Apr. 11

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Portiere

by Lynn Byrne

According to Alexa Hampton: "Everyone loves a portiere."

As Alexa Hampton said to me while I was in High Point earlier this week : “Everyone loves a portiere.”

” If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk”

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.”- Socrates

PORTIERE: (Rhymes with affair).  Derived from the French word for door,  or “porte”, a portiere is a curtain that hangs over a door or over a doorless entry to another room. They were quite common in wealthier households during the Victorian era both for decoration and to keep out drafts.

Victorian portiere

Victorian portiere

Portieres  when used today, are not as overwrought as they were in the Victorian era and can be quite elegant.

Photograph by Erica George Dines

Photograph by Erica George Dines

 Designer Scott Yetman

Designer Scott Yetman

fe928ab9e78aedb5c1f650967fd67b36A portiere also can be done more casually.

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Designed by Kathryn Ireland

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Here the portieres are being used to define spaces,  In the photo below, you can see another one in the rear.

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This portiere frames a reading nook.

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These portieres are being used to create privacy, when needed.

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To take the portiere full circle, here is another set designed by Alexa Hampton from her book  Decorating in Detail, showing how plain portieres can be–it doesn’t have to be all swags and trim.

Designed by Alexa Hampton

Designed by Alexa Hampton

A portiere is a useful tool in the designer’s shed.

Photo credits: Portiere designed by Alexa Hampton for her space at Hickory Chair during the Spring 2014 High Point Market, photo by Lynn Byrne. Victorian Portiere via Old House Interiors Oct. -Nov. 2003.  Yellow pattern portiere.  Front door curtain  Scott Yetman  pink portiere  casual portiere  master bedroom portiere.

Apr. 10

 

5 Top Trends at Spring 2014 High Point Market

by Lynn Byrne

spring high point chinoiserie flowers at crlaine1. Chinoiserie was HUGE!

Chinoiserie at CR Laine

Chinoiserie at CR Laine

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Surya expressed chinoiserie in pillows

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Chinoiserie at Global Views

 

Chinoiserie at Hooker Furniture Company

Chinoiserie at Hooker Furniture Company

2. The COLOR STORY was predominately TOMATO RED and NAVY.

Alexa Hampton combined the hues in her space at Hickory Chair.

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Navy and tomato red color story in Alexa Hampton’s space at Hickory Chair

Navy blue at CR Laine

Navy blue at CR Laine

Red at Global Views

Red at Global Views

Pantone’s color of the year, radiant orchid, was not a centerpiece.  One of the few places I saw it featured was at the CR Laine Showroom, where it packed a wallop due to the fantastic wallpaper by Traci Hiner.

At CR Laine with wallpaper by Traci HIner

At CR Laine with wallpaper by Traci Hiner

CR Laine also featured radiant orchid in a floral vignette.

Radiant orchid at CR Laine

Radiant orchid at CR Laine

3. Brass remains BIG!

Brass at Bernhardt

Brass at Bernhardt

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More brass at Bernhardt

Hooker Furniture Company

Hooker Furniture Company.

4. There was a playful use of form resulting in an Op Art effect.

Nesting tables at Made Goods with Op Art effect

Nesting tables at Made Goods with Op Art effect

Op art credenza at Bernhardt

Op art credenza at Bernhardt

Chair with an op art back by Art Max

Chair with an op art back by Art Max

5. Campaign style furniture, as I just said a few posts back, is very much in vogue.

Campaign style desk by Suzanne Kassler for Hickory Chair

Campaign style desk by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

Campaign style side table at Bungalow 5

Campaign style side table at Bungalow 5

Another campaign style desk-this one at Selamat

Another campaign style desk-this one at Selamat

There is more High Point coverage to come, including a new sexy chic furniture line that I just discovered and a solo exhibition for a surprising new artist.

All photos copyright Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.  Links to the furniture lines featured: CR Laine, Bernhardt, Hooker Furniture Company, Hickory Chair,  Global Views, Selamat, Made Goods, Bungalow 5 , Art Max and Surya.

 

 

 

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