High Point Market: Highlights



Rizzy Home
The Arts and Crafts movement was back at Rizzy Home, which debuted Century, a handtufted group of nine designs. The designs are hand drawn, not CAD drawings, to “get the nuance the designer wanted,” said Al Mortensen, director of creative and design. The designs are more traditionally colored for an Arts and Crafts design, “but still very vibrant and fresh,” he said. Customers said that the designs were true to the style but still had an updated feel, and one said the designs had “the best parts of traditional and contemporary mixed in together,” he added. Overall, “the response was very positive.” Shown here in design #CY2872, Century is handtufted of wool in India. rizzyhome.com
Equestrian, shown here in design EQU01, was one of the hits of Nourison’s new Barclay Butera collection at market. Evoking refined English country living, Equestrian is handmade of 100 percent antique leather with felt backing. Other hits included Maze, a group of geometric flatweaves; Oxford, with Butera’s signature stripes in varying widths; and Medley, a modern, hide-hair collection in vivid, over-dyed hues. Partnering with Butera “will open doors for us,” said Julie Rosenblum, brand manager, Nourison. “His name means something to the designer community.” And the line of 32 SKUs in six collections contains “looks we didn’t have in Nourison before.” nourison.com

Millennium Weavers
With a wrought iron look, Tendril, here in crimson, was one of two new designs Millennium Weavers launched in its Arabesque collection, one of its “great selling” lines, said Mike Thompson, vice president, area rug division. Tendril is available in three colors and “adds to the transitional appeal of the collection,” he said. “Dealers like the simplicity of the designs and the colors available  for coordination with the other rugs in each collection.” The company also added three designs to its Millennium collection. millenniumweavers.com

Oriental Weavers
Woven on an Axminster loom, the Ensley collection from Oriental Weavers blends wool yarns with synthetic fibers for a softer hand, as well as easier maintenance and increased durability. A range of 117 variations of trend-forward shades are used for endless color options, including cool mineral gray, teal blue, spicy saffron and warm coriander. Here in design #8021R, the collection includes modern ikat patterns and updated tribal looks. owrugs.com

Capel Rugs
Worldwide influences played a part in the additional designs celebrity designer Genevieve Gorder created for her flatweave collection with Capel. A needlework pattern she saw in Norway led to the Snø design, in three colors and shown here in Peony. Dot takes its inspiration from the subway tiles in the New York transit system, and is in six colors and two sizes of dots. From the Southwest comes the Tribe pattern and from Morocco, Moor, in three and six colors, respectively. In addition, black is a new color throughout the collection. “Genevieve’s new designs were very well received,” said Tami Watras, vice president—product and creative director. “Retailers commented that the designs were unique, even a bit girlie, with unexpected playful pops of color. We had so many new designers and dealers come in requesting the line—it’s exceeded our expectations.” capelrugs.com

High Point Market: Highlights



Lite Source
Living up to its commitment to provide “the largest selection of fashion forward lighting that is always in style,” the company introduced a slew of offerings featuring modern design. A highlight  for the company was Dario (pictured), a contemporary table lamp with chrome metal base, mirror body and black transparent mylar shade. “It’s one of the top sellers for this show,” the company said. “People love the contemporary look of this lamp, and the combination of mirror body and black transparent mylar shade.” lite-source.com

Arteriors Home
For her new collection with Arteriors Home, designer Laura Kirar said she was working on her fabric designs and therefore in a textiles-frame of mind when she created Tassel, shown here. “I wanted to create a simple piece,” and use fewer than three materials, Kirar told HFN. The designer, who is often influenced by her travels, was inspired by handmade antique passementarie trim seen in a grand old hotel in Santiago, Chile for Tassel. Other new items in her collection included Bilbao, a play on the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and its titanium exterior; Ice, made of polished and faceted heavy glass based on an icicle covered street lamp; and Dots, matte white pendants with raised dots.  Tassel is available as a table lamp in black and navy or white, and as a white pendant. arteriorshome.com

