Posts Tagged: Furniture

HIGH POINT MARKET HIGHLIGHT: SHINE BY SHO & SHO MODERN

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When a favorite fashionista client introduced me to the line Shine by Sho a few years ago, I was instantly smitten. The lines of the furniture paired with fashion forward detailing in hardware, finishes and fringe were unlike any other line I had ever seen. Creator Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz describes her client as a “cultural carnivore…obsessed with art, architecture and fashion who knows how to flawlessly combine urbane jewels, sumptuous finishes, and a dash of vogueish thrills to create visual ambrosia.” Who would not want to be defined as such?!?  I anxiously await wait will come with each new collection. Not only is Susan insanely talented and uber creative, she is also effervescent and the kind of of gal pal you would like to travel the world with in search of the next inspiration for her globally inspired brand. Thank you IHFC Interhall for organizing our visit!

Check out her take on trends from last year’s Maison et Objet and see how they have manifested in upcoming posts on High Point Market trends…

SHO MODERN

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Following her wildly successful couture lifestyle brand Shine By Sho, Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz is thrilled to announce the launch of Sho Modern. Inspired by travel and globally sourced material, Sho Modern fuses Shine by Sho’s avant-garde luxury with pret-a- porter accessibility.  Through the use of luxe natural woods, stones, pounded metals, and opulent leather, Sho Modern delivers a globally inpsired and sourced lifestyle brand. Focused on innovation and luxury, Sho Modern is for the design and quality savvy client looking for an instant aesthetic upgrade. “Sho Modern is designed to push fashion forward living into our everyday.”
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SHOWROOM VIGNETTES AT IHFC INTERHALL

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THE FUEL CHAIR
A TOUCH OF POLISH AND A WHOLE LOT OF 1980’S MAXIMALISM FUELS OUR PASSION FOR THIS FASHION FORWARD PERCH.  WHILE THE VIEW FROM THE TOP IS STUNNING, WE’D RATHER CHECK OUT THIS FIRESTARTER’S REAR ASSETS.

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THE SHAG BENCH
OUR SHAG BENCH IS ALL ABOUT OVER THE TOP MAXIMALISM WITH TOTALLY DECADENT CREAM SHEARLING, BUT HAS THE SLIGHTEST HINT OF RESTRAINED MINIMALISM COMING FROM TARNISHED GOLD PIPE.  THE QUESTION WON’T BE ‘SHALL WE SHAG NOW OR LATER?’ BUT WHERE TO START? sho_modern_verge_pendant_webcrop_2_1024x1024

THE EDGE PENDANT
THEY SAY THAT NOT ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD, BUT THIS LITTLE TART IS GOLDEN. THE HAMMERED BRASS DOME GLISTENS WHILE THE TIERED LEATHER FRINGE LETS LIGHT DANCE THROUGH ITS SKIRT CREATING A VIBRANT AND FLIRTY FEMME FATAL. HANG OUR VERGE PENDANT ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO UP THE STYLE ANTE.

sho_modern__brink_lamp_webcrop_a_1024x1024THE BRINK TABLE LAMP
A TALL SQUARE MARBLE BASE, ELONGATED NECK AND BRASS DOME CREATE A SOPHISTICATEDLY SIMPLE SILHOUETTE;  FRINGE LEATHER UPS THE FLIRTY FACTOR.  LIGHT DANCES OFF THE HAMMERED BRASS AND PEAKS THROUGH THE FRINGE SKIRTING.  ADD THE BRINK TO CREATE A LITTLE EXTRA VAMPY SPARKLE.sho_modern_horn_lamp_webcrop_1024x1024

THE HORN TABLE LAMP
WANT A HINT OF MYTHICAL GLAMOUR?  LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THIS LEGENDARY CREATURE.  CRAFTED FROM SCULPTED BRASS AND MARBLE, OUR HORN LAMP WILL HAVE YOU PRANCING WITH JOY AND WONDERING WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG TO FIND IT.

