Monday, May 1, 2017

High Point 2017 Highlights

We had a whirlwind trip to spring market in High Point, NC.  It is always a whirlwind, because no matter the number of days we stay, one cannot see it all.  It is both exhilarating and exhausting.  The inspiration is plentiful, and we have so much fun meeting up with our design friends from around the country.  

The highlights of this years market are almost too numerous to summarize.  One of the most pronounced occurrences was the used of mixed metals in everything from accessories to furniture. This doesn't evoke an industrial vibe like it has in years past, but a focus on a marriage of old and new materials.  I loved the mix of metals and raw woods, and natural stones like quartz and even semi precious minerals.

  • Mixed metals, in all finishes, less shiny, more antiqued
  • Clean sleek furniture lines: simplicity and elegance
  • Mixed wood tones, in many raw and natural finishes
  • Geometric shapes in wall paper patterns and textiles
  • Oversized 'statement' hardware on furnishings
  • Bold color, grays are warmer, neutrals have hints of warm color in them
  • Earthy tones, tawny browns- not your 70's earth tones
  • Lucite and glass 

  • Texture in everything including artwork, lighting, rugs-all across the board
  • Natural fibers; raffia, wicker, rattan, leather
  • Mid century modern style
  • 1970's shapes and forms- a bit retro
  • Global influences from India, Africa, Spain, Morocco, Cuba, etc.- gathering cultural vibes
  • Hand block printed textiles and small authentically crafted prints
  • Artisanal creations in all lines
  • Large art and textiles framed as art
  • Found objects and antique finds for accessorizing

This is just a small hint of all that was going on at market. 
We came back with tons of inspiration and fuel for client projects!
Check out #highpointmarket and #hpmarket2107 on Instagram for more fun snapshots. 
Next post I'll describe the process of the art by the amazing Tracy Hiner of Black Crow Studios. 

Happy Spring!

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