Uncommon offerings from High Point Market
Michael J. Knell -- Furniture Today, November 8, 2013
HIGH POINT — It's often said that there's nothing new under the sun, but there were some intriguing new product introductions revealed at the October High Point Market. From unusual pairings of fabric and frame to unique interpretations of familiar forms, the 2013 fall market introductions prompted many attendees to call it the "most exciting market in several years."
Red, curvy, sensuous and comfortable, the Flirt sofa by Lazar placed well with dealers. Contemporary and daring, Flirt is just one example of suppliers’ commitment to providing excitement for retail floors.
Upholstered beds continue to be a strong and growing category. This contemporary version by Bontempi Casa in Interhall elicited a lot of interest with its unique profile.
Interhall is home to some cutting-edge spaces during market, and this purple velvet chaise stopped a large number of passersby. Opulent in fabric and streamlined in form, the chaise illustrated the pop power of occasional upholstery pieces.
Theodore Alexander pays homage to the flexible design of outdoor furniture with Cantonmente. Movement adds interest and comfort in this leather and wood chaise that pairs easily with traditional, transitional and modern settings.
Southwood proved that 18th century frames don’t have to be stodgy with this mahogany-frame sofa. The inlay on the wood is done in North Carolina and is complemented by fresh, contemporary fabric.
Philippe Starck’s Ghost chair has become a classic for people who love the clean aesthetic of see-through furnishings. Shahrooz reinterpreted a dining chair in acrylic and added the comfort of a cushion, a combination that brought people into the showroom and enticed them to sit.
The Lazar showroom is always colorful, but red nail head trim added huge visual interest to these side chairs. The chair is part of a program that includes a choice of eight different chairs, eight different finishes and eight different nail heads.
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