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On a High Note
If you’ve purchased home furnishings from a local showroom, chances are good they were first showcased at High Point Market, held every spring and fall in High Point, North Carolina. It’s the home design industry’s Fashion Week, where manufacturers reveal their wares to the designers and showroom owners who will share the new styles with design lovers countrywide.
We spoke with three Colorado furniture gurus who regularly attend High Point to get a sneak preview of what we’ll see in showrooms come spring. The big news: after years of neutrals, color is coming back! Keep reading to find out what else is on trend with furniture this year.
Co-founder and President, HW Home
With three retail showrooms in the Denver metro area and one on Boulder’s Pearl Street, Ron Werner has plenty of space to fill with new pieces. A veteran market-goer, Werner says he felt an excitement at this past fall’s show that had been missing in recent years. “For the first time in three years, we’re seeing some really exciting ideas and products. It’s as if the industry is coming back to life.”
HW Home is known for its thoughtful mix of classic pieces and unique accessories, and Werner is especially excited about the latest offerings from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. “I love the Barrington line of case goods. It has a clean, European style.” The showroom will also be the only Colorado dealer of Ralph Lauren’s sleek, mid-century modern-inspired line called Lauren Ralph Lauren.
Leanna Hoff Boers
Co-owner, Hoff Miller, Ltd.
Hoff Boers, who, along with co-owner Darlene Miller Thomas, has attended virtually every
market over the past 25 years, has seen trends come and go—and return again. “Historically, when the world is in turmoil, people want their homes to be clean, orderly and calm,” she says, which explains the popularity of beige over the past few years. The most recent market’s displays, however, reflected a change. “We still saw neutrals, but with small pops of color. There was also a touch of glamour, showing a shift—consumers are becoming just a little bolder.”
Larger investment pieces in Hoff Miller’s Denver Design District showroom are still upholstered in subtle, natural tones (like creamy linen), but blue and purple velvet pillows from Aviva Stanoff and fun, bold Kenneth Cobonpue chairs hint at this shift toward more daring design. Tip: Don’t forget to look up when you visit the Hoff Miller showroom; you’ll be dazzled by the latest in lighting, including ultra-contemporary “Cloud” pendants from Hive.
Vice President, Retail, Slifer Designs
If you haven’t yet heard (or visited), Vail-based Slifer Designs recently opened a retail showroom in Denver’s Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Ferrari, who travels to High Point in search of pieces to
fill the floor, says she also noticed the trend away from a neutral palette. “This was the first market
in a long time where we’ve started to see color again.” Ferrari was excited to see such bold hues
as persimmon, fuchsia and peacock blue in accessories, artwork and pillows.
She also detected an early trend back to more traditional silhouettes. “We’ve seen clean lines for years, though that’s just beginning to shift; I think we’ll see even more traditional shapes next year.” She points to designers such as Barclay Butera and Lillian August, who are showing camelback sofas and chairs with rolled arms, as well as Baker’s Milling Road Collection (see these new offerings at Slifer Designs in Edwards or Denver this spring).
We found a few High Point Market pieces we’d like to take home, too...
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