Highpoint Market 2022 Highlights and Emerging Trends for 2023 |
I had heard a lot about Highpoint Market before flying out last week, but nothing could have prepared me for its sheer scale. I took part in Paris Deco Off and the Salone di Mobile in Milan during Homes & Gardens, and both are amazing. But Highpoint Market is something else.
First there is the size. Then there is the size of the brand’s showrooms: 20,000 feet? Not unusual. Only in America! Then there are the people. I was told to expect a warm Southern welcome, and I was not disappointed, even though I met incredibly friendly, engaged, and fascinating people from across the United States and around the world. If you were one of them, stay in touch.
I was there to meet interior designers, to see what some of the best brands in the world were launching for 2023 (after all, those will dictate interior design trends for the next 12 months), and to get the message across that although we are a UK magazine brand, Homes & Gardens‘ is aimed primarily at the American reader (millions a month, in fact) – although we also appreciate our millions of monthly readers from Britain and the rest of the world.
There I hosted a British high tea at Currey & Co. (opens in a new tab)attended a dinner party and (ahem, karaoke) hosted by Kravet (opens in a new tab) and Mabley manager (opens in a new tab)joined a roundtable organized by Currey & Co and moderated by Gary Inman (opens in a new tab)and organized a garden party at Eichholtz (opens in a new tab). And in the meantime, I had appointment after appointment with brands and interior designers both familiar and new to me. I will post the highlights on Homes & Gardens‘ Instagram once I had the chance to sift through the hundreds of photos I took. But in the meantime, I’m sitting on a plane with spotty WiFi and lots of time to write, so I thought I’d share the recurring trends I spotted at Highpoint Market 2022 (opens in a new tab)so you know what to expect in 2023. Pardon the lack of professional photos – most were taken at high speed while there was a void in the crowd.
Highpoint Market 2022 Trend Update
Listed in no particular order, these are the materials, shapes, colors and themes that emerge from this year into the next.
1. “Emotional support” furniture
Bouclé and velor as upholstery materials are still very present, but there is a clear evolution towards two new looks/finishes. The first is the one who creates what I call “emotional support” furniture. Essentially, the padding looks and feels like the back of a lamb. Or that of a poodle. Or that of a long-haired cat. Either way, settle into one of these chairs and you’ll find yourself unable to stop stroking the upholstery. It’s incredibly relaxing and welcoming. And the effect is just as soothing as petting your pet. It’s pure happiness. Eichholtz’s hold is illustrated, and Bernhardt (opens in a new tab) had many of these pieces, but many contemporary brands also had their own versions.
2. Tweed Upholstery
It wasn’t too long ago that furniture was covered in elegant tweed-look upholstery, but it’s definitely back – last seen yesterday in Eichholtz. Earnings? Tweed typically has three to four neutral colors woven together, so it will fit right in with any bolder style. Color schemeor bring a touch of texture to neutral rooms.
3. “Proof of hand” and know-how
They are not necessarily exactly the same thing. Stickley (opens in a new tab) naturally took care to show me the traditional methods and craftsmanship that went into making their furniture, as did some of the smaller brands I discovered, whose craftsmen are based in the US and Europe, India , Africa and the Far East. .
However, there is a real demand and wider desire for what is called “proof of hand” (I think it was coined by Christiane Lemieux of Lemieux and Co. (opens in a new tab)who showed me his collections for Global views (opens in a new tab) (above) and Visual comfort (opens in a new tab)). This means pieces, which may or may not be mass market, but are hand finished or at least look hand finished. And it’s no surprise – whether they’re handmade one-offs, limited editions, or mainstream pieces, they lend homes a personalized and individual appeal.
5. Calculated inconsistencies that tell a story
I attribute this phrase – which talks about “proof of hand” and is often applied in the same way as “calculated vintage” (below) to give a new piece an old or unique look – to Lance in Jaipur, too , although he was not the only one to mention it. In fact, when I met Eddie Maestri from Maestri Studios (opens in a new tab) from Texas, we discussed it – and how thrilled he was with a recent eBay purchase of an Italian table that had the tiniest chip on it. “I’m happy with the chip, it shows the table has a story behind it,” he said, or at least I paraphrase.
