| Apr 21, 2014 |
New trends and products spotted at High Point Market
Boh staff
By Staff

From blues and corals to brass and embellishments, new products and trends as well as fresh ideas were seen across High Point market showrooms. Editor at Large tapped a handful of tastemakers who shared their favorite finds and what they loved this season.

Christian May of Maison 21 blog, Los Angeles

Classic black and white, especially when paired with deep, saturated colors, seemed to really be on everyone's radar this year. I heartily approve!

May points out the "Bold and Brassy" trend

The trend is definitely all about brass. Every showroom had pieces in bold shiny brass or gold tones—standouts included Bernhardt and Celerie Kemble for Henredon. This trend has been percolating for several years but seems to have reached critical mass at this market.

Strong geometrics, particularly in the rug category, was another big trend story, which seems to have hit mass consciousness this market. Moderately priced rugs not so long ago were drab and dreary, so I'm loving the new emphasis on big style at a reasonable price point.

To my eye, the greatest innovations were in the lighting category—new styles, shapes and lots of experimentation not normally seen at the mass-market level.

214 Modern Vintage shop at High Point

I'm really into what 214 Modern Vintage is doing to make High Point a destination for designers like myself who believe in seamlessly blending vintage modern pieces with new manufacture. HPMKT is quickly becoming one stop shopping for my client needs. I also welcomed the smaller, artisan emphasis in the Suites at Market Square. Just as locally made artisanal products have permeated the foodie scene, I'm loving that small, American producers are being embraced by the design and retail buyers at HPMKT.

Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence blog, New York City and Connecticut

The biggest color story at market seemed to be the continuation of blue in many shades and intensities. As secondary picks, I saw green and purple in the running.

Emporium Home showroom

The biggest trend I saw was the return of traditional in an updated and fresh way, including the inclusion of florals, chinoiserie and the continuing usage of brass.

Almost every showroom had at least one version of a swivel chair often in shapes that aren't normally associated with this versatile ability.

Julia Edelmann of Buckingham Interior Design, Chicago

My favorite colors this market were purple (oh so hot!) and bright sunshiny yellow. Literally these two colors were everywhere from lighting to dyed hides.

The top trends that I spotted are layering of metal finishes—not just monochromatic golds or silver anymore. Also hot right now are lighting, furniture and even fabrics embellished with gemstones and or natural materials such as agate or crystal.

Global Views showroom

My favorite showroom was definitely Global Views where you are transported through each room with a feast of curated color and textures. Each space was a feast for the eyes and senses.

My favorite products were all of the amazing lighting products that I saw with beading, gems and stones.

Crystal Gentilello Palecek of Rue Magazine, San Francisco

Smokey blue was everywhere this Market. It works beautifully as a sophisticated neutral when used monochromatically in a space. It's also just the right amount of hue for those who are a bit more color shy.

One element that my editors and I saw over and over at Market this year was mercury glass. Whether as the base of a table lamp, the top of a cocktail table, or the inside of a mirror, it's a chic and edgy take on traditional glass.

From left: Barnacle mirror, Flacon mirror, Rosalind mirror

Mirrors were particularly strong this market for me. I absolutely loved the Rosalind Mirror from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. The softness of the upholstery is the perfect contrast to its hard edges. The Barnacle mirror at Palecek was a showstopper with its organic shape and texture, and the Flacon mirror by Laura Kirar for Arteriors was unlike anything I'd ever seen before—confident, global, and stunning.

Lisa Mende of Lisa Mende Design, Charlotte

What I saw as the ‘next big thing’ at Spring Market was a distinct return to feminism, which was represented in the florals and color palettes of pinks, corals, melons, greens, lavenders and blues. Florals and feminine details have been out of our minds for quite some time. It was a nice change and I think we are all ready to embrace the feminine looks we saw this HPMKT. Feminine looks are romantic, sophisticated, flirty, sexy and luxe, which is a nice break from the bland, cold interiors from the past few markets. Feminine jewelry like details were prominent on furniture and in lighting, as well as furniture designed to mimic fashion details such as Bernhardt's Chanel inspired cushion front buffet. Metallics, shimmery fabrics and velvets were used for upholstery and accents. I saw lighting and furniture with a nod to the feminine silhouette, as well as details that were reminiscent of feminine fashions.

