Highpoint Furniture Market is a design extravaganza swirling with buying sprees, cocktail parties, new product launches, designers, and frenetic energy on a massive scale. Highpoint is a well-run, efficient program of twice yearly launches of products where designers and buyers visit showrooms for an inundation of what is new design. I spent my three day trip literally running from event to event, showroom to interview some of the newest product launches. I saw lots of materials being used with many finishes, and found some consistent themes:
A flood of small cocktail tables and moveable furniture meant to be grouped together and layered in a space, with attention to detail using luxurious materials and unusual finishes.
Modern, almost bohemian lighting fixtures, utilizing natural materials.
A return of the sectional sofa, but not the 1980s version which was lacking in style; this is a refined, more hip cousin offering mix and match options to tailor make a space. Thomas Pheasant’s version offered at the Baker Showroom showed an ottoman nestled between two sofa ends and next to a piece resembling a chaise lounge.
Detailing on upholstery such as nail head and tufting but not in an overdone manner, rather, pared down as can seen here in the Thibeaut collection
That’s my take of important trends and design aesthetics coming out of Highpoint Market October 2012
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