High Point Market is a marathon and a sprint all at the same time…There is so much to see and so much ground to cover. It helps to be surrounded by a lovely group of creative minds that were part of the team for the 3rd Annual High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour organized by High Point Market, Esteem Media, and the Design Bloggers Conference. The program brings ten leading design bloggers to High Point Market for a 2-day tour of sponsoring showrooms. We had a ball getting to know one another, sharing favorite design sources, and experiencing market from everyone’s different perspectives.
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.
Lighting is like the jewelry of the room. Without proper pieces that sparkle and shine, the room does not feel complete. In the same way a fine painting or antique can elevate everything else in the room, exquisite lighting can do the same. Each of these finds is a work of art based on craftsmanship and the inspiration behind each piece.
The pink lamps above are by Louise Gaskill who creates one of kind lamps from vintage Murano glass. The shape and color of each piece of glass determines the final silhouette of the lamp. Here, Louise’s imagination took light turning two pink fluted orbs into modern lamps with a slight Chinoiserie influence seen in the bamboo rings and asian inspired bases.
Sklo Studio began as the brainchild of an American artist and architect and a Czech glassblower to pursue a new vision of hand blown Bohemian crystal. Each market, I have been enchanted by their work that brings a modern aesthetic to a historic craft tradition. Each piece is unique in that the nature of the glass and the details of the process are revealed in each piece.
The quartz point lamp from Times Two Design provides a wow factor for any room. The brass base and gilt lined shade make it even more glamorous. . Lauren Renfrow elevates the natural beauty of elements from the earth to artisan levels using acrylic and other embellishments. Her company focuses on creating entirely handmade items that are limited edition and totally unique.
The highly anticipated lighting line from Kelly Wearstler at Visual Comfort attracted a huge crowd! Lines formed outside the showroom for fans to catch a glimpse of Kelly and see her collection. Brass was her material of choice and each piece possessed a signature sculptural quality seen in many of her designs.
The lovely ladies at Taylor Burke Home had many great market introductions including their first foray into lighting. The 2 pendant styles can be customized in any color in a 36” and 20” diameter. The pierced fretwork is an ingenious repeat of their logo. Both styles have riveted nailheads defining the edges for a sleek look. These native Carolinians travel the world for their inspiration. All of their products are made in the USA and eco-friendly.
The Natural Light Company debuted a collection of cast metal lamps of aluminum inspired by nature. Here, ginkgo leaves are interpreted larger in size and arranged so that each leaf is placed as though standing on the shoulders of lower leaves. The metallic finish adds a sophisticated touch to any space.
Jewelry details were everywhere at this market from cabinetry hardware to this pendant from Arteriors that resembles a gold cuff bracelet.
New Orleans native Michael Clément specializes in ceramic, hand crafted lamps and interior accessories. Each piece reflects his aesthetic of classical and traditional forms, and finishes that evoke the veneer of the city. This collection was inspired by the climate and culture New Orleans has in creating a patina of time. The collection features handmade lamps, hand sculpted and hand-thrown bowls enhanced with rich colors and distinctive finishes.
These handfolded plexiglass pendants from Oggetti Luce appear as if they are ready to take flight. The light they emit and shadows they cast have a magical quality. Hung together in various colors looked like an art installation.
The colorful world of Dunes and Duchess is the brainchild of photographer Michael Partino and stylist/writer Stacey Kunstel. All pieces are handmade in the USA in a myriad of colors. Their collection of lighting and furniture is an extension of this delightful couple that are the perfect combination of creativity, authenticity, and whimsy.
The wall of sconces at Wesley Hall showed the countless customizations of the Robert Abbey Williamsburg Lightfoot Sconce. Here the 3 metal finishes (nickel, brass and bronze) are shown with various nailhead patterns and come in a variety of leather and fabric upholstered backplates.
North Carolina based artist Tommy Mitchell incorporated his metal flowers into several new table lamps and sconces. This was my favorite which is actually a stalk of brussel sprouts reincarnated in gilt metal.
I always look forward to seeing the colorful creations of Ro Sham Beaux. Their customization abilities and variety of styles make it a designer’s dream for a lighting line. The carnelian red beads are a new introduction and definitely on trend with all of the other touches of red seen throughout High Point.
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.