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.