2020 Winter / Spring Style Report

Our Style Spotters pick the rising trends of 2020

All of our Style Spotters raved about the attention to detail during Fall 2019 Market. As a diverse group with a wide range of opinions, they reported back with a vast assortment of new products and trends, but there were also a few highlights that seemed to resonate with the majority of the group.

Texture and statement case good pieces were the talk of the town. Caning on everything from chairs to beds – reinterpreted in ways that made it easy to use in designs outside of a coastal aesthetic – was prevalent in most of the major showrooms. Pieces with fluid and organic forms were spotted for their unique high style, and large-scaled hardware adorned case goods that stopped us in our tracks.

Bold color and large-scale patterns made a big splash on upholstery. Leopard was trending in both large and mini scales, as well as every color imaginable. Big bold florals are also making a comeback. The Style Spotters all seem to agree that color is again on the uptrend.

We are thrilled to once again lead this incredibly talented group of Style Spotters and share their fabulous finds with you!

Enjoy!

Shay Geyer

Owner & Designer
IBB Design Fine Furnishings

Gary Inman

Vice President of Hospitality Baskervill
Founder, Hospitality At Market

Shayla Copas

The Wonderful World of Teak

The oil embedded in the teak tree’s wood is naturally predisposed to resist water damage, insect infestation, and other environmental factors. That's why teak wood products are so beautiful and long-lasting. Bernhardt Furniture brilliantly released the Calavaras Laminated Teak Panel Bed, which features a teak headboard with a smoke finish and upholstered footboard and side rails. The Pieter Mirror by Made Goods is hand-assembled with slices of uniquely shaped driftwood. Also by Made Goods, the Berger Table, features silver and gold-leaf highlights to satisfy your daily dose of glam! Woodbridge Furniture’s Bellevue Nesting Tables are both striking and durable, perfect for outdoor spaces. Teak is durable and sustainable, making it a peerless upcoming trend.

Bernhardt Furniture

Made Goods

Made Goods

Woodbridge Furniture

Charming Upholstery

Making its way into the showrooms of Market are timeless quilted, channeled, and tufted upholstery. Theodore Alexander is known for its dignified and elegant products, and the new Suspension Sofa definitely speaks to that reputation! This sofa, with its diamond quilted upholstered back trailing and inswept roll arms is a breathtaking piece. Furthermore, Theodore Alexander’s Iconic Club Chair is a modern classic crescent seat with icon bronze molding. The strap details give this piece that grand Theodore Alexander flare! The Janelle Viridian Chair by Currey & Company exhibits a frame made of beech wood with a caviar black finish, and the channeled Velluto Viridian fabric is made of 100% polyester. Bernhardt debuted its Finn Swivel Chair this Market, and the tufting on this piece is striking!

Theodore Alexander

Theodore Alexander

Bernhardt Furniture

Currey & Company

Radiant Lighting

Market was illuminated by so many fun lighting pieces! Fine Art Lamps pioneered this season’s motif of modern meets classic aesthetic with its new Lunea Sconces by Erinn V. This piece is inspired by mid-century architecture, and its hand casted glass highlighted by hand beveled edges evokes an architectural feel. The High Street Oval Chandelier is an exciting new piece by Wildwood! This light fixture is entirely customizable, and the inset can be painted an array of colors. I am loving the texture of Corbett Lighting’s Featherette Chandelier. The mystic gold leaf finish and playful design make this a glam yet whimsical fixture. A new release by Carrier & Company for Visual Comfort had me doing designer cartwheels! The Cadence Large Waterfall Chandelier with its hand-rubbed antique brass and antique mirror design adds an element of class to any space.

Corbett Lighting

Visual Comfort

Fine Art Lamps

Wildwood

Kara Cox

Artfully Appointed

The hottest trend at High Point Market this fall was a return to craftsmanship and using furniture as art. Multiple mixed materials blended beautifully in case goods from Ambella Home, Artitalia, and South + English, as well as the Chest Cour Lamp from Wildwood. Sculptural shapes showed up in gorgeous upholstery from Blue Print Collection, Gabby, and Hickory Chair, where even the arms of the Averline sofa added architectural interest. No longer is art limited to the walls, furniture is taking its turn at creating interest and dimension in a space with form meeting function.

