Editor’s Spotlight: Interior Design

Senior editor Mark McMenamin identifies the emerging trends for Fall 2019

Defying the conventional wisdom that most noteworthy product launches land in the fall, the April High Point Market proved an especially fertile hunting ground. Vibrant palettes enlivened showrooms, with blue as the indisputable couleur du jour. When it came to neutrals, Black was the New Beige. But if there was a single takeaway, it was texture – tactile metals, rough hardwoods, nubby fabrics. Expect even more multilayered, multimedia statements this fall.

Nicole Hollis Collection at McGuire

Unquestionably the Market’s most audacious debut, the San Francisco designer’s 27-piece collection features bold material combinations, from Danish cord and coco beads to woven leather and lampakanay, a weed native to the Philippines, the natural variety woven to create the Hoku mirror, and the matte-black version wrapping the intersecting planes of the Lorentz console.

The McGuire Company

Modern Toile at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

South Carolina pop artist Tennessee Loveless pays tribute to the manufacturer’s 30th anniversary with an exclusive printed fabric, a storyboard of iconic images that traces three decades of continual evolution. At the center of it all is beloved bulldog Lulu, the brand’s enduring mascot, who graces the commemorative textile as it dresses the swiveling, sheltering frame of the Cooper chair.

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Calavaras at Bernhardt

Natural textures met modish applications across the Bernhardt Interiors label, nowhere better expressed than in a stunning headboard constructed from cross sections of teak, which fit together into a fluid and organic puzzle. But the bed also mingles well with sleeker surfaces, such as those supplied by the Trane nightstand and Ardmore bench.


Mike Newins at Mill Collective

The curated exhibition within the burgeoning Plant Seven complex once again hosted a compelling roster of emerging manufacturers. Among the newcomers: Durham-based designer-builder Mike Newins, who sparked the spirit of invention in oak with the Blue Noodle table and Peg bedside chest. The same species frames the Soft Isolation Chair, where it joins vegetable-tanned leather and cotton rope.

Mill Collective

Morris & Co. at Selamat

As the latest licensee to rustle the archives of the William Morris estate, the manufacturer delivers an expansive 40-piece assortment that translates the legendary designer’s textiles into furniture, lighting, wall décor and accessories. The classic Poppy pattern finds new life as an armoire with teak frame and brass base, the lacquered doors inlaid with woven cane and trimmed in brass.


About Mark McMenamin

Mark McMenamin, senior editor at Interior Design, has covered various sectors of the home furnishings and design industries as a business writer and editor for nearly 30 years. Mark graduated from the journalism department at Temple University in Philadelphia and worked through the merchandising ranks at department stores Joseph Horne Company and Strawbridge & Clothier before trading retailing for publishing. He is a past recipient of the American Furniture Manufacturers Association’s Home Award for journalistic excellence, and Fairchild Publications’ B2B Impact Award.