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High Point Market Spring 2012 - Part 1: Heavy Metal

As a first-time visitor to Market Week at the High Point Furniture Market in North Carolina, I was overwhelmed. It reminded me of when my father would take me, when I was a teenager, to work with him at menswear shows in New York City. Except that the menswear shows occupied a hotel. The furniture market occupies High Point.

Props to the High Point Market Authority. Every logistical aspect of being at Market is taken care of. And I don't think this is just Southern hospitality. Transportation is free and can get you anywhere while at Market. Event planners have a daunting job, and I now marvel at their forethinking and ability to handle the minutest of details.

There are so many angles to report about High Point. Ask two different bloggers and I'll bet they'll have two different takes on the trends spotted at Market. To make it easy, I'll categorize mine, starting with Heavy Metal.

Metallics continue to be important in interior design. After all, as reflective surfaces, they add shimmer and light to interiors. At this Market, metallics showed up on big ticket items, like the metal clad Oly Studio Amelia armoire. Below left is the Parker Armoire (new at Market also) in painted hardwoods. On the right is the Amelia armoire encased in stainless steel. The metal is definitely an industrial look reminiscent of aviation. I like the look and see it in an urban setting or loft, or to introduce contrast in a wood-laden mountain or country retreat.


In tables, metal appeared in the base of this new introduction by Oly on the left topped by a cast resin round top. On the right is Arteriors new Zena Oval mirrored cocktail table with a base of distressed gold leaf. I love the clear glass top with the mirrored base: the way the mirror reflects the tablescape above adds depth and magnifies the sparkle of the applied gold leaf. Definitely jewelry for the home.


Metal continues to be a strong material in lighting. Jamie Young introduced cast metal table lamps in three colorways.


Global Views took their Twig Pendant, introduced last fall in brass, and reinterpreted it in polished nickel for spring. They also introduced the companion wall sconce.


In accessories, metal adorned everything from vases to pillows. Barbara Barry for Studio A, the sister company of Global Views, introduced porcelain vases with painted electroplated metallic glazes in gold and pewter.


Nailheads, one of my favorite ways of adding a little shine to upholstery, showed up at this Market on pillows by Jamie Young.


 Next up in the series: Preppy Style. Stay tuned.