Snapshots from High Point
Snapshots from High PointMay 7, 2012
Last week's High Point Furniture Spring Market was a delightful, caffeine-fueled whirlwind of meetings, previews, and frenzied note-taking. Everyone from Bob Timberlake and the Hable sisters to Suzanne Kasler and Alexa Hampton was on hand to offer insight and observations and to answer questions about the new collections on display. I saw the return and elevation of made-to-measure options at Hickory Chair, champagne-bubbles-smart pieces at Lee Industries (zipper-backed chairs!), and the most insanely comfortable woven leather loungers and wide-armed couches (the better for sitting side-saddle) at Hancock & Moore. But the truly interesting takeaways are the trends that emerge from the market as a whole. Here are six to keep an eye on.
1. Blue is back as the color of the day (as if it ever really went anywhere).
2. BUT, green, gray, and any shade of purple continue to captivate, too.
3. Ethnic textiles, from ikat prints to woven kilims, offer just the right amount of edge to offset the more traditional and refined pieces that are also making a comeback. And they're not going anywhere anytime soon.
4. Sustainability is the new black (again). From VOC-free finishings to sustainably harvested, FSC-certified wood, green labels and eco-friendly credentials were on display everywhere.
5. Outdoor furnishings are moving indoors. That's right, just as performance outerwear has become part of our everyday wardrobe, so, too, have moisture-wicking, weather-resistant, red-wine-stain-impervious fabrics and materials crossed the threshold.
6. It's all about Made in the USA. Bob Timberlake was proudly sporting a button proclaiming his domestic production preferences, as were furniture makers at Hickory Chair and Baker Furniture.