Every spring and fall, the design industry makes its bi-annual pilgrimage to High Point Furniture Market. This year marked my 25th trip to the furniture mecca and this market certainly did not disappoint! My first stop is always 214 Modern Vintage, a collection of great dealers with incredible eyes for everything from fine art and lighting to mid century furnishings and accessories. I could linger here for hours and it is always inspiring to see the authentic pieces in person before heading out into the world of furniture market interpreting these designs.
Natural Curiosities blew my mind at this market! All of their introductions looked incredible in the new exhibition space complete with its own “ArtBar” where you could watch the artists at work on site. These silkscreens from the Planetary are created by mixing colors during the screening process, resulting in abstract, blended forms. The simple shape and coloration evoke the image of distant planets and no two are alike allowing the viewer to create their own unique universe.
Natural Curiosities also introduced a gorgeous furniture line consisting of luxe shapes in stunning colors to complement their art collection. Specimen art has always been a specialty for this company. The past few collections have been exploring the power and journey of flight with various compilations of feathers. This work entitled “Daedelus” is made of 3000 hand painted feathers that are gathered into a unified form, creating maximum impact. They describe the shape as “a shield and channels the intrinsic magic and awe of nature.” According to Greek mythology, Daedelus built the labyrinth for King Minos and then was imprisoned in a tower to prevent his knowledge of the labyrinth from spreading to the public. His only way to escape was in the air so he fabricated his own set of wings. He also created a pair for his son Icarus, but warned him not to fly too high because the heat of the son would melt the wax on their wings, nor too low because the sea would soak their feathers.
This beautiful specimen circle is made of naturally colored magnificent pink shells…
Taken from French textile designs, the Pignier series is a mix of botanicals, patterns and handwritten details.
Athens based artist Carol John’s work brilliantly adorned the new Hickory Chair showroom. Her work expresses her love of color, language and pop graphics. It was a such a pleasant surprise to meet the artist in person…she is just as delightful as her paintings!
Trowbridge Gallery featured a gorgeous collection of vintage Gudri jackets using 1930s Parisian designs. Each handmade work is one of a kind and floated in a shadow box frame.
Alexis Walter’s space sang with all of her ethereal new paintings. Her pastel palette of abstract works and smaller watercolors possess her distinctive look layered, tactile, and beyond extraordinary.
A new find this market was the handmade works by Crystal Brooke McCann. Known as a “creative visonary extraordinaire,” her collection includes hand painted silks and leathers, hides, as well as hand made paper and furnishings. This paper mural is 11 feet long and the delicate detail is divine.
Hunt Slonem debuted his wallpaper and fabric collection at the new Kravet showroom. Using multiplicity as a motif, Slonem has created an iconic body of work that is sought after around the globe. The much anitcipated collection will allow everyone to have a little piece of the world of this enigmatic artist.
For the neutralists, the work of Carol Benson-Cobb was breathtaking. According to the artist, her work “reflects a feeling created within a color palette with an emphasis on the way the colors touch, layer and affect one another…My intentions are never to fully define a scene but to lead viewers in the use of their imagination and own life experiences to fill in the gaps.” In the work below, she has taken a detail from one of her original paintings and book matched and repeated the pattern.
Trowbridge Gallery used the power of scale to take a fingerprint, an everyday yet unique image, and elevated it to a work of abstract art in metallic inks.
This series from Thom Felicia’s collection for Soicher Marin perfectly illustrates his design aesthetic…”classic simplicity with an unexpected, modern flair.” 12 different abstract sketches would make a great graphic punch on any gallery wall.
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, lighting, accessories and furnishings.
So much to see and so little time! I broke my market record this year for covering the maximum amount of ground in the least amount of time…12 hours to be exact. In that precious amount of time, I was able to hear some amazing speakers, catch up with old friends, and discover some divine new finds for future projects. Take a peek at what caught me eye…
Ashley Childers of Emporium Home blew me away once again with her gorgeous collection.The collection glowed against a radiant orchid background decorated with watercolors executed by Ashley herself. Her combined use of brass with stones in her lighting is both unexpected and glamorous. The sleek lines of her new introductions such as the side chair above would add a polished yet edgy touch to any interior.
I fell in love with this diminutive Pierre-Cardin inspired lamp by Dunes and Duchess. They brilliantly reinvented their Wave sconce by literally turning it on its side and voila….a table lamp is born! The growing collection from the dynamic duo of Stacy Kunstel and Micahel Partenio is not to be missed. All works are made in the USA, come in a variety of colors, completely customizable and are beyond chic! Be sure to check out the most instagrammed coat of High Point below on Stacy from Jules Reid.
Stray Dog Designs is always one of the most vibrant booths at market. The team of Jane Gray and Bill Pritchard began their creative journey after a move to San Miguel d’Allende after they had married only after a brief engagement. Their first project was a stray dog named La Princessa who inspired their working relationship and a brilliant business was born exporting Mexican pottery and other artifacts. This led to making their own lamps and furniture out of iron and tin based on Jane’s designs. When Jane began applying bright colors to her creations, their work escalated to another level. They have a fascinating story and business model based on giving back to the community.
Natural Curiosities is one of my favorite sources for large scale artwork of all kinds. The company is always pushing the creative envelope coming up with new specimen art and recoloring and resizing historic prints. Taking an old idea and reinterpreting it a fresh new way has become the company’s trademark. Chrsitopher Wilcox and his team of artists work in a “modern-day Warhol-esque factory that constantly beats with creativity.”
Sklo is a product of a modern American design studio and a 400 year old European craft tradition. They work with glassmakers in the Czech Republic to create modern designs based on their ancient craft.The clarity of the crystal, vibrancy of the colors, cutting and polishing skills, along with the ability to blow large complex shapes sets these artisans apart. The lighting line was new this market. Illuminating the crystal from within showcases another side of its pure beauty. The crystal spheres can be used as pendants or placed on a surface as an art glass installation.
World’s Away‘s merchandising is always one of the best at market. Set against a background of blown up greenery, their white lacquered, gilt and brass furniture sparkled in the windows drawing visitors like a bee to a bloom.
I loved meeting the talented Louise Gaskill based upon the suggestion of Julia Buckinghan Edelmann. Louise’s passion for antique Murano glass and her gift for transforming them into contemporary light fixtures is captivating. She is seen here lovely in lavender next to a pair of rare Murano vases she had converted into lamps and updated further with sleek drum shades.
For the client who has everything, B.D. Collection has created the ultimate extravagance…a crystal pool table. The Italian company also makes exquisite billiards table and Foosball tables. Prices start at $30,000.