Twice a year, I look forward to attending one of the preeminent furnishing markets in the entire world — High Point Market in North Carolina. Not only do I delight in High Point's Southern hospitality, but this is the place to see launches for the new furnishing collections — with downtown High Point filled to the brim with furniture retailers, interior designers, media and press, and some design-world celebrities. Many of our designers from our team travel with me, and we specifically select and curate incredible products for each of our clientele. And it's pleasurable sharing some of the top trends from this spring's amazing market here:
Furnishings increasingly have a fine art impression created through a sculptural feel or imaginative details that truly make them show stoppers. Each of these pieces would add that fashionable artistic touch to any room.
Theodore Alexander, Flint Dining Table: Designed as a light sculptural entry piece or a dining table, both nature and modernity are captured in its modernist form. Top is constructed of wire-brushed oak, and the base is foundry bronze.
Shine by S.H.O, Gisele Console Table: The exaggerated C-shape of the wood console table is functional yet sculptural, with a lovely contrasted column of Carrera marble. This statement piece would add drama to a modern foyer.
Baker, Heliodor Decorative Chest by Jean-Louis Deniot: Shown in dramatic ivory gloss with antique bronze hardware, this decorative chest features faceted door panels and metal feet for a dash of Parisian glamour. Perfect in a dining room or living room where you desire an exceptional distinctive piece.
John-Richard, I Dream of Agate Mirror: This striking agate inspired mirror with its beveled mirror and gold leaf frame is the ultimate eye catching piece, well suited for an entry or a special wall that needs a dramatic focal point.
SOFT AND EXPRESSIVE
"Pretty please!" But this is not your grandmother's pretty. It's revived with subtle feminine flirty styling. I saw a lot of curves, scallops, softer lines, and jewel-like adornment. Think refined romance — sweet and sophisticated but not too opulent.
Bernhardt Savoy Place Bedside Chest:A beautiful woven-damask fabric, lightly padded, gently wraps the drawers and end panels, then a light warm Chanterelle finish is applied to the exposed wood frame. What a beautiful addition to a master bedroom or guest bedroom.
Bernhardt Savoy Place Upholstered Bed: Chanterelle color fabric tape and ivory double welt form a sweet graphic border with loop corners with upholstered ivory fabric and exposed wood feet. A wonderful addition to any bedroom where softness is desired.
Barbara Barry by Henredon Cinched Occasional Table: This graceful table has a satin-honed ivory top encircled by a metal, scalloped rim and four sinuous legs. The perfect complement to a curvy sofa or pair of chairs.
Kate Spade New York Drake Arm Chair: Such a soft feminine shape that is upholstered in luxurious gold linen over a maple frame. Perfect size to snuggle up to read a book in a bedroom or feminine boudoir.
The gold touch
Really for several years now, brass and gold keep creeping more and more into High Point Market! I am still a huge fan and have begun installing brass plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, and some furnishing pieces into our own home and several of our clients' residences. It gives warmth, drama and a bit of luxury to any space!
Selamat Designs Justinian Accent Chair: This chair is truly fit for an empress, as it was inspired by the ancient Roman aqueduct. The gold finish and velvet seat cushion give it a luxe feel, sensational as bedroom accent chair or small scale dining chair.
Abigail's Geometric Ceramic Vase: The gold accents really set off the cobalt blue hue on this Italian-made ceramic vase. I'd love to see it full of fresh flowers on a chest, or kept alone for an artistic statement on a shelf or art niche.
Vanguard Dean End Table by Barry Goralnick: Inspired by a bed designed for Sly Stone in the 1970s, this modern Lucite and brass side table brings suave back! Airy and transparent, it makes the perfect companion as an occasional table in a living space or a nightstand in a bedroom.
Arteriors Hanley Flush Mount Light Fixture: The fluted glass and antique brass dome beautifully lights with its on-trend sunburst shape. It would be lovely in a powder bathroom or hallway.
Michelle Jennings Wiebe is founder and president of Studio M Inc., a national interior design firm based in Tampa. She is a Style Spotter emeritus and board member for High Point Market. Also an advisory board member for Florida State University Interior Design Department, she is a writer and speaker on design and social media. You can reach her at (813) 221-5260 or on her website at InteriorsbyStudioM.com. Follow her on Twitter @StudioM_, on Instagram @StudioM_, or on Facebook at Studio.M.Interiors.