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Refined. Textural. Simple. Crafted. Strong. If asked to describe High Point’s trends for early to mid 2014, those are some of the first words that come to mind. They may seem to fight with or contradict one another, and there were certainly divergent styles and messages shared, but two or more of those words can essentially be applied across the board.

Beauty and the Beast

Hides, skins, horns, feathers – whether real or replicated, they all made their mark. Tables, chests, consoles and lamp bases were wrapped in skins and hides, both natural and dyed, adding a great textural element. Animal-inspired prints also appeared in textiles, more often than not in bright colors.

1011501.largeNatural Order

Keeping with the nature theme, wood appears more “raw.” More natural edge finishes, lots of graining, and even highlighting knots and imperfections beneath simple stains and finishes. Stools and side tables shaped as tree stumps, both in natural hues or highlighted with metallic effect. Branches and twigs accent lights and cabinets. Driftwood-like items were also abundant, some having been legitimately formed by nature; other pieces were man-made composites.

Golden Glow

Perhaps taking the lead from the autumnal changes, there was a notable shift to warmer metals – a glow of brushed, polished and antique gold and brass tones. It was almost unexpected after the long dominance of chrome and nickel. There were the expected touches, being featured as table legs, hardware and gracing accessories of all kinds. But there were also a lot of textiles with an underlying iridescence that mimicked that golden glow. Note that mixed metals are still occurring, as well.

Embellish Me

Styles were relatively simple in shape, but there seemed to be a renewed focus on craftsmanship. It is the small details that made the difference. Unique and unexpected knobs or handles on storage units and cabinets of all kinds. Nailhead styling, particularly on chests of drawers, where they were used to create intricate patterns, was prevalent. Tufting, in some cases to the extreme, used to create an almost quilted look, equally graced traditional and contemporary styles. The addition of trim or moulding elevated simple dressers to the next level. Simple shape + great detail = strong statement.

91181scene1The New Geometry

Shapes, to some extent, play into the detail. Most were simplistic and repetitive. There were the standard honeycombs and hexagons, keys and quatrefoils; straight lines following an expected path. But there were also the rhomboids which, while still linear, were also more free flowing and random, often creating great depth and dimension.

With this Ring

Before you ask, no, circles never really “left” to have a comeback to make, but rings do not need to be a perfect circle. Rings made a striking impact, playing out in the natural through such means as the rings of a tree or the stunningly beautiful layers of agates. In other cases, the rings were more orbital, again returning to the creation of layers and depth. It’s a softer look than those embraced by The New Geometry, but an equally strong statement nonetheless.

by:  Christina Mogk