Metallic Bling And Colors That Sing

Posted on | June 4, 2013 | 4 Comments

From metallic bling and vibrant orange to beautiful blues and soothing grays, the Spring 2013 High Point Furniture Market was a resounding success. Designers from across the country welcomed the presentation of home furnishings, accessories and lighting. Today we hear from one of our regular contributors to North Carolina Design, Winston-Salem interior designer June DeLugas, of June DeLugas Interiors about her trip to Market and what impressed her most.

Images Courtesy of June DeLugas Interiors ©

As is always the case, the sleepy North Carolina town of High Point came to life April 20-25 for the Spring Market. The largest home furnishings retail trade show in the world, the High Point Market draws 75,000 people every six months. As one of the multitude, I find the event both exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. After all, it would take a super hero to cover the 180 buildings and 11.5 million square feet of show space in a precious few days with hopes of not missing a thing!

Market is always about what’s new, and in some cases, it’s the very old that is new. Ottomans have been a staple in furniture design for an eternity, and just when you think you’ve seen it all, the Market featured ottomans in unusual and creative shapes and size, with many of them displaying new designs as well as decorative nail heads. While nail heads have always served to secure the covering to the frame, they are now being thrust into the limelight as a key design feature. Isn’t it great when form and function cross paths in such a beautiful way? If you have your grandmother’s ottoman sitting in storage, check out some of these photos from market and consider giving that ottoman a new life!

Another timeless design feature seen in many places at market was the classic Greek Key. From the trim on a table, to the arm of a chair, one didn’t have to look very long without seeing the Greek Key featured in some creative way.

Metallic “bling” appears in such a beautiful and subtle way in the background of many of the new upholstery fabrics. I purchased the most beautiful Aqua Blue velvet throw pillows with a soft silver accent for my store front and I wouldn’t be surprised if they fly out the door. They are the epitome of understated elegance.

It will come as no surprise that color took a front seat at Market as well. In showrooms from Hickory Chair and Pearson, to Lillian August, orange was the name of the game. In some cases, a showroom featured walls painted bright, vibrant orange and in other cases the orange accents were as subtle as a painted trim on a chair or cording on a throw pillow. But make no mistake, bold beautiful oranges were part of everyone’s playbook.

In the lighting world, there are many new exciting developments in LED lighting. As the industry scurries to accommodate the legally mandated phasing out of incandescent bulbs, LED’s are leading the way. The June issue of Consumer Reports confirms that Phillips and Cree have both come out with a 60W LED bulb that is going to be a bit more budget friendly. The average cost is going down from about $25 per bulb to $13-15 per bulb. Still a bit pricey from the consumer’s standpoint, but this downward trend in pricing is likely to continue making it more affordable to make this eco-friendly choice.

My only regret from Market was that I did not have more time to visit more showrooms. As a designer, this twice a year extravaganza is one of the best ways to stay current concerning emerging trends and the resurgence in popularity of classic staples of design. I promise myself as I leave each spring and fall that I will set aside more time when I return for the “next” Market. A few days is never enough.

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4 Responses to “Metallic Bling And Colors That Sing”

  1. June DeLugas
    June 4th, 2013 @ 11:48 AM

    Thank you NC Design for posting our great experience at market.

    June

  2. Nathan Copeland
    June 4th, 2013 @ 12:24 PM

    June,

    Great blog post! Thank you for featuring Hickory Chair in your market report. We really appreciate your support!

  3. Liz Hughes
    June 4th, 2013 @ 3:12 PM

    June, it is always our pleasure to feature your informative “take” on North Carolina interior design. Nothing beats an insider’s point of view. Can’t wait to see what you write about in your next article!

  4. Liz Hughes
    June 4th, 2013 @ 3:19 PM

    Thanks Nathan. I am a big fan of Hickory Chair. I, too, loved the orange in your showroom. Alexa Hampton was outstanding in the use of orange this spring. Loved the chocolate browns also.

    Liz

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