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Top 11 Trends at High Point Market Spring 2017

Top 11 Trends at High Point Market Spring 2017

Kelly Wearstler for E.J. Victor

Kelly Wearstler for E.J. Victor

Hello Friends, as you know, I've been sifting through my hundreds of photos from my recent trip to the High Point Market on the Design Bloggers Tour. This is the last in my series of sponsored posts on the organized tour portion of my adventure. Catch my recap of Day 1 of the tour here and Day 2, here. For this post I'm talking trends so I bring in mentions of many exhibitors that weren't part of the tour as well. I'm leading off with the image of the Kelly Wearstler showroom at E.J. Victor because I believe Ms. W so beyond trend. She sets trends, she reinterprets the past, she messes with scale, she puts a huge diagonal stripe on a sofa. She puts brown and apricot and magenta and turmeric in the same room. She is the absolute shit. I bow in her general direction. This. Room. Is. Everything. 

OK, now that we've acknowledged her general supremacy, let's move on to my top 11 trends spotted at High Point.  

1. The California Look 2.0

The California Look 1.0 by Michael Taylor

The California Look 1.0 by Michael Taylor

As a refresher, above is the first incarnation of this vibe, which was created by Cali decorator Michael Taylor in the '70s and '80s. The man was a superstar. Check out more of this look (you'll want to study up because it's coming on strong) by picking up the book Michael Taylor Interior Design. The 2.0 version was presented most thoroughly by two main design talents at this season's High Point — Michael Berman for Theodore Alexander and Barbara Barry for Baker Furniture. Still, elements of this look were spotted throughout the show at dozens of vendors. The essential elements are: ultra-comfy overstuffed furniture, plenty of use of off white, woven textures, slubby fabrics like hemp and raw silk, chunky stone, overscale everything, rounded corners, indoor trees and large plants. Here are your visuals.

2. Ginormous Modular Sofa

Format seating collection, Bernhardt

Format seating collection, Bernhardt

Every maker of sofas has a modular system so that you can customize your giant sofa to fill any room. They all have different design vibes. Some fit the aforementioned California Look. Some have more of an Italian or Scandi vibe. Some feel midmod, some are ready for a luxe lake house. Whatever your style, there's a giant sofa system for you.

3. Hides in Plain Sight

Steve Leung for Theodore Alexander

Steve Leung for Theodore Alexander

People, there was so. much. leather. It was often used in luxurious ways, such as wrapped around casegoods. This Steve Leung credenza took my breath away. Loved the combo of brown veined marble, walnut, brass accents and top stitched leather. Very handsome. Often leather was shown in hyper textural forms such as hair on hide, suede or stamped and stitched. In more straightforward applications the colour of choice was definitely rich caramels and sable browns (more on brown later).

4. Meet the Browns

Michael Berman for Theodore Alexander

Michael Berman for Theodore Alexander

The sofa in this image has some much news to share. That colour is one of three trend colours I spotted at the show. What would we call that colour? Cafe au lait? Mocha? Please note that it is not deep chocolate and also please note that the sofa has leather and velvet together on one piece. Absolutely dreamy. The new browns range from very light cream tea colour to more mushroomy greyed browns and to deep sable. Brown is the new grey.

5. Princess and the Pea Canopy Beds

Windsor Smith Home for Century Furniture

Windsor Smith Home for Century Furniture

They've been coming on strong now for a few years but are still the single most important bed style (ok, maybe it's be a fair fight between one of these and a platform bed, also v. popular). Windsor Smith's version (above) walks the line between classic and contemporary. I'll take it. 

6. The New Glam

I know I wish I had a better label for this one but let's just settle on The New Glam. What's new about it? Pastels mixed with gold and chunky quartz, agate and gold leaf. Overall there's a rough-luxe feel to it. What's glam about it: gold, gold and more gold. And did I mention jewels?

7. Persimmon

Hickory Chair

Hickory Chair

The second major colour trend I spotted was persimmon. Persimmon is the new pink. More intense, spicy, earthy, bold. Persimmon.

8. Blue Velvet

Huntington House

Huntington House

My third colour crush at High Point is blue. And specifically blue velvet. But here's the thing: I can't quite tell if it's an actual trend or if it's just a fall-back colour for those planning the showrooms since it the the most universally beloved colour. Let's keep and eye on this together and see if blue becomes a Big Thing. Or at least a Bigger Thing. 

9. Absent Welting

Joe Ruggiero for The MT Company

Joe Ruggiero for The MT Company

Bye bye welting, aka piping. Upholstered goods take a turn toward simplicity with the noticeable absence of that added little bead of fabric lining every seam in sight. Some makers have subbed in a top stitch detail, others have opted for seam only — hold the extras. 

10. Back Channels

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker

And you thought they were only for the White House (I'm looking at you Kushner). Alas no, channel back upholstery, and channel tufting anywhere on upholstered goods is absolutely everywhere. Channel upholstery is the new diamond tufting. More contemporary, less fussy, less prone to buttons popping off because there are none. 

11. Fluff Piece

As this trendspotting report draws to a close, please take a moment to enjoy this roomset at Bernhardt. Can you spot the trends? Here's a recap: Channel upholstery? check! leather? check! browns? check! Giant sectional? check! But the little charmer making news here is that sweet smushy stool taking up residence at the corner on the right. Notice how it has a fluffy shearling top? A plush accent piece in shearling, Mongolian lamb (real or faux) or similar plush fabric is a must-have for rooms in the coming year. Almost like Uggs for your home. But, you know, not as basic. 

This concludes my Design Bloggers Tour coverage of High Point Market. Hugest thanks to you readers for digging in for some epic scrolling to get all the news and pics I could pack in here. Big thanks again to all the sponsors who welcomed our group into their showrooms and gave us tours, snacks and comfy places to sit! Thanks also to the teams at Esteem Media and High Point Market for including me on the tour.

If you didn't quite get enough High Point yet, do check back for my upcoming post on my favourite details from the show. 

 
Lookalikes: Cork Topped Carafes

Lookalikes: Cork Topped Carafes

Design Bloggers Tour: High Point Market, Day 2

Design Bloggers Tour: High Point Market, Day 2