I confess I am a self professed design geek. I love learning about how trends are formed, the influence of fashion on design, and how designers observe what they see, igniting their creative spark and translating that into their creations. Red was a dominant color this year and I was fascinated to see how this color progresses from the spring market to the fall in a more intense shade.
“What began in spring as a softer coral color trend has emerged this fall as a full on red revolution. From the runway of Dolce and Gabbano to the surge of tartan and plaids at J. Crew, red is everywhere. Power and passion, energy and emotion-red has always been present in home decor. Those who love it go bold, lacquering walls in its intensity, while the more timid among us splash accents around the room. However you use it, red is sexy and dramatic and that is why we love this red revolution.” – Century Furniture
At Hickory Chair, Alexa Hampton’s bold use of red highlighted her passion for geometry and contrast in her pieces. Her Kina console becomes a statement piece when lacquered in red and detailed in gilt. Even more impressive is that Alexa created all of her own artwork again for this market after rave reviews in the spring. The graphic backdrop lends a modern sensibility to the space.
This setting illustrates how a little red can go a long way used in the lampshades, drawer and door fronts on the Drake Cabinet and the chair upholstery.
In the vignette above, the Eva armchair is punctuated with a red trim detail and the Austin bench defines glamour with its black base and red leather tufted top. The geometric print on the sofa prevents the space from being too serious. Alexa’s paintings of classical motifs lined the walls.
The lines of Century Furniture’s lacquered Dressing Chest provide a beautiful silhouette for any room.
The Isabella side chair, a favorite Chinoiserie silhouette, becomes even more chic in its polished red finish.
The Metro Luxe cocktail table above in a cranberry finish provides a rich dose of color. The Bridegehampton desk below with its fluted edges seen in same finish is a sophisticated and modern with its brass detailing.
Chelsea Editions recreated some of their most popular pieces in a wide range of lacquer finishes a few markets ago. The clean lined designs are perfectly suited to the 21st century’s uncluttered contemporary settings.
The Antique and Design Center at High Point is a treasure trove of vintage pieces and works of art from over 60 different dealers. This set of 4 mid-century slipper chairs with gilt legs were in mint condition and would have been perfect for a groovy lounge in an urbane city apartment or modern setting.
This overscaled globe diptych in cranberry and gold leaf was created by Los Angeles based Zoe Bios Creative. Their have created an “Art Entoure” that celebrates the vitality, elegance and infinite variety of their environment rooted in creativity, global connectedness and artful living.
The gorgeous hide rugs from Madisons in intricate dyed patterns and patched together are another way to provide this burst of red for your floor.
Please contact the design studio if you are interested in design services or any of the works seen here…Please check back this week for more High Point Highlights on trends, accessories and furnishings.
Our second day of Blogfest begins with breakfast at the stunning Hearst Tower…
High up the the 44th floor, we will hear Veranda‘s elegant Editor in Chief Dara Caponigro discuss the evolution of the May/June issue.
We then get another dose of extraordinary talent from House Beautiful. The charismatic Editor in Chief Newell Turner will share his insights onto what it takes to get published. House Beautiful’s Next Wave Designers, Jon Call, Jill Goldberg and Michael Harold will reveal their secrets on how to take an interior design career to the next level.
After our inspirational morning, we will head to the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House to meet with the dashing Editor in Chief Michael Boodroo.
The show house is being held at the Dillon in one of their nine townhouses. Eight international designers have created original contemporary spaces in conjunction with modern furniture, fabric and accessory lines.
Next we are off to the D&D building to the Lee Jofa showroom for lunch with Macrae furniture designer Robert Brown and Keith Granet, author of Business of Design. After lunch, we will join Traditional Home Editor in Chief Anne Maine at the Kravet showroom for an interview with the charming and talented Alexa Hampton.
The ladies will define and discuss what the term “traditional” means today and how the design industry has acclimated to keep up with the new “traditional.”
If that were not enough for one day of design, we then head to see a sneak preview of the new Baccarat showroom to meet designer extraordinaire Vincent Wolf.
The topic of Mr. Wolf’s lecture is “Finding New Direction: How People Want to Live in the Contemporary World.”
Thank goodness there is no After Party tonight! Stay tuned for Day 3 tomorrow…