Spring 2013 High Point Furniture Market

Posted on | April 29, 2013 | No Comments

The Spring 2013 High Point Furniture Market concluded this past week. Having grown up in the Triad area of our state, I definitely take pride in the fact that trend setting styles in home furnishings and accessories are revealed twice a year at High Point. Charlotte interior designer, Anita Holland, of Anita Holland Interiors, tells me that going to Market is an integral element in applying creativity and freshness to her projects. Always on the hunt during Market for well designed products, quality trends and exciting color palettes, we thank Anita for once again taking the time to share the following thoughts with North Carolina Design regarding a few of her showroom visits at the Spring 2013 High Point Market.

Images Courtesy of Anita Holland Interiors
Photography by Boyd Holland, Visual Blasphemy ©

Spring Market 2013 was stimulating and contagious. Furniture, accessories, and lighting were classic, with an edge of sophistication, well designed finishes, and exquisite details. Through the course of the day I saw finishes that included gold, iron, mirrored, lacquered, reclaimed woods, concrete and stone.

Two hours at Hickory Chair Furniture was a perfect way to start the day. I always seem to immediately gravitate to Suzanne Kasler’s classic styles. In the above two images, the abundance of white in lacquer, fabrics, wood, and accessories is a signature look for Suzanne that is also timeless.

Also from Hickory Chair, Alexa Hampton’s use of bold color was an unexpected spectacular backdrop for the collection. I never thought I’d say this, but I think that citrus orange is the new neutral. It unified the entire room, serving as the perfect canvas upon which everything popped and everything balanced. It was incorporated into the designs with brighter whites and chocolate browns that were classic looking.

More subdued neutral palettes anchored the architectural detailing in these adjoining rooms at Hickory Chair (below). The horizontal decorative trim and the fretwork paneled doors were simple yet sophisticated. Well designed rooms in neutral tones will always be in style.

After visiting Hickory Chair, Emerald Green, the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year welcomed us to Baker Furniture. In the few years since my last appointment at the showroom, Baker has made a strong leap into transitional and contemporary design, while still maintaining their signature classical traditional styles. I found the expanded selection to be exciting, and look forward to incorporating it into future projects.

Baker has beautifully recreated select pieces from the Tony Duquette Collection that I very much like, including the chairs (above) and the handsome sculptured gold leaf mirror (below). An iconic designer whose work spanned several decades, I find it also interesting that his talents also led him to win a Tony on Broadway for Best Costume in the original production of Camelot.

The striking room with the incredible painted mural by artist Richmond Burton (below) of New York is an example of the new path that Baker has forged. It is a wonderful backdrop for the furniture in the room, which is part of Baker’s Laura Kirar Collection.

The dilemma every designer faces during Market is that there is only so much time and ever so much to see. Armed with a list of client needs that included furniture, lighting and accessories, we covered as much ground as possible in one day. Giving you just a few highlights of the day has once again been my pleasure.

High Point Furniture

The Thomas Pheasant quote painted on the wall of the Baker Showroom seems to be an excellent way to close.

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