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THE PIPE TABLE LAMP
A SERIES OF OFFSET BRASS/NICKEL PIPES ARISE FROM A MARBLE BASE SPEWING LIGHT IN ALL DIRECTIONS IN OUR PIPE TABLE LAMP. UP THE INDUSTRIAL SIZZLE FACTOR WITH A FEW OF OUR PIPE LAMPS ON EITHER SIDE OF A BED.sho_modern_pound_lamp_webcrop_1024x1024THE POUND FLOOR LAMP
THE POUND FLOOR LAMP IS LIKE A GIANT DIAMOND RING: IT MAKES A SPARKLY STATEMENT. THE HAMMERED BRASS/NICKEL REFRACTS LIGHT IN EVERY DIRECTION, CREATING AN EYE-CATCHING GLOW. PLUG ONE OF OUR POUND FLOOR LAMPS INTO A SUBDUED SITTING ROOM FOR AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT OR INTO AN OVER-THE-TOP SALON TO PUSH THE BOUNDS OF MAXIMALISM.  WE EVEN SAY PUT IT ON A TABLE FOR AN OVERSCALED TABLE LAMP STATEMENT.

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THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE
THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE TICKLES THE SENSES WITH ITS BLEACHED WHITE OAK CONTOURED INTO SLEEK DEMILUNES, THE LINED IN HAMMERED NICKEL.  SOPHISTICATED, SURREAL AND SIGNIFICANT, THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE MAKES AN ARCHITECTURAL STATEMENT.

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THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE
THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE TICKLES THE SENSES WITH ITS BLEACHED WHITE OAK CONTOURED INTO SLEEK DEMILUNES, THE LINED IN HAMMERED NICKEL.  SOPHISTICATED, SURREAL AND SIGNIFICANT, THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE MAKES AN ARCHITECTURAL STATEMENT.

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THE BANG BUFFET
YOU DON’T NEED TO PLUG THIS PIECE IN TO MAKE IT GLOW – IT SHIMMERS ALL BY ITSELF. OUR BANG BUFFET CABINET IS CRAFTED USING POUNDED METAL CREATING AN ALMOST ETHERAL GLOW.  PUT IT IN A DINING ROOM OR LIVING ROOM TO HIDE ALL THE THINGS YOU’D RATHER FORGET.

sho_modern_bowie_tarngold_side_webcrop_1024x1024THE BOWIE ETAGERE
CAN SOMETHING BE CUTTING EDGE AND YET TIMELESS? WE THINK THE BOWIE ETAGERE IS JUST THAT. THE TARNISHED METAL ADDS A LIBERAL SPLASH OF SIZZLE, WHILE THE SLEEK SILHOUETTE IS AN INSTANT CLASSIC. USE IT TO STORE TOWELS IN A PALM BEACH POOL HOUSE, TO DISPLAY TRINKETS IN A WILLIAMSBURG LOFT, OR AS A MINI-MEDIA CENTER IN A SOHO STUDIO – THE TRANSFORMATIONS ARE ENDLESS. 

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THE STUD MIRROR
WE WANT THIS STUD IN EVERY ROOM. HORSE HAIR AND LEATHER COME TOGETHER TO FORM A MASCULINE FRAME AROUND A LARGE OVAL MIRROR. THIS DAPPER STUD WORKS JUST AS WELL IN A LOUCHE DOWNTOWN LA LOFT AS IT DOES IN A SLICK MODERNIST MANHATTAN HIGH-RISE. 

SHINE BY SHO 2016 FALL COLLECTION

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Enjoy this behind the scenes video when Shine by Sho partnered with Lori Margolis Interiors to install Caitlyn Jenner’s Malibu home..

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MODERN MASTERS: MILO BAUGHMAN AND THAYER COGGIN

“Modern is based on principles. Contemporary is that which is currently stylish. I think this expresses most exactly the new mood that I feel is peculiarly appropriate for today. There is a frank richness that I believe we all secretly want and (within the limits of good taste) should legitimately expect.” – Milo Baughman

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I was delighted to participate in my first High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour this fall. In addition to getting in depth tours at a variety of showrooms, it was also wonderful to experience market through the lens of so many talented design friends. As usual, I returned home with no voice and blistered feet, but full of new sources for clients and inspiration for future projects.  One of the many highlights was a visit to the iconic Thayer Coggin showroom.  After back to back meetings, it can be a challenge to keep the attention of a group of designers…As soon as we entered the doors, we knew we were in for a special treat. 

