2019 Summer / Fall Style Report

Our Style Spotters track down the season’s most exciting new design trends

Canvassing the world’s largest home fashion and design show, our remarkable group of design leaders uncovered the key global trends and innovative products that will define style in the months to come. With curations as diverse, exciting, and unique as they are, they will put you on the inside track to the shapes, colors, and textures that are about to capture consumers’ hearts.

“Style is the perfection of a point of view!”

We are honored to be invited back to the Style Spotters program by the High Point Market Authority. As the new team advisors (Mom and Dad to the Style Spotters family), we look forward to mentoring and supporting the talented designers that have made this program both influential and respected throughout the industry. Twice each year the world’s top design talents converge on High Point Market, where southern hospitality and global design influence inform America’s Home Fashion Week. We look forward to championing this great event – and to bringing you the most relevant and provocative insights into the world of design. Please join us for this great journey.

With excitement and great aspirations for the future of the Style Spotters program, we offer you our Summer / Fall 2019 Style Report.

Shay Geyer
Owner & Designer
IBB Design Fine Furnishings

Web: ibbdesign.com
Twitter: @designershay
Instagram: @designershay

Gary Inman
Vice President of Hospitality Baskervill
Founder, Hospitality At Market

Web: GaryInman.com
Twitter: @GaryInman2
Instagram: @garyinman

Shayla Copas

Web: shaylacopas.com
Twitter: @shaylacopas
Instagram: @shaylacopas

Green With Envy

Explosive throughout showrooms, green was a prevalent color in upholstery, artwork, case goods, and even rugs. Dramatic accents in case goods, such as the Houston Cabinet by Chelsea House, with its apple green raffia interior, generated a worthy buzz. Chaddock took a bold stance by introducing a rich emerald cut velvet with a dimensional, naturally-inspired graphic on their sophisticated Chase Chair. Nourison blended an exciting mixture of green, cream, and blue tones to create a watercolor effect in their new Prismatic Seafoam Rug. Christopher Kennedy’s ”Grove” abstract artwork with Wendover Art was another showstopper. It’s clear that green is here to stay as manufacturers find unique applications for this lively color.


Wendover Art Group

Chelsea House


Striking Gold!

Prevalent the last few Markets, gold, brass, and even bronze accents are continuing to appear in more product lines. Corbett debuted their glam Jasmine Flower Chandelier which radiated with romantic vibes. A stunning metal branch, laden with alternating handcrafted glass flowers, flowed downward through a contemporary satin gold ring lined with an interior LED light. The result – a harmonious mix of Old-world and modernism. Century introduced their Gemma Bed in collaboration with Carrier and Company. Fully upholstered and adorned with two-toned metal, its striking brass hinge detail mixed with the curvature of the bed to provide a stylish melding of masculine and feminine. Louise Gaskill is known for her attention to detail and did not disappoint. Her Diamond Back Blue Murano Glass Sconces were fresh, yet grounded with their vintage Murano glass complimented by a satin gold finish. Vanguard’s Vera Bench is bold yet understated with its soft white bronze metal detail framing the bench for an elegant and timeless result.

Louise Gaskill Company

Corbett Lighting



Inlay, Overlay, and Texture!

Leading manufacturers are playing with texture, overlay, and inlay treatments more than ever in their case goods collections. The Parkhurst Nightstand from Bernhardt placed inset wood grain acrylic drawers, finished with a silver leaf backing, in a sleek modern profile to create a look that is luminous, organic, and glam. The Kano Sideboard by John-Richard was a unique find and a stellar example of how texture is being used in case goods this season. Its modern, brushed brass metal molding and base contrasted with a book-matched faux crocodile pattern along the doors to give cause for pause – and purchase. Kindel’s Facets Collection is completely customizable through its large array of overlays and refined finish options. Inlay is another detail exploding in the case goods. The new Global Views Holborn Collection was inspired by a design for an iron fence in a rare architectural book, as well as neoclassic circular motifs from Roman interiors discovered at the excavation of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The signature iron circles are expressed in a dramatic mother of pearl inlay. Expect to see more creative directors working inlays, overlays, and texture into their case goods designs.


