Products & Trends

Summer/Fall 2017 Style Report

Our Style Spotter teams track today’s most exciting trends and intriguing design ideas

Michelle Jennings Wiebe, Studio M, Inc.
Studio M President
Style Spotter Emeritus
High Point Market Board Member


Is it possible to be in love with a furniture market? Yes!

I truly have a sweet spot for High Point Market. It’s a special place, unlike any other. Charming hospitality, a long heritage in America-made furniture, the exciting lure of new products, and the opportunity to reconnect with dear friends in the industry make it a high point for me and my design team.

The Spring ‘17 event was as tantalizing as ever. We came away with beautiful selections for many of our projects, new design inspirations, and forward thinking business ideas.

Now, the 2017 Style Spotters – four design team duos whose talent is off the charts – bring you their special finds in our Summer / Fall 2017 Style Report.

Until autumn, enjoy the best of summer. I look forward to seeing you in High Point!

CLOTH & KIND, Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Nicholas

Twitter: @clothandkind
Instagram: @clothandkind

White Hot Texture
We spotted a slew of white hot pieces and were digging the calm and cool vibe, big time. White adds an inherent simplicity to any space it graces, and having the option of including it in any number of interesting textural materials, like gesso, resin, and plaster to a name a few, makes us happy as clams.

1. Oly Studio
2. Bunny Williams Home
3. Highland House

Get Your Brass On
Metals in general were highly prevalent at Spring Market – from bright and shiny brass to rose gold, and everything in between. We always enjoy a classic, well-patinaed brass finish, especially when it’s paired with other metals and materials to make the space feel lived in and not so matchy-matchy. Mixing metals is something we highly encourage, in order to avoid too much of a good thing. Adding any of these stunning pieces would be divine.

1. Michael S. Smith for Mirror Image Home
2. Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort
3. Baker Furniture

Ishka Designs, Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascom

Twitter: @ishkadesigns
Instagram: @ishkadesigns

Art and Furniture As Art
Art is oftentimes left as the last part of the puzzle. However, these items make art anything but an afterthought. Furniture that had function but doubled as art popped up in quite a few showrooms in, dare we say, the most creative ways.

1. 214 Modern
2. Bernhardtt
3. Decca Home
4. HC28
5. Global Views
6. Seasonal Living
7. Roberta Schilling

Craftsmanship, Simplicity & Functionality
The movement toward celebrating makers and artisans is definitely on the rise, and we are here for it. Major standouts this year showcase beautiful craftsmanship, intricate detailing, and impressive functionality with a refinement that exudes simplicity. Nothing was too overdone, as fine woodworking details celebrated the amazing qualities of wood and materials in their purest form, as well as the mixing of materials to create interesting objects, and the intricacies of inlaid craftsmanship.

1. Bernhardt Furniture Company
2. Oly
3. E.J. Victor
4. Ethnicraft
5. Craft Associates Furniture

Angles vs. Organics
The unexpected can make a room come to life. As such, irregular shapes, interesting angles and just plain old outside the box thinking were the highlights for us at Spring Market. Not only were we caught up in all the unexpected angles on the most typical of furnishings but we couldn’t get enough of the organic forms, either. Sofas on angles and light fixtures on angles juxtaposed against furnishings and accessories that looked like they were plucked right out of nature make for quite the interesting composition in any room.

1. Camerich USA
2. Kelly Wearstler
3. Central Station Interiors
4. Vita Copenhagen
5. John-Richard
6. Weiman

Parker Kennedy Living, Lance Jackson and David Ecton

Twitter: @ParkerKennedy
Instagram: @parkerkennedyliving

Tissue Pink
Picture a tissue box with an ever so slight tint of pink. It was good enough for our grandmothers – it is even better for this generation! This super soft light pink hue caught our eyes this Market more than ever – on furniture finishes, fabrics, lamps and lampshades, artwork, and wallpaper. A refreshing color with a young vibe, our favorite applications were the lacquered painted finishes. Really good, soft tissue pinks are hard to find on furniture finishes but almost all case goods showrooms had an excellent version. It seems to be a classic look that is trending now and will stand the test of time.

1. ModShop
2. Wendover Art Group
3. Barbara Cosgrove Lamps

Classic White
Everywhere we looked at Market there was white! As most people know, we are known for our color. Well, we loved the white this spring, and it kept catching our eyes as we toured showrooms. We have never seen white so sexy! All shades of white in all types of finishes including chalky, lacquer, and natural. We saw it in metals, stones, and most every medium you can imagine. It was really different this Market yet still showed that a neutral white can go with anything and everything! It always fits seamlessly into any design scheme or workup – any period or style.

1. Mottahedeh
2. Janus et Cie
3. Jonathan Adler for Robert Abbey
4. NDI-Natural Decorations
5. Kindel Furniture

Clean Lines
As we shopped Spring Market we found clean classic lines are still a big trend! We were inspired by the classic forms with clean lines that were popping up in every showroom we visited. We tend to be traditional and loved these looks. It is so nice to see fresh, pared down versions of heavy traditional designs. Instead of heavy carving we saw linear lines in furnishings, lamps, chandeliers, and even tabletop accessories. We feel like these clean lines might be here for the long run. They tend to be more classic and elegant, and can work in traditional, modern and transitional interiors.

1. Mr. Brown
2. Ambella Home Collection
3. Ave Home
4. Woodard

Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design, Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield

Twitter: Jaime - @jrummerfield
Twitter: Ron - @rwwoodson
Instagram: @wandrdesign

Grand textures and salutes to the past
What is old is new again -- and we love that!

Among our favorites were the classical inspirations from the deco era, found in the shagreen cabinet from Michelle Workman’s Facet collection at French Heritage, and the lovely Salon bench from Ambella Home.

Mixing textures together, such as velvet and shagreen, always brings a luxe feel to a space. We were blown away by Stanley Furniture’s nod to 70’s California cool, the Panavista collection. The lacquered, faux goatskin Sundial tables with brass inlay are a chic staple.

Unique Regency and classically carved European lines were found at Jonathan Charles. The urn finials on this spindle Morris bed by William Yeoward are fantastic. We would pair this with the simplicity of the crisp, white comfortable Willow sofa by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair.

We are always on the hunt for good wallcoverings like this French country landscape by French Market, one of many painterly European scenes. The new D'Este Console with marble inset, by David Phoenix for Hickory Chair, would go perfectly with the architectural fluted column detailing of the paper.

1. French Heritage
2. Ambella Home
3. Stanley Furniture
4. Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture
5. Hickory Chair
6. French Market Collection
7. Hickory Chair

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