5 NJ-based Designers Share Their Favorite Trends from High Point Market

What’s new and next in the world of home fashions? Five New Jersey-based designers share product highlights — or trending discoveries — from their recent trek to High Point Market in North Carolina: the furniture industry’s equivalent of New York Fashion Week.

Sandra Funk of House of Funk

Montclair, 973-200-3566
New York City, 212-519-0563

“The Trieste Bench is wildly elegant. A hammered-gold finish adds a punch of glamour to any space. The silhouette evokes a romantic quality, as if the bench was just excavated from an ancient Egyptian tomb.”


Bernhard’s Meridian marble cocktail table is a graphic showstopper for a modern living room. Combine this piece with layers of luxurious upholstery like mohair, silk and Belgian linen, and pare down on the accessories to make this table the statement piece it obviously is.


“I’m a huge fan of all of Kelly Wearstler’s designs and the Tribute Tall Sconce for Circa Lighting is no exception. This Brutalist sconce’s travertine finish makes it a perfect accent for a Zen bathroom or to lead someone down a Venetian plaster-clad hallway.”

Tribute Tall Sconce www.circalighting.com


Yelena Gerts, Allied ASID, of House of Style & Design

917-584-7559 | HouseOfStyleInteriors.com

“One of the biggest trends at the show was the statement chair: the perfect combination between upholstery and unexpected textures, creating a form of art that is different and unique. One example is the Sylvester Fringe Swivel Tub Chair, with its curvy form, playful functionality, fine leather seat, edgy brass base and fringe details. I can see it in a luxury bedroom, next to a curvy sofa or in a stylish living room next to a black marble fireplace.”

BradleyUSA.com (to the trade).

With many options available on the market for statement chairs, it is easier than ever to incorporate this artsy trend into your own home this year.

  • Caracole’s Peek A Boo chair (available in June, 2020) is deeply wire brushed with a cast acrylic panel in the outback. www.caracole.com


  • Textural and curve driven, the June chair from Four Hands is inspired by Japanese Tatamis. A cleverly constructed outer frame consists of natural cane and black parawood paneling. Adding to that clean color contrast sits cream linen-blend performance seating. www.fourhands.com


  • A dramatic shape and hand-hammered black metal create a memorable wow factor on the Alfred Upholstered Chair from Made Goods. www.madegoods.com


  • Bernhardt’s Angelina Swivel Chair showcases blue upholstery with an acrylic back. www.bernhardt.com


  • The Walden Chair from Bernhardt highlights a silver faux bois design. www.bernhardt.com


Nancy Mikulich of NLM Design Interiors & Oasis Home

Asbury Park
732-775-5151 | OasisHomeDesigns.com

“I have observed the sharp, squared-off lines in furnishings now softening.”

  • With its curved profile, rounded corner, double-tier seat and sculptural back, the Cambria— perfect for floating in a room—was designed as a statement piece with boutique appeal. Shown in mohair, $12,330; $5,985 with customer’s own material. TomlinsonCompanies.com


  • Homer sofa by Tomlinson www.tomlinsoncompanies.com


  • The elegant but whimsical silhouette of the Inna Bench from Nuevo balances a polished charm with a vibrant, quirky side. It emphasizes the playful nature of mixed mediums through the layering of and thoughtful combination of table and seat.


“I am seeing the evolution of more Brutalist influences in mid-century design, particularly with lighting and the creative uses of concrete in furniture. While this has been trending for a few seasons now, more designers and manufacturers are embracing the Brutalist aesthetic as seen in these finds from Uttermost.”

  • This contemporary lamp (27864) is formed from cast iron featuring a deep hammered texture, heavily antique golden bronze finish, paired with an exposed fabric covered cord. www.uttermost.com


  • Displayed on an elegant crystal foot, this cast iron table lamp (28297) has a masculine aged black finish with a heavy organic texture. www.uttermost.com


  • Featuring a heavily textured art glass base with a hand crafted look in mottled highlights of blue/green, this table lamp (28295-1) is covered in an aged white frosted glaze, paired with brushed nickel plated details. www.uttermost.com


“Another potentially exciting trend I am curiously watching is the emergence of pre-Columbian/Hispanic and Native Design influences in ceramics as was evident in the Cyan Design and Currey & Company showrooms.”

I was also focused on color as well. Not really pastel but washed out jewel tones. They are a nice transition out of grays but not extreme.

Lori Levine, Associate ASID of Lori Levine Interiors

Basking Ridge
908-604-9099 | LoriLevineInteriors.com

“One of my favorite trends in lighting is the combination of brass and black. It is such an elegant combination, and the Trephine chandelier is just so sinuous and sexy—perfect for a smaller foyer or entryway. I think every room should have a touch of black.”

  • Trephine Chandelier by Currey & Co. $1,810. CurreyandCompany.com.


  • The Viaggio chandelier is a quirky blend of industrial and mid-century modern design with its assortment of glass orbs supported by brass metal arms that extend and bend from an inner black ring. www.circalighting.com


  • Designed by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort, the Vivier chandelier combines a blackened iron finish with hand-rubbed antique brass. www.circalighting.com


  • The linear Water-Lily Chandelier is a great reinterpretation of the standard linear fixture. In addition, it has the added element of Asian influence, which I started to see in some furniture pieces.  www.curreyandcompany.com


  • The Sagamore Lantern by Currey & Company reflects the combination of brass and black in a more traditional way. www.curreyandcompany.com


Karen B. Wolf, Associate ASID of Karen B. Wolf Interiors

Short Hills
973-220-2171 | KBWInteriors.com

  • “I spotted this scallop chair last season and I’m still swooning. An update to fringe, this boho chair will look great in a dining room, at a desk or as a standalone.” Shown in Buffed Graphite leather and a Polished Brass base. $2,595. NgalaTrading.com. Falcon Dining Chair by Egg Design/Ngala Trading Co.


  • “The Texture Imports showroom was my personal favorite. High-end imports from Indonesia, the owner has an artful eye and finds beautifully shaped organic modern pieces. These stools stole the show.”


  • “I fell in love with the Moonlight Sonata Chandelier from John-Richard — an organic statement-making piece made of selenite. John-Richard is a go-to for well-made, dramatic lighting.” Moonlight Sonata Chandelier – www.johnrichard.com


  • “Accessories are always a tough find and we can never have enough. I can see these beautiful and versatile vessels in most roomscapes from coastal to boho to global.” https://cyan.design