Have you ever wondered where your favorite shops and interior designers discover their fabulous furniture, lighting and accessories? Where do they shop?
The answer is often The High Point Market and High Point design trends are closely followed by all in the industry. High Point is located in North Carolina, which is a mere ten minutes from our home here in Greensboro. Years ago when I became interested in home decor I assumed that I could merely show up at the Market and shop away! Quickly I learned that only qualified buyers and interior designers world-wide can attend and order merchandise. Other markets exist in Las Vegas, Dallas, Atlanta, New York and more but the High Point Market is the original (it dates back to the early 1900’s!!) and is much loved by buyers.
High Point has been called the “furniture capital of the world” because the area was home to multitudes of US furniture manufacturers. Over the years much of the furniture manufacturing business has moved overseas, however the Market is still held here every April and October, hosting over 80,000 international visitors per show at over 180 facilities in the area. The impact on North Carolina is in the billions related to sales of goods, hotel, photography, catering and more.
Since I have owned a retail shop and a faux finishing studio, I do have buyer credentials. But I often tag along with dear friend, traveling companion and interior designer Sandra. She does serious shopping for her design clients, some local and some in Ireland. I flit around dodging visitors to photograph everything I see that is trendy, classic, fun and funky!
I took a zillion photographs during two days. No kidding. I counted. Editing down to a few to share with you here is like editing my collection of jewelry! Can’t be done. So, I will be sharing more amazing and inspiring trends from High Point with you soon! Let’s start here with….
High Point Design Trends from the Fall Market
The vignette of the simple concrete wall with the buttery leather couches is representative of the 2014 interest in the use of grey in a natural material, combined with the softness of everyday luxury in the sofas. Though not in the same showroom, the patterned ceiling-hugging fixtures showcase “organic chic” in the use of glass in an organic and artful design.
I am still dreaming about 15-foot walls full of brightly colored abstract art on plexiglass. The grey background and gallery lighting are perfect. Saturated colors are showing up not only in art but in casegoods and upholstery: emerald, blue, turquoise, rich red, hot pink and orange are all the rage. I can see a bar set up with the wonderfully simplistic horizontal grey and white striped upholstered stools paired with the zippy zigzag ottomans somewhere in a conversation pit! The use of neutrals, stripes and semi-houndtooth pattern evoke more of the menswear, masculine look favored by some furniture manufacturers.
Of course, the fab black doors etched with a large geometric pattern are the perfect entry to a showroom full of patterned upholstery offerings.
A somewhat more feminine room with strong lines that stole my heart is laced with strong pinks in the art and hand painted pillow accents. The nail heads in the sofa and marble top on the center table reflect continued interest in fretwork and natural materials. All in all, pretty yummy, don’t you think?
On to animal prints which are as strong as ever in home decor and clothing lines everywhere. Check out this nothing short of amazing black and white sofa paired with the most decadent giant Venetian mirror – and those books are to die for! This is a look that is NOT for the faint of heart. Then on a more sedate note, a very classy soft green room on the right shows cattle skulls paired with another strong look-armchairs upholstered with multiple patterns. The hair-on-hide look was everywhere, including on dressers!
Finally, are you ready for fuchsia? I loved the artsy presentation of this most luscious rug – as a segue to ta-dah –
some serious, no some very un-serious paint and pattern. Would you look at this patterned leather/crewel/Mongolian leather/hair-on-hide loveseat in front of THAT WALL!! I am fainting. I would totally do this. Though certainly not traditional, these pieces exude the trend in color, mixture of patterns and materials that work beautifully with neutral backgrounds, and, yes, in small doses!
Now to wrap up, a fun-filled smorgasbord of hide, painted table, nail heads, a pattern mix and funky subway art. If I had a basement room for all things fun, this would be it! But I may need to wear some sunglasses….
To learn more about the Fall and Winter trends, go to The High Point Style Report.
Are you on the edge of your seat wanting more? Great! Meet me back here on January 29 for more about the Market, focusing on painted surfaces and pattern on walls, floors, accessories and upholstery! Meanwhile, I’d love to know if any of THESE trends appeal to YOU! Leave me a comment below…