Remember that feeling of excitement you had as a child on Christmas morning? The almost anxiety-inducing glee of so many new things to discover, and to see, and to play with? Well we remember too, and we’re grateful to say, that twice a year we get to enjoy those feelings of wonderment and thrill when we travel to North Carolina to revel in the awesomeness that is High Point Market. While the items we loved and admired can’t be found on our website yet because they are so new, we are thrilled to share some of our favorite themes and pieces from the event. And to hopefully induce some of that childlike fervor in you once again as well!
Color, color everywhere! One of the most obvious and resounding themes of this year’s High Point was color. Turquoise and Teal and Magenta, oh my! After years of brown, beige & grey; the safe colors people gravitate to during ‘harder times’, color is back and back with a vengeance! Orange is the new black and we saw it used as both the principle color and as accents, giving a bit of flair to pieces everywhere. If orange doesn’t quite sound like you, don’t fret – we enjoyed seeing aqua on swivel chairs, red on recliners, and apple green on sofas.
Mid-century inspiration continues to be strong, especially with our American suppliers.Venerable upholstery manufacturer Thayer Coggin has re-released more original Milo Baughman designs with the Viceroy recliner and the Draper chair (named for a certain sexy ad-exec on a fabulous TV show).
Modern designs manufactured in North America continue to impress us. Using extension mechanisms and self-storing leaf systems once seen only in European designs, Copeland brings modern innovation to Vermont craftsmanship. The end result: true functional beauty. And really, what more can one ask for from their furniture than the marriage of function and aesthetics?
Who says bigger is better? Suppliers are realizing that not everyone lives in a McMansion and that smaller scale furniture can make a big impact. Especially here in Richmond, where rooms can sometimes have somewhat strange layouts or narrow dimensions. Texas supplier American Leather introduced Quincy, a 78” long sofa that is only 30” deep; the perfect sofa for smaller spaces.
Not your mother’s shag… Texture is still reigning underfoot, and the ‘shag’ rug market has evolved into new and exciting textures. This is not disco-shag. These are sophisticated rugs in every color of the rainbow and luxurious textures that will make your toes dance with happiness. What better way to add a little color and flair to your room than to simply throw down a new rug?
French Canadians make beautiful furniture: from new bedrooms, soft comfortable upholstery, hip occasional tables, and clever a/v walls, we saw a fantastic array of gorgeous designs from some of our favorite Quebec suppliers. Clean lines and a classic look, – you couldn’t ask for more, c’est vrai?
The last, and maybe most promising theme we noticed from High Point, was the mood amongst retailers and vendors.
The underlying feeling was that the outlook for the economy was more upbeat and positive. We can keep our heads (and wallets) buried in the sand for only so long. A little retail therapy on the literal home front can do wonders for both your spirit, and your home’s.
Lastly, a true highlight of High Point for LaDiff was watching our friends Howard & Julie Haimsohn of Lawrance Furniture in San Diego, CA, earn the Retailer of the Year award from the National Home Furnishings Council. Congratulations!!