Emily Morrow Finkell, Design Spectator: Falling in love at  High Point

Emily Morrow Finkell, Design Spectator: Falling in Love at #HPMKT2017, by Design Spectator

This fall I fell in love about a hundred times. One of the times it happened while I was standing in the gorgeous High Point Market showroom at Currey & Company with my husband where we were stopped in our tracks to stare open-mouthed at a stunning red coral, pearl and gold leaf chandelier called the “Chimera Chandelier”. I have no idea where I would use it, nor if it would be practical given how unique and “nichey” it is, but I literally stood there beneath it and was awed by its unique beauty and unusual use of materials. In seconds, I was contemplating places in our home where I could change everything around to make a place for it…hmmmmm…how to make it work…it was exciting to consider the possibility.

Meet the “Chimera Chandelier” by Currey & Company and coming soon to emilymorrowhome.com

The Chimera Chandelier is made of red coral, strands of pearls, highly polished shells and gold leaf.

A detail of the workmanship and jewelry effect of this chandelier by Currey & Company at Fall High Point Market.
What is it about seeing something so special that is moves someone to a feeling of “I must have that”? In the spirit of Malcolm Gladwell’s books… “Blink”, in a split second the mind processes what it perceives to be “superior” and “Outliers” is based on “10,000 hours” of deliberate practice of a particular thing. In his books he speaks of hockey, tennis, The Beatles and even the height of past US presidents…today let’s expand it in the context of how many impressions we are hit with in any given day as designers and creatives. Think about it…how many impressions are you experiencing within one day’s time…on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumbler, Twitter, television, digital news feeds and more…we are all receiving constant stimulation to the point that we all are actually becoming desensitized to it. How in this over-stimulated environment does one capture one’s attention in the midst of so much “noise”? In a nutshell, you have to have some important ingredients…begin with the “wow factor”, throw in a little “fashion-statement, a pinch of practicality, and overall ease in accessing it” and you certainly have captured my attention, which is truly hard to get.

If there was one standout trend, if it is a trend per se… (maybe it is more like a movement than a trend)…it is this, the look can be best described as “maximalist” or as my friend Brownlee Currey of Currey & Company said, “Flippantly I call it the LA Decorator Boyfriend look…which includes the loud botanical prints that we are seeing everywhere, saturated greens, saturated reds, it is highly, highly decorated…the interesting part is that there’s a mid century harvest conversation going on but it really is a mix of the late 30’s to the 60’s, from a period point of view, it includes a cluster of mid century activities going on within this story, with deco, mid-century 60’s modern, it’s all going into this bucket.” My preferred name for it is “Deco-Disco” design aesthetic…it pretty much covers the look and periods.

Brownlee recently quoted an unnamed designer who said “minimalism is for someone who has no taste”. Always one of our first stops at market, Brownlee Currey of Currey & Company always hits the heart of what’s next in design. Thank you for always giving so much Inspo-Info and for your hospitality!

Last month I interviewed Leatrice Eiseman for Floor Covering Weekly and she described the color palette for this trend as a “color clash”…and taking liberties with her label, I think the trend is easily described as a “style clash”…but don’t let the word “clash” fool you. It’s not knocking the trend.

“Color Clashing” at its finest in this vignette at High Point by Missoni.

Beyond the “Deco-Disco” (or “LA Decorator Boyfriend”) look at Currey & Company, there was a significant flourish of gold everywhere we looked. Metallic gold to be specific, although there was a little “harvest or saffron gold”, but it was easily outweighed by the massive amounts of metallic gold leaf and “patinaed” gold effects. Many showrooms made their style statement with a heavy-handed use of gold and yet it felt “right”…as I already said, we are needing that “wow me” influence to get our attention. Black and white combinations with gold was a favorite among the showroom designers, as well as the ever-talked-about millennial pink, blush and warm off-whites paired with gold detailing. Gabby Decor’s showroom introduced some stunning pieces of furniture and accessories constructed of rattan, acrylic, chrome, matte ceramic, distressed wood and some “petrified wood” finishes. Gold fever has hit and it’s easily a trend that we will not see going away.

Gold on Gold on Gold: Phillip Morris Originals by Currey & Company “Ms. Poodle Lamp” available in both gold and pink finishes with an acrylic base. Gilded magnolia leaf laden wall was provided by Weston Farms.

Note well that as always with any trend, there’s always going to be that equal-and-opposite-end-of-the-spectrum trend. Dark toned woods were in abundance in case-good pieces and in table tops and walls. Each interpretation of the dark-toned wood offered something interesting to create a little texture. Face-sawn and crackled, side-scraped and white-filled cerusing all helped to enhance the overall visual of the dark wood finishes. In addition to these dark wood finishes, there were an equal balance of light wood finishes, many of which were painted white and distressed by crackling in the edges and corners giving a nod to the formerly popular “shabby chic” aesthetic. Perhaps we can expect to see more of this look in the coming year, keep your eyes open for more “flea market chic” to come in 2018. Gabby Decor did “Parisian flea market chic” best throughout their showroom in the IHFC Building at High Point.

Distressed and crackled white paint speaks to the “Parisian flea market chic” where shabby is tres chic, in Currey & Company’s HP Showroom.

Gabby Decor light fixture

Gabby Decor showcased many pieces of white crackled and distressed pieces in the essence of “shabby Parisian Flea Market Chic”

Once again, blue was a stand out among the many introductions…primarily because it just feels good and additionally because it works so well with many of the other major players in today’s marketplace, especially with cool-blue whites, with “silvery-frozen sparkle” and gold. Blue velvet is especially nice as it has so many wonderful connections to luxury. The magic combination was in the form of a “Chesterfield” tufted sofa in a luxuriously-plush navy blue velvet, found practically on every floor, this combo has the ideal ability to mix well with an endless list of styles and tastes. To wrap things up in a neat little bow, the magic, whatever the trend was, is made when something finds a home in multiple places and combinations. These are the trends that have staying power, and long shelf life in the sometimes-fickle marketplace.

“Deco-Disco” (“LA Decorator Boyfriend”) trend and “blue velvet” trend together made for a wow factor at Currey & Co.
Design Spectator | November 6, 2017 at 6:12 pm | Categories: Interior Design and More | URL: https://wp.me/pTS7a-RV

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