2017 SPRING HIGH POINT MARKET TREND ALERT: WHITE PLASTER FINISHES

by Marisa Marcantonio


Matte plaster. It's back! Every few years, this elegant finish makes a comeback. Looking to the enduring French designs of Giacometti, Serge Roche and Jean Michel Frank, and American John Dickinson, who worked in plaster and gesso, designers are bringing back the classic treatment. i spotted many examples of the finish at High Point Market, made of resin, plaster, or a composite material. The effect is understated and chic, and it is one of my favorite finishes. Ahead, some matte white pieces that caught my eye at High Point. 

Bernhardt always has a statement making bed worth swooning over. This market, it was the Arbor Canopy Bed, with a matte plaster finish that resembled faux bois. 

Coordinating Arbor etageres have the same faux bois finish in an apartment-ready scale

Van Collier continues to expand its classic-meets-contemporary offering of linear lighting and accessories in chic matte white plaster finishes. Their hand-crafted steel Marcel torcheres are just the right scale, and uplights are making a comeback. On the accessories front, I am loving the Dirk candlesticks and white footed bowl that they also created a centerpiece out of, the Hamish, with candleholders attached. So fresh and so clean.

Photo courtesy of Currey and Company

Photo courtesy of Currey and Company

This hanging round fixture is the chicest! With a matte gesso white finish on wrought iron and clean lines, the Moondance Orb Chandelier from Currey and Company became a fast favorite of mine.

Photo courtesy of AERIN

Photo courtesy of AERIN

Reminiscent of French decorator Serge Roche, the Benit Wall Washer Sconce by AERIN for Visual Comfort with undulating wavy lines based on the surface of a scallop. The tactile, textured finish in matte white plaster gives it appeal as does the soft glow it casts.

New York interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber launched a big collection with Henredon, filled with distinctly American design classics, unusual unique finishes and his signature bold color combinations. For those that love a great accessory, as I do, you will be pleased to learn he has designed a Bilhuber Moravian star in a matte white resin. These spiky stars were a beloved accessory of Mr. Albert Hadley, and they have an impactful sculptural element to them. I'll take 3 please.

I found these cool orb matte resin accessories at Regina Andrews. They look like they were made with a 3D printer.  These would be a good addition to a coffee table accessorizing moment.

Photo courtesy of Arteriors

Photo courtesy of Arteriors

LA-based designer Windsor Smith designed an oversized urn on a stepped base for Arteriors that launched last market. I love pairing pieces for symmetry, and these Galatea urns would work well flanking a doorway on pedestals. Made from resin, they are bold with a classic feel. Windsor debuted a vast furniture collection with Century this market; stay tuned for more on that soon.