High Point Market Highlight Reel – Spring 2014

Today I put together a High Point Market highlight reel of the Spring 2014 market.  Since the beginning of the year, I have been busy traveling from one trade show to the next and have been snapping up loads of pictures, just to post only a handful on the blog.  I have amassed quite a collection of photos and instead of simply storing them on my computer, I decided to put  them to good use by sharing them with all my readers.  Instead of writing a traditional blog post, I put together a short video (4 1/2 minutes) of my High Point Market out takes.

People I run into always ask me what High Point Market is all about.  If you’re an interior designer or furniture dealer, it is the place to be twice a year, when  the world’s largest furniture trade show takes over the town of  High Point, North Carolina.  Buyers, manufacturers, and sales reps from all around the globe travel  to High Point to see the new introductions in the many showrooms, which are housed in buildings throughout downtown and spread to the outskirts of town – 11.5 million square feet of show space! As you’ll see, High Point Market is not limited to furniture, but encompasses everything for the home including accessories, bedding,  flooring and more.

Stay tuned for more short video highlights on other trade shows I’ve attended so far this year such as: Las Vegas Winter Market, The Architectural Digest Home Design Show, Dwell on Design, KBIS – The Kitchen and Bath Show, and Las Vegas Summer Market (which I will be attending next week) I realize that it’s not always easy to attend market, so this way you can watch the video and see all the great finds without having to leave home! I hope you enjoy – let me know what you think in the comment section, as I’d love to hear your thoughts. Perhaps I’ve convinced you that you too, need to visit High Point Market this October?  Registration is now open!

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Urban Apartment Living at Met Lofts

Modern urban apartment living at Met Lofts-Laura Schwartz-Muller 4

Laura Schwartz Muller’s design of a studio space at Met Lofts is modern urban apartment living at its best. Last year Laura designed a penthouse loft at 1600 Vine, also in collaboration with Dwell on Design.  Met Lofts also happens to be  is owned by Klein Financial -the same company that owns 1600 Vine.  Even though the studio’s size pales in comparison to the 3 bedroom 2 story loft she designed last year for 1600 Vine (it had towering 2-story windows that ran the perimeter of the living room) , the studio makes up for it’s lack of size with high end furnishings, furniture that is custom built for the space, and a fantastic selection of art.  In fact, I prefer the studio’s smaller space as it makes for a more intimate setting, and I’m all about feeling cozy when at home. [Read more...]

Modern and Masculine Interior Design at Met Lofts

Modern and Masculine Interior Design at Met Lofts

A few weeks ago I gave you a glimpse of Frank Slesinski’s modern and masculine interior design at Met Lofts, which was designed in conjunction with Dwell on Design and today  I am taking you back for the full tour. You may remember Frank Slesinksi‘s work from my coverage of last year’s Dwell collaborative at 1600 Vine in the heart of Hollywood.  This year Frank brings back his signature modern and masculine interior design that never screams “bachelor pad” but instead is a refined mix of warm woods, cool accents, and beautifully worn antique rugs. Design for the refined gentleman who not only loves the finer things in life, but who also understands and has an appreciation for art and design and is not afraid to express his individual style in his home.  Actually, this pretty much describes Frank!

Met Lofts-Frank Slesinski

Entering into the loft, I was pleasantly greeted by a lovely bar tray sitting atop a cerused wood console with a concrete wall, exposed steel pipes and a contemporary black and white painting acting as the back drop. [Read more...]

Junk Food Flagship Opens on Abbot Kinney


Junk Food Flagship on Abbot Kinney

Junk Food Clothing, known for their vintage-inspired rock tees and witty phrases, tried their hand at architecture and design when designing their recently opened their 2700 square foot  Junk Food Flagship retail store on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, located in Venice, CA.

A space that fuses together past, present and future, Junk Food worked hand-in-hand with designers and architects to bring their mid-century design ideas to life, putting a modern twist on the early 1900’s-built space.  The approach to the design and architecture of the Junk Food flagship is similar to their approach to the clothing they design – respectful of the  past with a modern interpretation that  infuses today’s aesthetics and amenities.

Exposed brick walls, concrete floors and wood beams provide a glimpse to the building’s past along with evidence of earthquake retrofitting, which brings the structure up to today’s building code.  In its past life, the Junk Food flagship was a 1920’s Hudson Car dealership. In the early 80’s it was a secret test garage to build one of the world’s first super cars: The Vector. By the mid-late 80’s, it became Perry Farrell’s from Jane’s Addiction recording studio. More recently it was a book store and then a gallery, before being reincarnated into the Junk Food flagship retail store. [Read more...]