LOUNGING & Taking in the Trends #HPMKT

Covering High Point Furniture Market ironically doesn't leave a lot of time to sit down.  There are 11.5 million square feet of showrooms to cover with 2000+ domestic and international exhibitors to survey in 5 days.  This last market, the irresistible lure of upholstery beckoned buyers to lounge. After all, in our hurried schedules, isn't RELAXING the ultimate LUXURY?  

FURNISHINGS TREND WATCH:

UPHOLSTERY FOR LOUNGING

 LEATHER STRAPS and LACING

SEXY BACKSIDES of chairs!

TRIMMINGS:   FRETWORK + BANDINGS

Plus, I can't resist photographing the STYLE MAKERS that give High Point Market the cachet of being the capitol of fashion for the home: They inspire our industry.

 
A  "Mad Men" lounging moment on the Piece of Cake ottoman at Ambella Home

A  "Mad Men" lounging moment on the Piece of Cake ottoman at Ambella Home

 

Tete-A-Tete Lounging

These curvaceous pieces were made for lounging and conversing.  In fact, during the Victorian era these tete-a-tete (translated to "head to head" in French) were also called Gossip's Chairs.  Don't you want to grab a cocktail and linger in one to catch up with your best friend or amante?  

Gwendolyn skirted tete-a-tete by Corey Damen Jenkins for Leathercraft

Gwendolyn skirted tete-a-tete by Corey Damen Jenkins for Leathercraft

The Risdon Tete-A-Tete lounger nestled with the Guggenheim cocktail table. The 1945 Collection at Henredon. 

The Risdon Tete-A-Tete lounger nestled with the Guggenheim cocktail table. The 1945 Collection at Henredon

A transitional take on on the tete-a-tete.  Lynae by Kristin Drohan Collection

A transitional take on on the tete-a-tete.  Lynae by Kristin Drohan Collection

This is a clever and elegant conversational vignette at Century with double chaises.  The Brookhaven chaise by Thomas O'Brien

This is a clever and elegant conversational vignette at Century with double chaises.  The Brookhaven chaise by Thomas O'Brien

Trending Details:  STRAPS & LACING

Equestrian lifestyle was a big design influence last market, and has evolved to include case goods and the mixing of wood and leather straps and laces.  

Eqestrian details by Julia Browning Bova for Abner Henry: Amish built Structured Steel Table

Eqestrian details by Julia Browning Bova for Abner Henry: Amish built Structured Steel Table

A much-acclaimed newcomer to High Point Market was Dupuis from Mexico.  Their showroom in The Radio Building was spectacular, a mix of turn-of-the-century ornate architecture mixed with industrial chic, as they opened up the old freight elevator and boiler room to show pieces. 

Designer Michael Tavano reclines in the industrial chic showroom of Dupuis Design Collective

Designer Michael Tavano reclines in the industrial chic showroom of Dupuis Design Collective

The Cristobal Sofa mixing wood and leather in contemporary style.  By Dupuis Design Collective

The Cristobal Sofa mixing wood and leather in contemporary style.  By Dupuis Design Collective

A.R.T. Home Furnishings criss-crossed leather straps over wood for a hand crafted, artisanal look.  

A.R.T. Home Furnishings criss-crossed leather straps over wood for a hand crafted, artisanal look.  

Contrast leather stitching details at A.R.T. Home Furnishings

Contrast leather stitching details at A.R.T. Home Furnishings

Details of contrast leather stitching at A.R.T. Home Furnishings

Details of contrast leather stitching at A.R.T. Home Furnishings

Designer Barclay Butera uses leather stitching as a modern and elegant detail on these GILMER pillows from Eastern Accents.  The metal nailheads add unexpected texture and shine to linen.  

This cocktail table and nesting stools from by J. Banks for Abner Henry has loads of personality and functionality.  The Amish made collection looks artisanal and contemporary, and the leather tassels add to the conversation.

The leather tasseled Neely Nesting Stools by J. Banks for Abner Henry #trimspotted at Stanford Furniture

The leather tasseled Neely Nesting Stools by J. Banks for Abner Henry #trimspotted at Stanford Furniture

Trending Details: SEXY BACKSIDES 

Just like models down the runway, these backside details surprise and delight.  The sleek lines and peek-a-boo quality make these upholstered chairs sexy, don't you think?

Tub chairs were seen in every showroom, but these by Ambella Home with complicated X-shaped back legs were the sexiest, earning their name Madam X Chairs.

Madam X Chairs with square arms and complicated X shaped back legs are super sexy and glam at Ambella Home

Madam X Chairs with square arms and complicated X shaped back legs are super sexy and glam at Ambella Home

The embellishments at Marge Carson never disappoint.  Pieces are luxurious, with attention to every upholstery detail.  These two chair styles, The Sinatra and Cross Channel are glamorous in distinctly different ways.