HIGH POINT MARKET DESIGN BLOGGERS TOUR 2016

The countdown is on…Just 44 days until High Point Market officially opens!

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I am excited to be joining this lovely group of ladies, High Point Market, Esteem Media, and the Design Bloggers Conference for the 3rd Annual High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour.  The program brings ten leading design bloggers to High Point Market for a 2-day tour of sponsoring showrooms. We will be visiting each sponsor for an up-close look at the exhibitors’ company, showroom and products during a 45 minute presentation and tours. We will then feature and discuss our inspiring finds on our individual blogs and social media accounts. I could not think of a more fun and creative group to take in the inspiration of market.

“We are very excited about our selected bloggers, and were encouraged by the sponsorship commitments made by the High Point Market exhibitors in recognition of the trade influence and consumer reach that the assembled corps of bloggers and social media influencers represent,” commented Adam Japko, founder and CEO of Esteem Media. “I anticipate we’ll have top-notch coverage from our blogger team, with great insight into the highlights and trends they’ll discover in the sponsoring showrooms.”

The tour will kick off on Sunday, October 23, and conclude on Monday, October 24. Additional information on the Design Bloggers Tour can be found at http://www.highpointmarket.org/event/design-blogger-tour. During and after Market, follow the tour on social media by following the #designbloggerstour hashtag.

PARTICIPANTS

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Courtney Allison, www.frenchcountrycottage.net
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Cathy Austin, www.catherinemaustin.com/bespokebanter
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Arianne Bellizaire, www.inspiredtostyle.com
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Vicki G. Bolick, www.theaceofspaceblog.com
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Jeanne Chung, www.cozystylishchic.com
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Janet Coon, www.shabbyfufublog.com
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Mariella Cruzado, www.splendorstyling.com
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Carrie Leskowitz, www.carriesdesignmusings.blogspot.com
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Holly Hollingsworth Phillips, www.theenglishroom.biz
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Shannon Smith, www.burlapandlaceblog.com

TOUR SPONSORS

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MAKING A STATEMENT WITH LEXINGTON HOME BRANDS

Last month at High Point Market, I was delighted to be sponsored by Lexington Home Brands. Thier immense showroom was beyond impressive and I came across several pieces in their various collections that would be “statement” pieces for any space.  In interior design just like in fashion, a statement piece is the most interesting, attractive, and eye-catching element of a space that typically reflect the personality of the owner. The selections below show the versatility of Lexington Home Brands. There is something for every interior….from a sophisticated city dwelling to a charming beachside villa. Here is my “Top Ten” list of pieces that would steal the show in any room…

1. ARIA CHEST

Tangerine leather is accented with mahogany trim in a dark walnut finish; solid brass hardware in a bright brass finish; and 5 drawers –the top drawer felt lined with a divided jewelry tray.

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2. HANCOCK SOFA

The luxurious channel back styling has a 70s vibe, yet still feels current today. The tight treatment on the back and seat cushions provide great comfort and clean, crisp styling that will be enjoyed for years to come. Brightly colored accent pillows provide rotating art on the blank canvas.

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3. BANNISTER GARDEN CONSOLE TABLE

The contemporary tree branch design on the base was inspired by the Australian Boab tree. The top is solid travertine in a soft demilune shape.

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4. MANDARIN RED DESK

Inspired by a Cartier jewelry box, the dry-brushed mandarin red finish is accented by silk-screened gold tooling, complementing the brushed brass finished legs.

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5. PACIFIC ISLE MEDIA CONSOLE

Select hardwoods in a black finish outlined with gold striping. Two pairs of doors open the reveal two adjustable shelves on each side, with three center drawers. Polished brass hardware. Includes infrared SmartEye for media remote control. Also comes in red with black striping.

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6. BRENTWOOD WRITING DESK

Functional as it is glamorous, the writing desk features sophisticated gold leaf accents and clean contemporary lines. It has three full extension drawers, including a pencil tray in the right drawer and a drop-front keyboard drawer in the center with an ergonomic palm rest.

