Today’s two trends from High Point market are interesting to me because they’re all about privilege, rising into a new social class, and a pursuit of the finer things in life. After coming out of such a recession it’s actually pretty nice to see these aspirations in the furniture industry. It doesn’t hurt that the movie remake of “The Great Gatsby” is poised to come out in a few weeks, either. This first trend, “Great Gatsby” is all about tailoring, sparkle, and luxe materials. Accessorize your space with pillows like flapper dresses, barcarts like steamer trunks, and rich materials like velvet, metallic linen, and gold.
Dreamwalls Trend High Point Market Spring 2012 - Great Gatsby
Wesley Hall – The tailoring on this simple sofa was impeccable, like a fine suit. With a waxed-linen type of metallic finish, it felt a bit above it’s humble beginnings.
Thumprints – The “citron” family of lamps was brassy and beautiful. With a gold metallic shade and travertine base, this table lamp, along with the floor and sconce versions, made me think about them days afterwards.
Aviva Stanoff - Like one of Daisy’s flapper dresses, the ornamentation and manipulation of the fabric was over-the-top beautiful. Which is to say, just right.
Serge de Troyer – The shagreen steamer trunk gives way to a hidden bar with loads of room. Bars were plentiful at market this year, and several made stylespotters lists.
Gabby – This antique mirror featured gold line that referenced a frame, but also referenced the facets of a gem, or art deco lines. One dimensional, but acting as if it had more depth.
Bungalow 5 - The vanity mirror with curved mirror profile featured bright – not antique – mirror, and a blue velvet cushion. Vanity never looked so good.
Viz Glass – A complex tangle of glass knots with metallic gold elements throughout dangles precariously from above. So beautiful.
Norwalk – The Edinburgh chair and ottoman are big and roomy, with a metallic fabric that glitters and instantly brightens the corner of any well-appointed room.
The next trend is all about a pre-school vibe. An easy-going type of refinement that references some preppy trends from the 80′s but also some varsity sporty motifs. Bright emerald, navy blue, yellows and reds all cheer up any room, with a solid grounding of white, menswear patterns, and fine tailoring that keeps it all very grown up. But there is the 80′s palm beach feeling in here too, with a touch of chinoiserie and asian-inspiration to keep it well-traveled.
Dreamwalls Trend High Point Market Spring 2013 "Post Preppy"
Regina Andrew Designs – The bamboo base of this table lamp in a bright white is not kitschy in the least. A bold shape for reading those heady novels and texts.
Brodarick Design – a tempered glass foosball table with real heft. I can see the gang all gathered round for some spirited matches.
Wesley Hall- This vignette had it all, a linen-colored menswear motif of plaids in a cozy pile of pillows. The velvet structured sofa in deep navy blue. Striped accents and white porcilan lamps keep the funky artwork “well-bred”
Lucy Smith – these funky metal table bases were very varsity in bold color choices
Worlds Away – plays with the asian influence with pagodas and lacquer, but the glimmers of gold and fine tailoring keeps the fun in the ladies bridge game above board.
Norwalk – the leather chesterfield is stuffed and deep, with velvet seat cushions and metallic patterned pillows. The faux – yes it’s Trompe-l‘œil – wall treatment keeps the library refined.
Moe’s- part ottoman, part handbag,….it’s all practical for moving your pouf around the room where it’s needed most.
Bungalow 5 – the pros at mixing asian and contemporary, the emerald green of this diamond faceted mirror feels modern and would be funky in any bachelor pad.