Category Archives: Trade Show

A Refreshing Visit to High Point Market

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High Point, North Carolina hosts the High Light of my work vacation – the Fall and Spring Furniture Markets. As as interior designer, it is energizing to find the perfect piece for a client’s project. This October’s market was the best in several years – a great come back. (Recession must be over!!) Avant-garde, architecturally designed bookcases, credenzas, and display pieces, creative lamps and chandeliers were inspiring. Area rugs, resembling modern paintings have truly become floor art.

Traditional is still here, but the Mid-Century Modern revival has inspired a new Modern. And color is not disappearing. Thank goodness.

Carolin

American Craft Council 2015: Frank Seckler Gallery

As spring nears, we look forward to gaining inspiration from the unique handcrafted pieces at the American Craft Council show. We pride ourselves on incorporating distinctive details into our designs and especially enjoy supporting American artists when possible, so attending the ACC show has become an annual tradition of ours to scout one-of-a-kind pieces for our projects.  Last Wednesday, the entire Design Exchange team attended the wholesale show opening day in Baltimore.

We had to deviate from our original plans a bit, thanks to the snow the DC area had received the day before, but we weren’t going to miss the ACC show, so we made it work! We started the day at an early morning appointment in Alexandria, followed by a visit to the Washington Design Center for research before finally making the trek to Baltimore. Irina, Carolin, and I were very excited to see what was new at the show this year.

The first change was that the show had been moved to a different part of the convention center, which took a bit of wandering to finally find! Once we found it though, we were ready! We started walking through the booths, looking for the home accessories area, when we stumbled upon a booth that just wowed us.

Frank Seckler Booth

Frank Seckler’s booth (Frank Seckler Gallery) caught all of our eyes. Our first impression of the booth was from the side, which was adorned by three mirrors (as seen in the picture above). As we rounded the entrance, we saw that the mirrors were just the tip of the iceberg. The booth displayed accent tables, coffee tables, console tables, and other art. Carolin immediately struck up a conversation with the artist, Frank, who showed us his portfolio, which included quite a few additional furniture pieces, mirror shapes, and assorted custom projects! Frank’s gallery is located in Taos, New Mexico and he specializes in metal.

Here are just a few pieces from Frank’s booth that caught our attention.

Frank Seckler Table 1

Frank Seckler Table 2

Frank Seckler Table 3

 

Let us know if you’re interested in learning more about Frank’s work or if you’d like to incorporate one of his pieces into a project of your own.

Kayla

 

 

 

Congratulations and Applause

It is imperative to us that the furnishings we provide for our clients are excellent quality and beautiful. We rely on our vendors for top notch service, fresh, innovative design, and protection of the environment. There are still family owned and operated businesses that are high on our list. It is no surprise that one of these manufacturers, Century Furniture, is once again on the list of Pinnacle Awards Finalists.

This is the 19th year of the American Society of Furniture Designers annual competition. Finalists were announced during the Las Vegas Market and the winners will be presented with their awards on October 20th during the High Point Furniture Market.
Century is a finalist in FOUR categories:

– Major Collections: Mesa Collection by Chris Bergelin and Thad Bergelin

Mesa Collection

– Occasional Tables: Links Cocktail Table by Pride Sasser

Links Cocktail Table

– Stationary Upholstery: Beaufort Bamboo Chair & Ottoman by Charlotte Moss

Beaufort Bamboo Chair & Ottoman

– Lighting: Parisian Table Lamp by Pride Sasser, Grand Tour Collection

Parisian Table Lamp

I wonder if those Century finalists will arrive at the brand new Century Showroom due to open on October 1st in Washington, DC!

Carvers’ Guild, a favorite for mirrors, is also a finalist.
– Tempo 1 Contemporary Collection, by Carol Canner

Tempo I

 

 Carolin

PS I am looking forward to my visit to the High Point Furniture Market to see all the newest and best. October 18-23

An Unusual and Beautiful Pedicure – Limited Edition Color

Yes, I have already written about the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014, Radiant Orchid. In case you don’t remember there is another one. Sherwin-Williams Paint named Exclusive Plum (SW6263) the 2014 Color of the Year. Recently, our SW representative, Amanda L. Adams visited our studio and dropped off gifts of their custom, SWP Cover the Earth nail polish in that same beautiful hue.

Yesterday afternoon, as I relaxed comfortably in the massage chair at Alexandre de Paris in Fairfax, Virginia, Sophie painted my toes with that elegant Exclusive Plum that will probably complement the many shades of purple in my wardrobe!

