“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!
Alexa Hampton accented a zebra print with vibrant red trim for Hickory Chair.
Oly pairs a hammered crossed leg iron frame with a stamped leather seat in the Hadley Bench.
Sophie Lounge Chair, faux zebra is a stamped leather hide, also from Oly
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.
I spotted these shoes on a Buyer my first day at Market.
A recent fabric pull I did for a design client using S. Harris, Turkana #01.
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.
Here’s a sampling of animal print hide on a case good with nailhead trim from Ferguson Copeland LTD.
As I mentioned, this trend has been around for a while. Billy Baldwin was using animal prints years ago.
Elsie De Wolfe tossed a sprinkling of animal prints in her elegant Villa Trianon.
…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.