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HIGH POINT TREND: MAXIMALISM

More is more, less is a bore. – Robert Venturi

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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

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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.

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559_303_691695_fm12_mediumA 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.

i3_44_1046_0314_mediumDesign 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.

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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.

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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.

chestKindel’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.

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Brass continued to be a dominant trend in many collections.  Bernhardt employed jewelry like detailing in several pieces from this bookcase to cabinetry hardware.

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Catherine M. Austin Interior Design/ Bernhardt

The cerulean blue leather and brass chairs had a 70s/ Halston-esque vibe that is both dazzling and sophisticated.

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Introduced at last market, the bold brass bed only comes in a king so the scale and proportion of the bed are spot on.

tableIn 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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2014 INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS

Identifying design trends from year to year has always fascinated me.The lifespan of a trend has been cut in half due to social media. Fashion typically influences what is seen in the design world.  Once a trend hits the runway, it will likely show up in the world of interior design the following season through fabrics, furnishings and accessories. See below for what is “in” and “out” from the design editors and experts…

FROM DAVID KEEPS OF THE WALL STREET JOURNAL:

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What’s in for 2014 Illustration by gluekit for The Wall Street Journal
1. Macramé and fiber-art wall hangings: “It’s sculpture for your wall that adds texture and replaces wallpaper or fine art you can’t afford,” said Ms. Burnham. “And we haven’t seen it since the 1970s. I think it’s time.” Early adopters include the Ace Hotel chain and architect Barbara Bestor.
2. Window sheers: The popularity of heavy drapes is drooping. “Everyone wants greater transparency and more light,” observed New York designer Celerie Kemble. And “sheers are no longer granny-ish and polyester,” said Los Angeles designer Kim Alexandriuk. “The new ones in linen and wool look rich.” For her part, Ms. Showers is partial to “limousine cloth, a sheer wool voile,” while Ms. Burnham dresses up sheer panels with inverted box pleats “for a more tailored, masculine look.”
3. Corduroy upholstery: “It’s the casual alternative to velvet and the preppy version of chenille,” said Ms. Burnham, whose library sofa is olive-green corduroy. Mr. Harte, who used Etro’s “hip and vibrant” purple corduroy on a gold-leafed bergère, is also a fan: “It looks really cool on formal chairs.” The wider the wale, the gutsier the statement.
4. Venetian marbled-paper prints: Found on the end papers of old books, these intricately swoopy patterns evoke “the romanticism of a bygone, pre-digital era,” said Mr. Wood. Mr. Bullard noted that the prints are seeing a renaissance on “everything from the chicest of wallpaper to finely silk-screened linens and gold-leafed porcelain.”
5. Deco hues: Color has been nudging gray and greige out of the picture, but, for many decorators, bright primary shades can still feel uncouth. “My favorite palette is anything muted and Deco-inspired: rose quartz, amethyst, topaz, olive, whiskey and raisin,” said Los Angeles designer Michael Berman. “Colors that appear to be filtered through smoke and sunlight.” One exception: Several designers expressed a creeping fondness for hits of acid yellow, especially to jolt an otherwise mellow color scheme.

