For all of the maximalists out there, High Point Fall Market was heaven! Bold, colorful, attention grabbing pieces took center stage signaling a lovely return for a more optimistic outlook for the future of design.
Having pulled out of the great recession, consumers seem to be enjoying a return to “more is more” and “big is better”. Almost a celebration, it is perhaps the desire to distance ourselves from the last ten years of financial woes. We are seeing displays of maximalism everywhere—jewelry, watches, fashion. Even homes are returning to their larger proportions with square footage trends back to all time highs. Such displays of wealth are making a comeback, and this fall Century pays homage to this moment with a lobby full of bold patterns, rich textures and jewel tone finishes. Indeed a sensory playground, it is amazing how much punch can be packed into one room!-Century Furniture
Century Furniture set the tone with their private elevator upholstered in Schumacher’s bold Chiang Mai print. Their showroom sparkled with a mixture of glamorous finishes such as brass, lacquered surfaces and lucite. Updating a traditional form with a modern flair, their high-backed chair (also upholstered in Chiang Mai) on lucite legs was the first piece seen in the entry continuing the theme from the elevator.
A stunning dining with a malachite top and lucite and brass base takes on many different personalities with customization options. It is equally as stunning in an oxbood red top with a black lacquer base.
Design icon Windsor Smith designed this beautiful tete-a-tete which is almost 6 feet in diameter. It is a perfect sculptural object for any room or grand hall. Here it is shown in a subdued grey with cream legs but can be customized in any finish or fabric for maximum impact.
Rugs are often thought of as art for the floor. This silk /wool abstract rug from Marc Phillips certainly makes a statement. The collection is a tribute to action painting and characterized by being both naughty and smart, the same combination the artist Jurgen Dahlmanns likes in people.
I have used this image in a previous post, but these colorful patchwork hide rugs from Madisons were absolutely DIVINE and I cannot wait to use them in a future project.
Kindel’s brilliant blue lacquered Westbury dressing chest is from the Dorothy Draper Collection. Originally designed by the design icon in 1939, it still feels chic and modern today. The chest is punctuated with beautiful brass detailing highlighting the curves of the legs and hardware.
Brass continued to be a dominant trend in many collections. Bernhardt employed jewelry like detailing in several pieces from this bookcase to cabinetry hardware.
The cerulean blue leather and brass chairs had a 70s/ Halston-esque vibe that is both dazzling and sophisticated.
Introduced at last market, the bold brass bed only comes in a king so the scale and proportion of the bed are spot on.
In another brilliant designer/ manufacturer collaboration, Jamie Drake created gorgeous pieces for Theodore Alexander that reflect his eye for unique and exuberant detail. His eclectic juxtaposition of materials is seen in this cocktail table composed of lustrous brass orbs and a gorgeous veined stone top.
The Petite Kelly Brass Cocktail Table from Taylor Burke Home looked like an Op Art painting with its Mirth Studio tiles used as the top. The London Tufted Ottoman in hot pink velvet in the background is equally as bold.
Laura Kirar’s new collection for Baker Furniture was inspired by her travels as well as her evolving art and design. She is known as a designer with the soul of an artist. The modern channel low backed Helena sectional blends beautifully with a grouping of her Jade Accent Tables.
Even the accessories took on a more is more flavor. Sklo Studio debuted their join and mantle vessels. The join vessels are composed of two separate cylinders fused together while hot. The color combinations are complimentary and the palette bright. The mantle vessels are organic spherical shapes with overlapping triple color schemes of two opaque colors cupping a third transparent color void. They are then given a thick outer layer of clear crystal making them appear to float.
Please contact the design studio if you are interested in design services or any of the works seen here.
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.
I came across a wonderful blog over the holidays that described design styles based on one’s astrological sign. I thought it would be fun to take a stab at creating a room for an Aquarius based on the description below from StyleatHome….
I started the scheme based off of my favorite blue and violet finds from the past High Point Market. The amethyst chandelier is from Regina Andrew. The cobalt commode, upholstered ottomans, and acrylic and shagreen bedside tables are from Century Furniture. The wavy mirror and rock crystal and nickel sconces are by Vaughan. I would switch out the pair of ottomans for one long custom sized ottoman with the nickel nailhead trim to pick up the polished stainless steel bed frame from Horchow. The brilliant blue Sophie lamps are by Christopher Spitzmiller. The purple pillows are from John Robshaw and the metallic vases are by Arteriors.
My favorite piece in the room is the art by James Nares that hangs behind the bed. To create these larger than life paintings, he hangs suspended above his canvas with a huge paintbrush. There is no room for error which makes these works even more spectacular!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AQUARIUS!