In addition to yesterdays look at horns, skulls, and glass table tops,…there were some trends at High Point Market that were hard to ignore. For me, trends are those things you don’t go expecting to find; but before you know it, you realize that you’ve been seeing a rhythm and you start really taking note. Keep in mind that these aren’t “me-too” sorts of boring trends where everyone is doing the same thing. These trends are approached by manufacturers and craftsmen from completely different directions, but still take you on a delightful journey.
This wasn’t just a dainty little stripe. These stripes were BIG and bold. In come cases, they were one vast swath of color down the center of a piece. In other cases, they were extremely bold in big black and white. They might make a big impact with the texture of an unexpected piece of trim used in the middle of an otherwise traditional piece, or be a bohemian dip-dyed splash of color covering half of the object.
This is not botanicals. STEM stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics” and there was a definite nerdy vibe going on. Skulls were prevalent to represent the science of biology, but there were also molecular motifs, test tubes, and even fabric with mathematical equations. Even the string art that graced a few showrooms depend on basic geometry. I know “The Big Bang Theory” is on at my house a lot, but this trend showed that maybe I’m not alone.
The wing chair is a staple of a comfortable interior space. They’re always shown at High Point, and are the mark of a distinguished furniture line. But this market, I just noticed details about the wings and arms that made them feel different and contemporary. Whether angular, cut-out, or swooping,…or made out of unique materials like sherpa or lucite,…the wing chair was really taking off in new directions.
The color trends will come next week, but I attended a great seminar by PPG Industries and want to write a post that really does it justice. Truly, it was fantastic. In the meantime, what trends, motifs, or to-die-for pieces did you see emerge from High Point Market Fall 2013?