In Bloom At the Spring 2013 High Point Furniture Market

Posted on | April 22, 2013 | No Comments

Ahhh, April in High Point, can only mean one thing – Furniture Market! Just as designers from across the country are converging on the Furniture Capital, I had the pleasure of connecting with Kim Shaver, the Vice President of Marketing Communications at Hooker Furniture. I always look forward to Kim’s insight about what we can expect to see at the Spring Market, which runs from April 20 – 25, 2013.

Emerald fretwork chest
All images Courtesy of Hooker Furniture ©

Quatrefoil table in bright white finish

According to Kim, color once again is taking center stage. “From Paris to Prada to High Point, fashion at Market is bursting and blossoming with color and pattern,” she notes. “What you will find are brilliant greens and blues, vibrant yellows and citrines. Even the white is bright. The three families that are the strongest are the grays, the blues and the greens, and you’ve got many variations of each.”

Tall Wendover desk in white finish

Pompelli red croc chest

Being fashion forward at the Spring Market means that there is a direct correlation between the runway and what we are seeing in furniture. Kim explains that there is really no lag time in connecting the two. “It used to be that there was maybe a year before you would see apparel trends showing up in furniture, and now it’s almost simultaneous. We are very intentional about that at Hooker, We borrow right away from apparel, handbags, belts and jewelry. We’ll take a belt buckle or a clasp that was literally just seen on a handbag to the factory and say ‘let’s make that into hardware.’”

Sam Moore Astrid sofa

Emerald finish chair with animal skin fabric

The upholstered furnishings this year display large scaled and vivid ikats, watercolors, graphics and zigzags. The Hooker collections reflect the popularity of animal skin fabrics as well as reptile pattern case goods. “This Sam Moore accent chair (pictured above) sports a new Emerald finish in recognition of Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2013,” says Kim. “The Emerald jewel toned green finish, combined with a leopard animal skin fabric, is right on trend.”

Bohemian black croc table

Faux stingray skins adorn Melange chests

Workwell metallic finish leg desk

I very much like how Hooker has mixed wood finishes and wood species in their Corsica and Palisade Collections. It’s a nice way to establish an eclectic look in the bedroom, dining room or living room. “The Corsica Collection creates a casual European look. It mixes a light, almost reclaimed finish with a dark espresso – yet both have a wire brush finish, creating a tactile, casual appeal,” Kim notes. “The Palisade Collection features an exotic curly maple with walnut patterned veneers. The two woods combine to create a look that is both traditional and also transitional.”

Palisade chest with 2-tone cream, walnut finish

Rhapsody metallic finish fretwork bed

Thank you Kim, for giving us “the skinny” on the Spring 2013 High Point Market. The pictures are a visual feast.

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