Global Views

Bernhardt Furniture

Kindel, Karges, Councill

Kara Cox

Web: karacoxinteriors.com
Twitter: @KCoxInteriors
Instagram: @karacoxinteriors

Brown is Back

This spring marked the strong return of warm neutrals, and a resurgence of brown in home furnishings color trends. Wood tones and fabrics alike have been warming to more traditional colors of walnut, caramel, and tan. Grey is gone and cerused finishes are giving way to waxed or oiled wood tones. Brown is pairing again with blue in all tones from fabrics to art. Warm neutrals are not only seen in a strengthening of traditional finishes but also brings a natural element to upholstery and case goods with mixed materials like woven rattan and caning. This return to brown is not defined by your grandmother’s mahogany dining table but will pair nicely with it.

Made Goods

Ngala Trading

Stephen Wilson Studio

Jamie Young

Curves Ahead

Rounded forms have returned to home furnishings in every category from upholstery to case goods to decorative accessories. Upholstery is highlighting these curves in rounded backs and shapely arm details. Case goods are rounding edges and taking away corners. Even hardware details are featuring curved open handles, and circles are seen as repetitive motifs across categories. These shapely curved introductions are softening the edges and blurring the lines.

Wesley Hall



Julian Chichester

Currey & Company

Sculptural Quality

Detailed geometric shapes are trending in many case goods, from table bases to intricately carved millwork. The standard nailhead became an angular pyramid shape, and cabinet doors created interest with carved, geometrically-shaped doors rather than highlighting the standard hardware. Even table legs took a turn with stacked geometric shapes creating a form with interest from the base up. The larger trend here is toward detailed artisan quality across the industry and a move away from super sleek lines. Companies are highlighting shape and form with a high design quotient and artisan level detailing.

Theodore Alexander

Dowel Furniture


Cynthia Ferguson

Web: cynthiafergusondesigns.com
Twitter: @fergusondesigns
Instagram: @cynthiafergusondesigns

Caning is the new upholstery!

While chair seats have utilized caning for centuries, we’re starting to see it used in all-new ways. From high-end vendors to new artisans, caning was everywhere. The feel of the islands was prevalent in numerous showrooms, with bright coloured bookcases and rattan-wrapped furniture. That lighter, more Southern feel was predominant at Spring Market, but caning was the new kid on the block. Bookcases, consoles, chair backs, and coffee tables were just a few items to use this material. Plus, caned furniture was paired with stone tables, painted furniture featured caning accents and glass – it was all fresh and fabulous, and not just for Palm Beach anymore!

Port Eliot

Lexington Home Brands


Structural table bases are all the rage!

If your table has tapered legs, it is out. If it looks like a work of art carefully created by craftsmen, your table is au courant! Tables are now mere tops for incredible art forms. Geometric shapes, angular scissor-like structures, and anything ribbed is showing up on tiny cocktail tables, accent tables, and dining tables. The table is exciting again, and especially the dining table!

Maggie Cruz Home for Design Legacy


Highland House

A Round Back

Taking main stage in the upholstered furniture world is the round-backed chair, and if it swivels, even better! Gone are the days of large rolled arms and overstuffed chairs. With a return to entertaining at home, people are needing more chairs for their guests. A fabulous round-backed chair lends a beautiful line to soften an angular sofa, and with a smaller footprint on a floor plan, that means more seats for more people! Every upholstery line offered a swivel option at Market for increased practicality, especially while entertaining. The round chair came in every style imaginable – ‘70s throwback, club lounge, and quilted modern. Definitely a must-have for every project!

Made Goods

Bernhardt Furniture


Eric Haydel

Web: erichaydel.com
Twitter: @ericmhaydel
Instagram: @ericmhaydel

Works of the Hand: the new craftsman movement

Manufacturers are placing great emphasis on the work of the craftsperson to make each piece unique. With nods to William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement, we are seeing the work of the human hand thriving in the ever-growing market of luxury living. So much of luxe living is about the development of story and place. The details of the happy accident that happens when makers invest in the artisan are yielding big results! Take for instance the Ide Hill sideboard from John-Richard that offers hand painted breakfronts, each a little different from the other. In the sculpted metals and stone found on the Gabby Greene dining table we see a nod to the art deco styling where metal work was at its height.



