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High Point Report: Market Musings – Feb/Mar2015

High Point Report: Market Musings - Feb/Mar2015

3 designers chronicle their decor sightings at High Point and reveal what’s in store for 2015

Part 1: Designer Duo Glen Peloso & Jamie Alexander report on what’s new in the marketplace.

High Point is a hot spot for furniture and decor retailers. The North Carolina trade show is where many buyers go to select inventory for the coming season. It is also where designers go to discover what trends to look for.

Tried and true

Quite a few manufacturers have been exhibiting at the show for many generations. Anyone over 65 would surely recognize their brands.

Each year these manufacturers present new items to the market; some do really well and flood the retail market or they’re discontinued by the next market, never to be thought of again.

Sometimes, they are revived, as was the case with Stanley Furniture and the Crestaire collection. Jamie and I hosted a party for the launch of the collections.

Stanley is known as a traditional to transitional manufacturer of case goods (non-upholstered furniture). They treated us to a beautiful collection inspired by a mid-century modern style that would happily fit into today’s home. Every detail was carefully designed and considered so the finishes and craftsmanship are what you would expect of a Stanley piece of furniture.

During the 1950s, Stanley’s mid-century modern designs would have been called “current.” Whereas they could simply just revive those old designs, they modernized the lines and mixed the metals and finishes to make the Crestaire collection. We loved it and have already recommended the line to a few clients.

In recent years, Century has introduced an outdoor furniture line that
epitomizes the idea of “bringing the indoors out.”

Canadian design darling

Nothing makes us happier than seeing fellow Canadians working with great manufacturers. Candice Olson has developed a line with Century furniture, another manufacturer that has been part of the North Carolina furniture scene for several generations. Today, the founder’s great grandson heads up the company in Hickory, North Carolina.

In recent years, Century has introduced an outdoor furniture line that epitomizes the idea of “bringing the indoors out.” We have used some of those pieces in client projects and it is difficult to be sure if the furniture is designed to be indoors or out. Candice’s collection continues the theme with a relaxed, casual grouping that is not only beautiful but also very comfortable.

Must-have items

The Global Views showroom is one of our favourite places to visit at the show. This accessories and furniture company has some of the most extraordinary pieces. It’s extremely rare for us to complete a project that doesn’t have Global Views as part of the finishing. The lighting, accessories, carpets, and occasional tables are exceptional.

This year, they introduced Lucite chairs that were one of the market’s big hits. The Marilyn chair was likely inspired from the ‘ghost’ chair designed by Philippe Stark and the Louis XV chair. As a result, it can be worked seamlessly into any home with decor from transitional to modern.

There is no question that the High Point Market was well worth the trip and we are looking forward to the Las Vegas market in January. We will let you know what we find!

Click here to read High Point Report – Part 2: Evelyn Eshun’s 5 Top Trends for 2015.