Released in December, the High Point Market Style Report for Winter/Spring 2018 catalogs the major trends discovered by eight design industry pros, with trends spanning “City of Angles,” “Sculptural Influences,” “Texture—Tough & Strong” and “Bold Color, Elegant Lines” among them.
“Looking back on my trip to the Fall 2017 High Point Market, I feel our industry is having a moment—and a good one,” said former Style Spotter Michelle Jennings Wiebe in her introduction for the report. “It is this big overall moment that our 2017 STYLE SPOTTER DUOS set out to bring you the best of Fall Market. Each twosome has a distinctive design point of view, and I am certain you will enjoy their trend pairings for the coming season.”
Among the report’s contributors are Wiebe of Studio M; Cloth & Kind’s Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Nicholas; Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascom of Ishka Designs; Lance Jackson and David Ecton of Parker Kennedy Living; and Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design.
Some notable trends include “Graphic Content,” from Cloth & Kind: “Bold graphic designs add a fun, eclectic vibe to a space, and we saw a whole menagerie of these pieces. There is a fine balance of creating eye-catching patterns without being over the top, and let’s just say we were pretty dang impressed. In a whole slew of materials, from woven rugs to painted furniture, graphic designs definitely made a killing at Market,” said the Spotters.
Ishka Designs spotted “Caned, Rattan, Wicker”: “Pieces composed of woven cane, rattan, rope and wicker continue their strong presence in interiors, thankfully. Some companies are reinventing these artisanal pieces in a modern way, e.g., the caned arm chair in an all black finish by Kara Mann for Milling Road, and the black roped Poltrona Monalisa lounge chair and Alpha Bench at Roberta Schilling Collection. While we love a good modern moment, we were happy to see the traditional forms in these showrooms,” explained Clarke and Bascom.
Parker Kennedy Living noted “Clean-Lined Traditional—Cleaner Than Ever”: Jackson and Ecton “picked up on the fact that manufacturers are still favoring simple, clean-lined silhouettes.”
Available online, the report is the product of the Style Spotters program, which launched during the 2011 October Market to share design trends from industry insiders across social media, market events and media coverage.