Wildwood

Blue Print Collection

South + English

Gabby

Ambella Home Collection

Artitalia Group

Hickory Chair

Merlot Madness

From millennial pink to deep shades of merlot, blush tones are going darker this season with hues of deep pink/red spotted throughout interiors. Burgundy, wine, aubergine or dusty rose, whatever you want to call this shade, it’s popping up in everything from art to lighting to tabletop accessories. It’s not the 80s shade of burgundy we once knew. Often, it’s being paired in unexpected combinations with pale blues or citron keeping the palette feeling fresh and new. Some of my favorite examples were the Plum Cube from Zoe Bios Creative, Kelly O’Neal’s Original Nude, and the Mardi Gras Vase by Currey & Company.

Kelly O'Neal Artist

Currey & Company

Zoe Bios Creative

Plaster of Paris

This year’s favorite finish is not a metal at all – it’s a clean, matte white drawing inspiration from French antiques and gesso plaster. First made popular with 1940s French plaster techniques, plaster is moving away from walls and encrusting the most elegant pieces in a soft, chalky finish. Lighting, tables such as the Arlo from Bernhardt, and mirrors like the lovely Mer by Carvers’ Guild are showing off with this handcrafted look that lends a casual bent to the most formal of interiors. Chalky, gesso finishes can mix beautifully with a multitude of design styles, whether bringing simplicity to traditional antiques the way the French would, as in the Covington Bed by Modern History, or simply lending a softness to modern, clean lines. The handcrafted appeal brings an organic touch to any home.

Carvers Guild

Bernhardt Furniture

Modern History

Cynthia Ferguson

Curvelocity

Curves are in. From the soft curves of upholstery pieces like Bernhardt’s Bali chairs to curves in organic lighting to lots and lots of soft curves in new furniture collections! Although we are seeing a return to more traditional materials and finishes, they have a more modern bend to their shape. Even big bold statement pieces offered a soft curved style. The oversized table is definitely a statement piece and a greater selection of large, commanding round tables are emerging, such as the Agora from Baker, and the Scallop Coffee Table by Mainly Baskets. But those curves keep them from reading as bulky and give them a softer look, even in marble, as seen in the Hulot from vanCollier!

Baker Furniture

Bernhardt Furniture

vanCollier

Mainly Baskets

A Woven World

Caning was all the talk of April’s High Point Market and the fabulous material was everywhere this October! This time the caning or weaving on pieces was found on more modern urban projects. Mixed with stunning polished wood, layered with paint and glass, or simply by itself, caning made the perfect partner. Another natural material that was spotted everywhere was rattan. This sustainable, green product was woven, wrapped, and painted on numerous pieces. Be it a light fixture from Regina Andrew Design, a classic chair from Alfonso Marina, a more flamboyant seating option by Kenneth Cobonpue, or a lovely mirror by Gabby Home, woven forms are showing staying power!

Kenneth Cobonpue

Gabby

Regina Andrew Design

Alfonso Marina

Form and Function

Details make all the difference in design, and this Market the details were the star on pieces that were functional and gorgeous! Those details included beautiful stitched leather and worn brass, as on the Blow Side Table from Julian Chichester, stunning fluted wood doors on the Artefacts Facet Cabinet by Century, and a pretty beaded base on the Dunes and Duchess luggage rack. Each was literally an experience to behold. The side service is no longer a piece of furniture, it is a work of art. Push the envelope and give your clients or customers a piece of art, that just happens to also hold their dishes!

Dunes and Duchess

Julian Chichester

Century Furniture

Eric Haydel

Classics Re-visited and Re-invented

Fall Market is the perfect time for our manufacturing partners to revisit, reinterpret, and reinvent the classical designs of the past into chic and contemporary pieces for the future.

Interlude Home started things off with inspiration for a 2020 vibe on a traditional klismos chair, by offering it in a new colored lucite. If the silhouette of the chair isn’t enough to stop you in your tracks, you must take a closer look at the success of the smoky gray material.

Traveling back to what she loves, Alexa Hampton made brown furniture en vogue again in her modern Parisian pied-a-terre. Her Max Bar Cabinet for Theodore Alexander is a tour de force of high style and high functionality – and it’s destined to be an entertaining staple.

Bernhardt’s Loft Collection and its Mad Men-styled sofa evoked the spirit of another era but was a winner for its supple leather and livable scale. Tailored like a fine piece of clothing this new version is sure to be a classic style moving forward.

