The trend reports from the Fall 2011 High Point Market continue today. For earlier posts, click HERE and HERE. But today, I’m going to focus on the ongoing trend of customization. (This is of particular interest to me due to my recent panel presentation at Glass Build 2011.)
The furniture industry has always had a high level of customization due to the volume of contract and commercial work. Designers shop first for shapes, then colors and fabrics can be added later – at a price. However, this market I saw pops of bright colors offered on a variety of silhouettes for a plug-and-play type of customization. It’s fast and easy, but still individually yours,…and with plenty of impact. Limiting the endless options to a precise palette also makes prices more reasonable for those of us who work on smaller projects.
Howard Elliott featured a wide arrange of baroque mirror shapes, with a crayon box of optional colors in high gloss finish. Steven Shell featured traditional pieces updated with an explosion of color. But what impressed me the most were their large hand-painted pieces,…available in a wide variety of patterns. PolArt offered their painted ornate furniture in gloss and matte finishes for different effects. Mottega has an assortment of shapes which you can apply colors and shade shape,…in translucent glass, opaque glass, or ceramic,…and you can build it first right on their website!