Twice a year we travel to High Point Furniture Market to see the latest in trends, furniture collections, and mingle with experts in the interior design industry.
Here are our Top 2 trends we discovered from our April trip!
Pastel brights are everywhere! We saw several rooms done up in uplifting colors. Some of them reminded us of the colors of the beach, or a dreamy sunset. Coral, Mint, Lilac, Robin’s Egg, & Yellow
White as a finish- From Chair legs to tables- White feels fresh and new!
Is this something you would use in your home?
Here is a pictorial journal of the trends we saw recently during our Fall trip to High Point Furniture Market. What trends are you seeing?
1. Lounge furniture
2. Horns/antlers/animal heads
3. Gold, brass, bronze
6. Greek Key details
8. Citrus Tones
images: Taken all by DLL
Each season we gather trends from High Point Furniture Market- this year we were uplifted by a trend with staying power- one that we don’t see going anywhere anytime soon: bold geometric patterns. There is something energizing about the rhythm of these patterns. We saw this trend from walls, to floors to pillows, to upholstered furniture covered entirely in it Below, some images for you to drool over….
While our coolest market find this trip was the Lucy Smith Collection, here are 5 other Market favorites from our trip to High Point!
1- Mid Century Modern Recliner from Thayer Coggin
We love how this chair is an undercover recliner, rather than screaming aloud “Watch Football here!” With it’s hidden reclining mechanism and foot rest, it provides sleek comfort. Something Don Draper might come home and have a cocktail in. It’s Mid Century Modern aesthetic is something available from Thayer Coggin.
2- Serge Ottoman from Hickory Chair
With it’s angular hourglass figure, the Serge is a made to measure ottoman whose presence in a room is sure to make you smile.
3- Chin Hua Collection from Century Furniture- the whole thing. From the gorgeous Zircote veneers, to the malachite and Sapphire finishes, to the bold shapes of the bar cabinet, we loved Century’s re-imagined Asian collection.
4- Walnut Counter Stools from Nuevo
Simple & Beautiful. We see these in a modern kitchen, paired with stainless steel…
5- Golden Feathers piece from Natural Curiosities-
I fell in love with how unique these pieces and love that gold as a metallic was a theme throughout Natural Curiosities collection.
At market, Judy and I discovered Lucy Smith Designs! We immediately hit it off with Lucy and fell in love with her hand-crafted custom metal furnishings. Having a 122 year old family-run steel fabrication business and over 10 years of experience as a design professional, this girl knows her metals and the desire for one-of-a-kind pieces. All the product is hand made in the United States in Anniston, Alabama and can come in many different finishes and banding options. Plus you can customize heights on pretty much any product to fit your project needs.
What Judy and I like are the clean lines and Lucy has just the right touch of modern elements within each piece.
(Above) Shots from their space in Interhall. LOVE the quatrefoil console with a Paloma top.
(Above) A picture of Lucy in her metal studio.
(Above) Judy and Lucy working on our first of hopefully many orders. We had to get some of Lucy’s product for the DLL studio. So stay tuned… we will let you know when the pieces arrive. They are a must see!
images: 1-5, 9 : Lucy Smith Designs Website 6-8, 10-12: DLL
Can you say ‘retro?’ Vintage style can be seen everywhere these days. Take the Missoni collection for Target, for example. But I have to say, I was surprised to see how much it influenced so many of the “new” collections.
Arteriors lighting and furniture gave a nod to the past.
Parts of the Jonathan Adler showroom look like they were straight out of the 50s. These button-back lounge chairs are upholstered in a look that is inspired by menswear. Not to mention the bold graphic rugs!
Dwell Studio is known for it’s mod look, and these accent pieces fit right in. But even brands who aren’t known for it seemed to embrace the style: Hickory Chair introduced the chair above with it’s sloped arms and tufted back.
A vignette from Arteriors is shown on the right, and to the left, a surprising vintage-like leather recliner from Lillian August.
The thin arms, tapered legs, and boxy cushion back of the cream chair in the background seem to have a retro influence, as does the orange leather chair in the foreground. Orange leather? Yes please.
Stripes in bold tones accent a chest in Hickory Chair, with another orange leather lounge chair sitting in front. In Hickory White, the bookcase design is an updated take on mid-century modern furniture.
That rounds out our recap of 2011 Fall High Point Furniture Market. What was your favorite thing? If you missed any of our other posts, you can read about our market favorites, the color scheme trends, and painted furniture.
Throughout the showrooms in High Point, we couldn’t help but notice the painted furniture pieces. And they weren’t what you might expect. Painted furniture can sometimes look coastal, but these pieces took on so many different styles. Check them out below!
In the Hickory Chair showroom, their Surry chairs were painted in a stunning deep orange tone. It provides such a nice contrast to the wooden table, neutral floors, and neutral walls. To the right, a simple chest was accented with a Greek key pattern. Adding a graphic like this takes a plain silhouette and makes it a focal point!
