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Design Experts Name 10 Key Trends from High Point Market

At the recent High Point Market, members of the market authority’s Style Spotters team—eight interior designers tasked with identifying trends at the biannual furnishings trade show—identified a spate of trends they believe will shape homes in the coming year. The market released a full report last week, identifying the trends selected by the team.

A sprinkle of asymmetry

The Style Spotters pointed out pieces that play with asymmetrical lines and details—like Nathan Anthony Furniture’s Alais collection. The line includes an upholstered bed, accent chair and bench that feature asymmetrical spherical and curved square feet.

Modern effortlessly meets organic

Pairing sleek, contemporary lines with raw, natural materials was big at market, and evidenced in the Laura Kirar collection for McGuire Furniture. Drawing inspiration from a life layered by two influences — urban modernity and the natural world — the trend plays on the juxtaposition of being immersed in the world’s most architecturally innovative cities, as well as the solitary experience of nature’s desert formations, tangled jungle rooftops, ancient pyramids, excavated treasures, and more.

A touch of gold and texture

Designer Lauren Clement highlighted furnishings and accessories that shone with gold and rich texture, from ceramic vases embellished with a gold wave pattern to hammered metal tables.

“Sometimes, a little gold makes anything feel luxurious,” she said. “This High Point Market, I found myself gravitating towards all things golden when it came to finishes. I just love the sophistication it gives off while simultaneously adding a modern element.”

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Handmade in the mountains of North Carolina

Designers focused on pieces that represent North Carolina’s furniture-making heritage, particularly in mountain communities like Hickory. Live-edge benches and sleek circular tables showed the diversity of products coming out of the region.

Artfully slow design, Made in America

A big highlight of High Point Market was the focus makers and designers placed on the deeper meaning and stories behind their work. Designer Heather French pointed to the work of Hubbardton Forge, which is among the oldest and largest commercial forges in the U.S., as exemplifying this trend. The company crafts each product by hand, to order, in the Vermont town of Castleton.

Southwest culture collab

Collections that draw from Southwestern influences made a splash this market with details like rounded shapes and woven details.

Culturally contemporary craftsmanship

Designer and HGTV star Breegan Jane identified pieces with global influences and sophisticated designs, like Hooker’s Commerce & Market collection, as important this market.

“Each piece highlights international influences from Mexico, India, and Vietnam, to name just a few countries,” she said. “The result is a striking combination of cast metals, stone, acacia solids, painted glass, marble, and wood veneers.”

Global influences from destinations like Vietnam, in addition to Mexico and India, are filtering into home decor.
Global influences from destinations like Vietnam, in addition to Mexico and India, are filtering into home decor. olezzo/Adobe Stock

Where organic meets artistry

Jane also highlighted furnishings and accessories that take organic, natural shapes and materials to create stylish looks for the home, such as pieces by Phillips Collection that incorporate geodes, teak, and more.

“In  piece  after  piece, Mother Nature’s  influence, combined  with  Phillips  Collection’s  artistry, wows with  features like  the brilliant,  organically-shaped  gold  displayed  against  the  matte black of  the circular cracked  mirror,” she said.

White out

White was back in a big way this market, as evidenced by everything from the plush Marquesa sofa from Hickory Chair—upholstered in white performance fabric to resist staining—to benches, dining, and credenzas that were anything but vanilla.

Familiarity in the echoes of past movements

Modern takes on retro designs continued to be important at market, evidenced by pieces like Verellen’s Gaston dining chair, which is reminiscent of vintage European Brutalist designs, and Currey & Company’s Memphis Movement-inspired Mister M table lamp.

Style Spotters designers who contributed to this report include: Sara Malek Barney, BANDD DESIGN, Lauren Clement, Lauren Nicole Designs, Heather French, French & French Interiors, Breegan Jane, Breegan Jane, Molly Kay Johns, MK Interiors,   Steve McKenzie, McKenzie Design, Keia McSwain, Kimberly + Cameron Interiors, and Justin Shaulis, Justin Shaulis, Inc.