Designer Series: News from the High Point Furniture Market by David Fuller and Diana Johnston
Things are happening in the furniture industry. Big changes in materials and colors, plus style changes, were seen in most vendor showrooms. The mid-century movement has lost speed with the 70’s showing up in an updated appearance. The hard lines of industrial and mid-century modern have changed to the 70’s style, while wood has replaced chrome frames and glass tops.
Chrome is out and bronze is in! Nickle finishes have often been replaced with antique brass or bronze. Upholstered chairs are now incorporating exposed wood frames and many are in walnut. Whitestone replaces glass tops on coffee tables, end tables, sofa tables and even on dining tables. The dining tables were often oval shaped with a single pedestal in a hammered metal.
Traditional styling is showing up again, but in a simpler design. Gone are the carvings and extra details. There is a cleaner look in cabinetry and upholstery groups are being shown mixed with contemporary items. Those items could be accessories or furniture. The traditional/contemporary mix is back. It’s warm, but still more modern.
There were strong colors in almost all of the showrooms. Deep peacock and dark cobalt were the most predominant. Ombre fabrics with subtle shading are shown on chairs and pillows, while furniture with painted finishes is all using these rich, luxurious colors.
The movement from neutral to new colors was a big message as the trend starts going from the clean neutrals to exciting rich colors and finishes. Expect lots of walnut used with bronze in homes coming this 2018.
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