Products & Trends

Winter/Spring 2018 Style Report

Style Spotters duos pick the new year’s signature looks and emerging trends

Looking back on my trip to the Fall 2017 High Point Market, I feel our industry is having a moment – and a good one! Optimism is being felt as Millennials are entering their prime home buying years (and therefore needing a house full of furniture), residential real estate has strong if not rising values, and a record stock market sure doesn’t hurt!

High Point Market itself has a lot of buzz, with strong attendance and brand new showroom buildings under construction or opening. I am also excited to see, after attending Market since my college days, that manufacturers are now rolling out the red carpet to attract interior designers’ business – more than ever before! Our clients are also evolving; due to technology and travel, they can cultivate their taste and design knowledge more than ever before. It truly is an exhilarating time!

So it is in this big overall moment that our 2017 Style Spotters duos set out to bring you the best of Fall Market. Each twosome has a distinctive design point of view, and I am certain you will enjoy their trend pairings for the coming season.

I can’t wait to see you again at April’s Market, which already promises thrilling product launches and one of a kind events!

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


CLOTH & KIND, Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Nicholas

Twitter: @clothandkind
Instagram: @clothandkind

City Of Angles
From intricate geometric embroidery to dramatic polygonic furniture, we spotted angular designs all over High Point. Angles bring a sense of dynamism into a space. These pieces offer a different perspective on traditional furniture forms

1. Hickory Chair
2. Jiti
3. Highland House

Metallic Details
From graphic lattice work to organic floral-inspired designs, we spotted a whole crew of pieces featuring intricate metal work. The finish of the metal is everything – antiqued silver to polished brass – each offering a completely different vibe. We are all about contrast, like pairing metallic accents with soft, feminine pieces to create a one of a kind look.

1. Arteriors
2. Oly
3. Palecek

Globally Inspired
A beautiful marriage of cultures is seen in the pairing of pieces inspired by traditional Moroccan designs and other indigenous cultures. Expressed in a neutral color palette, the strong lines of the Moroccan-inspired pieces are artfully juxtaposed with organic, indigenous designs. Two cultures that take such pride in their heritage and confidence in their creativity find a home when paired together in a space, creating a warm, inviting environment.

1. Maitland-Smith
2. Hickory Chair
3. Schwung Home
4. Dira

Graphic Content
Bold graphic designs add a fun, eclectic vibe to a space, and we saw a whole menagerie of these pieces. There is a fine balance of creating eye-catching patterns without being over the top and let’s just say we were pretty dang impressed. In a whole slew of materials, from woven rugs to painted furniture, graphic designs definitely made a killing at Market.

1. Objects and Accents by Everick Brown
2. Maitland-Smith
3. Pacific Rugs

Hard vs. Soft
Balance in a room is all about contrast. Like yin and yang, hard and soft are extremely different, but highly complementary. Organic shapes find grounding among strong, architectural pieces while firm, solid forms desire soft, billowy shapes to break up the monotony of angles. They work together in perfect harmony, offering a taste of both worlds.

1. Palecek
2. Schwung Home
3. Oly
4. Pacific Rugs

Ishka Designs, Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascom

Twitter: @ishkadesigns
Instagram: @ishkadesigns

Caned, Rattan, Wicker
Pieces composed of woven cane, rattan, rope, and wicker continue their strong presence in interiors, thankfully. Some companies are reinventing these artisanal pieces in a modern way, e.g., the caned arm chair in an all black finish by Kara Mann for Milling Road, and the black roped Poltrona Monalisa lounge chair and Alpha Bench at Roberta Schilling Collection. While we love a good modern moment, we were happy to see the traditional forms in these showrooms.

1. Baker Furniture
2. Roberta Schilling Collection

Sculptural Influences
We continued to observe a blurring of the lines between art and furniture in many instances this Fall Market. Some of the furniture seemed to be a reflection of the art, both vintage and new, including the breathtaking Charles Hinmann sculpture found at Roy-Le Antiques, the inspired tabletop pieces from John-Richard, and beautiful glass orbs from Orfeo Quagliata. Overall, function met form in some impressive ways with the Eduardo chair at Roberta Schilling Collection, the Perspective mirror by Thomas Pheasant for Baker, the Chance side table from Oly Studio, and the Solstice coffee table from McGuire.

