1. Nature is Trending
Nature was the muse for designs across Market. It was everywhere from the smaller individual designers to the large showrooms. Some of the
Tommy Mitchell, known for his
Michael Aram also seemed to favor the butterfly motif. He designed a cocoon light fixture with butterflies emerging from their chrysalis, in various sizes suitable for bunching or perhaps lined up as pendants.
Aram also created several beautiful faux bois tables.
Cocoon lighting and faux bois table by Michael Aram
Koket further embellished faux bois by adding in some orchids to decorate a stunning console.
2. Innovative Finishes
Creativity is everything and it’s wonderful to see it at work. At this Market, the designers used their creative juices to develop very innovative finishes.
Some of the most novel finishes were presented by Bernhardt Furniture. Their crushed mother of pearl finish, appearing on a console, bar cabinet, end table and coffee table, is the perfect foil for today’s interest in brass accents. So is their white onyx finish
Bernhardt featured many innovative finishes on their new furniture introductions.
Another favorite was found at Kindel Furniture where designer Eric Cohler updated their traditional console by giving it a tortoise shell skin.
Finally, while not entirely new, it is important to note that many furniture dealers embraced a ceruse finish. This case piece from Emporium Home is especially handsome as it wraps the ceruse finish around a beautiful bone, starburst pattern in the center.
Cerused oak was seen throughout market and was particularly attractive on this chest by Emporium Home
3. Forever Classic
Maybe there are some folks that get tired of a greek key, but I am not one of them. Another motif found everywhere at Market, the greek key was even featured in several rooms at the Junior League of High Point Show
One of the best introductions at Market with a classical twist was Windsor Smith’s home accessories for Arteriors. Greek keys, laurel
Alexa Hampton, renowned for her classical style, outdid herself with her
4. Transparency In Everything
Lucite and acrylic are not going anywhere soon.
A well-priced Lucite bar cart could be found in the Antiques and Design Center—a Market must stop.
More unusual was the appearance of acrylic legs lightening the load on sofas and chairs. Tobi Fairley used this material on several pieces in her new collection for CR Laine.
And perhaps most dramatically, Global Views prominently featured an acrylic chair with a very traditional form—their version of the iconic Ghost Chair. Known as the Marilyn, it is modeled on a chair once own by Marilyn Monroe.
High Point Market can readily be described as a decorator’s Disney World, it is that vast. Rest assured, however, that you now know the high notes—hangover not included.
Photo credits: Windsor Smith table image courtesy of Arteriors. Koket Cabinet via Best ID Interior Designers.