Oct. 28


Under The Radar At High Point: Please Meet The Very Fresh Furnishings From Van Collier Designs, Plus Some Old Favorites

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne.  Bring a group of design bloggers together to explore the world of the High Point Market and it is not surprising that there is some overlap in their blog posts.  

I think it is safe to predict the following:

Out in the blogosphere, you are going to see a lot of the fantasy wonderland that was the Oly Studio Showroom, the bright colors at Hickory Chair and the rocking displays at both Arteriors Home and Bungalow5.  And is there anyone out there who doesn’t adore Bunny Williams and Beeline Home?  I will show you my pics of these places at the end of this post, plus some links where you can see more.

If you want to see something different keep reading right here.  I have a new discovery for you.

Let me introduce you to the beautiful work of Van Collier Designs.  The form of their products is quite unique and, I think, stunning.  These are pieces that can make a room.  And you may not see them in other blog posts.

Take, for example, their Ginkgo collection.  LOVE this console.  The branch shaped legs were inspired by the ginkgo branches that you see in the vase sitting on top of it.  Those came from a 100 year old tree in their back yard. 

These small side tables with tops shaped like ginkgo leaves are gorgeous.

Here are some other pieces in the line (photo above and  3 photos  below from their website). 

Check out the detail in the base of the cocktail table.  A WOW. 

Van Collier also designs furniture using reclaimed tobacco sticks, inspired by the agricultural heritage of eastern North Carolina. All of the wood is from old tobacco barns. 

In the next shot, you see more of this collection.  I think the large pendant lights would look fabulous bunched in a space with a double height ceiling. Don’t miss the console in the back. 

There also is a sconce.  (Photo from their website.)  

I can’t wait until I have the opportunity to use these products in one of my interior design projects.  Click here to learn more about their products and their interior design services.

As for the other showrooms I mentioned at the outset of this post, here are shots that I snapped of them, plus links to my High Point blogger buddies where you can see more.

Oly Studio.  I die for that etagere.  Visit Heather at Habitually Chic for a full tour. 

Hickory Chair was filled with color.  I was especially charmed by the pieces featuring fabric by Hable Construction, and Susan Hable’s artwork had me at hello (on the wall in this photo).  My new friend Ashlina at the Decorista  has some terrific photos of the Hickory Chair showroom. 

I loved the blue, white and metallic color story at Bungalow5.  Drooling over the wallpaper.  Arteriors Home also was packed with goodies.  Erin at Elements of Style has more. 

And if you click here to explore the pinterest boards by the designated High Point Market Style Spotters (and while you are at it, click here to see mine), you will see lots of products from Bunny William’s Beeline Home.

Of course her showspace is divine and her staff incredibly gracious.  Here are some vignettes there, plus one close up of a charming bunny at Bunny’s :-).  (Bunny Williams is now following me on Twitter!  I am honored!) 

Do you sense how exciting it was for me to be at Market?

Except where indicated, all photos by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.

Oct. 27


The Inspiration Behind Award Winning Design

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. My trip to High Point was ramped up and exciting from start to finish. It is going to take me a couple of posts to tell you all about it.

Some of the most thrilling news?

Designers Erica Wingo and Cindy Hall of my High Point sponsor Hooker Furniture Company (HF) won a prestigious Pinnacle Award for 2011, at the High Point Fall Market. The Pinnacle is awarded by the American Society of Furniture Designers for design excellence in the retail home furnishings industry.

Here is their winning design, the Rafferty Console, part of HF’s popular Melange Collection.

The duo are the creative minds behind Melange and I was lucky enough to meet them and learn what inspires their innovative furniture.

Surprisingly, it is anything BUT past furniture styles.

Erica and Cindy explained to me that they look to fashion, textiles, jewelry, art, even housewares when creating new pieces. Developing the collection involved travel to Hong Kong, New York, Dallas and Atlanta.

They joked that when they would duck into a jewelry store during a business trip, their colleagues thought they were goofing off. No, they had to explain, they were working!

Take a peek at some of the other pieces in Melange.

You can readily see an architectural tie-in with their Classique Scroll Chest (a Pinnacle finalist).

This pillow inspired the stripes on the chest that follows.

The women told me that a textile also informed the decoration of this dresser. It reminds me of a strand of pearls.

This shoe, displayed in the showroom, has had an obvious impact on some of the colors and pattern in the collection.

The surprise whimsy of the furniture is delightful. Check out the iridescent finish on this case piece. Now you see it, now you don’t. Cool.

Each piece offers something unique, be it a surprise lining, interesting texture or unusual shape. The color and raised finish of this chest were drawn from a piece of pottery. Note the interesting hardware.

The Melange Collection, and Erica and Cindy, are just plain fun.

The happy winners! Congrats!!

Last 2 photos and the red chest and drawer detail provided by Hooker Furniture. All other photos by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.

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