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.
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Here are a few favorites from High Point’s Fall Furniture Market. Any of these can add some much needed flair to any interior…
|Gossip Chair by Oomph|
1. Oomph was one of our favorite lines at High Point. Along with the Gossip Chair above, all of their tables, mirrors, and lanterns in lacquered finishes would give any room an extra punch of personality.
|Wallpapers by Jonathan Adler|
2. Anything by Jonathan Adler puts a smile on my face. His new line of wallpapers does not disappoint. You gotta love a designer that has his own Manifesto including such truisms like “We believe that when it comes to decorating, the wife is ALWAYS right, unless the husband is gay.” and “We believe in Palm Beach Style: Louis chairs, Chinoiserie, Lilly Pulitzer, The Breakers circa ’72.”
|Cocktail Table by Chelsea Editions Furniture|
3.Chelsea Textiles has always been known for their embroidered fabrics and needlework pillows. Now they have introduced a Mid Century Modern Furniture line that includes side tables, desks, chairs and cocktail tables like the one pictured above. The colors range from teal to raspberry and everything in between.
|Zig Zag Side Table by Festoni|
4. We discovered Festoni for the first time a couple of years ago in High Point. Since then, their booth is always a must see every time we visit. Their linen wrapped and lacquered pieces come in a range of colors from chocolate to poppy. They have cocktail, bedside and game tables along with chests and consoles.
|Color Palette for Lilly Pulitzer for HFI Brands|
5. Speaking of Lilly Pulitzer, HFI Brands launched her eponymous furniture line this summer. The palette of colors is above and the pieces themselves are stunning. Even though the pieces have a retro flair about them, they would work in almost any interior with the appropriate finish and fabric.
|Wing chair by Lilly Pulitzer for HFI Brands|
|Scroll Cocktail Table by Lilly Pulitzer for HFI Brands|
|Mirrored Console by Bungalow 5|
6. Bungalow 5 ‘s booth gets “Best in Show” for styling. All of their pieces looked fabulous against the cerulean blue walls. Their new mirrored furniture line included Asian inspired consoles and vanities.
|Diego Bed by Oly Studio|
7. Oly Studio was another beautifully styled showroom. After looking at booth after booth of merchandise crammed into small spaces, it was heavenly to walk into their ethereal showroom. The murals on their walls should be featured in one of their upcoming ads. They set a beautiful backdrop for their furniture. This bed above caught my eye. It can come in a gilt, silver or bronze finish and reminded me of a Giacometti sculpture.
|Duffy Table by Made Goods|
8. Madegoods has always been a favorite resource for mirrors and accessories. This ceramic side table called “Duffy” reminded me of the Pierre Cardin furniture from the 1970s.
|Turot prints from Natural Curiosities|
9. One of my favorite designers from LA introduced me to Natural Curiosities last year. I adore all of their Specimen, Graphic and Abstract Art. For this collection, they took one of their Turot Geometric pieces(which used to be a Swiss educational aid) and added color to the diagonals. These were introduced at market this Fall.
|Etagere from BeeLine Home|
10. This etagere was created by one my all time favorite designers and inspired by another. Bunny Williams of added this etagere her collection at BeeLine Home this year. It was inspired by a piece that Albert Hadley has in his New York apartment. Hadley’s bookcase was built in 1936 to commemorate the Olympics being held in Berlin.