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21 Spring Product Favorites From High Point Market 2018

Global influencers, design-star collaborators, and emerging artisans converged this April at High Point Market, the biannual hunt-and-gather fest for the retail-residential set. Modular-minded upholstery, gilded lighting and architecturally inspired case goods were among the trends uncovered in, as the saying goes, A City Upon A Hill With The Eyes of the World Upon It.

1. Kamiya Furniture

Kamiya Furniture by Jeremy Kamiya. Photography courtesy of Kamiya Furniture. 

Newly relocated to the historic Union Square building, Mill Village Collective once again offered a curated assortment of design-oriented exhibitors, including first-timer Jeremy Kamiya, the Durham, North Carolina–based woodworker who crafts his dresser entirely from reclaimed teak—no screws or nails need apply.

2. Theodore Alexander

Theodore Alexander by Xander Noori. Photography courtesy of Theodore Alexander.

California designer Xander Noori’s 50-piece signature collection paired natural materials with modern, even futuristic silhouettes. He nods to the wealth and prosperity symbolized by pearls in Poise, a console with cerused oak top and oil-rubbed bronze finish base, its three doors finished in raw silk and pierced in circular patterns that illuminate when the internal LEDs are activated.

3. Soicher-Marin

Soicher-Marin by Hable Construction. Photography courtesy of Soicher-Marin.

On the cusp of its 20th anniversary, textile design house Hable Construction christens its latest diversification: a 68-piece wall art collection by cofounder Susan Hable. In addition to digitally printed portraits, collage prints, pen and ink drawings and watercolor prints, the print-on-canvas range includes Wish, the freeflowing lines crowned with a sunny punctuation mark.

4. Henredon

Henredon by David Kleinberg. Photography courtesy of Henredon.

Interior Design Hall of Fame member David Kleinberg approached his first-ever furniture collection as if designing for a private client, with no preconceptions or boundaries. Informed by Italian architects of the 1940’s and 1950’s, the resulting 40-piece collection is confident and clean lined, as illustrated by the Rene console in mahogany with travertine top and patinated nickel accents.

5. Baker

Baker by Laura Kirar. Photography courtesy of Baker Furniture.

Laura Kirar added another layer to her signature collection with 29 new pieces and 27 fresh fabrics. Toying with shape and scale, her Salone sofa is curvaceous and tightly tailored with contoured wood base and deliberately thin seat cushions.

6. Bernhardt

Bernhardt by Bernhardt Interiors. Photography courtesy of Bernhardt Interiors.

Art and architecture sparked the Bernhardt Interiors label’s spring collection, particularly evident in the Brutalist inspired Smithson credenza, the sleek leather Antoni chair, and the organic Circlet cocktail table, which consists of seven individual tabletops connected by a central base.

7. Bernhardt

Bernhardt by Bernhardt Interiors. Photography courtesy of Bernhardt Interiors.

But in a totally different direction, the manufacturer gets its Hygge on with Stanhope, a bed evoking cozy Danish minimalism, the frame and headboard snuggled in a sweater-like cover that’s constructed by weaving wool onto jute.

8. Arteriors

Arteriors by Celerie Kemble. Photography courtesy of Arteriors.

Celerie Kemble puts a pop spin on the market-wide trend toward gilding with the Calliope chandelier, its 150-plus stainless-steel discs dressed in antique brass to surround a frosted acrylic plate.

9. Vita Copenhagen

Vita Copenhagen by Tor Hadsund and Jonas Søndergaard. Photography courtesy of Vita Copenhagen.

The Danish design purveyor turned its sights on North America this year, culminating with a debut this spring in the popular Interhall section of the International Home Furnishings Center. Highlights include Tor Hadsund’s Reader armchair in solid oak, its sweeping profile echoed in Jonas Søndergaard’s Hang Out coffee table, conveniently slung with a two-sided leather and polyester bag to help harness clutter.

