My Highlights from High Point Furnishings Market Spring 2017

Kelly Wearstler lamps at High Point
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I am not the Designer who instantly wants to use the latest fashion style in home furnishings. Unfortunately they can soon become ubiquitous; think sunburst mirrors!
High Point market is not just THE place to discover what new furniture, lighting and accessories will soon be launched. For the Designer, the showrooms are an invaluable resource to see, feel and judge the quality of a vast array of furnishings, lighting and accessories from all the leading manufacturers and many unique smaller artisans.
The showrooms fill a whole town and there is also a huge antique market too, which was a joy to explore.
In the 4 days that I was there, I sat on or in 100’s of chairs and sofas, forged new relationships and left with a wealth of information and inspiration which will be used immediately in my design projects.  It was exhausting but exhilarating.
Here are some of my favorites pieces and observations on the latest trends.

The Golden Age: Brass, Bronze and Gold finishes are back

Brass framed upholstered ottoman

This brass framed ottoman looks contemporary. Brass is being used in modern ways

Gold finished bookcase with glass shelves from Guy Chaddock, chicago interior designer

Gold finished bookcase with glass shelves from Guy Chaddock.  I love the details.

Strong Mix of Traditional and Modern

Wood chest from Chaddock, Chicago interior designer

Classic style chest but with bold geometric design on the front from Chaddock

Organic Luxe and the Use of Unexpected Materials in Classic Shapes

Organic woven lamp in classic urn shape, Chicago interior designer

A classic Grecian urn shaped lamp is softened with this organic woven material.  Lighting in organic forms is definitely trending.

Wing chair with cane from High Point market, Chicago interior designer

Modern tailored wing back chair with a cane frame in a grid pattern, echoes Frank Lloyd Wright.

White leaf chandelier from Palecek at High point market, Chicago interior designer

Organic leaf chandelier in white from Palecek. This would be beautiful in a bedroom or sunroom.

Cerused Wood Finishes and Pale Woods Trending

Elegant desk in cerused oak wood, chicago interior designer

I love the elegant contours of this desk combined with the freshness of a light cerused oak wood finish

Wire Frame Furniture adds a Modern Graphic Touch

Wire frame outdoor furniture

A Danish modern shape with a graphic wire frame design looks stunning. The chairs are actually comfortable!

chair with bookcase frame from Noir, Chicago interior designer

Unique take on the wire frame idea with an integral bookcase. How convenient!

Large Scale Graphic Patterns and Exuberant Color

Large scale geometric shapes on wallcovering, chicago interior designer

Large scale geometrics make a bold statement. Slender gold framed mirrors add the Mid century modern look

My Favorite Showroom at High Point: London based Julian Chichester

Julian Chichester showroom at High Point

Stunning showroom showing a European love of color and fluid Danish modern lines.  I found all the above noted trends displayed here.

In the Big Chair Enjoying a Little Rest

Tina Dann-Fenwick in the big chair at High Point Market, Chicago Interior designer