Highlights of High Point.
To be totally honest, I am really sad to be home from Market already. It was the best one yet. I got so much out of Market this time. Last time I went, two years ago, I was quite the little fish in a big pond. I had been to Market before that, but as another designer’s assistant, so I didn’t have to do anything but take notes. And smile. When I went in 2010, on my own, things were so overwhelming that I just wanted to survive. Market is a lot to take in. Lots of walking. Lots to navigate through. Lots to see. Lots of people to meet. But this year was different. In a god way. I was able to work with reps who I have grown to know and love. I was able see all kinds of new products that I could immediately see incorporating into certain client projects. And a found a bunch of new lines (Made Goods, for example) to add to my growing resource library. Plus, there are so many “famous” designers floating around, introducing their new lines and checking out Market for themselves, that it’s hard not to be inspired. You’re in the company of greatness! I mean, Paloma Contreras from La Dolce Vita (and Visual Comfort) actually told me she liked my shirt. If that’s not a success story, I don’t know what is. Another change this year was having a travel buddy. Having Jessica around made all the difference. I’m a firm believer in the buddy system. Things are just more fun with two people. We had a blast soaking up all the eye candy (and real candy) we could. So, I thought I should share a bit of that eye candy with you today. It’s only fair.
I’ve had a few people ask me about trends. What to buy? What to be on the look-out for? So, here are the 2012 trends, according to yours truly. Remember the 4 d’s.
Driftwood. As shown in the very first picture of the collage. This wood finish was on EVERYTHING. I’m not exaggerating when I say that EVERY showroom had their own version of this finish. Any wood finish that fits under the umbrella of distressed, reclaimed, weathered and/or limed wood will do.
Deep blues. Even though orange is the color of the year, I couldn’t help but notice all the deep blues. This color, ranging from bright teal to rich cobalt, was everywhere. And hey, it makes sense. Blue IS the complimentary color to orange. Color harmony 101. You can see how the blues are used as accents in picture #2.
Daybeds. Not your average upholstery. I saw all kinds of backless sofas and over-sized chairs (if you can even call them that) and ottomans that might as well be beds. Shown in picture #4. And that’s not even the biggest one I saw!
Details. I needed a “d” word. Don’t sue me. But when I say details here’s what I mean. The attention to detail was insane. Whether it was adding elaborate nails heads (shown in picture #4), fancy hardware, bone or shell inlays or chain-link fringe (I kid you not), a very basic piece was transformed by the addition of perfectly placed details. Mixing wood, lacquer and/or lucite together was also a huge. That’s one detail I often overlook.
I hope you are as inspired as I am. I’m already excited for the Fall Market. Bring it, High Point.
Photo credits: Me.