Lauren and I returned from the furniture market at High Point, North Carolina today. High Point market is the mecca of international furniture trade shows–it can be the most daunting experience! There’s so much to see, never enough time, and a small, if exceedingly friendly city to maneuver your way through. This spring market was Lauren’s 5th year attending (I had visited once or twice during my tenure working for Martha Stewart), and boy am I proud to be making this journey each time with her by my side. This year, we heard a lot of ” here come that mother daughter team again” as we entered many of the showrooms we love to visit. The sweetness in that sentiment is mostly lost on us at this point, as we are now equal business partners each with a specific agenda to meet while we’re there, and we’re quite focused on the task at hand. Lauren will be mortified, but I just wanted to mention here how incredibly proud I am to work with a young woman with so much natural talent, and the passion and dedication to match. In five years, Lauren has developed an uncanny ability to size up the best furniture piece in any room, and our clients now look to her to show them how to distribute these pieces effortlessly. Okay, enough already. Here are the are some of the showstoppers from this season’s market. Below, here she is admiring an innovative chevron bone dresser at the Bernhardt furniture showroom.
Michael S Smith’s collection for Mirror Image Home stopped us in our tracks. The scale and diverse materials as well as the execution were amazing. If you’ve ever searched for the perfect vintage mirror for a mantelpiece or elsewhere, you’ll appreciate how nice it is to find excellent reproductions like these.
This one, too caught our eye, also from Michael S Smith for Mirror Image Home.
This curvy sofa from Celerie Kemble’s furniture collection for Henredon makes everyone smile. All we need is a courageous client to include this in the mix of their home furnishings!
At Hickory Chair, we bow to Alexa Hampton, whose collection always delivers inspired reproductions of vintage and antique pieces. We adore this new Moroccan inspired headboard with nailheads to accentuate the unusual lines. Love the paisley, too.
One of our favorite pieces at this market was this coffee table also designed by Alexa Hampton and manufactured by the ambitious team at Hickory Chair. This piece is so elegant, it can live anywhere.
We also loved the complexity of the profile of this dresser, also designed by Alexa Hampton.
At Century Furniture, Thomas O’Brien’s debut furniture collection stole the show. The rooms were chock full of inspired pieces, and the styling of his rooms was the best at market. This inspired rendition of a console table, upholstered in a striped fabric, with a practical glass top, was a winner.
The attention to detail on such an innovative piece was really impressive.
This chair, also designed by Thomas O’Brien for Century with a nod to the past, had the most elegant proportions. The nailhead detail brings it into the 21st century.
These benches, with their elegant legs, inspired by a Victorian English bench, would look so elegant at the foot of a bed, or in an entry way.
We adored the clean, tailored lines of O’Brien’s leather chair. The reeding on the brass legs of this chair demonstrates the amazing attention to detail this entire collection expressed.
This dresser, with a rope detail on the bottom apron of the piece, is such a departure from anything we’ve seen. Thomas O’Brien for Century excels again!
Are you as inspired about these new pieces as we are?!