Finally a little time to catch my breath and organize my photos from last week’s High Point Market. This week I’ll try to get the remaining trendboards posted, I promise. Meanwhile, I’m be traveling more for some new interesting trends and inspiration, but more on that later. Let’s discuss the first trend of the week. I entitled this one “Man on Wire” (which was also a riveting movie from 2008 if you’re Netflixing one night). This trend mixed up industrial elements with natural wood, bright pops of color, or refined accents that give it a relaxed living feel. The wire style ranged from birdcages, to chain link, to retro 50′s legs, and line art scribbles; but they all keep the spaces in which they are placed light and airy.
Dreamwalls Trends from High Point Market Spring 2013 ~ Man on Wire
Gabby - Chain link dining chair created an instant garden party inside.
Nuevo – I am smitten with these simple, colorful wire and wood adjustable stools. The line quality reminds me of Picasso’s continuous line drawings,…making the most economical gesture to speak to our familiar ideals.
Palecek - These stools featured retro wire legs which also acted as display stands for the beautiful, organic piece of wood.
Arteriors Home – Chain link creates a chandelier that could feel modern farmhouse, steampunk industrial, or simplicity loft.
Phillips Collection – Life-sized forms created by scribbles of wire in male and female versions were just the kind of unexpected that you expect from Phillips. Weird and engaging.
Three Hands – These pop-colored tables can work inside or out.
Regina Andrew Design – The seeded blown glass base of this lamp feels a little bit country, but the bare bulb wire shade is definitely a bit rock n’ roll.
A&B Home – This birdcage lamp has an organic base and wire “branches” for the artificial feathered friends. And just so you know, there isn’t any top or bottom to this cage,…so the birds are choosing to be there for you.
Which brings us to our second trend of the day, “Urban Nomad“. This takes materials and textiles with a global beat and refines them with unexpected elegance. Glass, velvet, gold, and historical shapes get a wink and embrace with the patterns and textures of the wild.
Dreamwalls Trends from High Point Market Spring 2013 - Urban Nomad
Ryan Studio – “Park Avenue Python” was beautiful in this pillow with a subtle texture and sheen.
Phillips Collection – Yep. A sabertooth tiger skull. But it had gold accents, and its presence could make guests wonder for a moment if you had a secret past or are an eccentric heir. Plus, skulls are always cool.
Norwalk – “Gabbana” fabric in a an embossed velvet surface and bright turquoise color would give an unexpected feel of luxe and faux skin texture to any upholstered furniture.
Serge de Troyer - A shagreen coffee table slides open to reveal a beautiful backgammon playing surface. I can totally see people getting together and playing backgammon and drinking martinis.
BonTempi USA - “FuFu” stool looks like an alpaca that a rebellious sherpa would own. It was SO soft,…it felt like angora and was available in a wide range of colors (including pink).
Emissary Home & Garden – natural dark brown and ecru tones make these ginger jars a bit more funky and able to go more casual and relaxed than their blue porcelain cousins.
Go Home Ltd. – a simple armchair gets a bit of funk with cowhide. Hides were everywhere. (more on that later this week)
Cyan Design – Glass vases were deeply etched with a faux bois pattern that referenced zebra or tiger stripes.
Dransfield & Ross – Their global-inspired collection has all the modern-day high quality that you’d expect from this luxurious house.
C.R. Laine - The hexagon gets a global twist by this NC company, with a more updated vibe than the ikat patterns of the past few seasons, while still retaining a casual ease.
I hope you’re finding our trend boards useful. Look for more on Wednesday and Thursday of this week to accompany the trends Holly and I presented last week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. It is very natural to me to see things from a macro level and have patterns emerge almost instantly as I walk the floors and showrooms. It’s always fun to see those that deviate from the trend of course; but it’s important to know what will be covered editorially, what to expose your customers to in the future, and how to meet the demand for your clients expectations. On trend and upward, that’s what I say!