Hello from High Point, N.C.! Camille and I have spent the past few days at the biannual High Point Market, the largest furniture show in the world. Furniture and home decor buyers and interior designers travel from around the world to see manufacturers’ latest lines and hottest styles, bringing about 75,000 people to town.
What really strikes me from visiting the largest and most celebrated manufacturers is seeing a move toward a more luxe look that’s quite the contrast to the rustic industrial style that has been so hot for the past few years. Sofas and chairs are covered in plush, highly tailored fabrics. Tables are made with richly grained and colored woods or elegant stone (or both). Brass and gold finishes are all over light fixtures and accents. And color — bold and bright colors are everywhere!
But ultimately the craftsmanship from the maker movement that’s been a driving force behind the rustic trends is still at the heart of everything we see. As Caroline Grant of Dekar Design put it in a speaker panel about up-and-coming trends, the farm-to-table concept that currently is rooted in the food industry is making its way into the design community. “There’s always a story behind this furniture,” Grant says.