High Point Market Spring 2015 Home Decor

High Point Highlights: Product & People

High Point Market Spring 2015
Alchemy of Trimmings at Robert Allen Design snapshot by Stacey Van Berkel

High Point Market Spring 2015 was jam-packed with new product and design ideas, learning, teaching and connecting.  Since I don’t exhibit at furniture market, I cover the show instead wearing my “trim goggles” intent on seeing how clients, manufacturers and designers are creating and embellishing.

This market, I also had the pleasure of presenting A Virtual Tour of Trimmings CEU with Robert Allen Design at their showroom.  It was a wonderful event, thanks to all of you that attended.

Another highlight was interviewing Kelly Wearstler, launching her collection with EJVictorfor the WithIt Educational Breakfast. She was very forthcoming in sharing her life and design process.

When the book signing hit a snafu, she laughed it off and graciously chatted and took photos with all in the queue. We were charmed and promptly overloaded Instagram.  Read more about the  event on the WithIt blog here

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Kelly Wearstler with Lisa Ferguson of Strengths Mentor & Decor Mentor, Ruth Olbrych of Antiques by Zaar and New York Interior Designer Alicia Connolly

#HPMkt Highlights

So what did I hone in on?  There is obviously so much to see with over 2000 exhibitors in 180 buildings, so I am spotlighting my interpretation of standouts.

Large Scale Embroidery

These were showstoppers.  We’ve seen this technique on pillows before but on a seat back, the ante is upped.  It’s an updated graphic version of a monogram, really clever and cool.

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Cameo embroidery chair back at Ambella Home
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Embroidered chair back at Stanford Furniture

Skirt Fringe – New Again

Remember this?  Bullion fringe has been in hibernation but with the recent explosion of fringe on the fashion scene (Multiple Personalities of Fringe post) it was bound to make a comeback.  Here are a few examples of where this luxurious long skirt fringe is used in upholstery.  It looks elegant and modern in the hands of Alexa Hampton and Randall Tysinger.

High Point Market Spring 2015
Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair, sofa skirt fringe
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Randall Tysinger for EJ Victor & Cloverleaf Ottoman by Hickory Chair with bullion fringe detail

Plush Conversation Pieces

From slipper chairs to stools, these occasional pieces are definitely make an impression.  Don’t mistake these as whimsical, materials are opulent.  Could we talk the TSA into a few of these please?  Perhaps Dubai has the budget.

Ambella Home’s Edward Slipper Chair upholstered with boucle and Tibetan lamb hide

High Point Market Spring 2015
Ambella Home’s Edward Slipper Chair upholstered with boucle and Tibetan lamb hide

Kelly Wearstler‘s launch with EJVictor was an artful mix of finishes,  textures and fabrication.  Each piece was like an objet d’art, but all had thoughtful functionality.  These stools were placed a deux at the edge of a bed like a bench, dramatic and utile.

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Holmby Stool by Kelly Wearstler for EJ Victor

 Another launch with tons of buzz was Thomas O’Brien for Century Furniture. Each piece had provenance.

High Point Market Spring 2015
Thomas O’Brien’s Thebes Stool in Mohair for Century Furniture

Van Collier was noted by Architectural Digest as having one of the best displays.  Their mix is always stunning. Can you see the Ultramarine blue stag hoofs peeking out?  Brilliant.

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Finn Stool inTibeltan lamb wool at Van Collier

Trimspotting & Trendspotting – Graphics & Baubles

No heaviness here, these trimmings and applications are graphic and tailored.

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Fluffy pompom fringe at Cotton & Quill on Taylor Burke Home contrast piping chair
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The Sidney chair from Wesley Hall shown in Xanadu / Curry with a champagne finish and banding stripe.
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Zen bedding infused with saffron yellow and a banding trim by Thief River Linen
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Velvet windowpane Justina Poufs at Marge Carson with tassel corner details & Richard Frinier for Century Furniture with chairtie tassels
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Lillian August’s chic Sloane chaise lounge for Hickory White with modern bead accent pillows
High Point Market Spring 2015
Libby Langdon’s Camden bench with a fret tape border for Braxton Culler
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Tobi Fairley’s Hampton Chaise with lattice border pillow for CR Laine stylespotted by Patti Johnson
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Elaine Smith displays performance pillows with a wraparound passementerie
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Stanford Furniture’s Society Pillow with Uber Frog Closure