Peter Jacobs Foremost Chair for Wesley Hall is a brilliant transitional and traditional seating option with an everyday scale and attitude. A modern classic that’s an investment for a lifetime. Used in multiple rooms, it can add tremendous value to a client’s procurement. Surely, it’ll be a showstopper.

Interlude Home

Bernhardt Furniture

Theodore Alexander

Wesley Hall

Animal Attraction Action

Animal print, textures and inspiration abound as manufacturers are integrating and exaggerating how they interpret this trend. And the best part is, they’re all remaining sustainability conscious. No animal was harmed!!

Starting the adventure, Bernhardt exhibited their sophisticated Alligator Chest which begs for a layered living space to have a glam moment. This piece’s hand formed tin creates the perfect balance to soften even the roughest real gators.

Julian Chichester’s Dakota dining tops offered customizable options in multiple animal-like motifs, so you can create your own statement piece. From classic zebrawood to new metallic options, you are sure to find the perfect top for any animal adventurer.

Snakeskin-inspired side table? Why not? Especially now that the folks at Oly have taken an impression from a real skin that was discarded as a snake changed into his fall look. It could be the perfect accessory for a texture-driven design, and it would complement metallics, woods, and rich textiles for the client seeking a luxe look.

Dunes and Duchess faux fir and leather trimmed benches are fantastic complement for the client who enjoys both traditional and statement pieces. The animal essence, either in a single seated bench or a long multiple seat, is as harmonious as it is jaw dropping. The woodwork on each piece will last generations in a myriad of decors. After all it is New York’s John Rosselli who says, “no room is complete without plants and ANIMALS!”

Bernhardt Furniture

Oly

Dunes and Duchess

Julian Chichester

Make you Double Take – or Just Buy Two!

Market was giving visions of beauty that left me thinking, why have one beautiful piece when you can have two? Pairing is an important way for decorators to set a room, add impact, and make a statement. This Market, perfect pairs were showing up all over.

Starting with the amazing remake of the Baker showroom, The Barbara Barry Collection for McGuire by Baker gave the first dose of this double beauty. Her fall introductions are available in multiple variations of soft muted wood tones and lush upholstery. Further, the pairing of the elegantly styled craftsmanship we expect and delight in from Baker and Barbara Barry forced you to come back for more.

Mr. Brown London decided to take beds to a new level! If it could be made into a king or queen why not split hairs and have two twin beds? Twins are chic and ideal for the perfect guest room. The metallic canopy with a Parsons feel is contemporary with a kiss of traditional linen on the headboard. These would be fun to style with textured linens and a pair of high gloss chests to continue the theme.

At EJ Victor, the Brown & Moore Rochester Tufted Chair has a presence, comfort, and attitude that harkens to a more traditional sensibility but can be right at home with the way we design today. By no means would we ever suggest just one! Either in leather or standard upholstery, these comfortable seats are worth sharing.

Making a bold statement for a double take, Doug Frates Glass Blue Glass Pendant offered a new approach to mixing hand-made metal fixtures with glass rods. Each rod is hand blown at over 200 inches, colored, and then cut down to form the perfect fixture. If that wasn’t impressive enough, the group shared that if you get tired of the color after a couple of years, you can just call them up to get new rods made in no time!

Mr. Brown London

Doug Frates Glass

EJ Victor

Baker Furniture

Benjamin Johnston

Modern Classics

Post-modern designs from the 1980s and 90s are back in a big way this year. Several furniture manufacturers across Market explore this territory with new pieces that make a big impression. Probably the most stunning example is from EJ Victor, with their new collection, Browne & Moore. The jaw-dropping, massive Abbey Secretary references American Federalism and German Biedermeier styles with classical lines and details, but is exquisitely built in large-scale proportions for contemporary living. Combine this piece’s attributes with its brightly colored lacquers and solid brass hardware, and we have a winner. Century also explores this trend with their collection from designers Carrier & Company and Thomas O’Brien, which debuted in the spring but are further explored this fall – standout pieces include the Ascher Cocktail Table with its delightfully mixed material palette of terrazzo and a two-toned steel base, and the Marielle Bookcase with its handsome upholstered side panels in a neoclassical motif. Alexa Hampton’s collection with Theodore Alexander is also continued this season with several standout pieces including the Antonio Games Table, with its brightly colored orange leather top and gold embossing. Certainly not to be overlooked is Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s new Hexsation 12-Light Pendant for Corbett Lighting – its massive scale and beautiful brass work with ribbed glass revives this pendant light for an entirely new generation.