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7. BLACK SANDS CHEST

The four drawer night chest takes inspiration for Africa’s Ivory Coast, with an intriguing shape and elegant pendant drawer pulls.

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Sea mist faux shagreen divided top, drawer fronts, side and front panels with ivory finish on the frame and fretwork. One full-extension file drawer accommodates letter/legal files, 4 storage drawers and lucite and chrome bar pull hardware.

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9. PARCHMENT DESK

Reminiscent of a vintage Karl Springer piece, the three drawer desk sits on a brushed brass base.

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10. ABBOTTS LANDING FOLDING SCREEN

The three decorative fretwork panels subtly suggests a room divider or adds height and interest without blocking light.

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Lexington Home Brands is a global leader in the design, sourcing, manufacturing and lifestyle marketing of upscale home furnishings. The Company’s award-winning product line of wood, upholstery and outdoor living designs encompass the industry’s most diverse range of styling, featuring recognized consumer brands like Lexington®, Tommy Bahama Home®, Tommy Bahama Outdoor Living® and Sligh®.

With a history dating back to 1903,  the company’s expansive product line includes wood and upholstered furniture across a wide range of styles.  Residential products are distributed in the U.S. and internationally through a network of independent furniture retailers, interior designers and design firms, trade showrooms and select Internet retailers. The Company also produces home furnishings for contract, hospitality and commercial use. Headquartered in High Point, NC, the company has showrooms in High Point, New York, Denver, and Las Vegas. The Company is privately held by Sun Capital Partners, based in Boca Raton, FL.

Be sure to follow Lexington’s Inspired Design Blog and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram and Houzz.

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LUXE LIVING: OYSTER BAY BY LEXINGTON HOME BRANDS

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Hempstead Mirror / Brookhaven Hall Chest

As an interior designer, I am often asked to create serene havens for my clients where they can relax and leave their daily stress behind. They request casual yet luxurious spaces that reflect their personalities where they can enjoy their family and friends. I was delighted to be sponsored for High Point Market this spring by Lexington Home Brands and see the debut of the Oyster Bay Collection that perfectly embodies this lifestyle.

“Given the immense pace of life for today’s professionals, it’s hardly a surprise that comfort and relaxation are at the top of the list when shopping for home furnishings. At the same time, these consumers want to showcase their success and personal style, while creating a fashionable space that serves as an invitation for entertaining. In designing Oyster Bay, we drew inspiration from the Hamptons, which embodies sophisticated living at its best, while retaining a casual vibe and comfortable relaxed demeanor.”- Phil Haney, President and CEO of Lexington Home Brands.

Two of my favorite pieces are shown above. The curvilinear lines of the Hempstead Mirror are accentuated with a small nailhead detail. The stencilled pattern on the Brookhaven Hall Chest makes it an ideal focal point for any space.

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Seaford Chair / Deerwood Side Table

Lighter wood tones, natural textures, and a palette of ivory, taupe and grey are used throughout the collection to evoke a laid back sophisticated vibe. This “luxe transitional” style blends classic elements such as button tufting and turned legs with more contemporary features like burnished stainless steel tops and geometric metal bases. The Seaford Chair pictured above is an example of mixing a contemporary water hyacinth frame and a classicwing chair silhouette. The Deerwood Side Table adds an industrial feel to give the collection a bit of edge.

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Greenport Sofa / Saddlebrook Cocktail & End Table

The new textiles include geometrics, stripes, menswear-inspired fabrics, and luxurious textures such as rich oyster grey leather. The fabrics along with the various furniture styles are equally at home at the shore or in the city. The geometric shapes of the Saddlebrook Cocktail and End Table provide a pleasing juxtaposition to the more traditional diamond-tufted Greenport Sofa.

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Hidden Lake Bistro Table / Merrick Swivel Stool

Custom hardware in antique pewter pairs beautifully with the lightly distressed wood base and stainless steel top of the Hidden Lake Bistro Table. Merrick Swivel Stools combine rush seats with metal and wood. The versatility of the collection merges the best elements of luxe traditional and casual transitional.