CR Laine showroom

Another big trend is the ‘Neo Traditional,’ which takes traditional furniture and updates by painting the typical stained hardwood frame in white or a bright color and the addition of current fabrics.

I loved Mary McDonald and Larry Laslo’s collections for Chaddock. Both designers did a fabulous job this market. I also loved Charlotte Moss for Century, which also had colors in the new palette of corals, pinks and greens.

Another favorite product was the lady's dressing cabinet from Moore Council that was designed by Gary Inman. It has storage at the top for ladies handbags, shoes, or whatever she desires. The bottom has a multitude of drawers with storage for jewelry. The sides pull out to house hanging scarves.  It would be fabulous for a ladies dressing area.

Barclay Butera for Highland House

I also especially enjoyed Barclay Butera and Tori Mellott's discussion on the "Fresh Face of Traditional" where they discussed the new look of traditional furnishings and Barclay discussed his new line with Highland House. I loved Barclay's new collection with Highland house. In particular the fab green chair (shown above).

Marisa Marcantonio, Stylebeat blog, New York City

Bernhardt bed

Great news in my book—brass is everywhere. The brass four-poster bed from Bernhardt was this market’s statement maker. It was just exquisite.

Celerie Kemble is very good at adapting vintage pieces with new designs for how we live today. The scale is appropriate, and there is always a fun element built in, like a star table base or unique detail. Her ebony star table with faux bone detailing had great visual appeal.

Mary McDonald for Chaddock

Mary McDonald for Chaddock was an outstanding introduction. From finish options to historically accurate details, her regency-inspired designs were beautiful.

WIlliam Yeoward also “re-imagined the traditional” with his Jonathan Charles collection by taking his favorite antiques, lightening up the finishes, and adding color and detail.

CR Laine swivel chair

Swivel chairs seem to be the next big thing as more ‘80s and ‘70s throwback designs were seen at market.

For colors, teal has tremendous staying power. I am seeing it mixed with coral and salmon shades. Since these are the colors I used in my seating area, I love their happy pairing.

Stacy Naquin of Stacy Naquin Interiors, Baton Rouge

Most noteworthy at this market was the abundance of saturated color, the emphasis on embellishments, the continued trend toward vintage and the return of sophistication.

Wesley Hall chair with nail head trim

Wesley Hall "embellished their corner on the market" (a clever word play on their corner location), which meant an abundance of detail on pieces large and small. Their innovative use of nailhead, tapes and other trim played a key role in each showroom vignette, and will set a new standard for embellishment by major upholstery companies.

Caracole places particular importance on details, and their high style shows with exquisite custom hardware, lined drawers and signature use of mirror and lucite. In one new introduction, the mirrored base on an occasional table reflects a delicate cherry blossom pattern underneath the tabletop. Century's Chin Hua collection also uses lucite to great effect, combining it with unique jewel tone finishes (among others) and a range of wood species.

From left Louise Gaskill lighting, Harden cocktail table, Shannon Koszyk chandelier for Currey & Company

Much like fashion, furniture loves vintage, and this year we embraced both the seventies era and the cosmopolitan days of deco. Louise Gaskill's lighting represents a modern take on vintage by skillfully incorporating murano glass and other vintage pieces. Harden's cocktail table is an example of traditional style getting a glamorous makeover with brass, wood and intricate Greek key detailing. At the other end of the spectrum was Bernhardt's "Jet Set" collection, which reflects a polished version of 1940s and 1950s French style. Currey & Company’s collaboration with designer Shannon Koszyk adds to the story, but concludes with an unexpected twist.

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