High Point Highlights: Tracking the Trends – Part 2

Market veteran Lori Levine, an ASID Associate and principal of Lori Levine Interiors in Basking Ridge, weighs in on her recent trip to High Point Market – from sensible shoes – to her three top picks or discoveries.

Find her at Lori Levine Interiors or on Instagram lori_levine_interiors

“We average 4 miles a day walking…and when you’re not walking you’re standing,” so comfortable shoes are a must when traveling the trade show circuit, Lori Levine says. The saying at market goes something like this: “Never sit on upholstery to check for comfort at the end of the day. You could sit on a stack of bricks and it would feel great!” Still there is no denying the comfort factor on this wing chair from Furniture Classics upholstered in an amazing yellow performance velvet.  www.furnitureclassics.com

My first pick is not so much a product but a design trend.

Color! Bright Gold
Not sunflower yellow but a deep burnished bright yellowish gold paired with clean bright white. It’s like the idea of a “pop” of color has now transitioned into a “punch” of color. These two vignettes that Pearson was displaying are great examples of using a small  “Punch of gold just to get your feet wet” and a “Lets jump in the deep end” commitment to the color. I found this deep saturated use of color very refreshing after years of taupe. www.pearsonco.com

Tony Duquette Collection for Pearson

Mid Century Modern Meets the 21st Century
It seemed like every manufacturer had a version of this midcentury chair in either wood or metal. What I like about Century’s Zola armchair version is the sleekness of the metal and the brightness of the finish. In addition, fabricating furniture in metal incorporates another huge design trend.

The pairing of Zola armchairs from Century would work as well in a large family home as in a city apartment. www.centuryfurniture.com


Another design trend that pairs nicely with these sleek chairs is the “Spot” table and many manufacturers had multiple versions, like this line up at Currey & Company. Just large enough to hold a glass and a book, these are not only functional but great conversation pieces. They are sculptural as well as functional and that’s a great pairing. www.curreyandcompany.com

Bold Saturated Colors on Casegoods
This has been a slow growing trend but now it seems as if it has exploded. It’s a great way to commit to use of color and there is no need to worry about wood finishes matching.

These cabinets from Wildwood are part of a program that offers any of the 3,500 Benjamin Moore paint colors on a select group of furnishings. You pick and they paint! www.wildwoodlamps.com


This Oxford Blue cabinet from Scarborough House is a showstopper! www.scarboroughhouse.net