Softline Home Fashions
Two new window programs joined the company’s lineup for High Point Market. Presidents Scroll, seen here, is a traditional taffeta with a scroll appliqué. The panels are designed to bring elegance and style to a room. It comes in 11 colors and is available as ready-made panels. It also comes with matching decorative pillows or fabric by the bolt. The other new product, Aprica, presents a linen look that is slightly sheer, which can work either indoors or outdoors. It’s made with Softline’s eco-friendly Guardin technology, which allows the fabric to repel water and not fade from exposure to the sun. It comes in 20 colors, ranging from neutrals that blend with any decor to bright colors intended to bring a dash of color to the room. It’s available in ready-made panels, decorative pillows and fabric by the bolt as well. High Point Market is the latest addition to Softline’s trade-show schedule, which also includes Las Vegas Market and the New York Home Fashions Market. softlineonline.com

More than 300 pieces of bedroom, dining room, entertainment and accent selections made up the debut introductions of HGTV Home at High Point. Each of the four collections—Meadowbrook Manor, Water’s Edge, Woodlands Style and Classic Chic—were designed to fit the lifestyles and life stages of Baby Boomer and Generation X customers. Clever functionality and thoughtful additions are include in items such as multi-purpose shoe rack shelving in chiffarobes and concealed electrical outlets in servers, buffets and bars. The HGTV Home Furniture Collection is produced under license by the Bassett Furniture Company. Pictured is the Diva Devine Sectional, part of the Classic Chic Collection. hgtvfurniture.com

Twin-Star International
Twin-Star added to its branded offerings with Black & Decker portable heaters/fans. As a compact heating solution, the units are designed to deliver quick and consistent warmth. The item heats air using internal coils, then moves throughout the living space.  “It has drawn a lot of attention with its multi-function attributes all encased in a portable size,” the company aid. “It’s an attractive addition to zone heating or cooling that can be brought with you from room to room.” Twin-Star also offers Duraflame- and ClassicFlame-branded items. twinstarhome.com

Lighting company Feiss introduced 54 standalone mirror designs, from bathroom items to home decor. “We haven’t been in mirrors for many years,” said Maria Scutaro, president. “The reaction has been really nice.”  Products include the Pauline mirror, which features white arabesque scroll work on a black background, the Discus design of the traditional sunburst design made of layered wood, the elliptically shaped Johnson mirror, the scalloped edged Scalloped item with hand-applied silver leaf finish, and, shown here, the Melanie mirror. Sharon Paisley, product manager for Feiss portables and mirrors, said she “strived to create pieces that can be combined for an eclectic look, as consumers become more comfortable in mixing styles.” The company also brought 65 new portables to market, including more items made of ceramics and metal. “We haven’t done much before with metals,” said Scutaro. “But we wanted earthy finishes.” feiss.com

Most tours of the giant Lexington showroom at market culminated with a viewing of the Aquarius collection, an eye-popping group of furniture and accent items crafted from a  wide array of materials including polished stainless, faux leather, colored glass, Lucite and exotic veneers. “I thought I’d save the best for last,” said tour-giver Shannon Baugh, Lexington’s marketing manager. Lexington’s goal for Aquarius was to redefine home furnishings as art, and it’s hard to argue with evidence such as the Aria chest (pictured). “Modern design today defies traditional or contemporary stereotypes in favor of a unique and very personal statement of style,” the company said. lexington.com

Interlude Home
Interlude Home mingled teak and cracked resin together for the first time at market, transforming them into the Cairns resin and teak side table (#129008), shown here.  “As the country seems to be moving towards an ‘approachable contemporary’ environment, we wanted to explore mixing organic materials with ones traditionally thought of as strictly contemporary, like resin,” Wendy King Philips, vice president, creative director, Interlude Home/Weiman, told HFN. “The result of this marriage created contemporary organic pieces, all one of kind, which are beautiful but not intimidating.” interludehome.com