Last week I was away, traveling to North Carolina for the fabulous High Point Market. It was my second year attending Market, and this year was particularly exciting. I was sponsored by three incredible showrooms – Thomasville, Drexel Heritage, and Hickory Chair. While touring the showrooms, I spotted some fantastic design trends for 2012 – more color, pattern, and global influences than I’ve ever seen before were present in each showroom. And the items with the most interesting designs were hands-down the side chairs. Offering bursts of bright color and bold patterns, side chairs were being treated as the must-have home accessory, bringing in interesting design and statement decor with just one piece.
There was a unique Asian influence throughout the Thomasville showroom. Strong geometric patterns, and new takes on Chinese chinoiserie were present. This stunning chair in a modern oriental pattern is a perfect example.
Suzanis took on a new form at High Point, as upholstery. These chairs from Hickory Chair show how beautiful the suzani pattern can be in vivid shades of red and yellow.
Cool zig-zags were everywhere. Chevron and flame stitch patterns were present on a number of very cool chairs. This one from Thomasville definitely stood out. The colors are soft and neutral, making this chair all about the pattern.
At the Four Hands showroom I spotted this colorful chair in tones of gray, blue, orange, and yellow. The classic shape becomes modern when upholstered in an unconventional pattern.
And I fell in love with another chevron chair from Four Hands. As I recall, this one swivels! Swiveling chairs were another trend at Market. Great for conversation areas in your living room.
And while this chair from Drexel Heritage isn’t in a flame stitch pattern, I really like the idea of a flame stitch pillow on a cool black leather chair. It’s a great way to bring pattern into a room in a small dose.
Hickory Chair and Brooklyn-based company, Hable Construction developed a collaboration leading to some unique chair designs. The designs are simply beautiful, inspired by watercolors and hand-drawn illustrations.
And I really love this fabric featuring loopy doodles. It’s fabulous on this old-school Indian cane chair.
Ikat patterns where also present in new ways. This ikat chair left me awe-struck, and I love the matching pillow for extra support.
This black and white chair featuring a Greek key pattern was also a stunner. Completely classic and a great chair for a traditional living room.