EJ Victor

Century Furniture

Century Furniture

Corbett Lighting

Theodore Alexander

A Stacked Deck

A popular design motif all over Market this season is the use of simplistic forms stacked upon one another. From Mary McDonald’s Cubist Console for Chaddock, to Ray Booth’s Zaftig’s Stool for Hickory Chair and his newest Piloti Floor Lamp for Arteriors, this trend is all over Market this season. John-Richard introduces the Orleans Collection with its stacked, faceted fronts, and Studio A impresses with their beautifully crafted Oslo Collection. Noir gets in on the fun as well with their whimsical Clint Table, while Michael Berman blows it out of the water with his newest collection for Kravet, which features lots of swanky pieces including his Brooklyn Console Table and Frank Drinks Table. This trend proves that you can never go wrong when the deck is stacked in your favor!

Chaddock

Kravet

Hickory Chair

Noir Trading

Studio A Home

John-Richard

Kravet

Arteriors

Golden Triangle

This season features lots of sexy designs, harkening back to smoky nightclubs of the 1970s and 80s with funky triangular silhouettes in updated glamorous finishes. Reagan Hayes’s highly anticipated collection from Sonder Living features her wonderful Vergal Sideboard with its dark cerused finish and brass hardware, and Ryan Korban continues to explore this Halston-era vibe with his collection for EJ Victor with pieces like his Chest of Drawers with its ultrasuede fronts and canted sides. Among Interlude’s sexy additions to their line-up, the Surrey Grand Console ‘shows some leg’ with its prismatic triangular supports in smoked acrylic. Bernhardt’s stunning new Stellar Sideboard Cabinet is a new star in its silver finish with a constellation of gemstones adorning its triangulated paneled front. I don’t know about you, but this trend is inspiring us to get up and dance!

Sonder Living

Interlude Home

EJ Victor

Bernhardt Furniture

Paris is Burning

Well, not really, but Parisian-inspired designs are certainly hot, hot, hot this season! So many designers and manufacturers turn to mid-century French influences for inspiration, and we see hard lines give way to soft undulating curves with this sculptural trend. A great example of this is Highland House’s Jules Cabinet, with its elegant tall proportions and curving front in oyster-colored lacquer and purse clasp hardware. At Visual Comfort, Aerin Lauder continues to expand her design offerings with her stunning Brenta Grande Chandelier – the complex French curves here make a fresh new addition and we cannot wait to use them! Maker Julian Chichester is known for their European mid-century style, and they debuted several new pieces including their Atlas Floor Lamp. The design is as much a sculpture as it is a functional lighting piece and will make a wonderful addition to a room that needs some visual interest.

Julian Chichester

Highland House Furniture

Visual Comfort

Courtney McLeod

Nature Inspired Design

A return to nature was a strong theme of Fall High Point Market. The Oona Orb Chandelier from Currey & Company was particularly delightful – light and airy, with lovely leaf and flower details and the perfect mix of finishes. In a more formal and dramatic turn, the Sugar Leaf 24-Light, Three-Tier Chandelier from John-Richard was a standout. The meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail in this fixture caught my eye – it is a true statement maker! Kendall Wilkinson’s textile line with Fabricut felt classic yet fresh – with beautiful colorways perfect to lend an unexpected element to transitional spaces.

Currey & Company

Fabricut

John-Richard

Unexpected Texture

Interesting materials used to create unexpected textures was another trend we spotted during Fall High Point Market. Bernhardt hit it out of the park with the introduction of their new outdoor furniture collection. The Wailea Chair was a favorite – the braided frame looked like it could be quite solid from a distance but was soft and luxurious to the touch. The Tezah Rug by Lemieux et Cie for Momeni Rugs uses recycled leather strips in a variety of soft gray hues to create tactile, geometric designs. From a distance the mix of materials is hard to discern, drawing the eye and the hand in a wonderfully inviting way.

Bernhardt Furniture

Momeni Rugs

Laura Thurman

Artastic

The art scene was strong and lively at Fall Market. There was a unique energy and whimsy to what I saw. Art is no longer a framed photograph, or paint on canvas. The conversation and expression of art has evolved. The stunning Portrait of Pins (a woman’s face) we found at John-Richard by artist Tony Fey was incredible! It was comprised of thousands of push pins – yup, good old office push pins. The further away you stood from the image the clearer it became. However, only up close could you really appreciate the detail.