Geometric Shapes Taking Organic Forms

Looking around Market, there were tons of geometrics in all shapes and sizes, but none took the cake like repetition in organic form. Many makers elevated contemporary living to another level this spring. From the flexibility that was found in shelving at Four Hands to the luxury feeling of the new Loft collection by Bernhardt, these pieces make organic statements all on their own. It was a breath of fresh air to see makers looking to the foundation of design principles to move the market forward.

Four Hands

Bernhardt Furniture

Fully Functional With Style

Market saw lots of consoles and sideboards and even a few special use cabinets – a true blast from the past that offers lots of style and full function! Take, for example, the beautiful Chez Harrolds Bar by Christopher Guy, designed to perfection with lots of storage for the entertainer. This seemingly one of a kind bar piece offers ample storage for an entire bottle collection and glasses, and it features a removable hostess tray. Or perhaps travel over to Mr. Brown to find the Annella cabinet offering lots of cabinet and drawer storage without sacrificing visual or physical floor space.

Christopher Guy

Mr. Brown

Unexpected Materials

New, newly combined, and dynamic materials are popping up all over. From crushed coco twigs seen at Chelsea House to a blend of cast stone and hand turned wood at Robert James, makers are taking greater care to develop beauty in the unexpected. Furniture giants like Bernhardt are even taking case good pieces and turning them into one of a kind works of art. Long gone is the standard English oak finish. Clearer lines balance the mix of materials, leaving furniture feeling more modern than ever.

Chelsea House

Robert James

Bernhardt Furniture

Benjamin Johnston

Web: benjamin-johnston.com
Twitter: @DesignerBenJ
Instagram: @benjaminjohnstondesignr

Sinuous Forms

Curvaceous lines have been a growing trend in European design over the last few years and it has definitely influenced American manufacturers this season. I saw sleek round and oval lines soften all forms of furnishings – from upholstery and case goods to lighting. I think that designers and buyers are wanting to break out of the box with these bold new forms as a means to juxtapose plain geometric interiors. I loved the creative ways everyone from Ray Booth for Hickory Chair and Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort have used these forms to great effect.

Hickory Chair

Visual Comfort

Kifu Paris

Postmodern Pleasures

Strong, geometric forms reminiscent of some of the Postmodern movements of the 1970s and 80s are back in a major way – and looking more glamorous than ever before! Ryan Korban for EJ Victor, Bradley, John-Richard, and Carrier and Company for Century Furniture have explored perfect squares, circles, and race-track forms to channel these Memphis-style vibes, with mixed metals and wood tones. Sleek and sexy to be sure! By interpreting these simple shapes into new combinations of materials and by playing with scale, some of these pieces are destined to become ‘new classics’ to be enjoyed for years to come.

EJ Victor



Century Furniture

Faceted Surfaces

'Anything but plain' seems to be the mantra of many manufacturers and designers this year. Materials are being manipulated in new ways, and surfaces are shown with rich texture and geometry. Pulling from tribal influences, these pieces bring a sense of the artist’s hand to the furniture, which is a welcome contrast when mixed with more refined pieces. From a practical perspective, these faceted surfaces tend to hide dings and dents that come from everyday life, so these are great in spaces where durability matters.


Mr Brown

Noir Trading

Scene Stealing Bases

Dramatic and style-defining bases stole the show this High Point Market. From Bernhardt’s Nexus dining table featuring a weighty conical base paired with a round top inlaid with an intricate geometric pattern (the fact that it is an indoor/outdoor piece is the icing on the cake!), to the ethnic flair of the Arteriors Home Mahoun dining table, to the perfectly proportioned rounded shapes at Mr. Brown, beautifully designed table bases were spot on. But tables weren’t the only pieces featuring this trend. The Aria chair from the debut collection of designer Rawan Isaac was a standout – its triangular steel base finished in brass felt really new and fresh. It was an exciting debut!