1. Baker Furniture
2. Bernhardt Furniture
3. Roy-Le

4. Roberta Schilling Collection
5. Orfeo Quagliata Studio
6. John-Richard

7. The McGuire Company
8. Roberta Schilling Collection

Thin Lines and Unbalanced Moments
Still obsessing over thin lines and how furnishings feel perfectly unbalanced in a good way. Lighting by SkLo in the Drape collection and the Kace, Alice, and Quinn pendants by Nuevo Lighting hit both these notes in brilliant ways. Armchairs with thin silhouettes from District Eight (Dayton), Cisco Brothers (Barcelona), Stephanie Schofield at 214 Vintage Modern (vintage Kazuki), and Roberta Schilling Collection (Anello), plus one-armed sofas with built in end tables from District Eight (Distrikt), and Environment Furniture were truly compelling. The Camden coffee table and mirror from Verellen definitely gave us beautiful off-kilter vibes, while the Knight console from Oly Studio and the Alberto Settee from Julian Chichester held strength in their delicate frames.

1. Verellen
2. Julian Chichester
3. Nuevo

4. Verellen
5. Oly
6. Environment

7. Cisco Brothers
8. Roberta Schilling
9. District Eight
10. SkLO

Parker Kennedy Living, Lance Jackson and David Ecton

Twitter: @ParkerKennedy
Instagram: @parkerkennedyliving

Clean Lined Traditional – Cleaner Than Ever
The Market is still holding on with strong clean lines in traditional shapes and styles. As we at the PKL team toured High Point showrooms this past fall, we picked up on the fact that manufacturers are still favoring simple, clean-lined silhouettes. We think this look is here to stay and has become more of a classic staple now, rather than a passing trend. We always love to see classic traditional shapes and designs with clean lines, as it makes them so much more fresh and current.

1. Chaddock
2. Gabby
3. Rowe Furniture

Texture – Tough & Strong
Texture was strong this Market, and it was everywhere we looked. We are always drawn to textures as we shop High Point, as we are constantly looking for products to bring a deeper look to our designs. We saw materials like leather on chests of drawers, galvanized metal shaped in skirts on consoles, and painted lamps that gave the illusion of depth while being smooth to the touch. Texture is always a good thing, you can never have too much.

1. Chaddock
2. The Bradburn Gallery
3. Aidan Gray

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

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

Bold Color, Elegant Lines
This fall we are crazy about teal, turquoise, and peacock blue with anything white.

One of our absolute favorite pieces was the Worth Avenue sofa by Ambella Home. The mastery of the pleated skirt with blue piping and lining sent us over the moon. This type of craftsmanship is hard to come by and the detailing is truly special.

Lighting like the hand blown Biscayne blue glass table lamp and the multi-faceted stone turquoise lamp with white shades from John-Richard are also on our not-to-miss list.

1. Ambella Home Collection
2. John-Richard
3. John-Richard

At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with Celerie Kemble’s beautiful Lacecap bedding at Eastern Accents, inspired by the gardens of grand English country houses. We love the velvet ribbon-bordered duvet cover with this lush Lacecap hydrangea pattern in rich indigo hues and styled with white crisp sheets and a calypso peacock trim.

The Deneuve cabinet by Julian Chichester has the most incredible teal parchment and lacquer finish with a chic metal inlay.

4. Eastern Accents
5. Julian Chichester

Heavy Metals
This trend pairs mixed metals, tones and textures. We noticed the next wave of refinement for mixed metals in product design this Market. It’s an upgrade wherein fashion meets home, with lots of hammered metals, Aztec gold, and fine wire as treated as textile.

The Bernhardt Furniture showroom had many wonderful metal pieces. The hand hammered, silver tin and metal Ophelia Drawer Chest intrigued us with front facades so sculptural and dimensional they reminded us of a Paul Evans piece.

1. Bernhardt Furniture

The Aramis sconce by Barry Dixon for Arteriors Home is inspired by Alexander McQueen's models with face masks, and is the ultimate couture for the home. The fixture is cast in brass with a convex glass shield and a brass wire ponytail. It literally looks like a provoking piece of art.

The Park Avenue bar cabinet by John-Richard is a stunner all by itself with an Art Deco-inspired repeating wave design. The doors are finished in alternating golds and antique beluga. The case is finished in beluga white, and the metal stand is Aztec gold.

If you are like us, most mirrors start to look alike. Well, not the Natasha mirror from Mr. Brown London. It has a beautiful finish in Aztec gold trim mixed with artisan gold and an aged mirror. The Natasha mirror is a chic take on a classic while improvising nicely on the two-toned metal and glass.

2. Arteriors Home
3. John-Richard
4. Mr. Brown

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