What a successful week at the High Point Furniture Market with new exciting materials and furniture that are representing the trends of today. It was such a privilege to be a member of the “Instagram Takeover” where designers identify the hot trends from this year’s spring market.
It became obvious to me as the Fresh to Follow designer, that my topic Design to Create Memories was evident with the fashion from the market. Creative directors are using memories of their past as an influence for styles and colors. These talented group of professionals are in the 30-40 age group, so the 70’s decade has now a strong element in what we are experiencing today.
Design to Create Memories is about analyzing styles and space from someone’s emotional past and present. It’s design that’s more than just an object or a thing. To create a moment which reflects the combination of senses that’s nurtured through time and to connect and understand colors, textures, sounds, tastes, and aromas, that’s associated to your environment. It’s going back to the design that resembles who you are without the interference of social media, technology, and furniture manufacturers.
It was a privilege to meet Jane Seymour and Christopher Guy, two very talented artists.
Fresh to Follow Instagram Series
It was an easy decision to select europe2you as an exhibitor to follow. Their products are clean, beautiful, majestic, and traditional. You could possibly blend anything from their product line, especially their glass and lighting fixtures.
Light Fixtures that feel like France from europe2you
I have such vivid memories when living and working as a designer in NYC. Meeting Luca Rensi (Part owner of Bungalow 5) was a highlight. We were both designers for high-end residential firms, and now he leads the way with exceptional occasional side tables, lighting, furniture, bookshelves, accessories, etc., … He has captured the cool style of NYC that Bungalow 5 now represents.
NYC style living from Bungalow 5
It was such an enjoyable and refreshing surprise discovering Salamant from California. Carefree and holistic is what I can describe their image. Natural materials mixed with clever shapes and forms allows Selamant to be daring and a little different.
West Coast Influences from Selama
One of the highlights was hanging out with a dear friend who is the creative director for Larry Laslo, a recognizable NYC design firm. Julio Jimenez has exceptional taste and charisma which is why having him along with me to select new trends was a major highlight for me.
Spending quality time with the creative director of Larry Laslo, Julio Jimenez
Larry Laslo continues to influence our interiors by designing upholstered furniture for Kravet. Classic, high grade upholstery, Hamptons style, sophisticated, and a little Florida, describes the style of Larry Laslo’s Kravet line.
Larry Laslo for Kravet
If you are looking for fine furniture look no further than Thibaut. When you sit in their sofa or arm chair, you will realize that nothing will be more luxurious. Plenty of traditional styles to choose from and their selection of fabrics ranges from modern to classical.
High end upholstery from Thibaut
If you want to talk about making a statement in the interior design world then Christopher Guy is the King of the Bold and Beautiful. It’s like walking into a world of make-believe. The selection of étagères and art work are among the best for a high-end style. It was such a pleasure to personally meet Christopher and celebrity Jane Seymour.
My favorite piece from the High Point 2018 April Market by Christopher Guy
The color of culture from Emdee International
I remember meeting Manju, Deepa, and Jenny when I first arrived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They are such lovely people and their products are an indication of their personalities. Soft, elegant, gentle, harmonious, and vibrant is a good representation of their window treatments and pillows.
It’s so hard not to source at Arteriors when looking for lighting. They have cornered the market for unique lighting trends that have not yet been replicated.
Original and sophisticated lighting from Arteriors
Janus et Cie
There is remarkable outdoor furniture from Janus et Cie. All their pieces are beautifully tailored for comfortable outdoor seating and dining. The Amari High Back Chair was a highlight as its unique weaving material and grand shape makes this chair very appealing.
A grand style chair from Janus et Cie
Cultural influences are strong at Surya with an emphasis on pattern and bold tones of color. Many eclectic products, including rugs, lighting, pillows, and accent furniture to select from.
Not afraid of color ? Check out Surya
Company C for Norwalk
Norwalk is another reliable source for upholstered furniture and bedding. I always enjoy the new selections of fabrics and styles at each market which Norwalk leads with their direction in fashion and styles.
New trends of fabrics and bedding from Company C for Norwalk
It was exciting to introduce Franco Crea at my Fresh to Follow presentation. Apart from Design to Create Memories, my other ambition is to bridge the culture gap in furniture in North America and Australia. Franco is a very talented designer from Australia and our goal together is to manufacture his furniture in the USA for retail distribution.
The Mesa stool from Franco Crea
This 2018 Spring High Point Market was fun. It was a great start for me to be a part of this exciting new change in the interior design industry and to better understand that the High Point Market is more than just objects. It’s about designers, creative directors, business women and men, enjoying and celebrating their visions from the past and of the future. This allows for the buyer to select what truly matters, which is to develop a sense of belonging in this interior world.
My beautiful and brilliant wife, Katharine Laidlaw, at the Heart Ball of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Song of the Market – John Legend ( Penthouse floor ft. Chance the Rapper )
I think this song is a good indication of the times we live in. The fashion, music, politics, and the décor of the video clip definitely has a trend we are all currently experiencing. It’s a good time to start creating good memories! I was listening to this song during the market.