A modern applique takes center stage on the Sinatra chair but the backside lacing heightens the drama.  Sinatra Dining Chair by Marge Carson

A modern applique takes center stage on the Sinatra chair but the backside lacing heightens the drama.  Sinatra Dining Chair by Marge Carson

Gorgeous Caterpillar applique runs down the length of this Cross Channel chair from Marge Carson

Gorgeous Caterpillar applique runs down the length of this Cross Channel chair from Marge Carson

The Dali chair at Nathan Anthony got tons of Instagram love because it's so unique and photogenic.  In the words of the designer, Tina Nicole, "Dali uses a reverse tufting technique creating a three-dimensional effect similar to a cascade of floating petals. "

The creative "Dali Chair" by Nathan Anthony 

The creative "Dali Chair" by Nathan Anthony 

One of the most talked about launches at market was Corey Damen Jenkins for Leathercraft.  His design motto is "It's time to get gorgeous" and he certainly did for this launch with sultry lines and modern embellishments.  

Corey Damen Jenkins uses frog closures to diva-cize this wing chair Alexia Wing Chair for Leathercraft

Corey Damen Jenkins uses frog closures to diva-cize this wing chair Alexia Wing Chair for Leathercraft

Trending Details: FRETWORK

Fretwork is still going strong as a trend.  Whether printed, knitted, embroidered or stitched with ribbon, it is a graphic design element that bridges transitional and traditional styles.

Kristin Drohan Collection introduced subtle designer details like the Reed Sofa, skirted with a fret embroidery at the corner.  And that brass knocker on the arm is a very clever way to introduce a metal finish to the room scheme.  

Kristin Drohan Collection Reed Sofa with fretwork detail at the sofa skirt corner.

Kristin Drohan Collection Reed Sofa with fretwork detail at the sofa skirt corner.

The Maxine Sofa with decorative fretwork pillows and mitered picture frame pillows embellished with ribbon trim at Bernhardt

The Maxine Sofa with decorative fretwork pillows and mitered picture frame pillows embellished with ribbon trim at Bernhardt

A woven jacquard fretwork fabric design using boucle yarns, on pillows at Bernhardt

A woven jacquard fretwork fabric design using boucle yarns, on pillows at Bernhardt

Legacy Home showed bed linens and towels with fretwork design. The Somerset Bristol Collection is a standout. 

Legacy Home showed bed linens and towels with fretwork design. The Somerset Bristol Collection is a standout. 

Passementerie and fretwork designs at Julian Mejia Designs decorate pillows and placemats.  A new resource at the Suites at Market Square.

Passementerie and fretwork designs at Julian Mejia Designs decorate pillows and placemats.  A new resource at the Suites at Market Square.

Trending Details:  BANDINGS & BOXING

Flame stitch banding adds artisinal touch to Wesley Hall's Krissa Chair

Flame stitch banding adds artisinal touch to Wesley Hall's Krissa Chair

Knitted bandings, woven tapes and passementerie embellish Stuart Lawrence pillows.

Knitted bandings, woven tapes and passementerie embellish Stuart Lawrence pillows.

Whimsical banding "don't be like the rest of them, darling..." Kate Spade for Kravet

Whimsical banding "don't be like the rest of them, darling..." Kate Spade for Kravet

Greek Key tapes populate the chicest interiors, this one from Lillian August for Hickory White.  The pillow boxing fabrication is au courant. 

Greek Key tapes populate the chicest interiors, this one from Lillian August for Hickory White.  The pillow boxing fabrication is au courant. 

STYLE MAKERS of HIGH POINT MARKET

The STYLE MAKERS that give High Point Market the cachet of being the capitol of fashion for the home.  I get especially flattered when they wear trimmings and say "I wore this for you"!

 

Dispatch on Design + Style

I was thrilled to co-host a live stream BLAB with the fabulous Purely Patricia in the High Point Theater introducing an audience, live and virtual, to our unique market picks.  

Purely Patricia and Trim Queen host Dispatch on Design + Style at High Point Theater to a live and virtual audience.

Purely Patricia and Trim Queen host Dispatch on Design + Style at High Point Theater to a live and virtual audience.

Striking a pose: Purely Patricia, Strictly Santi, Manhattan Magnolia, Kathy Willis Andersson & Trim Queen "Dispatch on Design + Style"

Striking a pose: Purely Patricia, Strictly Santi, Manhattan Magnolia, Kathy Willis Andersson & Trim Queen "Dispatch on Design + Style"

Much thanks to our sponsors Soft Design Lab's VIP Market Experience and High Point Market. Both sponsors have posted fantastic market recaps to add to your lingering >> click below.

Soft Design Lab's High Point Market Spring Recap Video

Soft Design Lab's High Point Market Spring Recap Video

Thanks for virtually lounging with me in High Point, and keep #trimspotting I love sharing your creativity!