10. CUR8

CUR8 by Jasmine Jaco and Greg O’Neal. Photography courtesy of CUR8.

Co-founders Jasmine Jaco and Greg O’Neal corralled their globally sourced lines of healthy-smart products into an interactive display at the Design Legacy showroom titled Innovation Petting Zoo—the “pets” being products. Manufactured in Brooklyn from mushroom mycelium, Danielle Trofe’s MushLume collection includes the Trumpet pendant that’s organic, sustainable, and biodegradable.

11. Adriana Hoyos Furnishings

Adriana Hoyos Furnishings. Photography courtesy of Adriana Hoyos Furnishings.

The Columbia-born Ecuadorian delivers a double-dose of Latin American hospitality in Rumba, a multidimensional series featuring chic seating nestled in robust wood frames.

12. Kindel

Kindel by Jeffrey Roberts. Photography courtesy of Kindel Furniture.

In his first signature furniture series, Grand Rapids, Michigan–based designer Jeffrey Roberts pays homage to his father—a veteran of the Fisher Body plant in Detroit—with Gear, an industrial-style lamp table with leather inlaid top and a central pedestal composed of wooden discs that are customizable with various paint and finish options.

13. Natuzzi Italia

Natuzzi Italia by Maurizio Manzoni and Roberto Tapinassi. Photography courtesy of Natuzzi.

Maurizio Manzoni and Roberto Tapinassi straddle residential and contract sensibilities with equal authority in Kendo, a multilayered, modular seating system that’s equally fitting for living room or lobby.

14. Notre Monde

Notre Monde by Dawn Sweitzer. Photography courtesy of Notre Monde.

Founder Dawn Sweitzer opened her High Point studio to give marketgoers hands-on insight into her inspiration and processes. Back at market, in the manufacturer’s Interhall space, the spring lineup included a series of wood-trimmed mini trays, featuring swirls of color and gold leafing across the glass surfaces, in varieties such as Charcoal, Midnight Linear Circles, Midnight Raspberry Organic, and Gold Linear Circles.

15. Surya

Surya. Photography courtesy of Surya. 

Multicolored texture puts modern in the rough in Trailblazer, a machine-made rug in wool-nylon blend with the look and feel of hand-knotted construction.

16. Couture Jardin

Couture Jardin by Normand Couture. Photography courtesy of Couture Jardin.

The Flexi outdoor seating family by founder Normand Couture promises almost limitless configurations, as cushions and table surfaces are easily added, subtracted, or adjusted simply by employing the patented slot mechanisms.

17. Tempaper

Tempaper by Genevieve Gorder. Photography courtesy of Tempaper Designs.

Genevieve Gorder expands her collection of removable, environmentally friendly wallpaper with six self-adhesive patterns including New York Toile, a hybrid of French styling juxtaposed with iconic images from the city skyline.

18. Selva

Selva by Philip Selva. Photography courtesy of Selva.

The Philip Selva brand celebrates its 50th anniversary by welcoming Gatsby, Lorenzo Bellini’s whole-home collection that includes Excelsior, a solid cherry and beech bed with chrome accents distinguished by the trompe l’oeil effect of the upholstered headboard.

19. Maria Yee

Maria Yee. Photography courtesy of Maria Yee. 

Doubling down on its embrace of Lux, BASF’s plant-based, high-performance alternative to MDF, the manufacturer unveiled 1088, a collection tailored to small-space living. But even compact spaces can make room for the occasional flourish, in this case a playfully avian mobile.

20. Jaipur Living

Jaipur Living by Rachel Doriss. Photography courtesy of Rachel Doriss. 

Pollack design director Rachel Doriss and her team collaborated on a capsule collection of area rugs that included Scribe (front), which renders the randomness found in nature through hand-knotted wool, viscose, and cotton.

21. Roberta Schilling Collection

Roberta Schilling Collection. Photography courtesy of Roberta Schilling. 

