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New Design Trends: High Point Furniture Market Fall 2015

December 8, 2015 1:55 pm    Posted by NECarl    off


Note: The following post was written by Sara Babinski, Design Manager for laminate and hardwood flooring, about her experience at the High Point Furniture Market, the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world. Held in North Carolina, this trade show features more than 2000 exhibitors and tens of thousands of new products in the home furnishing and décor industry.


As the design manager for Armstrong hardwood and laminate, I love going to these types of industry events. At this particular show, I was on the prowl for new and unique use of texture, color, or materials. It’s shows and events like this that enable me to bring inspiration and current trends to our flooring designs.


One of my first stops was to a “hidden gem” highlighted in the High Point Newspaper: Madcap Cottage, located at 128 Church Street, High Point, NC and owned by Jochn Loecke and Jason Oliver. One of more than 180 buildings featured in the show, it is a must see of eclectic everything! And, it also features Armstrong Architectural Remnants laminate on their well-traveled floor. I was stunned at the results of the Woodland Reclaim flooring and noted that this look and theme of reclamation was a common aesthetic and lifestyle direction in the show.

Madcap Cottage, featuring Woodland Reclaim laminate flooring.

Madcap Cottage, featuring Woodland Reclaim laminate flooring.


Another theme that stood out to me was that of heritage and authenticity. Taking inspiration from the past by using color and artificially ageing wood helps create a juxtaposition of vintage and modern – a fresh approach for interior design. Many of the historic, refurbished buildings used for the furniture market are the perfect backdrop for this current design trend.


For home décor accents and accessories, we saw a similar theme. The company “What I C 2” had a beautiful offering of teak roots combined with hand blown glass vases. Indonesian teams go into teak plantations and gather the waste from government controlled forests. The abandoned roots become a work of useable art. They look like giant aqua bubbles floating on organic wood formations – just beautiful!


Indonesian teak roots with hand-blown glass vases.

Indonesian teak roots with hand-blown glass vases.


Textures have come to the forefront of interior design and this show was no exception. Textural elements like: shagreen, linen, and painted raffia/grass clothes were everywhere, often combined with wood. Squares of ash burl created interesting table tops; as did the unexpected look of what I thought was stone or marble – which turned out to be goat skin! Not a commonly used medium, to be sure, but beautiful nonetheless.

Goat skin - a surprising use of an interesting texture.

Goat skin – a surprising use of an interesting texture.


Style Spotters took us into Bernhardt Interiors, which was style driven and eclectic. There was a lot of layering of black and brown from fabrics to leather. The looks were “collected” and a bit eclectic with nothing too “matchy-matchy” like it has been in the past. There was a reptile-skin dresser, inspired by a jewelry box! Many furniture pieces featured clear acrylic, the bling of chrome or silver and custom hardware – for reflectivity and added brightness in a room.

Using metal for design and reflection.

Using metal for design and reflection.


Thanks, Sara, for sharing this insider look at the world of home décor and fashion! We look forward to hearing more about 2016 trends from you later this year.