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INSPIRATION | April 25, 2022 | By Saxon Henry
Bestsellers During High Point Market
The Chadee Oval Mirror and the Octavia Pendant, shown above, were among our new offerings that were bestsellers during High Point Market. If you weren’t able to make it to our showroom, you can see all of the new releases by clicking through, as we have organized them all to make them easy to find. The trends that this selection of furnishings highlight include natural materials, woven surfaces, and lots of neutrals with hints of blue.
Bestsellers at High Point
A number of our Ringling vases were bestsellers this spring. The sculptural vases are hand-turned from mango wood in an array of colorful and natural stripes that have tighter striations flowing around the surfaces. This treatment is created when the wood, which has been dried in the sun for a long period to bring out its variation in tones, is fully painted then returned to the wheel and incised with a knife. This attention to detail is a mark of true handicraft quality. There are a number of vases in this family for mixing and matching.
The Koji Credenza, designed by Barry Goralnick, has a serene presence with its curved sides and feet that emulate calligraphy shapes found in Asian characters. The doors and inset top are covered in cream faux shagreen, while the beechwood surrounding them pleasantly contrasts in an oyster gray finish. The squared-edged brass pulls have a brushed brass finish to add character to the rectilinear elements. The interior of the gray credenza is fitted with two shelves and has a pair of cable hole ports for cord management.
The Vintage Navy Santos Chest has a split rattan pattern on the drawers, sides, and top, which is made by hand and applied to a solid mahogany frame. Then a Vintage Navy finish covers the entire piece. A design detail of note is how the brass pulls in a brushed brass finish sit squarely in the center of the outer circles created by the pattern. This navy blue chest has solid mahogany dovetail drawer boxes, soft close drawer slides, and adjustable glides.
The Boyles Silver C Table has a profile that is so handsome you may think twice about disturbing its good looks with accessories. Each section of the simple iron base in a black forged finish has a wavy profile to bring added interest to the design, which lifts a cast aluminum tray-like top in an antique silver finish. This cantilevered silver side table is an expressive feature for any spot where a personality-packed design statement is needed.
Hiroshi Koshitaka envisioned the Senjyo Pendant as one of a number of fixtures he sees as fulfilling Saisei, a concept that encompasses the acts involved in regeneration and reproduction as we restore, revive, and experience regrowth and rebirth. Rattan is woven around a wrought iron frame, the top of the dome in a khaki finish graduating to rings of Bluebonnet and Cornflower blue finishes. With this tan and blue pendant, Koshitaka stays true to exploring his fascination with the Color Field tradition of the 1940s.
As its name implies, the Saisei Grand Chandelier is another of the fixtures Hiroshi Koshitaka sees as fulfilling the contempt of regeneration. Rattan flows artfully around a spiral wrought iron frame in a khaki finish, which is tonally in sync with the natural color of the material. The otherworldly shape of this rattan chandelier was inspired by outer space—galaxies in the universe come to light.
When Clarence Mallari designed the Calliope Chandelier, he was inspired by leaves on the bamboo plant. Though the stem and fronds of this tan chandelier read as if they are made of natural material, they are fashioned from wrought iron in a mix of coco cream and ivory finishes that are hand-applied by artisans. The flowing arrangement of the fronds is a design detail of note.
Though Americans date macramé to the 1960s in our design history, the technique was first employed in ancient Babylonia and had a strong resurgence during Victorian times. The Mod Pendant with its iron frame over which natural cotton is woven and knotted, looks seamless thanks to the whitewash finish on the metal. The elegant pendant will throw beautiful patterns on surrounding surfaces when it is lit, which makes it no surprise it was one of our bestsellers at Market.
Rising like a temple spire on a mountainside in a faraway land, the Malayan White Floor Lamp has the elemental flair that gives master woodworkers bragging rights. The fluted body is made of rubber wood in a whitewash finish. The tall, thin linen shade placed atop this composition from the Phyllis Morris Collection makes it all the more commanding. The dual pull-chains are delicately sized to keep this design elegant.
The Compass Semi-Flush has an elegant profile that its designer Ian Thornton says was hard-won. This is because the laser-cut metal pieces had to be welded together in a way that leaves no evidence of the welds. The profile of the silver semi-flush, made of wrought iron in a mix of contemporary silver leaf and painted contemporary silver finishes, was inspired by a compass. The rod on this fixture can be extended to make it hang farther away from the ceiling.
When heavy-hitting texture is desired, the Kelmscott Blue Table Lamp brings it in spades. Made of ceramic with swirling and dripping patterns in a blue reactive glaze, the drifts of color will be slightly different from lamp to lamp. This artisanal piece was made by women artisans living at the border of Burma and Thailand. A nickel finial fastens the white linen shade to the fixture.
Thank You for a Wonderful Market!
The Cantata Table Lamp, second from right; Kavala Table Lamp, third from right; and Linz Table Lamp, far left, in the image above were among our bestsellers during High Point Market. We also have two wall sconces in the bestselling line up that we’ll share in a top-ten post soon. We would like to thank everyone who visited our showroom to make this such a wonderful market, as well as our team and our reps who make the hospitality and attentiveness we achieve seem so easy, though it is far from it!