange. Look for more blue and green with deep rich red in the spring, along with bright, saturated pink, orange, turquoise and cobalt.
Jewelry for the Home: Current trends are proving the old adage that lighting is jewelry for the room. Designer Shannon Koszyk’s new chandeliers, sconces and lamps for Currey & Co. feature necklaces and medallions from her jewelry line. Ro-sham-Beaux showed lighting made from agate, gold chains, macrame and beads. This trend should hold strong into spring, as pieces that take lighting beyond brass chandeliers leave consumers wanting more.
Brass & Gold are Back: Gold and brass bring warmth, glamour and elegance to hardware, finishes and fabrics. One gold accent piece can update the whole room or an artfully placed touch of gold can dress up a piece like jewelry complimenting an outfit. Expect golden hues to continue rising in importance, as they add a luxe vibe no other material can provide.
Reclaimed, Upcyled, Recycled: With everyone trying to think “green” and feeling the pressure to decrease their carbon footprint, Mende is not sure this trend will ever go out of style. Louise Gaskill’s beautiful chandeliers show how vintage materials can be used to create modern designs. The Heritage Collection for Stanley included 40 pieces from 1965-69, for a true mid-century feel that reinforced the importance of using what we have.
Fretwork & Nail heads: Two trends that aren’t going away any time soon are nail heads and fretwork. When applied in a pattern, nail heads can add interest to a piece that would otherwise be plain and perhaps overlooked. Fretwork designs make a bold statement and are often the focal point of an interior. They also work well with other patterns and aren’t limited to traditional or modern design styles.
Lacquer & Gold: With the resurgence of Art Deco style, its no wonder we’re seeing lacquer adorn everything. This elegant, high-gloss finish provides a crossover from safe and traditional to daring and unexpected. If you haven’t noticed, brass and gold leaf have almost completely taken over. Designers are on the prowl for the latest and greatest gold pieces because this beautiful finish brings everything it touches to life!
Natural Glamour: Natural elements in some of fall’s choicest products made glamour more relevant, satisfying the urban dweller’s need to connect with the outdoors. Hair on-hide, faux fur and shagreen added texture and dimension. An ombré finish gave an antler-like appearance to elegantly shaped chair legs. Pyrite, agate and crystals punctuated lighting, accessories and accent tables, while pieced bone, shell and mother of pearl created shimmering patterns.
Softer Sensibility: Bright, bold, saturated colors and high gloss lacquers have captured attention in recent years, but a softer sensibility seems to be on the horizon. Wall coverings, upholstery, art, and accessories appeared in more subtle shades, gorgeously layered in hue and intensity. Water-based inks gave a certain transparency to beautifully colored, hand- blocked textiles. And wood took on color in luminous finishes that enhanced the beauty of the grain.