Posted on | May 7, 2012 | 6 Comments
I recently saw a report on the news about the Spring 2012 High Point Furniture Market. Can you tell me what we can expect to see in furniture and fabrics in the coming months. Thanks! Kaitlin
Much thanks to North Carolina Design in letting me present my view of the Spring 2012 High Point Market. I went, I saw, and I was delighted! Since the beginning of the year, I have talked about what I call the ‘Color Revolution of 2012.’ This transformation has never been more apparent than at the Spring High Point Market. There was an abundance of bright colors on painted furniture, rugs, lighting, pillows and upholstered furniture.
Images courtesy of Anita Holland Interiors
As a designer I’ve been asked, did you see anything new? Did anything jump out at you? I’d have to say that the one thing that surprised me more than anything else was the good looking leather which was such a predominant upholstery fabric. It was on display in colors as bright as possible, and also in beautiful white. I’m currently designing a dining room with 10 chairs in a kiwi green. The color takes the leather and the room to a whole new level.
I truly loved the white leather at Hickory Chair Furniture Company – it made an incredible statement next to the bright beautiful colors. What struck me was the contrast – here are these big white design elements along side the bright colors, making them really sparkle and shine. Together, they each made the other better! I came away from this market thinking ‘White is a new neutral.’ Typically, I don’t think of white as a neutral. I think of neutrals as being more toned down beiges, grays and washed colors. This was clearly a neutral, and because it’s leather, it can last a lifetime.
I moved through the day like a designer on a mission, enjoying the company of a client whose home is currently being renovated. Part of our time was spent looking at furniture for the rooms of her wonderful teenage girls. I was immediately drawn to these ‘Gossip Chairs’ by oomph & More (below). They hook together and I adore them! I can picture 2 teenage girls spending hours in them… laughing and talking about everything. Once again, here’s the clean combination of white leather punched up with bright colors.
Another thing I noticed at this Market was the quality of multi finishes on case goods. I saw pieces with lacquered tops and unfinished fronts, upon which faux finishing had been taken to an entirely new level. At the GuildMaster Showroom I did not see two that were the same. They definitely did not have the look of reproduction which we are more accustomed to.
If I were to suggest a title for this photo taken in the Bungalow 5 Showroom (below), it would be, ‘Return To The Classics.’ Certainly you notice the classic lines of the lamps and the familiar fretwork and bamboo patterns in the wallpapers. When it comes to the wallpaper, something about it is a little bit different – more playful. The green is a richer color than it originally was.
A visit to the Visual Comfort Showroom netted 2 chandeliers for my client, which was a real plus. As a rule, I make it a point to attend the Market each year. The Spring 2012 High Point Market certainly did not disappoint!
Anita Holland is recognized among Charlotte interior designers for the classic lines of her traditional and contemporary interiors.