Today, it’s all about ‘Mix and Match’ – creating an eclectic style that’s all your own! The one trend from Market that was unanimous is that all styles can work together in the same room. We’ve seen a lot of rustic tables alongside contemporary sofas, elegant crystal chandeliers above a rustic dining group, and the marriage of materials that aren’t usually associated with each other – metals and woods with stone or glass, for example. Global influence is still very important – especially when mixed with casual and contemporary pieces. Global can be anything from incorporating an ikat pattern to having overt international hand cut wood pieces.
This is great news for the decorator on a budget! You can choose one strong accent piece that will change an entire room, and create a fresh new feeling in the room. Amelia Ellenstein, VP of Visual Merchandising for Art Van, suggests using accent tables to get “The Look”: “We’ve added great accent tables and a new collection called ‘Passport’ in our stores, with many great pieces that will instantly bring a room to life”. With even $200, you can change a room with a great new table, and vibrant accent pieces from around the world. Don’t be shy – updating your look can be fun and easy!
While in High Point, we couldn’t resist the offer to lie down on the job… on the world’s most expensive mattresses! Hastens of Sweden, founded in 1852, still makes its mattresses by hand using horse hair, cotton and wool. When you lie down on one, it has a noticeable density below you that is very comfortable – but with prices ranging from $18,500 up to $70,000 it’s unlikely most of us will ever know what it’s like to sleep on one! Perhaps we should ask Swedish royalty – King Gustav insisted only on Hästens mattresses!
The Market was dominated by more subtle textiles this season, many giving the appearance of a single color, but up close, revealing a rainbow of color. Think tiny tweeds and herringbones that look solid from afar, and ‘tone on tone’ fabrics that bring more interest to the piece. Texture is also important this year, and can be mixed to create interesting effects. Popular textured fabrics include boucle, chenille, felt and velvets. We saw interesting graphic patterns and shapes in wood furniture design, including geometric cutouts and asymmetrical designs.
Art Van Furniture received a special award at the Spring 2010 International Furniture Market at High Point this week: “America’s Youth Retailer of the Year”. The award was given by Legacy Furniture, one of the leaders in the youth category.
“We have a fantastic assortment of furniture and accessories from ‘Crib to College’! Michigan families are discovering great new ways to make their children’s rooms both fun and functional,” said Melinda Lehman, a Buyer with Art Van. “Youth furniture today is high quality, solid wood in great styles that transition as your child grows.” To see what’s in store today, click here.