We had a fabulous trip to High Point last week for Furniture Market, and we’re excited to share our favorite trends! Below, our team gathers for a picture inside the Hickory Chair showroom.
Judy catches up with one of her close friends, Diane Gote from New Jersey, while (above) Hilaire poses for a picture with our dear friends, Nancy Gales and Nancy Bolen.
Our first stop on our High Point visit was Verellen, an eco-friendly company with a European flare. The light fixtures quickly grabbed our attention and the upholstery fabricated in shades of creams, charcoals, and browns. This is where we noted our first trend for Fall 2010:
Trend #1. Organic Industrial
Lauren and Judy enjoy the comfort of new pieces (above), while colorful cords accent the streamlined floor lamp below. What a unique idea!
Trend # 2: Unique Furniture Shapes
Trend # 3: Applied Details
Fashion and interior design always influence each other, and I believe that’s what we’re seeing here. Stop in J Crew or Banana Republic, and you will find appliques and embroidered details on their outfits. We spotted similar concepts on drapery panels and even lamp shades!
Trend # 4: Mature Graphics
Graphic patterns have been apart of a fabric trend we’ve seen over the last few years. But this market, they found their way on a different color palette that seemed more thoughtful and mature.
Trend # 5: Cream Finishes
Along with the organic neutrals, we saw warm and bright cream finishes that soften the pieces they are applied to. We loved Suzanne Kesler new collection for Hickory Chair with it’s French inspirations.
Every time we tour the Hickory Chair Showroom, we run into some of the industry’s renown interior designers, Suzanne Kesler (left) and Alexa Hampton, who was promoting her most recent book The Language of Interior Design (right).
Trend # 6: Linen, Linen Everywhere
In nearly every showroom, linen was featured on furniture and pillows. Five to ten years ago, chenilles were much more popular as upholstery fabrics, but the clean and fresh look of linen has now taken its place.
Above, Brittany and Judy in the Century Furniture Showroom at the end of the day.
Trend # 7: All Shades of Grays
As far as neutrals go, the taupe tans of the 90’s have been replaced with their fresh warm gray relatives.
Gray can be pared with rustic finishes and textures or with high gloss metals for either an industrial or polished look.
Natural Curiosities always has wonderful art and accessories to complete rooms. We were particularly struck by the moody horse pieces below.
We ended our day in the Centuryshowroom. Above, Hilaire tests a leather chair. Judy loved the unique lines of the McCrae casegoods in the Lee Industries showroom. Also in Lee, we loved the punches of color, including purple!