The Fresco Countryside 2 art-piece at Wendover Art Group, by Lilian August was also a show-stopper. The image was soft and beautiful with layers of patina, cracks, and interesting brush techniques. Here again, the piece drew you in. Oh, and speaking of brush techniques, the Thetis Vase by Form Design Studio at Global Views was simply lovely. A feeling of intimacy is trending in art; it’s here to stay and I’m loving it.

John-Richard

Wendover Art Group

Global Views

Light It Up

There was no shortage of fierce illumination at Market. It was by far my most spotted category, and what made me feel the most inspired. The hand blown glass Chinois Pendant Light by Niche at Mill Collective was to die for. It was a perfect representation of global and cultural expression, translated into modern and practical application. The pendant shape is inspired by traditional Chinese lanterns. Color and form played a huge role in all the lighting. Special attention to the blending of materials and finishes was an evident trend, expressed beautifully by Currey & Company, Arteriors, and Regina Andrew. So much of what we saw was inspired by other countries such as Morocco, China, and India. Lighting design continues to blend various cultures as inspiration, and in doing so pushes the boundaries of innovation.

Niche

Currey & Company

Arteriors

Regina Andrew Design

Rattan, You Still Here?

Yup, rattan isn’t going anywhere, which is fine by me! There was a wide range of rattan products that really showcased unique color combinations, displayed beautiful craftsmanship, and overall evoked a more modern and fresher vibe. Red Egg is always a must visit at Market for me – they never disappoint. Their CAN Daybed is not only incredibly comfy but it’s also a work of art. The intricate handcrafted detailing is a true conversation starter, and a piece anyone would cherish for years. I see you Four Hands June Chair – and Oly Wil Bed – you too were turning heads! Retro meets glam, meets comfort. I’ll take two please!

Red Egg

Four Hands

Oly

Touch Me

So many items invited you to move closer and touch them. Be it the slick, smooth surface of the Miranda Kerr Nightstand at Universal Furniture, or the organically shaped Cliff Console Table at Noir, the manipulation of materials and texture piqued my curiosity.

My favorite, however, were the deliciously soft pillows and quilts by Aloka for Signature Pillows. This was their first Market, and their product did not disappoint. Their items are made from layers and layers of vintage Indian saris that have been over-dyed and block-printed. Because of the material’s life cycle, and Aloka’s unique process, these saris are incredibly soft and durable. Plus, they tell an honest and soulful story. What could be better?

Market is, and will continue to be, an adventure. It’s an opportunity to learn, be inspired, and be amongst our industry peers. Through this Style Spotter role, I have experienced Market in a new light. I will cherish all the new friendships and wonderful vendor connections I have made. It was an honor to serve our industry and High Point Market. Cheers to the new 2020 team, buckle up!!

Universal Furniture

Noir Trading

Signature Pillows

Erinn Valencich

Tribal Modernism

I found an increase in handcrafted, tribal feeling finishes and details in the Fall 2019 showrooms of Taracea, Bliss Studio, Baker Furniture, and Schwung Home.

There was an increase in colors of sand, stone, and earth; which were nicely mixed together for high contrast, or in stark white. Also, more natural, handcrafted textures and the purposeful imperfection that one sees in African arts, as well as elements crafted by Island cultures. I loved the mix of that visibly handmade aesthetic against the clean lines of the overall shapes in the furniture or modern finishes with a lack of color that makes these pieces feel current, but also timeless.

Bliss Studio

Taracea

Schwung Home

Baker Furniture

Light Finishes Stay Strong

It’s not the first time we are seeing light finishes being popular at Market, but this fall the trend continued strong with new shades of cream, taupe, sand, and a warm light gray reigning supreme. Gone are the cold, blue-gray’s of years past. The new light finish is warm, soft, and blends well with any darker wood finishes of an interior, even an unfinished looking, bleached wood. I saw a ton of it in Verellen, Schwung’s African collection, Ambella Home, and Universal Furniture. It’s clear we will be seeing more of these light finishes for years to come, and now it’s all about the materiality of the palette, as seen in the unique lighting options from Eichholtz, the leather wrapped tables by Form Design Studio for Global Views and Anquilla Cocktail Table from Baker.

Eichholtz

Verellen

Global Views

Baker Furniture

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