ST. JOHN | The April issue of Home Accents Today summed up the trends seen at the spring High Point perfectly – “Spring in High Point brings to life a luxurious, sophisticated aesthetic. Decadent elegance reveals richly appointed style, replete with gilded finishes, sumptuous materials and a hint of animal print. Mid-Century resurfaces with a nod to mod, while black and white combinations make a dramatic statement. Boldly modern tribal looks capitalize on a plethora of ethnic prints and artisanal designs.”
Sounds good, what does all that mean in regards to what was seen in the market. The use of hides, faux or printed, while certainly not new in design schemes, seemed to be even more visible this market. The most widely displayed, of course, are the zebra prints and they were seen on rugs, chairs of all styles, lamps, pillows you name it. And it’s no wonder, from a design aesthetic, the black and white graphic design of a zebra print not only compliments but stars in luxurious Hollywood backdrops to tribal themes to posing on a leather chair on a Texas ranch. While the zebra may steal the show, also seen were cow hide and cheetah prints.
The mid-century modern theme is still building. One Decorating Den’s Preferred Suppliers has built a line around this theme and they tell us it has been extremely popular. Here we stroll down memory lane back to vibrant energy of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. An era defined by the inspired artistry of Warhol, Dylan, Hepburn and Givenchy.
This theme spans from Mid-Century Luxe where gilded glamour boasting richly appointed accents with gleaming golden finishes meets retro modernism in its purist form. Sublime designs here might be epitomized by gold leaf gilded feathers lining a glass top cocktail table sitting in from of an overstuffed high backed sofa with nail heads as ornamentals outlining the edges. While many might associate mid-century modern with a clean lined single cushion, square track arm sofa or a sleek sectional with flared wood legs behind a multi-tiered cocktail table with a stacked glass or sculptural lamp on the side table. We might see fabrics in cool grays, warm yellows and electric blues and oranges used on linens, beautiful micro fibers or menswear looks along with geometric patterned pillows.
As technology paves the way for an increasingly connected global society, cultural influences are more powerful than ever, look for tribal themes to foster a sense of community
The tribal theme is like discovering an old stack of National Geographic magazines and paging through issue after issue. You might discover images from Native Americans, a mountain lodge or travel the globe to far off Morocco. All are part of the global and ethnic inspired patterns and designs seen throughout the market and influencing design.