Talk about marketing, Sherwin Williams was also offering free manicures with Exclusive Plum last week in Chicago at NeoCon, the annual trade show for commercial furnishings. I wish there had been time in my schedule that day to take advantage of that.

Hope your day is full of beautiful color.

Carolin      (Sometimes known as the Purple Lady)

Sorry for the Absence!

We’re extremely sorry for the absence. Things have been very crazy since High Point Market and getting back into the swing of things here in the office. While we prepare some more in depth posts on this year’s spring market, we will post a few highlights.

Today’s highlight: Decorative lamp shades!

So many of the lamps showcased in various showrooms, had a unique twist to shades this year. Patterns on the fabric, enhancements (gems, beads, etc), and so much more! It was fun to see how many showrooms had them. Here are just a few to enjoy.  🙂

High Point 2014 Spring 429(Group from Dimond Lighting)

High Point 2014 Spring 456

(From Dimond Lighting)

High Point 2014 Spring 1613

(From Cyan Design)

Kayla

High Point is 10 Days Away!

Preparing for Market can be quite the task, but it’s something that Carolin and I look forward to twice a year.

The Hotel room has been booked and confirmed, so now the fun can begin!  High Point Market sends out several books as a Market Preview. These include the showrooms that are participating in Market, provides a glance into the various new products and vendors, and even various networking and educational events. We scour the pages looking for anything that catches our eyes. Sometimes we spot items for a specific project or client, but sometimes it’s something that we have to see and keep in mind for future projects. There are many lines that we love to visit to see their showrooms and new additions at each market, but we’ve also found many new resources at Market that we may never have seen otherwise.

It’s true the internet has become a huge help in business and life, but there are things that just have to be seen in person, and for us that’s much of the items you put in your home and office. Fabrics, colors, textures, quality are all very important, but impossible to see on a screen. You may get a good idea, but there’s nothing like seeing the real thing. High Point Market and other trade shows give us this opportunity. It gives us confidence in pursuing something for a client, even if it’s a new vendor.

Kayla

Spring: In the Air and On our Minds!

Hard to believe that it’s just about time for the High Point Spring Furniture Market! This year is just flying by! In a little over three weeks, I will be heading down to High Point, lists of specific showrooms and building maps in hand. It’s been a year and a half since I was last at the High Point Market, and I’m anxious to get down there to see what’s new.

I will be scouting products for several of our projects, but it’s always excited and fun to see the newest creations and designs from each manufacturer. I’m very hopeful that the lighting manufacturers have gone to their drawing boards and will have fabulous out-of-the-box designs implementing the use of LEDs. For furniture, I’ll be looking for which companies have something that just blows me away and I can’t wait to share with a client or that will inspire a brand new project. It’s also fun to see if there is a common thread between showrooms. Sometimes it’s a unique or fascinating material. It can even be color – and it isn’t always the color of the year!

This year, I’m thrilled to share some of my findings from High Point with our readers and followers! Is there anything on your list that I might find for you?

Kayla

Our Just Rewards

Interior Designers work harder than most people realize, and much of that work involves time on the computer making sure that every detail for every order is just right. The parts that we enjoy include working with our clients and researching the perfect furnishings and accessories to enhance their environments.

This week, as part of our job description, we needed to make the trip to the Baltimore Convention center for the annual American Craft Council Show. Okay, I confess we wanted to go even more than we needed to go. This is one of our Rewards. Artisans from all over the country come every year to share their finest work. And every year, we are awed by the beauty and originality of their work.

We focus on the artists who feature items for residential and commercial interiors. We collected information from many of the participants.

The first that captured our attention was Kinzig Design from Pennsylvania. Karen’s hand blown glass lamps are dazzling. The shades are artistically shaped and custom made for each style. The colors and textures are beautiful. We are confident that we found the perfect lamps for a client’s master bedroom!

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Sabra Richards has created stunning furnishings, art and sculptures of steel and kiln formed glass. The shapes and balance of her pieces is amazing. She has an incredible sense of color and texture. I fell in love with two of her console tables.

Symphony

Can you imagine art hanging on a wall that is made of clay? Rick Epstein can. Take a look at his work on Clayworks. He creates gorgeous landscapes by grouping a series of tiles of clay to enhance an entire wall. The texture and dimension of his birch trees is amazing. When hung near a window, sunlight actually creates shadow in the wooded path. True genius!

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What a beautiful day!

Carolin