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Lexington Home Brands is a global leader in the design, sourcing, manufacturing and lifestyle marketing of upscale home furnishings. The Company’s award-winning product line of wood, upholstery and outdoor living designs encompass the industry’s most diverse range of styling, featuring recognized consumer brands like Lexington®, Tommy Bahama Home®, Tommy Bahama Outdoor Living® and Sligh®.

With a history dating back to 1903,  the company’s expansive product line includes wood and upholstered furniture across a wide range of styles.  Residential products are distributed in the U.S. and internationally through a network of independent furniture retailers, interior designers and design firms, trade showrooms and select Internet retailers. The Company also produces home furnishings for contract, hospitality and commercial use. Headquartered in High Point, NC, the company has showrooms in High Point, New York, Denver, and Las Vegas. The Company is privately held by Sun Capital Partners, based in Boca Raton, FL.

During High Point Market, a shuttle runs frequently from the Lexington Reception Studio in downtown High Point at the corner of Commerce and Wrenn, directly across from the IHFC.

To learn more about the new introductions, be sure to follow Lexington’s Inspired Design Blog and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram and Houzz.

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CATBIRD COLLECTION: CIRCA’S UPHOLSTERY DEBUT

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When designer Cindy Smith embarked on her dream of creating a furniture line, she called upon her creative coalition of design colleagues. She had been yearning for more unusual pieces for her design clients which she could not find in the marketplace. Always known to turn a negative into a positive, Cindy let her frustration fuel her creation of the Catbird Collection, a bespoke line of furnishings created by eight of the country’s top designers and architects.

The personalities behind Circa’s newly launched Catbird Collection have many common traits…each is individually recognized as the best and brightest in their respective fields of architecture, interior and kitchen design. Thier humility is beyond impressive considering their incredible talent and amazing accomplishments. Despite their various areas of expertise, Cindy refers to them as “members of the same tribe. We may not have the same taste, but we have the same passion for and love of beauty in the home.”

I had the pleasure to view the collection firsthand today with many of the designers.  Each piece is distinctive in that it can inspire the design vision for an entire interior. The designers were given parameters on what to create for the collection. The group met several months ago with sketches in hand and the collaboration began. They helped each other to refine the designs, perfect the proportions, and select the finishing touches from fringe and nailheads to removable down filled palettes. Cindy chose fabrics that would work well with neutrals including silks, mohairs, velvets, and linens in a dramatic palette of charcoal, deep tan, mustard, grey and gold.

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Cindy describes Circa’s ‘Catbird’ collection as”an embodiment of the passion that fuels the creative spirit. It is a collection of inviting seating thoughtfully conceived by a coterie of singularly talented architects and designers. Artful designs that express the distinct sensibilities of their creators. Created with the notion that a single, beautiful piece of furniture, can inspire a room, and the spirit. Whose form draws our attention, beckons us to repose, to pause and sit, for conversation, for reflection, for simply slowing down and spending time with our own thoughts. Unseen but essential is what lies beneath the surface: quality and comfort crafted by furniture artisans of the American tradition. Circa invites you to discover and delight in our debut collection and hope that you will be inspired to find yourself in the catbird seat.”

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CINDY SMITH / Circa Interiors/ The Whitlow

“I affectionately call this sofa ‘my nest with feathers.’ A slim, tight outline filled with loose fitting, unstructured luxury – it always looks a little bit well loved and is perfectly imperfect. Developing the Catbird Collection presented a welcome challenge and privilege that I have been fortunate to undertake in the company of immensely talented and prized colleagues. As a lover of antiques, I treasure the one-of-a-kind piece and hope to translate this individuality into a range of upholstery. My aim was to create a collection of pieces that has a life of its own, holds your attention, gives spirit to a space, and perhaps even inspires a room’s design.”

