Upwards of 10,000 designers and manufacturers head to High Point each season, eager to talk design—and ink deals. This fall, a number of notable introductions are on the docket from Mark D. Sikes (California), Michael Berman (New York), Jan Showers (Dallas) and Michelle Workman (Chattanooga)
Sikes’s 65-piece collection with Henredon is debuting with armless sofas, occasional chairs, canopy beds and upholstery “Things I want to use in every house I decorate,” Sikes said. “They would’ve looked good 30 years ago, but they’re also essentials that people will use forever. Curated, electric and refined—every single piece is casual and comfortable.”
Jan Showers’s fabric collection for Kravet complements the AD100 designer’s 16-piece furniture collection, which was unveiled last spring. Explained Showers, “We created fabrics that worked well with the furniture, which has a casually glamorous feel and includes subtly chic and versatile frames.” Kravet will also premiere a 1970s-fashion-inspired collection, Decades Furniture Collection, and Simply Smart, a dining and bar seating lineup with access to the Kravet Fabric library, at Market this October.
In partnership with Robert Abbey, Michael Berman created four lighting collections that represent his timeless aesthetic and artisan’s eye.
Michelle Workman’s overscale (3- to 6-inch widths) trim collection with Pyar & Co., a conch shell-inspired offering called The Queen’s Conquest, includes peaches and pinks, blues and teals of abalone, and off-white, natural and blush hues inspired by corsets and petticoats.
In an effort to balance the shortage of designer-approvedlodgings, Eastern Accents will be unveiling Pandora’s Manor (407 West High Ave.), a restored, 111-year-old home transformed into a bed and breakfast. It will be open during market season and accommodates visitors to the university.