Twice each year, shop owners, interior designers, editors, and other home décor experts from all over the world gather in High Point, North Carolina, to take in what’s next in the world of furniture design. This October’s High Point Market proved that Southern style is alive and well, with five outstanding designers from around the region introducing new pieces. Below you’ll find a sneak peek of what might be headed to shops—and maybe your living room—in 2017.
Designer: Mark D. Sikes
Southern by way of: Alabama
Collection with: Henredon
G&G readers may remember Sikes from our Los Angeles city portrait. The talented Southern designer is on fire this fall with all manner of introductions (new book, new fabric and rug line, new Draper James store in Dallas for Reese Witherspoon, new additions to his MDS Stripes line), including a beautiful new line of furniture with North Carolina-based company Henredon. If we had to pick a favorite (which is almost impossible), it would be the killer chair below.
Designer: Darryl Carter
Southern by way of: Washington D.C.
Collection with: Baker
This year’s Made in the South Awards home-category judge and A-list interior designer brought his extensive new collection of furniture, lighting, and accessories to life in the Baker showroom. Many of the pieces featured antique silhouettes and traditional ideas made modern (Carter’s trademark), like the elegant sofas below.
Designers: Randy and Courtney Tilinski
Southern by way of: Georgia
Collection with: Highland House
Randy and Courtney Tilinski, the owners of Atlanta’s Bungalow Classic, a shop G&G featured here, rolled out a furniture collection for Hickory-based Highland House. At last year’s market, Highland House launched a collection with North Carolina interior designer Barrie Benson, proof that they are championing the best and brightest in the region. We wanted to sit in the nook shown below, with its tufted seating, all day long.
Designer: Susan Hable
Southern by way of: Georgia
Collection with: Hickory Chair
Hable’s longstanding collaboration with North Carolina’s Hickory Chair continued again this market with the introduction of several new pieces that showcase her love of design from all eras—and her clever, chic brand of quirk. The sculptural-lined George sofa, below, upholstered in a print based on Hable’s drawings, was one of many favorites. (Hable also designed the motif on the tabletop with a faux finishing artist at Hickory Chair.)
Designer: Katy Skelton Acuff
Southern by way of: Texas
Collection: Katy Skelton
Skelton’s eponymous line expanded this market with a lighting introduction inspired by midcentury design (available in a variety of contemporary colors, including flat black) and a remake of her popular camp bench in a powder-coated finish for both indoor and outdoor use. Skelton recently moved from New York to Savannah, Georgia, and many of her pieces are made by artisans in North Carolina and Georgia.