What’s out for 2014 Illustration by gluekit for The Wall Street Journal
1. Ikat prints: Historically used “to dress the grandest pashas, the ikat pattern has become a patchy print on kitchen towels,” said Los Angeles-based designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Laguna Beach designer Sheldon Harte agreed: “You know it’s over when it’s showing up on paper plates at CVS.”
2. All-white kitchens: A decade after the 2003 Diane Keaton film “Something’s Gotta Give” glorified the control-freak look, the all-white kitchen “feels cold, stark and humorless,” said New York designer Alexandra Champalimaud. NYC designer Fawn Galli still makes room for pallor, however: “The new white-glass appliances add cleanliness and calm, unlike ubiquitous stainless steel.”
3. Woodland creatures: The use of blinky owls, Machiavellian foxes, timid deer and, most recently, mushrooms as decorative motifs in artwork and textiles is verging on kitschy, said Ms. Galli. Try something that’s actually alive, said L.A. designer Betsy Burnham, a fan of potted fiddle-leaf fig trees.
4. Books reduced to décor: “It’s a statement about not reading,” said San Francisco designer Scot Meacham Wood of books that are dust-jacketed in matching colors, stacked into precious tabletop tableaux or—as one high-profile decorator actually did in 2013—arrayed on shelves with their spines to the wall. “It’s an affectation,” said Chicago designer Alessandra Branca.
5. The Belgian look: Devolving into a catalog cliché, the mix of freshly manufactured “antiques” with the linen upholstery and neutral tones so beloved by Belgian tastemakers like Axel Vervoordt “has influenced even our Main Street, U.S.A. vendors,” said Mr. Bullard. “You can’t do a whole room like that without it looking like a hotel lobby,” added Dallas designer Jan Showers.

FROM MICHAEL BOODRO OF ELLE DECOR:

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1. BEJEWELED KITCHENS

The kitchen has long since become the heart of the home, and now designers are dressing it up accordingly. Kelly Wearstler and Stephen Gambrel are fitting out kitchens with elaborate custom cabinetry painted in rich gemstone colors, and accented with gleaming brass or chrome, all lit by unusual lighting fixtures. And companies such as Caesarstone and Antolini have devised composite surfaces that mimic malachite, agate, and other exotic semi-precious stones, perfect for dramatic countertops and backsplashes. Kitchens are becoming downright glamorous.

 

2. HONEY-TONE WOODS

Maybe as a reaction to all the dark wenge and other woods we’ve been seeing in furniture for so long, lighter, honey-color woods such as walnut, oak, and cherry are looking fresh. Two standout collections that include lots of lighter woods are David Easton for Chaddock and Ralph Lauren Home

3. TURQUOISE

It was everywhere at High Point this fall and we expect to see it a great deal in 2014. Perhaps this is the culmination of all the blues and greens we’ve been seeing in the past couple of years. Turquoise showed up in upholstery, wall coverings, and on furniture. And we’re talking deep and saturated, not pale and wimpy.

Read more: 2014 Design Trends – Decorating Trends for 2014 – ELLE DECOR

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4. HAIR ON HIDE

The popular hide rugs have climbed up onto sofas and chairs and even to tables and consoles. You’ll want to pet the furniture in the months ahead. At Lee Industries, you can even choose whether to have a chair upholstered in a summer (shorter) or winter (longer and curlier) fur. And at High Point, Bernhardt featured a handsome console that was covered in the soft skins—a nod to both the trend and classic Jean-Michel Frank designs.

5. THE END OF THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN INDOOR AND OUT

Outdoor fabrics have undergone a revolution, and now the design of outdoor furniture is keeping pace. Soon you’ll be wondering if you shouldn’t be lugging your outdoor pieces inside. Gloster has brought Danish modern style to the patio, and Bunny Williams’s new collection for Century and Michael S. Smith’s for Brown Jordan make it possible to have all the style you are used to in the living room out under the open skies. And the fabrics, by SunbrellaPerennials, and many other companies are more varied and luscious than ever, so the possibilities for stylish outdoor living are virtually endless.

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The images below show recurring themes I saw at Maison & Objet in Paris and High Point Market this fall. I would gladly welcome any of these gorgeous objects into my home…

1. ROCK CRYSTAL

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  2. TAXIDERMY

Maison & Objet The Real Thing
Rattan Animal Heads
Resin Animal Heads

  3. BRASS MIXED WITH LUCITE & FABRICS

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Taylor & Burke
Celerie Kemble for Henredon

4. PINK ACCENTS 

Ro Sham Beaux
Grace & Blake
Regina Andrew

5. GLOBAL CHIC

JuJus at Masion et Objet
Latin American Textile
JuJu, Tusks & Faux Ostrich Eggs