Arteriors Home

Bernhardt Furniture

Rawan Isaac

Mr. Brown

A Sensuous Turn

Soft curves remain on trend, slinking their way throughout the spring collections. From luxurious accessories and a sexy sectional, to upholstered accents in candy colors, this trend is incredibly versatile and here to stay. The Greer sectional sofa from Four Hands features generous proportions and a laid-back, Malibu-beach sensibility at an excellent price point. The 1930’s inspired Grant Lounge chair from Dowel Furniture strikes a particularly fetching figure from behind – with the curved seat and back cushion forming a nipped waist at the rear. The Flower Collection by Patrick Coard as seen at Kifu Paris takes candles to luxurious new heights – the sensuous curves of the candle wax mimic the texture of Shagreen paired with brass accents. On a decidedly more playful note, I am smitten with the POW! ottoman collection from Nathan Anthony – delightfully modern and upholstered in Ultrasuede.

Dowel Furniture

Kifu Paris

Four Hands

Nathan Anthony

Laura Thurman

Web: thurmandesignstudio.com
Twitter: @ThurmanDesign
Instagram: @thurmandesign

Natural Considerations

The most prominent trend I saw at Market was the interpretation of nature, not only in color (green) but also in product construction and application. Amidst all the efficiency that technology provides, now more than ever, there’s a deep need for humans to reconnect to nature.

The Poppy Armoire by Selamat Designs is the perfect example. It’s constructed of a wood frame, white lacquer doors and raised gold and rattan motif. The intricacy was exquisite, a beautiful display of natural sophistication, and a nod to Art Nouveau.

The Gaga Sofa by Eleanor Rigby is a work of art. The craftsmanship is impeccable, and the comfort is immense. This creamy taupe leather is soft and supple; it invites you to sink right in! The details in this piece are numerous, from the tufting to the beautiful stitching on the arm. It’s a true quality piece of furniture.

The beautiful Nina Magon bed by Universal Furniture was a show stopper! Its luxe peacock teal velvet made a lovely nod to mother nature’s green hues. Plus, being a performance fabric, it ensures durability and longevity. It is a statement piece that goes beyond style and deeply into comfort.

Universal Furniture

Eleanor Rigby Home

Selamat Designs

Erinn Valencich

Web: erinnvdesigngroup.com
Twitter: @ErinnVStyle
Instagram: @erinnvstyle

In Living Color

Vibrantly-hued sculptural glass really piqued my interest this year at High Point Market. What I loved was how SkLO Studio melded different eras of influence into their work, namely their Crescent Vessel and View Bowl. The shapes themselves are modern, however, combined with the classic blown glass craftsmanship of the pieces, create multiple exquisite designs. The color palette is also on trend – a layering of purples and teals I saw repeated throughout Market. The cascading shades of purple are definitely having a moment in the sun this year. The trifecta of traditional artisan craftsmanship paired with mid-century inspired modern shapes and vibrant shading is a look I predict will dominate.

SkLO Studio


Let’s face it – when faced with the choice between January in New York, or July in Punta Cana, most will opt for the latter. This notion was very apparent in the tropically-informed pieces I came across at Spring Market. Gilded leaves, an abundance of wicker, along with crocheted light fixtures, complete with hanging, beaded tassels, all blended together and harkened back to the Golden Era of 1950’s Cuba, and in more recent memory, Celerie Kemble’s home in the Dominican Republic.

Selamat Designs

Sika Design

Rustic Classics

The offerings at Spring Market were consistent with the theme of modernized tradition, as this combination presented itself in multiple facets. In this instance, Barclay Butera’s take on the classic Saarinen Tulip Table for Lexington, done in light-colored woods, takes a mid-century staple, makes it current, and adds a rustic feel along the way. The same can be said for the Giselle chairside table by Bernhardt. This trend is also versatile, fitting in with a vacation setting just as well as a primary residence.

Bernhardt Furniture

Lexington Home Brands

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