Curating another season of naturally modern beauties, the Miami-based Brazilian designer showcased Pietra, a four-part cocktail table available in walnut or six varieties of oak, with 11 choices for the laminate tops.

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Getting ready for ‘show’ time

Susan Mulholland

Monday, May 07, 2018

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Getting ready for ‘show’ time

Design is all about the next big thing. We are all obsessed with the idea that there is something new or better out there, and we just have to find it.

This is where interior decorators’ and designers’ true passion resides. If you don’t believe me just go to any of the design conferences listed in the professional interior design trade magazines.

Some people have said that design showrooms and big conferences like High Point Market and NeoCon are not as popular as they once were because now everything can be found on the internet. This was particularly true during the Great Recession, when everyone, including manufacturers, were scaling back their lines and new introductions.

This was a tough time not only for our industry but for the conference show circuit. Attendance was down, and manufacturers were pulling out of permanent showroom spaces in high rent design centers to save money.

And, well, designers were just not going. We all have our personal reasons why, but it seemed like the heyday of design shows, and conferences were at an end. Not true.

I have been practicing professionally for two-and-a-half decades, and I can tell you that no matter how many emails you get from manufacturers telling you about their latest product introductions, nothing beats going to the shows and seeing them in person. Even though attendance was down, and introductions were limited, there were still some designers who needed that yearly fix of attending a design show, and because of them, this phenomena that happens every year is still with us.

The market experience is shopping on steroids. And like every shop-aholic knows, you need to be prepared for 3-5 days of insanity.

This includes everything from loud noise to too many parties and not enough sleep. Comfortable, but stylish shoes are a must, and so is a good bag to keep all the goodies that you get while you are “shopping.”

For newbies, going with a seasoned veteran is the best way to enjoy this adventure. It is the type of adventure that comes from learning and experience. Every designer who has been even to only one of these events can tell you that it’s unlike anything else we do in our daily professional lives.

I know that not every designer or decorator gets excited about attending these shows and markets. Reasons range from that you are forced to walk what seems to be endless miles of convention center space without having a break to not being able to find a chair that you can sit in for more than 10 seconds.

To some, they even think that it all looks the same and become overwhelmed by it all. If that is the case, there is another component to these events that even a non-shopper can appreciate. It’s education.

Many of these design shows offer opportunities to get continuing education credits. There are presentations given on every topic related to the design field. Design is about knowledge. If you haven’t given a thought to attending a design show, maybe this is the reason you do.

Learning what good design is never ends. Hearing from your peers and other design professionals can be just as inspiring as seeing a new chair or line of textiles.

Design is in of itself an experience. We tell our clients that by hiring us, you are making an investment in your personal or work space.

With the millions of offerings of furniture, flooring options, textiles, wall coverings, lighting and accessories available, it takes someone who is trained to see the right “stuff” for the right client. What works for one client may not work for another, and this is why going to these shows are so important.

Good design combines the best of what is old with what is new, and takes seeing the possibilities of what can be. Our vision is our gift to our clients. We know what will work and what won’t.

This is also why manufacturers are eager for us to see their new offerings for interiors every year. They spend millions of dollars in research and development to come up with new products for our industry.

They know that if we can see the design potential, it will make them money. They also know that if enough of us don’t see the design potential, it will be gone before it hits the streets. Our collective design brain knows a good thing when we see it!

So, are you ready? If you haven’t made plans for attending at least one design conference this year, you should definitely make plans for next year.

Yes, they can be expensive and yes, they take you away from your office and clients, but the benefits are so worth it! You not only have the inside scoop on what the manufacturers are developing for the future, you have an opportunity to meet new people, including new manufacturers, have some fun with other designers and get inspired for your next project.

Interior design is about how people interact with their space and possessions. Offering your clients something new and fresh is an advantage that you get from attending a design show, whether it is for a home, an office, hotel or hospital.

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