It’s a Jungle Out There! A Recurring Trend in Designs at the High Point Furniture Market

“Blue is Back”,  “Earthy is In”, or “Mad Men Inspires Market”!  There are as many declarations about the new design trends at High Point Furniture Market as there are Bloggers, Designers, and Style-Spotters.  Even among 2,000 exhibitors and 10 million square feet of show space, It’s not hard to spot the trends that are going to go viral.  But I spotted a trend that has been around and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Animal prints and hides!

zebra print side chair, Alexa Hampton, Hickory Chair

Alexa Hampton accented a zebra print with vibrant red trim for Hickory Chair.

Hadley Bench, Oly 

Oly pairs a hammered crossed leg iron frame with a stamped leather seat in the Hadley Bench.

Sophie Lounge Chair, Oly

Sophie Lounge Chair, faux zebra is a stamped leather hide, also from Oly

Anne’s leopard print shoes, Wedding, September 2012

I took note of the jungle fever in fashion a couple of months ago. I was at a wedding in Winston-Salem, North Carolina when I snapped a photo of these leopard print heels, with matching grosgrain ribbon bows.  Anne, the shoe’s owner, she said, “I’ve had them for years, and I don’t even remember where I got them.”  Hmmm, a recurring theme that’s stands the test of time.

Market goer’s shoes, at Lorts Showroom, High Point Furniture Market.

I spotted these shoes on a Buyer my first day at Market.

Recent fabric pull for design client. Using S. Harris, Turkana 01.

A recent fabric pull I did for a design client using S. Harris, Turkana #01.

zebra print books, E. Lawrence, Ltd.

pillows from Elaine Smith

Leather wrapped table lamp in Faux leopard, Ralph Home, for Visual Comfort

And they are showing up in accessories too!

1. Zebra print books, E. Lawrence, Ltd.

2. Pillows from Elaine Smith.

3. Leather wrapped faux leopard skin Lamp, Ralph Lauren Home, for Visual Comfort.

Leather hide chest, from Ferguson Copeland Ltd.

Here’s a sampling of animal print hide on a case good with nailhead trim from Ferguson Copeland LTD.

animal print rug, Billy Baldwin, from Billy Baldwin Decorates

As I mentioned, this trend has been around for a while.  Billy Baldwin was using animal prints years ago.

Elsie De Wolfe, Villa Trianon

 Elsie De Wolfe  tossed a sprinkling of animal prints  in her elegant Villa Trianon.

Sarah Williams with Elizabeth Gordon

…and more recently Sarah Williams used a zebra print rug in her collaboration with  Elizabeth Gordon.

So if your feeling confident and want to make a wild and powerful statement in your decor, consider a bit (you want to keep it tasteful) of animal print!

Remember if you spot something you like, would like to own, or want more information, contact me. I’ll be glad to help.  In the mean time, please be leave a comment about your own impressions of Design trends.  The comment button is at the top right corner of each post.


From High Point to Your Home: A Showcase of Unique Designs at Market

In the vast sea of bankable designers, beautifully appointed furniture showrooms, and fabulous cocktail parties at the High Point Furniture Market, lies some of the most wonderful small vendors with incredible designs.  My second post on the “Market” focuses on them!

It’s from these vendors that Boutique Shop Buyers discover that one-of-a-kind vase you will give as a wedding present and Interior Designers find a “knock-out” pendant to go over your dining room table.

First up on our tour is SkLo.

Hold Vessels & Hooks, Karen Gilbert & Paul Pavlak Designers, SkLo Studio

SkLo is the brain child of Pavel Hanousek, founder of Fusion Z, and husband and wife design team, Karen Gilbert and Paul Pavlak.  They’ve come together to produce hand-blown glass designs using traditional Czech glass blowing techniques. By the way, Sklo is Czech for glass.

Side view, Hold Vessels & Hooks, Karen Giblet & Paul Pavlak Designers, SkLo Studio.

The Hold Vessel & Hook are clean, simple and modern.  And since they are handblown, no two vessels look exactly the same.

Front & Side views, Double Lasso Pendant, Karen Gilbert & Paul Pavlak Designers, SkLo

Imagine having this work of art hanging above your bathroom vanity.  Talking about amplifying the mundane!