Cindy Smith founded Circa Interiors & Antiques in 1979. What began as a small bungalow full of treasures collected throughout Europe has grown into a premier,multi-city retail destination and go-to design source for home furnishings and interior design expertise. She lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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PAUL BATES / Bates Corkern Studio / The Sullivan

“Although it’s a clean-lined piece, I designed this sofa to act as a bridge between modern and traditional styles through its combination of long, low lines with luxurious tufting details, bronze buttons, and silver silk velvet. Bates Corkern Studio is defined by the union of classic tradition and modern simplicity. We strive for honest and authentic results in all of our work. Whether it be a finely crafted home, or an elegant chair to rest, our work is grounded by tradition and celebrates life with a modern point of view. We are honored to join, alongside similar thinkers, in the conception and celebration of Circa’s Catbird Collection.”

Paul Bates and Jeremy Corkern founded their practice in the year 2000. Today, Bates Corkern Studio is a small atelier of five focusing on custom residential architecture, furniture design, and interiors. They live and work in Birmingham, Alabama.

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EMILY BOURGEOIS / Bourgeoisie, Inc. / The Kathryn

“With the strong, elegant posture of a thoroughbred, the Kathryn is free to indulge in all things feminine. She adds romance to a dining room, but is equally comfortable in the kitchen to commune with family and friends. I opened Bourgeoisie, Inc. in part to better understand my insatiable desire for beauty. This passion is more universal than I could possibly have realized. It brings wonderful clients year after year. While each expresses it differently, there is a common thread. We all find absolute joy in honest materials used in an unpretentious way. Tethered to the ancient tool of pleasing mathematics, our goal is to design spaces that in subtle ways allow the grace of beautiful materials, shapes and shadows to inspire our clients’ everyday lives. For me, Circa’s Catbird Collection is the pinnacle of delight on this journey. It provides a creative forum for designers to be inspired by peers who see the world in the same sparkling light. I am excited to be part of Cindy Smith’s clear vision and by her unfaltering ability to bring like people together to build beautiful things.”

Emily Bourgeois has long been one of the Queen City’s leading designers. Since opening her firm’s doors in 2002, Bourgeoisie, Inc.’s kitchens and interiors have developed a fervent following throughout the Southeast. She lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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JEREMY CORKERN / Bates Corkern Studio / The Rebecca

“I designed this sofa to be a modern antique, a pared-down version of a nineteenth-century Sheraton sofa. Equally at home in a traditional or contemporary setting, the piece has classic lines but doesn’t feel like your grandmother’s sofa.”

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SUSAN FERRIER / McAlpine Booth Ferrier Interiors / The Piper

“The Piper Swivel chair is named after my constant companion, a rescue dog that was waiting for me. Always intent to please, this generous chair in motion was inspired by a walk along London’s Pimlico Road. I believe in creating atmosphere – soft, a little bit foggy, kind. Design is not just visual – it should be sensual. Looking deeply inward and outward, emotionally evocative, my interiors reflect collected experiences in compelling relationship to each other. Honored by the invitation, I travel forward in collaboration with Circa’s Catbird collection.”

Susan Ferrier is partnered with Ray Booth and Bobby McAlpine of McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors. Together they have created beautiful homes. She is a nationally and internationally recognized designer practicing in Atlanta, Georgia.

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BOBBY McALPINE / McAlpine Tankersley Architecture / The Cornelia

“This sofa is named for my grandmother, Fannie Cornelius – a strong, silent type, so well-grounded that she could dispel all manner of chaos. Like her, this sofa is the rock of any interior, beautiful and inclusive of all creatures present.  My genuine curiosity to provide what isn’t there led me to Catbird. From a platform of need, I seek, as I have done for decades, to fill the market with what I could not find: a source for mature, quiet furnishings who accept their presence alongside antiquity.”

Architect, romantic, poet, and entrepreneur, Bobby McAlpine, designed his first house at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since. His distinguished and widely published firms attract clients from across North America and beyond.

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KEN PURSLEY / Pursley Dixon Architecture / The Grace

“The Grace chair was conceived to represent what its name implies, a graceful expression of seating. The elegant lines and gracious proportions allow from comfortable lounging that will blend seamlessly with the interior landscape. Pursley Dixon Architecture is founded of the simple principle that beauty matters. In our travels, our relationships, our work, and in our homes we believe beautiful space has the power to elevate one’s spirit. This thought is at the heart of everything we do. We are excited to be a part of Circa’s ‘Catbird’ collection and join with other like minded designers to create a line of furniture that will continue to perpetuate our passion for all things beautiful.”