Modern Romance of Champagne & Pastilles

The trending palette of market was one of sophisticated pastels, like European confections.  From blush to champagne,  sea mist to ice blue, there was romance at market.  Stylemaker Stacy Kunstel of Dunes and Duchess modeling her modern pink palette

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Dunes and Duchess’ Blush salon with their Candelabra Classique in Seafoam
High Point Market Spring 2015
Stylemaker Stacy Kunstel of Dunes and Duchess modeling her modern pink palette & Pink hues of Craig Ringstad & Don Fields Antiques at the Antique & Design Center of High Point
High Point Market Spring 2015
Lovely Paula Queen of Pyar & Co. with champagne accents, Chaata & Aster pillows
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Celerie Kemble’s curvaceous Cinebulle chairs in Pastille Blue for Henredon
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Harden’s PRETTY Charles of London styling in Ice Blue with embroidered banding.

Making on the Rise

The return to “making” is a happening for sure and I was happy to see in Soft Design Lab’s Global Trends presentation at DesignCamp, it was one of the leading shifts in trends as seen at Maison Objet.

The story of how things are made is so valuable to understanding product. For example, at Vispring, global marketing director Magali Castillo showed me the all natural fibers used in making these bespoke beds.  She’s holding horse hair cording which adds stability to the mix of materials used. I quickly understood why these beds are in the luxury category.

NC has a long tradition of making upholstery with factories spanning the High Point to Hickory areas.  When you buy NC made furniture, you aren’t just buying style, you are buying an artisanal tradition of hand work in upholstering, wood finishing and sewing. Many companies have programs to tour their manufacturing plants to educate in this process, such as Hickory Chair and Century.

Bonus! Details at the High Point Designer Showhouse

Added bonus at market was touring the Junior League of High Point Showhouse sponsored by Traditional Home.  Here are some close-up shots of trimmings used by Lisa Mende, Libby Langdon, Madcap Cottage and Michelle Workmanclick on photos for details.  Then, head on over to Lynda Quintero David’s coverage on Hadley Court for the full overview.

Navigating High Point Market was a great reminder of all the effort that goes into product, that most times we purchase at retail, perhaps not thinking of the many hands involved.  So the next time you shop, for anything really, please consider how things are made and the VALUE that real, hardworking, passionate people bring to making product. Thanks for joining me and keep #trimspotting!

Stay inspired,

High Point Market Spring 2015
Everybody needs some blue suede (fringe) shoes!
  • Sonomavintagebungalows@gmail.com

    Beautiful, serene and sophisticated recap. Bravo Jana! You always make us leap forward in our thinking. Love it all!

    Pamela Fritz

    1. jana@trimqueen.com

      Thank you Fritzi! You have been a mentor to me, and working with you has been formative in my career, you are a huge talent. Those were the days!

  • Nate Ouderkirk

    Wow. . .felt like I was there. Thanks for the journey!

    1. jana@trimqueen.com

      Thanks Nate for taking the time. It was tough to narrow down the edits, there was so much to see and do. Best, Jana

  • mitzi

    Great recap Jana! I especially enjoyed seeing pieces that I myself viewed at market reliving the awesomeness of so much creativity and talent. You truly captured a wide range for all tastes plus the events as well. Mitzi Beach

    1. jana@trimqueen.com

      Thanks Mitzi, I know you covered a lot of ground yourself so you know the enormity of the task. I even missed a few places I regret, so they’ll be first on my list next time. Hope to see you again and share a little downtime. Best, Jana

  • Cathleen Ouderkirk

    Wow, Jana, what a visual feast — and a wonderful sense of . . . generosity! It’s hard to pick out one thing, but those crazy half-fur-covered chairs and ottomans are too fun! Cath

    1. jana@trimqueen.com

      Cathleen – I could see those Ambella Tibetan lamb wool slipper chairs working perfectly in your abode. I’ve got my eye on them for you. Thanks for reading! Jana

  • Paula Queen

    Jana, it was BEYOND wonderful to meet you in person! Enjoyed reading your words of wisdom and seeing the many beauties of High Point Market through your eyes with such a keen sense of style! Cheers to you!

    1. jana@trimqueen.com

      Thanks so much Ms Queen! Look forward to connecting again. LMK when you head to NYC and we’ll make a date. xJana

  • info@denisewenacur.com

    Thank you for such a great review of the show! Really enjoyed the info and eye candy!

    1. jana@trimqueen.com

      Thanks Denise for joining the ride and let’s put something on the calendar!

  • lbentson23@gmail.com

    What a discerning eye you have, Jana. I miss our market visits. Keep on trimming!

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