We’re back from market–what a whirlwind–and excited to show you some of our favorite finds. Market is about seeing the new products that your favorite lines are introducing, as well as discovering brands you might have never heard of before. It’s also about getting inspiration from the little details, like the fabulous combination of pillows that designer Alexa Hampton used to add some serious punch to her Hickory Chair sofas, below. There’s a lot to be gleaned from her pairing of pillows. Look at how expertly she’s combined a strong graphic pattern, two different Indian-block prints (note how she used one small and one large here), and a very traditional, painterly floral. Genius!Hickory Chair, one of our favorite North Carolina vendors, works with some of the best interior designers in the business to create their own signature lines within Hickory Chair. Designers like Alexa Hampton, Mariette Himes Gomez, Thomas O’Brien, and Suzanne Kassler all have their own collections within Hickory Chair. Each designer brings something different to the table making Hickory’s line one of the best. This pair of coffee tables, below, are part of Mariette Himes Gomez’ line (they were brought back this market from a past collection). Aren’t they different looking? We really like the way the bottom shelf is suspended. Another one of Mariette’s pieces for Hickory that we fell in love with is this dining/occasional chair. The back is really graphic and modern and we love the fresh feeling the ticking stripe on the seat cushion brings to the piece. We can’t wait to use these chairs in a project. They are perfect. This console is a piece Mariette has had in her collection for a while now and it’s always been a favorite of ours. We liked the modern ash finish and the gorgeous brass hardware.The picture below isn’t about this particular sectional, but about a little detail we zeroed in on that inspired us. The sectional is a pretty standard style–nothing innovative here–but what we loved about this piece was how the manufacturer (Sherill) used a striped fabric for the cording along all of the cushions. This is a charming little detail that we’d love to see employed elsewhere. Cute, no? This one’s going into the inspiration file!We’re always excited to see what interior designer Phoebe Howard is doing with her line with Sherill Furniture. Pheobe’s line is so sophisticated and elegant, and the scale of her pieces is always spot-on. We’re not sure if this chair is new, or if we just never noticed it before, but we’re crazy about its profile. We love how she’s taken a traditional form and made it incredibly sculptural. Her choice to use a waterfall skirt here softens the angular back and arms nicely. We think this chair is really inspired and wonder if it’s a reference to an old piece or if it’s a totally new creation. Phoebe showed this coffee table last market in a different finish. This piece is still chic, chic, chic!We always make a point to stop by the Robert Abbey (available through Lamps Plus) showroom when we’re down in High Point because they make some great lighting at highly affordable prices. This scalloped edge fixture is a favorite for its crisp white shade and contrast black piping. We saw a lot of modern takes on the wing chair this market and last. Below is a wing chair by CR Laine that takes the traditional form and really opens it up, rounding out the classically angular piece. We think this is a great transitional piece that would work nicely in both a modern or a traditional room. We saw another great take on the wing chair at LA-based Kim Salmela. We like the splayed arms of this piece and the flattened, rounded edges of the back. The mid-century modern style legs are a nice touch too.
We always come away inspired and rejuvinated after spending time in High Point. And we’ll miss the southern hospitality, too. Thanks North Carolina!