Accents brighten rooms at High Point Market
Category thrives on variety
Heath E. Combs -- Furniture Today, April 21, 2013
HIGH POINT - A mix of materials and finishes continues to drive the accent furniture category at the High Point Market.
Thus far this week, metals like iron and glass-top tables that make rooms appear bigger have done well. Many suppliers are releasing colorful lacquered accents. Marine elements like ships, seashells and coral are featured on accent bases and hardware.
At Halo Styles, the Black Hawk accent group with black hammered steel and soft edges is getting good response as an expansion of the company's Aviator spitfire steel collection, according to Erica Whittington, sales executive.
Also doing well are heavy, bulky, solid marble 60-inch coffee tables, she said. Halo's Arrow group with salvaged gym mat tops, leather pommel horse benches and safari green canvas occasional pieces are being well received, Whittington said.
Accent pieces are scattered throughout Stanley Furniture's new Charleston Regency collection of neo-traditional looks inspired by Charleston, S.C., drawing influence from the city's more than 300-year-old multicultural history. Many pieces include high-sheen lacquers in multi-colored hues.
The collection has silver leaf and gold hardware, seven finishes throughout and design elements like carved rice post pilasters, astragal motifs and drop bail hardware.
"This is designed to be the gateway to the true upper end and the bread and butter of interior designers," said Ed Tashjian, a spokesman for Stanley. "You can't get away selling just 18th century furniture. You have to put your own spin on it."
Nautical elements are attracting attention at Theodore Alexander. Notable style motifs are crettatura wrap gold or goatskin parchment techniques on tables, brass gallery rails, neoclassical elements and limed oak table treatments.
"What we love as a company is to find and mix new materials, unusual material and techniques," said Anthony Cox, executive vice president of product development for Theodore Alexander.
The company's Keno Brothers licensed line features pops of lacquered color - orange crush, lipstick red, lime green and blue with metallic undertones.
Four Hands reports success with a new bina recycled wood line made with seven exotic Brazilian hardwood scraps left over from production of the rest of its line. Rub-through finishes showing more wood than paint were are also doing well.
Coast to Coast Accents, which stocks all introductions, is having a good week with mirrored items, many featuring gold accents, according to Andy Stein, CEO. A hot and growing category at retail is the painted four-door accent console, which can hold a television and has cord management holes, he said.
Fine Furniture Design was getting good response Saturday to its Biltmore for Your Home collection of pieces inspired by architecture and furniture from the famous Asheville, N.C., estate. Buyers like the timeless quality of designs in a collection drawing from worldwide influences found at the Biltmore, according to Jim Adams, vice president of product design and marketing.
Cecil Adams, creative director for Currey & Co., said the company's Dimitri secretary with black lacquer finish, green silkscreen malachite panels and brass lacquered Chinese red coral hardware is drawing a good response here. The company continues to have success in building its wood accents business with statement pieces featuring distinctive burls and woods, Adams said.
Retailers visiting the Stein World space like Eye Candy, a small accents group with a high sheen polyurethane finish in bright colors like red, blue, orange and silver with a champagne hue. Bombes and basic turned pedestal tables are selling well, said Donnie Lesley, director of product development and merchandising.
"It's different and it's expressive," he said. "You can dress up a roomful of brown in a little color."
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