Contagious Energy At The Fall 2013 High Point Furniture Market

Posted on | November 4, 2013 | No Comments

In late October, the Fall 2013 High Point Furniture Market came alive with an energy and excitement that interior designers and The Trade hadn’t seen in a long time. Charlotte interior designer, Anita Holland of Anita Holland Interiors checks in with us today, confirming the enthusiasm she saw and felt in the showrooms she visited. As she has for the past several Markets, Anita shares with North Carolina Design her impressions of the High Point Market, as only a designer can do.

Two full days and beautiful weather allowed us to take our time to absorb the vibrant and contagious energy, while exploring showrooms old and new. Highlights for this year’s Market were Hickory Chair, Visual Comfort, and Sherrill Furniture. All three destinations reinforced the design trend that I love at the moment – classic, timeless, and elegant traditional designs with beautiful detailing and finishes.

A visit to Hickory Chair is always a staple in my trip to the High Point Market. Two of my favorite designers, Alexa Hampton and Suzanne Kasler have outstanding collections for the company. Both take a fresh interpretation of classic shapes and antique reproductions.

The living room above by Alexa Hampton confirms how the designer is a master of mixing bold patterns and bright colors. I find that the geometric wall covering is the perfect unifying element and background in this room. The symmetry of the framed prints allows them to work well without being overbearing.

In the above dining room, also by Alexa Hampton, I really love how the designer juxtaposed the geometric print with floral chintz by Lee Jofa. Chintz is predicted to be making a comeback (words that I never thought I’d hear myself say). I used this exact same Lee Jofa chintz back in the late 1980’s. This revival of chintz works so well here because it is used selectively and mixed with the classic and colorful geometric pattern.

I find that every design element in Suzanne Kasler’s dining room speaks of understated elegance and grace. The brass details of the table are truly exquisite. The chair was inspired by a vintage modern chair and it is my favorite in the line. It is ultra comfortable and is suitable for dining or as an occasional chair. Detailed with nail heads, this chair looks good from every angle.

Design trends follow apparel trends, therefore it is only natural for us to see a return to classic, sophisticated design. (Fortunate for everyone, the saturated, abundant mix of patterns and overly scaled furniture was short lived.) Suzanne’s calm but playful bedroom has a tranquil and soothing atmosphere. It is an oasis for relaxing by the fire or settling into at the end of the day.

It’s said that lighting is the jewelry of design and I believe that Visual Comfort is the trend setter in the lighting industry today for chandeliers, lamps, and sconces. Wall sconces are extremely popular today, having moved out of the powder room and into formal and casual décor. From traditional to selections that are more contemporary in styling, I very much liked the presentation throughout the showroom.

While we saw the Spring Market trending with warm grays, the Fall Market was alive with the return of blue. The Mr. & Mrs. Howard Collection, which is brought to us by Sherrill Furniture is evidence of that. The blue, taupe and white of this sophisticated living room work well together – a space that easily seats six people around the beautiful carved mantle. Phoebe Howard has done well in creating an intimate and cozy atmosphere.

Who wouldn’t like this peaceful bedroom? The chamfered poster bed is striking and is available in different finishes. I very much like the size and scale of the posters, which fit the scale of the bed as well as the room. Blue once again makes an appearance in a handsome shade of navy in the decorative pillows and the bedding. The warm fruit tone of the bedside stands is a good choice in completing the inviting atmosphere, where the creamy white of the poster bed would not have achieved the same result.

I look forward to sharing details from the next Market about what is new and alive in the realm of design and home décor.

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