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2012 Fall Trends from High Point Furniture Market

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



4. Chevron



5. Pink 




6. Greek Key details



7. Geode/malachite/moiré



8. Citrus Tones




images: Taken all by DLL

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Century Furniture Factory Tour

Brittany and I recently had the opportunity to tour Century’s Furniture Factory in Hickory, NC.  As a manufacturer with one of the most extensive lines, we knew it would be packed full of exciting things to see! 

We began with a tour of their sister company – Valdese Weavers.  Century actually began with fabrics, but fabrics aren’t useful by themselves.  And so, Century Furniture was created as a way to help them sell fabric.  Valdese Weavers is currently the largest fabric mill in the United States!  This makes Century’s competitors also their customers, which I found interesting.

After touring several other manufacturing facilities, I’m not sure I know of another company with so much manufacturing space!  It went on forever with multiple buildings and floors.

Above, a dining table is finished with a clear coat.  The wood by itself is so beautiful!

Their finishing process is extensive.  Each piece goes through so many steps to reach the final result.  They introduced three new colored stains this past market, shown on the bottom right.  Depending on the species of the wood, the color can be vibrant or subdued. 

Dining chairs are carried through the air in one plant on an incredible conveyor system. 

In addition to seeing how their furniture is made, we spent a day in their High Point showroom.  Introduced last market and shown above, their Chin Hua collection was a big hit!

We not only got to see everything being made; we also got to see a chair deconstructed!  The manager of the upholstery plant uncovers a perfectly good chair to show us what’s inside: eight-way hand tied springs, hardwood frames, batting and foam sculpted to create graceful curves, etc – everything you would expect from the highest quality upholstery!

We had a wonderful time and learned so much!  Above, from left to right, me, our rep Lisa Jennings, Brittany, and Megan & Marsha from A. Hoke, Ltd. 

– Lauren

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Recap from Spring 2012 High Point Furniture Market

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.


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