6. Calculated vintage
This trend has come up again and again, and it brings up the theme of “hand proof” and the desire for authenticity that I mentioned above. I have to give credit to Lance Trachier, creative director at Living in Jaipur (opens in a new tab) for this wording. During the fascinating tour of the showroom, he explained how quirky vintage rugs might be at the top of everyone’s wish list, but are often bought for the show, with fewer look-alikes. expensive and much more practical reserved for less seen or heavily used parts beyond. – think kitchen, playroom and bedroom, where you might not want to spend your budget on a delicate handmade piece. The ‘calculated’ part of the ‘vintage’? Designs and patterns mimic the originals, often through hand-applied aging so that a brand new rug can look as good as the old one.
6. Pseudo neutrals
Let’s talk color trends. Furnishings and decorate with neutrals is no longer what it used to be because neutrals no longer have a limited range: now everything from dusky pink to purple gray is used as a background neutral. This was evident in Mabley Handler’s roses for Kravet until Fabricut (opens in a new tab)from the Liberty range of fabrics to make rooms richer, warmer and fuller of character.
Monochrome color schemes came out, according to many brands and designers I spoke to. Whether you opt for the cheerful colors and prints shown by Thibault (opens in a new tab) and Scot Meacham Wood House (opens in a new tab)the fabulously colored furniture of Julien Chichester (opens in a new tab)or use pseudo-neutrals to add layers of color, it’s all about variety.
8. Art Deco reinvented
Particularly visible in the lighting of Hudson Lighting Group (opens in a new tab) and Artillery (opens in a new tab)the buffet at Century (opens in a new tab) and Bernhardt (above), and the house bars I saw everywhere, Art Deco Decor is back. Its echoes are found particularly in the circles and the geometry of the facades of the sideboards, in the smoked glass of the lampshades and coffee tables, in the luminous silhouettes, even in the juxtaposition of the ubiquitous sofas and curved armchairs and the rectangular carpets and angular coffee tables.
9. Mixed materials
This furniture trend It’s been around for a while, but it’s in full force, seen in lights that are a combination of alabaster and glowing aluminum on the inside; in furniture made of ebonized wood, steel and bouclé, and in coffee tables that incorporate wood, metal and natural stone in their composition.
11. Modern Fantasy
Thank you Christiane Lemieux of Lemieux et Cie for this one. I hardly know how to describe it – Christiane can probably correct me. The closest I can get is that this is a contemporary aesthetic that left behind that cold, sleek minimalism and incorporated much of what I talked about above: “the obviousness of the hand”, intriguing combinations of materials, a determined individuality and eye. capture shapes and textures. Above you can see it applied in its range for Previous (opens in a new tab).
“Buy well, buy once” is a recurring theme that connects us directly to the craftsmanship I talked about above. Interior designers say their clients are much more interested in the provenance and processes involved in the materials and parts they seek, and this carries over to the brands and production processes in which they invest. I think brands need to talk more about sustainability – we should all know everything there is to know about what we write, promote, sell and buy.
12. The cut-out club chair – that swivels!
You will have to forgive me. I was born and raised in Britain and as far as I know you can’t buy a swivel chair on the high streets of the UK. I think it’s probably because our homes and rooms tend to be smaller, so our furniture is often pushed back against the walls, so no need or use of a swivel. With the advent of open plan living spaces and multi-purpose rooms, that will change. Especially since, Arteriors told me, they sell swivels in the UK, so other brands must do too. The best are the ones that are misleading and don’t seem to rotate, are incredibly comfortable (to be honest, I’ve walked so much they were all dreamily welcoming), and have a figure fabulous. For me, it’s the cut-out swivel club chair, and there are models made for the outdoors. Outrageously stylish for sunny afternoons.
It is obvious, for me, to finish. It was a hot topic at the roundtable for Currey & Co, and I had a fascinating conversation with an interior designer, lifestyle and wellness expert. Joshua Smith (opens in a new tab) on how he integrates it into his work. Well-being, of course, goes beyond the yoga mat, the spa bathroom and the perfectly organized bedroom. It is also about choosing colors, shapes and materials that please our eyes and soothe us to the touch, creating pieces and finding pieces that are unique to each of us and that tell a story, and sourcing materials and furnishings that do as little harm to the planet as possible, so that our homes are more than just well-presented centerpieces, but also truly personalized havens.