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Wows from High Point Spring 2014 Market

Between Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, I've been vicariously experiencing all of the excitement that's been generated this week at Spring Market in High Point, North Carolina. Many of my fellow interior designers and design bloggers have been converging there, style spotting new home furnishing products and partaking in the occasional (inside joke) party. What I'm seeing in their feeds is fabulous, and with their permission, I'm highlighting some of the items that are trend-worthy and will take the market by storm.

First and foremost, I am in love with the collection introduced by Mary McDonald (of Bravo TV's Million Dollar Decorators' fame) for Chaddock. Mary has a way of reinterpreting classic forms and motifs to make them current without exaggerating them. Her designs are balanced and refined. The pieces she introduced at market have all the makings of best sellers.

           

                                                              Photo courtesy of Traditional Home Magazine

I mean, look at this composition: a symmetrically-balanced furniture arrangement (and note the sabre legs on the chairs and coffee table) accented by the painted floor, the triglyph and metope frieze, and the large-scale contemporary painting as the focal point. Such a nod to classicism and yet so streamlined and elegant. The gray color palette allows you to focus on form, yet the bits of scarlet add graphic punch. If Chaddock couldn't sell this suite as is, nobody could.

Subtle details reveal the collection's homage to tradition. For example, the carved Greek Key in the frame of the upholstery, below left and the brass sabot furniture legs, below right. I love it all!

               

                                                                         Photos courtesy of Mary McDonald Inc.

Mary turns a simple occasional table, where you might rest a book, a drink or a cup of tea, into a beautiful, yet functional accent. Two tiers, brass and red leather. Bam.

 

                                  

                                                    Photo courtesy of Jeanne Chung of Cozy.Stylish.Chic

From what I observed, brass was the dominant metal shown at market. Some furnishings seemed straight from the 1980s, like this "Vega" coffee table with smoked glass top from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

                              

                                               Photo courtesy of Clara Haneberg of Traditional Home Magazine

Back then, brass and glass tables were ubiquitous, and I'm seeing some from Market that are too reminiscent of the 1980s vernacular. I prefer this Mustique table by Mr. & Mrs. Howard for Sherill Furniture in brushed brass and agate. Its lines are more complex and the contrast of stone and metal more interesting.

                            

                                               Photo courtesy of Style Spotter Gary Inman via Pinterest

Combine brass with the classic Greek Key and you surely have a hit. This riveted brass coffee table by Bernhardt Furniture was a favorite of many at Market.

                            

                                               Photo courtesy of Style Spotter Nicole Gibbons via Pinterest

I liked what I saw of new furniture forms at Market. This waterfall wicker console by Mariette Himes Gomez for Hickory Chair uses a novel material to represent a draped form.

                             

                                                       Photo courtesy of Marisa Marcantonio of Stylebeat

The striking star base of this Cosima table by Celerie Kemble for Henredon makes this piece a great center table for a foyer. Made of mahogany with faux bone inlay, it has a commanding presence.

                                     

                                                  Photo courtesy of Style Spotter Haskell Harris via Pinterest

Wood turnings, particularly spool and bamboo motifs, remain prevalent. They make silhouettes of otherwise typical furnishings more sculptural and interesting. Take this adorable occasional table by Dunes and Duchess. Without the spool motif, it would be rather ordinary. 

                                            

                                                  Photo courtesy of Style Spotter Haskell Harris via Pinterest

In soft furnishings, details never disappoint. I love the folds added to the dressmaker skirt on this chair by Mariette Himes Gomez for Hickory Chair. So subtle and so elegant. They add drama and interest to an otherwise simple piece .

                                    

                                                              Photo courtesy of Hickory Chair via Pinterest

This Thibaut bed was a favorite of many. I adore the pagoda canopy and would love to use it in a bedroom design. The bamboo detail on the headboard, so representative of chinoiserie, is proof that this style is so versatile and will always remain a favorite in residential design.

                          

                                                                     Photo courtesy of Thibaut via Instagram