Global, geometric trends pop at market

Oct. 23, 2013 @ 06:00 PM

They came, they saw, they bought furniture.
High Point Market is like fashion week for furniture, and new trends came down the pipe at this fall’s event that will make their way to retail stores and into homes.
Global inspirations embodied several collections at market. Whether Middle Eastern flare with medallions and arches or European with classic lines and finishes, the world was well represented in furniture fashion.
Amini brought an Italian piazza to the International Home Furnishings Center, complete with a fountain and cafe to emphasize its inspiration behind its furniture collections.
Weathered furniture also was popular at market, including pieces that look intentionally sun-bleached for the growing rustic trend.
Hooker Furniture introduced its Solana collection, which embodies the trend. Coffee tables, bed frames and dining tables are finished in a “light caramel latte” color with a gray undertone and finished with a lacy white to give the sunbathed look.
Continuing to make their show at market were trends seen last fall, including exposed nailheads and lots of color, especially blue.
An interesting trend is the furniture industry’s recognition of the changing economy and building furniture to suit the changing needs of families.
Hooker Furniture expanded its Workwell collection that is all designed for the work-from-home sector.
“We’re taking Workwell to a whole new level of problem-solving, de-cluttering and de-stressing furniture,” said Cindy Hall, director of merchandising. “Through stylish organization, these beautiful multipurpose pieces solve problems that all households have.”
The furniture includes TV stands with file storage space and end tables that double as storage and charging stations for laptops, tablets or other electronic devices.
A focus on accessories also showed the industry’s recognition of decorating on a budget.
“Changing a lamp or throw pillows can change the entire feel of a room,” said Don Quaver, an independent designer from New York. “Accessories are a good way to feel like you’ve redecorated without spending a lot of money on a new sofa.”

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