I’ve been pleasantly surprised by all of the amazing textures being unveiled this season at High Point Market. One of my favorite ways to keep things from looking too matchy-matchy is to mix unique items with different attributes – such as texture, shape, scale, or style – together through a cohesive color scheme. How fabulous would Century’s Tangiers Lounge Chair look paired with Alden Parkes’ Williams Sideboard in a coastal living room?
Or Bernhardt’s Athena Cocktail Table with Jamie Young’s Delphi Wall Sconce in a modern midwestern desert home?
Not to be outdone by casegoods, Elisabeth York’s Tinsley is a plush bedding collection that’s a true style chameleon, making it the perfect addition to any bedroom. The look is truly white-haute!
Jamie Young Company
ELISABETH YORK/carol & frank
Illustrating a perfect combination of design elements, the pieces I selected to express this trend are applicable to residential, commercial, and hospitality environments. As exemplified in new introductions from Corbett Lighting, Miniforms, Screen Gems Teton Home, Robert James Collection, and Pianca USA, the shapes are strong, timeless, sculptural forms that fit into any space as if they were already a favorite fixture or furnishing. It is their timeless qualities that make them quite ideal for positioning in private or public places. I foresee all of these designs becoming collectible heirloom pieces that people want to own now, and pass on to future generations.
Focusing on new and unexpected pairings of material and finish, this trend is found in some truly stunning pieces: John-Richard’s Paired Cabinet, the Double-Sided Bookcase Room Divider by Artitalia Group, Dune Seating by Gloster, Sunpan’s Cyprus Table, and Century Furniture’s Grand Tour Bar Cabinet. I love the way these pieces combine natural elements such as raw wood, slate veneer, and gemstones, with authentic modern materials like gold, glass, and more. The materials are all contrasting yet harmonious, adding a contemporary twist to each piece.
A Color Story
We are seeing bravery across the country with this new trend of color popping up in homes. Designers are now introducing color more than ever into their projects. Not only on walls, but in furniture, accessories, rugs and bedding. We are loving the bold color combination of the Egret wallpaper by York Wallcoverings – this wallpaper packs so much punch into a space. The beautiful Carol & Frank Colley bedding collection can be used in a more understated color story. Also seen in new introductions from Chelsea House, Jeffan, and Selamat Designs, this trend allows personality to shine and helps a person define their style in their home. Whether it’s high contrast or soft pastels, it’s all about color this season.
ELISABETH YORK/carol & frank
Designers and homeowners have become storytellers, exploring their visual narratives through globally gathered and reinvented pieces. We see this aesthetic in Jaipur’s Moroccan-inspired Gallant Woodstock rug, with its bolder scale and color palette, or Mirror Image Home’s gilded Iron Mirror, which elicits images of classic Moroccan archways in its decidedly fresh form.
Inspired by an antique find, Highland House’s Atchison Slipper Chair has refined proportions and updated finishing details to make it timelessly fresh and future-proof, while Selamat’s Sydney Mod Credenza gives 70’s Brutalism a more feminine, fashion-forward edge. Finally, JKM Home’s Gibbs Side Table could easily be a piece one picked up from the Flea Markets on a visit to Paris. Each of these fabulous finds help make the world of interior design less pastiche and more gathered, collected, and expressive in our increasingly cosmopolitan and connected society.
JKM Home by J Kent Martin
Eclectic Romantic Design
Historical references are popping up all over, and the styles that prevail this Market are non-classical with a trend toward an eclectic high end mix of Gothic, Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco. There is a current desire in fashion to mix and match strong pieces with light-hearted items as a play on historic design. Wallpaper can be the perfect way to display this design trend, often through bold color and dramatic patterns. A painted classical chair with exaggerated arm details may help to bring a fresh yet casual feeling to a room, while the weight and movement of a Gothic-style chandelier matches the energy and boldness of this historical moment. Heading into Fall Market, we see this eclectic romanticism expressed in pieces from Kravet Lee Jofa Brunshcwigh & Fils, Highland House, Four Hands, Worlds Away, and York Wallcoverings.
Kravet Lee Jofa Brunschwig & FilsKravet Furniture & Kravet Fabrics
Highland House Furniture
Form into Elegant Function
This season I am excited about products that are showcasing strong sculptural lines without being too whimsical in form. These pieces that feel purposeful, yet nonchalant and comfortable, I’m describing as Form into Elegant Function. My first choice, the Hoxton Snuggler chair by Capa, with its clean lines and soft form is a perfect example. Conarte America’s Lago sideboard feels strong, intentional, but still understated. The Miniforms Mastea Murano glass coffee table’s structural, colorful, hand-blown imperfections keep a clean line but with a colorful touch! Jamie Young always has her pulse on the latest trends, I love her use of strong geometric forms and natural materials. My final pick, Citizen’s workplace clock - is a beautiful real clock with a Bluetooth speaker that’s perfect for any commercial project or residential guest room.
CONARTE AMERICA by Minick Wood
Jamie Young Company
I decided that I would approach style spotting my favorite trends as if I, personally, were starting from scratch in a new place with a blank slate. If MSB were a minimalist, this is what I’d choose. The Saba Italia - My Taos sofa, my new anchor, is reminiscent of smart and sophisticated men’s tailoring at its best. Everything else I chose orbits around the sofa. The Century Grand Tour bar cabinet is a built-in after work destination and perfect for entertaining. We’ve gotta shed a little light on the situation and the Ling Pendant from Seed Design is as sleek as it is timeless. I chose the Lucky Fish Gallery piece titled, 'Pilgrim's Progress', because it was nostalgic and I believe that it’s always a nice thing to have a little piece of your past to appreciate your present and inspire your future. Lastly, my #1 rule of thumb: If you live in style, you should travel the same way. The Barbarossa Embossed Leather roll aboard suitcase is a classic man and luxury on wheels. These impeccably tailored pieces create a high fashion and timeless foundation suitable for any luxury bachelor pad.