My Reflections on High Point Market – 2012
Exit Seattle with its lush green landscape and high tech culture, and Enter High Point, NC with its colorful fall foliage and its fashion driven furniture market. Indeed, High Point is the “furniture capitol of the world.” My goal, on this trip, was to discover new trends in furniture and textiles as well as draw in fresh ideas and inspiration for my designs. I began by visiting showrooms filled with some of my favorite “go to brands,” such as Lee Industries, Hickory Chair and Mitchell Gold. Along the way, I lucked into meeting some brilliant designers who were in town promoting their fall collections. Candace Olsen, from the popular show, Divine Design, was showcasing her elegant upholstery pieces. Alexa Hampton set her classic, comfortable furniture in a room painted a bold red. Lillian August, in her soft voice, spoke about her classic European styled collection and handcrafted antique reproductions and while visiting Hickory Chair, I ran into internationally acclaimed designer, Mariette Himes Gomez. Her 88-piece collection was contemporary in feel while still classically styled. Mariette was lovely to speak with as we sat on one of her beautiful sofas for this photograph.
Tammara and Mariette Himes Gomez
Albeit, a short trip, since I only had two days, I did learn a lot and found new inspiration to bring back to my home design business. It would be hard not to be inspired when surrounded by such passionate, creative design talent. All I had to do was walk into Oly’s furniture showroom with its “fresh blend of clean lines and antique motifs” to feel all the energy I need to creating beautiful spaces going forward. As for trends, I continue to be drawn to classic furniture with clean lines. A push toward contemporary continues to be a strong trend. You will see different takes on the Barcelona chair everywhere. I love color and Gold is making a brilliant resurgence, appearing in fabrics, light fixtures and decorative objects. Reclaimed wood and woods with mixed grains remain popular while textiles have a gentleman’s feel showing leather, flannels, tweeds and pin striping. I could go on about trends but, as always, I’m influenced and inspired most by my amazing clients!