Ken is the founding principal of Pursley Dixon Architecture. The twelve-member firm, specializing in bespoke residential architecture and furniture design, was established in 2005. He lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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JANE SCHWAB / Circa Interiors / The Nelson

“I have longed to discover this piece. Many came close, but this tallish sofa suits many different room types and sizes. Attractive from varied angles, it boasts a practical tight back and a comfortable seat depth. My designs are characterized by a love of art, timeless beauty and quality – ever mindful of the complexities and functional demands of modern family life. I carefully edit objects and furniture to work together in symphony and apply a keen attention to detail resulting in interiors that are not only appropriately balanced but also invitingly intimate.”

Since 1988, Jane Schwab of Circa Interiors & Antiques has created interesting, subtle spaces colored with gracious lines and beautiful fabrics for a myriad of clients across the country. She lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Emily Bourgeois and Ken Pursley lounging on a Pursley-designed Chaise

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The Elephare Chair by Emily Bourgeois

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Barstools by Emily Bourgeois

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Bobby McAlpine, Cindy Smith, Emily Bourgeois and Ken Pursley

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Divine sculptural chair by Bobby McAlpine

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The Wansley by Cindy Smith

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Bobby McAlpine and Cindy Smith

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Impeccably appointed Bloody Mary Bar at the Preview

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Be sure to check out the Circa design blog for upcoming events in Charlotte and Birmingham.

To read my interviews with Cindy Smith and Jane Schwab, click here and here.

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HIGH POINT TREND: RHAPSODY IN RED

“A room without red is like a lady without lipstick”-Diana Vreeland

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The lines of Century Furniture’s lacquered Dressing Chest provide a beautiful silhouette for any room.

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Image via Instagram from Parker Kennedy Living

The Isabella side chair, a favorite Chinoiserie silhouette, becomes even more chic in its polished red finish.

red2The 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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Have you fallen under the magical rhapsody of red? Read more about the power of red in design by clicking here and here.

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.

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TOMMY MITCHELL: HIGH POINT HIGHLIGHT

Gilt and White Lilly of the Valley
Orange Linen on Gilt Stand
My childhood was filled with flower gardens displayed against houses, fences, bird baths, or took up the extra garden row. There was not a lot of planning to it, but an ordered chaos sort of beauty, a design aesthetic I still appreciate. I am inspired by and interested in passionate people, other artists and creators. -Tommy Mitchell


A definite highlight from High Point was seeing the work of North Carolina-based artist Tommy Mitchell.  I had read about him on several design blogs, but as with most works of art, seeing the real thing cannot be beat. Tommy works with metal and tole to create extraordinary replicas of flora, fauna and natural objects.

The versatility of what Tommy can create is amazing. The works can stand along as miniature sculptures as seen above, or can transform a wall into a contemporary art installation. The three dimensional aspect of his work is brilliantly displayed in these acrylic shadow boxes.


Painted Tole Flowers
Ecru Linen Ground encased in Acrylic
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Orchid Detail
Lilly Detail

By changing the palette to gilt and white, the flowers take on a completely different feel.  The silhouettes of each petal and the negative space become more in focus.

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Ecru Linen Ground

Then by changing the background linen color, Tommy’s work metamorphoses into a completely different look.

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Lavender Linen Ground
Linen Samples

At this market, Tommy introduced lighting and furniture into his collection. For the hanging lights, each sculpture is encased in acrylic and then set into a metal frame.  The works look completely different based on the metal finish and the scale of the sculptures.

18” Gilded Medallion in Acrylic
White Painted Petals in Acrylic
Gilded Butterfly Cocktail Table
Ecru Linen Background on Gilt Frame
Gilded Butterfly Side Table
on Orange Linen and Gilt Frame
via artist’s website
Gilded Ginko Table
on Metal Frame
via artist’s website
Tommy Mitchell
via artist’s website

If you are interested in any additional information on any of the works seen here, please do not hesitate to contact us at the design studio.