High Point Picks | Bernhardt’s Home Run

High Point Picks | Bernhardt’s Home Run

One of the unanimous hits of High Point this season was the new Bernhardt showroom. Under the stylistic direction of new VP, Residential Creative Director Ron Fiore (coming off a very successful 11-1/2 year run as Creative Director at Hickory Chair), the showroom won the Best of Market Award in the Showroom Design Competition.

A sophisticated and elegant space set the tone for Fiore’s inaugural show.

Designed as a library, the book filled entry featured several cozy seating areas that proved popular places to rest tired market feet.

Several of my favorite pieces were featured in what Bernhardt dubbed “A Modern Baroque Moment.” Expressing the glamour of materials and finishes, gold patinated brass and ivory lacquer made a luxurious statement.…

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High Point Picks | Drexel Heritage Delivers

High Point Picks | Drexel Heritage Delivers

Drexel Heritage wants you to tell your story at home your way. And to help, they focus on offering customization options at every level. As my sponsor at High Point, Drexel hosted me and several other bloggers for a morning at their showroom. We were delighted to have the very knowledgeable Denise Alala, Vice President of Upholstery lead part of our tour. She explained how this season Drexel introduced many new fabrics to their stable of over 800 selections. From graphic blues

to animal patterns, bold prints, textured smalls

and colorful leathers,

there is a wide variety to choose from. They also added more smaller scaled, apartment friendly frames to their Options program, where customers can mix and match arm style, seat and back options, skirt and trim styles as well as wood finishes.…

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Veranda Magic Makers Awards

Veranda Magic Makers Awards

In a world that is all too often focussed on expedience and mass market appeal, it is refreshing to read a piece celebrating excellence in artistry, originality and design. This month’s Veranda does just that with it’s first annual Magic Makers awards, recognizing “people and firms whose masterful approaches to craft and deep devotion to beauty cast an indelible spell.”

photo: Emmet Bright and Alessandro de Criginis

I was pleased to see Milanese architects Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli of Studio Peregalli included. Both protégés of the brilliant Renzo Mongiardino, their work is peerless in its ability to recreate history for living today.…

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High Point Picks | Luxe Neutrals

High Point Picks | Luxe Neutrals

While color is still going strong at High Point, there was also a resurgence of luxe neutrals in ivory, black and gold. One of my favorite new pieces at market was this butler’s table from Baker‘s Lexicon collection. A modern reference to 19th century Patent Furniture (so called because the designs were patented as new inventions for their technological ingenuity), it is a clever convertible piece, perfect for places where space is at a premium.

Fully open, it serves as an elegant console or buffet. In luxurious black lacquer with beautiful brass detailing, it is a timeless piece that would have been right at home in Nick and Nora’s Fifth Avenue abode.…

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High Point Picks | Blue is Back

High Point Picks | Blue is Back

I just arrived back from High Point last night and in looking through some of my many photos from market, there was considerable confirmation that blue is back. While other colors are vying for attention too, blue, brass (or gold tones) and a good dose of clean white or ivory all made strong appearances, producing elegant and refined palettes. One of my favorite blue stories was created by Hable Textiles for Hickory Chair. A wonderful combination of textures and patterns, from graphic punch to flowing swirls resulted in a sophisticated versatile collection

The signature print is this marvelous marbleized pattern that is the perfect scale, working on everything from a small footstool (note the gold legs)

to a tall spectacularly studded cabinet

A variety of shades, all within the blue spectrum, make up this creative collection.…

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High Point Picks | Drinks Tables

High Point Picks | Drinks Tables

While perusing market for the past couple of days, one item I found I was continually attracted to was a small side or drinks table. Available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and materials, they are a useful addition easy to move from room to room depending on the occasion. Taking a quick look, here are several that caught my eye. Laura Kirar’s Gandt (as in gin and tonic) table at Baker had an elegant Nick and Nora feel that covers the popular resurgence of brass with that necessary pop of black that benefits every room.

Thomas Pheasant had several small tables at Baker that fit the bill.…

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High Point Peek

High Point Peek

It’s been a busy weekend in High Point, visiting showrooms and scouting out new design inspiration. While I haven’t had a chance to sit down to organize my photos and thoughts, I didn’t want to leave you high and dry, so here is a little teaser of just a bit of what I’ve been seeing.

I’ll be reporting back soon and for those of you on twitter and instagram, you can follow along for more immediate inspiration!

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Iris Apfel at Stark Carpet

Iris Apfel at Stark Carpet

One of the final events at fall market was hearing the legendary Iris Apfel speak at Stark Carpet. In her interview with Huffington Post Style Senior Editor Brie Dyas, the “accidental icon” shared many of her experiences and opinions on style and design.

As many of you know, she and her husband Carl were the founders of Old World Weavers, now part of Stark and this anecdote is an entertaining tidbit about one of their more illustrious clients. A little treat to start your weekend off in style. Enjoy!

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Fall Market at the D&D

Fall Market at the D&D

What a packed day at the D&D building yesterday! From 9 am to 1o at night, it was a day full of design inspiration. Kicking off the morning was an entertaining and informative keynote from ELLE DECOR Editor in Chief, Michael Boodro, who addressed the topic of Luxury Now – What Really Counts. As it turns out, quite a lot! The magazine interviewed over 400 members of its Designer Registry and the results validated many of the thoughts we have discussed here – that quality is by far the most important feature determining true luxury, that it’s not about size – bigger isn’t always better and, as designer Ann McDonald of Couture Chateau in Orinda, CA said, “Luxury is more a state of mind than a state of pocketbook.” The good news is that things are looking up and most feel 2013 will be an even better year for business, for while conspicuous has gone away, consumption never really has.…

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Introducing Quintessa

Introducing Quintessa

It’s a busy week in the design world. I spent the day yesterday previewing new tabletop introductions at Forty One Madison, today and tomorrow I’ll be reporting live from the D&D building in New York as a sponsored blogger for fall market and then will be doing the same from the enormous venue at High Point.

In the meantime, however, I received some exciting news. I was so honored to learn that Currey and Company, the well known manufacturer of distinctive lighting and home furnishing products had named one of its chandeliers after me! I am proud to present Quintessa.…

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