Plant Seven, an emerging center for design, culture and commerce in High Point, North Carolina, furthered its reputation for cultivating innovation with Homework, an exhibition of works by undergraduates from the furniture design concentration at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
Led by Richard Prisco, professor of industrial design and furniture concentration coordinator from the school’s Department of Applied Sciences, the students applied the social, cultural, aesthetic, and functional tools they’ve learned in the four-year program, while also addressing the challenge of project-appropriate manufacturing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.