Another chest took on a tribal look with the interesting motifs shown above. Hickory Chair has skilled artistans that can paint a piece any way you wish!
The Jonathan Adler showroom was filled with painted pieces in white. Their lacquered finish has such a modern look! Also popular: two-tone finishes. Whether its just the drawer fronts or the frame of a table, contrasting painted areas with stained brings great interest and lessens the dose of color.
Hickory White introduced three new finishes in a spice orange, slate blue, and butter yellow. The distressed tones reminded me of a colored version of the driftwood finishes that are popular now. They have a certain richness that would be appropriate for any season!
While at fall market, we couldn’t help but notice several trends including color schemes, painted furniture, and modern furniture with a retro feel. We’ll share photos of each of these with you over the next few days. Take a look at the color schemes we noticed below!
The bold orange tones we noticed in multiple showrooms really jumped out at us! Perfect for fall market, orange brings such warmth to spaces. Pair it with whites and blacks, as seen below. For a softer look, use a pumpkin orange with buttery yellows, creams, and slate blues. Purple and rust is an unusual combination that really pops!
Yellow & Gray
Gray is the new taupe. It is such a fresh neutral, and a warm yellow plays off of it beautifully! You may recall that Molly used this color scheme at the 2008 ASID Showhouse – she was ahead of the curve!
Over the past few years, I don’t feel like we saw true blues used as much. Tertiary tones seemed to be the trend. But this year, several spaces were decked out with the beautiful hue!
This year, our trip to High Point Furniture Market was marked by beautiful weather and gorgeous pieces. We’re excited to share some of our favorite things!
The entrance to Hickory Chair was a wonderful taste of what was to come. The jade green chest really caught my eye, and I love the art hung on the bookcases. If you think about this as a concept for your home - using neutrals with a punch of color on an interesting piece – you can see that it would be a lasting look. Simply change out the chest and some of the accessories, and you have a whole different feel!
Hable Construction had the most inspiring vignette. They showcased their fabrics in a space that felt like an artist’s studio!
A mirror is cluttered with photographs for an interesting juxtaposition with the formal design. Books in the bookcases above are hand painted and bring in a nice punch of color and pattern.
Hable designed all of the patterned fabrics seen here – and they’ve just introduced a new rug line! They showed off their new designs in the Hickory Chair showroom.
Molly and Ashley loved the scene shown above right by Lillian August. The geometric rug with strong colors pairs beautifully with a metal cocktail table and graphic chairs.
Birds became a recurring motif – often seen in art and accessories around the showrooms. We loved this space with it’s use of traditional pieces combined with bold color for an eclectic look!
I always love noting unique chair designs – they can often become great conversation pieces or a place to introduce something unexpected in a room. The spindle chair above is by Noir. Brittany loved the use of black that we saw in several spaces. Doesn’t her outfit look lovely in that dining room?
I lounged comfortably in a leather recliner from Lillian August. And who doesn’t love a mix and match lamp collection? Mottega lets you chose your base shape, finish, and shade for a look that is perfect for your home! (And it’s ready to ship in less than two weeks!)
This bed adds such drama to this space!
Angela leans against a unique lounge chair with oversized nail heads that run down the arms and along the base. The clustered pendant lights by Arteriors are so fun! We used them in a recent project that I can’t wait to share! You can get them in a cluster as shown, or as individual pendants.
The entrance to the Cyan Design showroom was one we couldn’t forget! And I’ve been loving wooden chandeliers for a while now. What were your favorite things? Check back for the latest trends that we noticed in High Point.
Our Market blog series is coming to an end - we’ve had a blast sharing our thoughts and we hope you have enjoyed all the wonderful eye candy. For these final trends we focused on the warm grays and the mixed compositions -we just couldn’t leave them out.
Isn’t this bed to die for?! I love it.
The Bolier & Co. showroom was so lush – the repetition with the draperies and lights made an incredible statement.
Leave it to Swaim to show us some stunning and unique furniture pieces. The table (above) is so cool with the metal base and wood top.
Didn’t get enough? Head over to our Facebook page and we’ll post all the Market pictures for you to look though at your leisure. We hope you enjoyed the recap!
On to trend #4 - Every showroom we went into had the coolest chairs with new shapes and details. Above, the bottom right photograph, shows our rep Kristin holding an original picture of a chair that was re-introduced this year as a part of Hickory Chair’s new line called 1911 collection. This collection commerates 100 years of excellence in the furniture design business. How neat!
Brittany and Lauren trying out some of Lee Industries chairs for comfort.
I love the shape of this yellow chair below. Don’t you?
We are all about a good recliner – below American Leather showed three different sizes of one recliner. One for baby bear, one for mamma bear and one for pappa bear.
Tomorrow we will finish the High Point trends with the continuation of warm grays and also show you the mixed media compositions we found, so stay tuned!