Lasso Table Light, Karen Gilbert & Paul Pavlak Designers, SkLo

A sculptural table light that would be perfect for accent lighting on your entry hall table or on your bar.  This is bespoke design at it’s best!

Another glass design that I found to be both unique,  trend-setting and a great design is the Phantom Dining Table by Glassisimo.  I love love this table, but the question is do You love it?  After all you are the “end-user”!

Phantom Dining Table, Glassisimo

While this table is “happening”, trust me, the Phantom Dining Table has more applications than in just a contemporary setting.  Put it with the right chairs and it stands out as a one of a kind and sophisticated piece.

Paramount Extra Large 3-drawer chest, Bungalow 5

The Paramount Extra Large 3-drawer Chest, (Yes, that’s its name.)  Certainly made its way onto almost every style-spotter and market blogger list!  It certainly earned the bragging rights. It’s show-stopping lacquered painted finish, offset with silver ball pulls and carved facade come together to make it an extraordinary Market find.

faux-shagreen dresser, Regina Andrew

Accented with a gold base and gold twig handles, This faux-shagreen dresser is a no-brainer among good Market designs.  Oh and guess what?  The drawers are self-closing.  Neat!

Bluhm Credenza, Bevara Design House

The organic door panels of this teak credenza , by Bevara Design House,  gives it 1960’s form, with a splash of ’70’s vibe.

Mercer Dining Table. Artesia

While not a “new” Market item, The Mercer Dining table, made from reclaimed teak, is still one of my favorites.  It’s family friendly, stylish and it can go out-doors, under a covered porch.   That kind of versatility makes it a safe choice for a great Market design.

Collectors Cabinet, Global Views

It seems that every Market Global Views comes out with one stand-out design.  This Market, it’s The Collector Cabinet.

Cabinet, Camilla House Imports

Finally, the mirrored cabinet from Camille House Imports.  It would look great against a richly painted wall in your home.  Perhaps Benjamin Moore’s Autumn Purple.

So there you have it. A roundup of some of Market’s incredible designs from small vendors that will be making its way to homes around the world soon!

As usual, if you see something you like, would like more information, or want to know where to buy,  contact me and I’ll be glad to help.  In the mean time feel free to post a comment on the designs you love.  The comment button is at the top of each blog post.


A Designer’s Mecca; High Point International Home Furnishings Market.

High Point, North Carolina  is where the World comes twice a year, to preview the newest in furniture and home decor.  If High Point didn’t invent furniture, it certainly invented the furniture industry.  I started my three day visit to the High Point International Furniture Market with The Phillips Collection.

The Phillips Collection offers innovative and striking designs that have in international flair.  This is just the place to look for unique items that can serve in both a transitional decor or a hip urban loft.

Wicker Screen Divider, The Phillips Collection

The Wicker Screen Divider can be used as a piece of art against a wall, as a headboard or to actually separate a large room or loft into two smaller sections.

Gallery of stools The Phillips Collection

Gallery of stools.  The Phillips Collection

These stools can add a touch of a natural element to a room.  Again they work in a variety of settings, not just a contemporary space.

Nuttapong, Seatbelt Chair, The Phillips Collection

When I saw these chairs by Thai Designer Nuttapong, remembered them from the movie “The Hunger Games”.  I sat in one and the are comfortable!

The Phillips Collection, Seatbelt Chair in green from the film “the Hunger Games”

Here the chair is shown as a dining chair, but I could easily envision it as a desk chair  in a child or teenagers bedroom.

If you ever visit  “Market” it’s best to come up with a plan to map out your days, but you know what they say about the best laid plans…  My next stop at Market was a bit off plan, but I had to see Phoebe & Jim Howard’s  Collection of furniture with Sherrill Furniture.  The collection was actually introduced at the April Market, so I’m a little behind on the news , but who’s keeping score.  Mr. & Mrs. Howard didn’t disappoint with they’re “new to me” collection.  They served up an  assemblage of upholstery and case goods blended with current and traditional, timeless designs.  It’s also notable that the collection is made in Hickory, North Carolina.

Mr. & Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture

Rennie’s Side Table shown in washed linen, Mr. & Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture

I want this side table beside my bed.  Everything one would need for a Sunday afternoon in bed is easily accessible. The table works flanking a sofa as well.

