I am excited to share the trends spotted at the last High Point Market and our favorite Style Spotter finds as summarized in the Summer/Fall 2018 Style Report that was released today.
A look into where home fashion is heading, from our 2018 Style Spotters
Our talented 2018 team of eight Style Spotters (and Clifford the designer Dane) have returned from their trip to Spring Market with some spectacular items and trends. It’s always intriguing to see Market through the individual eyes of each Style Spotter, as each has such a distinctive design style – as you will see in the following report.
If you are like me, your friends and family ask about High Point Market. They are curious about my twice a year pilgrimage to the great state of North Carolina to see the latest and greatest in home furnishings. I always love sharing fun facts with them, such as how our journey through the almost 12 million square feet of inspiring show space translates into 10,000 – 15,000 steps – five to eight miles – per day at Market! Which is a good thing, since we eat our way through the showrooms.
Of course, with so much ground to cover, it’s nearly impossible to see everything, no matter how many steps you put in. So, sit back and enjoy these fabulous pieces. Find your favorites and see which trends you think will become stronger over the next year.
I speak for all the Style Spotters and the great people of High Point Market when I say that we all look forward to seeing you at Fall Market, October 13-17!
Michelle Jennings Wiebe, ASID
Studio M President
Style Spotter Emeritus
High Point Market Board Member
Read the full Summer-Fall-2018-Style-Report.
Here is a look at my contribution.
MEMPHIS MOVEMENT /GEOMETRIC SHAPES/ 80’S STYLE
The 80’s are back in a big way! High Point Market was full of nods to this distinct design era, characterized by Memphis Style. The Memphis Group was an Italian design and architecture group founded in Milan by Ettore Sottsass in 1982, and known for creating Postmodern furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass, and metal objects.
The Memphis group’s work often incorporated plastic laminate and was characterized by ephemeral design featuring colorful decoration and asymmetrical shapes, sometimes arbitrarily alluding to exotic or earlier styles.
There were geometric shapes and asymmetry everywhere at Market. This trend can be seen in the bright jewel tones as well as the shapes. It runs the gamut from abstract art on unusually shaped canvases to vignettes with amorphic shaped sofas juxtaposed against very geometric lines.
High Point Market is having a natural moment. There were unlimited options of wicker and caned designs in new and interesting shapes. These organic pieces lend a warmth to any interior. Wicker was once thought to be for porches and sunrooms but now it can be seen throughout homes. Wicker has been documented as far back as ancient Egypt, made from indigenous reed and swamp grasses. In recent times, its aesthetic was influenced heavily by the Arts and Crafts movement at the turn of the 20th century. Currently, many pieces seem to be influenced by Scandinavian design.
Natural wicker is well known for its strength and durability, as well as the high level of beauty and comfort created by molding the shape to any form.