High Point Market Recap

HIGH POINT MARKET RECAP, APRIL 2013

Well, I made it back to LA – tired, worn, but full of new inspiration!  There was so much to see (120+ buildings) and so much to soak in.  This is my quick market recap, with much more to come in the upcoming weeks, where I will cover all the trends in detail.  There is just WAY to much information to cover in one post.  Sit back and enjoy!

COLORS ARE BRIGHT AND SATURATED

High gloss lacquer, bright ceramic glazed accessories, beaded and embroidered pillows.  Color for the home is brighter and more saturated than ever!

BLUE IS IN

I know that emerald is Pantone’s Color of the Year, but the interior design world is way ahead of the color trend curve.  Even though emerald was still spotted around market, I heard many scoff that emerald is “SOOO last  year.”  On the other hand, Pantone’s Monaco Blue (19-3964) was seen everywhere and looking fresh and new.  This shouldn’t be a surprise to you all since I’ve been blogging a lot about blue lately!

{Bungalow 5}

TOMATO RED, BRILLIANT CORAL AND ORANGE

Bright reds, corals, and oranges were seen all throughout market.  Many in high gloss lacquer for a more contemporary feel, in rich, tufted velvet for a more glamorous setting, and as an accent to give spaces that oh so important pop of color in an space which would otherwise be void of color.
{Festoni}

YELLOW

Yellow was particularly strong, especially as an accent to black and white and now more importantly, charcoal grey and white.
{Global Views}

LAVENDER/THISTLE

Beautiful greyed lavender/thistle was seen on walls and furniture everywhere.  This marbled wallpaper at Emporium Home, which incorporated lavender with gold was gorgeous against the jade green lamps on the sideboard.  Such a classic but fresh approach to mixing colors.
{Emporium Home}

INLAID BONE

There was inlaid bone to be found everywhere, but none as innovative as this particular desk by Bernhardt, where ethnic is married with modern, by incorporating a traditionally ethnic design with chrome legs, a more contemporary element.  Brilliant.
{Bernhardt Interiors}

BUSTS, FACES, AND PORTRAITS

Busts, faces, and portraits were seen across all markets, be it contemporary or traditional.  A return to classical Greek antiquity was particularly strong and was a common theme running through several showrooms.  Below is a room from Stanley Furniture designed by Jaime Rummerfield and Ron Woodson from Woodson and Rummerfield’s House of Design.
{Stanley Furniture}

NEW INNOVATIVE WAYS OF INCORPORATING DRIFTWOOD

Driftwood was a strong trend last market, but now it is even stronger and being used in more innovative ways by marrying it with other materials such as steel and acrylic.  Below is one of my favorites.
{Four Hands}

SHAGREEN

Whether actual shagreen (stingray) or a shagreen texture embossed on leather, shagreen was everywhere, in all price points.  Below is detail shot of a head sculpture in actual shagreen which also picks up on the trend of heads and busts currently being seen in the market. A high end, on trend piece that I’d definitely love to have in my own home!
{Serge de Troyer}
There were MANY more trends that I saw continue over from last market, including the chevron,  cowhide being used on rugs and other home accessories, steampunk, chinoiserie, fretwork, deep, tufted chairs and sofas, and shapes such as the honeycomb hexagon and quatrefoil.
Be sure to check in as I will be covering all these trends in detail in the next few weeks.   In fact, thanks to the hospitality of the High Point Marketing and Press Center, who arranged to have all press materials mailed home to save my back from schlepping everything cross country, my box of press kits (25+ lbs. worth!) are now en route to LA, so once it arrives I can dig through, get all my facts straight, and provide more pictures and detail.
I hope you enjoyed this really quick recap of the trends I saw at High Point Market.  Let me know which trend is your favorite and which one you’d be most likely to experiment with in your own home – I’d love to know what is resonating with my readers and the only way I’ll know is if I get feedback from you all, so please do tell!
I wore two hats this market – that of designer AND blogger!
All images used in this post are my own.
Cheers!
Jeanne

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