Today I am back with part two of my High Point Market design trend report. Last week I shared the color trends I saw at Market and today I have the first four of eight trends I spotted at Market. As always, this report is light on text but heavy on photos because I would rather show you what I saw than tell you what I saw. The first four trends I saw are:
- Fresh Traditional
- Fashionable Furniture
- 70’s are the new mid century
1. Fresh Traditional. Maybe it’s a reaction to our increasingly frightening world and a desire to return to what we know and grew up with, but traditional furniture is making a come back. Even brown furniture that has been so badly maligned by designers for the past ten years or so is back on the scene.
Today’s traditional however is not your grandmother’s traditional but a fresher version that fits today’s life style and aesthetics. At Jonathan Charles, a traditional settee (above) is given an unexpected twist with a large scale polka dot fabric and on trend throw pillows. Below, traditional wing back chairs are upholstered in fun bright fabrics with a “racing stripe” running down the back.
Dana Gibson’s new collection for the M.T. Company featured a traditional settee updated with chalky white paint and a bright pink family friendly crypton fabric.
This traditional looking ottoman from Bunny William’s Home is updated with interesting non traditional feet.
Thibaut mixed a very traditional damask covered love seat with on trend wallpaper, animal print pillows and then paired it with a modern fabric on the ottoman.
2. Fashionable Furniture: Furniture and fashion have always been closely aligned but many new furniture introductions this Market seemed to really embrace some of the hottest fashion trends. This blush pink fringe chair for example.
Dress making details such as pleats and channel backs were spotted on many of the new introductions.
The new coffee table below from Dana Gibson was sporting a Chanel like tweed fabric.
Not only did furniture get in on the fashion trends but this voluptuous ruffled mirror was right on trend.
Gold feet, tufting, pleats and buttons all reference couture fashion at Christopher Guy’s newly opened showroom.
Speaking of gold feet, furniture with gold legs was a huge trend this Spring. Even large sectionals were perched on gold, sexy, stiletto like legs. This one below from Julian Chichester was stunning.
Even if not super thin, gold metal legs out numbered wooden legs on the new Spring upholstery introductions.
I happen to catch a Prada runway show on the internet a few weeks ago and noticed belts were prominently featured on most of the models. Leave it to Mary McDonald to be right on trend with her red belted chair for Chaddock Home.
3. Metallics: Similar to last Market, metallics are still big and brass (gold) is still king. Lot’s of gold was spotted in lighting, artwork, accessories and as I already pointed out on furniture legs. I saw very little rose gold so I assume that trend is over or else never caught on.
Metals incorporated in the design of the furniture is a trend that I saw last year but even more so this Spring.
Although not as prevalent as gold I did spot some silver used as a decorative element in furniture as well.
At Vanguard I spotted brass mixed with walnut with a brass support base.
More metal, this time used as a decorative element on a dinning table.
Although it’s a little hard to see by this image, brass is used as a detail around the fabric channels of the head board as well as around the foot board.
Gold and silver together for this console chest. Quick side note: Ginkgo is the new palm leaf. I saw it in so many showrooms that I determined it is the botanical “du jour”.
Metal with a glass top makes for a unique statement piece.
Brass is used to show off this menswear inspired side chair. Probably not too child friendly as I see some sharp edges.
4. 70’s are the new mid century: The 70’s are back! Wicker, macrame, hanging plants, beads, and funky furniture. Yup, move over mid century because I think the 70’s are edging you out.
I swear I had this exact textile wall hanging in my college dorm room in the 70’s. Notice the on trend blush as well.
Woven organic fibers and textiles were spotted all over Market. Hanging plants were popular as well.
Even lighting is getting it’s 70’s on with wicker or woven pendants and shades.
Although not a favorite of mine, muted earthy colors of the 70’s seemed to slowly be creeping into the home. These pillows in green, harvest gold and orange are spot on for the 70’s. The geometric patterns are classic 70’s as well. If you remember from my color report last week I saw terracotta used in more than one showroom.
Some of the artwork had a 70’s vibe as well, in both color and pattern.
Olive green, gold legs and leather…all trending this Spring and all right out of the 70’s.
The 70’s were also known for funky and unique furniture designs. This chair below is a good representation. Again, I hate to be a broken record but don’t miss the brass legs.
This is a new introduction from Noir furniture.
Lastly, what started in the 60’s as Psychedelics and the explosion of Day-Glo colors further evolved in the 70’s resulting in interesting color combinations and fanciful patterns. This was reflected in both wallpaper and fabrics at market.
So that wraps up part one. Next week I will have the final four trends so be sure to check back. If you missed the color trend report you can catch up here.
Which trend do you love/hate? Please let me know.