Oval Dining Room Mr. & Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture

Living Room vignette,Mr. & Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture

I think it’s universally agreeable that Mrs. Howard’s design style is refined, comfortable and uncomplicated.  I could do a post on this showroom alone.  Hmmm!

From Sherrill, I ventured around the corner and down the street to Hickory Chair, another American made line of furniture.  Hickory Chair  features collections designed by Alexa Hampton, Suzanne Kasler, Mariette Himes Gomez and Thomas O’Brien.  Wow, what a line up!  Each of Designers are in the Showroom during Market,  are approachable and, just like me, love to talk about design.

Thomas O’Brian, Marc Stool, Hickory Chair

Top view, Thomas O’Brien, Marc Stool, Hickory Chair

I almost tripped over this stool, and I fell in love in the process!  The Marc Stool, by Thomas O’Brien, with its ever so gentle curves and ash frame construction  is  a nod to Scandinavia.

Truman Sofa, Alexa Hampton, Hickory Chair

In my never-ending quest for the perfect sofa, I came across two candidates.  First this 1940’s inspired beauty by Alexa Hampton.  A simple, modern silhouette is essential for me, along with comfort and the ability to lay on it after a long day of work, or to watch a good movie.  The Truman Sofa certainly fits the bill.  You’ll learn more about my search for the perfect sofa in a future post.  Alexa told me the sofa was introduced three years ago, and that it’s a good thing they “mix things up from one Market to the next”.  How could I have missed it!

9th Street Sofa, Hickory Chair

Arm detail, 9th Street Sofa, Hickory Chair

Second is the 9th Street Sofa inspired by a vintage 1960’s Hickory Chair sofa.  Again this sofa has been in the Hickory Chair line for some time now. Which leads me to my very first bit of advice as a Designer.  Walk trough a showroom, or shop twice.  You will always see something new the second go around.

Next Directly across the street is the Baker Showroom.  Or as a friend of mine calls it Bakah!  Regardless how you say it, Baker is a must stop at every Market.

Baker Showroom, Highpoint, North Carolina

Neatly nested behind Ivy laden walls, and a simple pair of french door, there’s no doubt where you are.

Tony Duquette Collection, Baker Furniture

I had the fortune of being escorted through the Baker showroom, by Vanessa, a former Design School classmate of mine.  She showed me the place from her point of view and the first stop on our tour was Tony Duquette.  “Babette’s Feast” for the eyes!

for the eyes.

From there Vanessa showed me, with a glint in her eye, The Thomas Pheasant Collection.  It  contained one of my favorite Market finds, a reinterpretation of the Starburst Mirror.  Finally!

Blossom Mirror, Thomas Pheasant, Tony Duquette Collection, Baker

His interpretation is loosely inspired by a kimono with cherry blossoms. It is truly an eye catcher, that is bound to be the new “must have” mirror to smartly finish a room.  Juan Carlos, Thomas’ partner, described the intricate detail that went into getting the look just right.  They resorted to post-it notes to indicate where on the mirror each gem would be placed.  Pink for the medium-sized gems and yellow for the large ones.

Juan Carlos, me and Thomas at the Baker Showroom.

Finally I’ll end today’s post on the Market with yet another American Made Furniture Company, Vaughn-Bassett.  The Bassett family has  been making furniture in Virginia & North Carolina since 1902, Vaughn-Bassett has been designing and building bedroom furniture since the 1920’s.  They are an American Furniture Dynasty.

Vaughn-Bassett today and tomorrow. Ann Yancey Bassett, Wyatt Bassett; President, and McKinely Bassett.

My favorite collection is the Cottage.  It’s cute, fun, and transitional.

Cottage Collection, Vaughn-Bassett Furniture Company

I can picture a pair of these bed’s in a child’s room at a beach house. I love the added storage for blankets and sheets.

The Cottage Collection, Vaughn-Bassett Furniture Company

Cottage Collection, Vaughn-Bassett Furniture Company

In the next post, I will share a couple of other great  showrooms, some of the Boutique Vendors at Market,  home accessories, and some Market trends.

If you see an item you like, would like to own, or want to know where to buy, contact me!