Top five trends from High Point Market

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High Point Market is over and it was a whirlwind. Here are the top five takeaways from the editor’s at HTT sister publication Designers Today.

Surya expanded its vintage rugs at market, a detail of the $50,000 rug shown here.

1) One of a kind

One-of-a-kind and vintage items have always delivered those unique items that interior designers and their clients crave and which are even more desirable considering the ongoing supply chain challenges. Vendors expanded their vintage offerings at market. Surya bolstered its offering of one-of-a-kind rugs from Turkey, it’s most expensive one being an 11-by-20-foot rug for $50,000. Currey & Co. expanded its collection of antique and vintage items — adding pieces from India, Burma and other countries — and refreshed it daily. Along the same lines were small-batch or limited-edition collections such as Feizy’s handcarved Serrano rug collection. Unique Loom emphasized its customer service for its vintage and machine-woven rugs, including nominal fees to return one-of-a-kind rugs and flat rate shipping of $25 or less for items. Additional antique resources at market included the recently opened Chelsea on Green, which will be open year-round.

Online marketplace Chairish, which hosted a meet and greet at the Antique & Design Center this market, usually received designer requests for items that have particular dimensions or are within a certain location for quick ship options, said Caroline Cole, trade account executive, southeast, at Chairish, which debuted its trade program for interior designers last year.

Currey’s Maura chandelier and Wexel Art’s rainbow acrylic frames with art from Kristi Kohut

2) art

Art always provides inspiration. Designs are now embracing the raw, minimal looks of brutalism as well as the colors and simple forms of the Bauhaus, said forecaster Patti Carpenter, who designated art as one of her lifestyle trends for 2022 in her market presentation. Art-inspired introductions included Global Views’ sculpture-inspired Cachan wall décor, Maria Yee’s simple Temi chairs, and the primary-colored lighting and table from Currey & Co. In Currey’s showroom, Susan Schneider of Shandell’s highlighted her custom marbled lampshades and decorative items . Wexel Art showcased two new artists, featured glittering stripes of color from artist Kristi Kohut in its new rainbow acrylic frames, as well as lenticular art, or printed images that move as they are viewed from different angles, from B. Shawn Cox. Nathan Anthony also worked with a multimedia artist for a new collection (more on that later).

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Nathan Anthony’s ÆTHR line, a collaboration with artist Sahara Novotna

3) Technology

No question technology is innovating how furniture is made and presented. In a seminar at Universal Furniture, executives at 3D product visualization platform Cylindo (bought recently by Chaos) discussed augmented reality and how it has become mainstream. AR helps customers visualize the product in a space, can be included as an interactive link in proposals, and makes interior design more fun and engaging, they said. The technology is getting better – soon renderings will be even more photorealistic and consumers will be able to virtually swap items in and out of a room.

Brands such as Universal and Kohler that are leaning into 3D “will have more sales because they are driving the experience and meeting consumers where they are today,” said Juan Molina, enterprise account executive, Cylindo. Three-D models will quickly become currency that one can inject into their business, I added.

In the world of NFTs (non-fungible tokens, which are non-interchangeable units of data stored on a blockchain that can be sold and traded), Nathan Anthony showed ÆTHR, a new cryptocurrency-inspired furniture collection in collaboration with multimedia artist Sahara Novotna . The capsule collection of dining chairs, counter stools, barstools and accent tables each showcased a signature resin artwork (which included 24K gold bitcoin and shredded $100 bills). Additionally, the designs will be sold as NFTs through the OpenSea marketplace, the company said.

4) Performance fabrics

With durability top of mind, people want performance fabrics in their preferred colors that can withstand everyday living. One market attendee said that up to 90% of affluent clients want performance fabrics because they don’t want to deal with stains and upkeep after spending a lot of money on their interiors.

Bouclé and velvet upholstery in particular are popular performance fabrics, Furniture Today reported, and these constructions were seen throughout the recent market.

InsideOut Performance Fabrics debuted its new collection through a collaboration with the Seaqual Initiative, which works to reuse ocean waste. The new fabric features OEKO-TEX certified yarns that are made from marine litter and are Greenguard Gold Certified. Taylor King debuted a new collection using this performance fabric on its handcrafted upholstery.

In addition, Theodore Alexander revamped its Made to Measure program, relaunched as Tailor Fit, a custom upholstery design program that features performance fabrics from Crypton, and introduced more than 180 fabrics to the line.

In addition, Lenzing’s eco-friendly Tencel branded fibers – now available on bedding, towels and apparel — will soon be available from several fabric suppliers.

Chelsea House’s tall plant sculpture and Melange’s Koi rectangle cocktail table

5)Nature

“We want to be surrounded by nature,” said Carpenter, who named nature as one of her overarching themes in her trends presentation at market. People are seeking to bring the outdoors in by buying bigger plants and embracing imperfections, as they would occur in nature, she said. Nature-themed wallpaper murals are also becoming more popular, she added.

Natural shapes, materials and colors bounded at market. Lighting manufacturers in particular have embraced natural materials with raw, seemingly unfinished edges, and the use of LED bulbs, which don’t get too hot, makes it easier to work with those materials.

Of course, leaf shapes and organic forms peppered the market. Examples include the new gold Tropicalle pendant in Martin Lawrence Bullard’s Corbett line; Chelsea House’s tall plant sculpture, in gold or white; Melange’s Koi rectangle cocktail table with gold leaf fish; and Cheryl Luckett’s floral designs in her new collection for Wildwood.

Exhibitors emphasize outdoor living at market. Kravet unveiled its Kravet Soleil line, which includes furniture (sofas, sectionals, chairs, chaises and ottomans), fabric, carpet, and accessories such as accent tables, wall art and pillows. And Hooker displayed the Sunset outdoor brand it purchased last year. Outdoor lighting is also becoming more sophisticated: Allegri debuted its outdoor crystal collection, including an option that leverages its popular Glacier indoor fixture, while Vanderpump Alain expanded its ornate outdoor line with new colors and styles.