by Marisa Marcantonio

Sweeping lines and curvilinear details  are helping to redefine the side chair. Working with positive and negative space, silhouettes are becoming more important. Often referred to as "personality pieces," these chairs provide an interesting place to perch that adds exciting detail to a room scheme. Curves lead your eye around a piece, allowing the attributes of the chair become the star. As always, comfort is key, so curvy must provide the addition of personality as well as the invitation to stay awhile. Here are the High Point Market finds that bring sexy back.

A new dining chair from Drexel Heritage has tailored tufting on it's curvacious back.  Clean lines and comfort converge.

Taking the wing chair and adapting it, this Drexel Heritage chair with a lower back still envelops the sitter.

Century had fun with a cut-out wood framed back here, calling upon classic Chinoiserie fretwork details for  a geometric element. Their Chin Hua collection was one of the high points at market.

Like an early American antique modernized in metal, Zentique fuses Klismos with classic. You may want too add a cushion to the burlap seat.

Bringing the arms of the classic Klismos chair around for a wider embrace, this Noir perch would make for  a great desk chair in a study.

I love this  Chinese chair from Century with it's low profile and crisp white finish, it looks fresh and exciting even though the inspiration is centuries old.

Phoebe and Jim Howard's foray into furniture was big this past market with their new launch, Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture. A neo wing chair they did with Sherrill has a low roll arm and curvy yet less wrapped sides.

Another Klismos! Hey, if it's been around this long, you know the silhouette works. What is nice about this chair is it has a low back so it works pulled up to a dining table or along the walls when not in use. An upholstered seat and back make it comfortable.

With a back that follows the curves of a wooden Chippendale chair, this version from Mrs. Howard for Sherrill is upholstered, again, for cozy purposes. A carved wooden leg has just enough decorative detail.

Bunny Williams' Beeline Home just came out with a curvy-backed tufted and upholstered side chair too, and the scale of it is just perfect. Not to mention the raspberry linen upholstery and white frame! Sold!

A great chair for a living room seating arrangement, Lee's upholstered armchair with tight back and lose seat is reminiscent of a classic French bergere with a comfortable pitch.

A straight back and cut corners on Lexington Home Brand's wood framed chair with tight back and lose seat is another winner. The back cuts in and the seat has a barrel shape that supports a nice, thick cushion.

Mixing highly polished wood, chrome and leather, Lexington Home Brands new side chair has deco sensibilities with Mad Men-allure.

Geometric cut-outs form octagonal and square patterns on the back of Palacek's white bamboo chair. Florida residents, you need these for your game tables!

I have a thing for upholstered legs. Michelle Nussbaumer did them so well in her Greystone Maison de Luxe Showhouse chairs, and here they are again. They provide an unbroken line that does not detract from the form. A softly sloping back give this chair from Hickory Chair just the right amount of detail and the padded arm is just wide enough. 

If you are channeling great vintage finds, and who isn't these days, then you too will find this modified woven wicker Peacock chair from Palacek amazing.   

Upholstered with cut out arms, Gabby's vintage-inspired chair can transition from a desk to a seating area in no time.  If you are working with a small space, this is the multi tasker for you.

This chair just has so much to add to the conversation with personality plus. Shrinking the wing chair down using its best attributes, Julian Chichester added tufting and nail head trim along with a tapered bobbin leg to make it fun fun fun.

Turning the settee silhouette on its head, Mr. Brown just launched a sexy, tailored high - backed piece with arms that rise out of the seat. 

Low and lean with a tight seat and back, this Mr. Brown wing chair is a little bit Jetsons, a little bit Brit bad boy. All curves, it borrows the tapered wood leg from mid century while being distinctly of this day and age.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Taking to the showrooms at this year's spring High Point Furniture Market, color was in the air. Everywhere I turned, blues, greens and multicolored prints dominated. I saw unique silhouettes, in addition to well-scaled pieces and light wood finishes. Comfort was key, and personality pieces reigned supreme. My trip was made possible by Lexington Home Brands, my High Point Market sponsor. Here is a first look at what caught my still-tired eyes.

Zingy bunching tables with a Greek-key silhouette in lime green lacquer from Century

Mixing lime green leather and lucite, a generous tufted ottoman adds extra seating and a place to put your feet up

A sleek mid century modern chest with brass linear pulls from Lexington Home Brands is great for urban dwellers

Ooh lala orange

Century Furniture incorporated a faux malachite finish and lucite into a vintage-inspired side table

Small, hand-painted geometric patterns in prints from Natural Curiosities

A melange of patchworked Indian textiles on a classic tufted sofa with small roll arm from Lee Industries makes a trad form young and fresh

A joyous Lee Jofa oversized floral print on a shelter chair from Lilly Furniture

A fire engine red hanging light from Currey and Company would look great over a kitchen island

A French blue armchair from Beeline Home has strong lines

Showing off a new Hable Construction fabric, Hickory Chair's cut corner chair with an upholstered leg is a new favorite of mine

A classic curved back bergere with an aged wood frame in a bold yellow fabric at Zentique

A bold red zigzag flat weave carpet from Surya designed by Jill Rosenwald

Small drinks tables in shiny lacquers from Beeline in Skittles colors

A glam red lacquer table with a curved leg and sides from Beeline has scroll detailing

Need storage? A red lacquer cabinet with endless drawers, cool brass pulls and feet from Lexington Home Brands

Got a hankering for geometrics? Lexington Home Brands Bunching Cubes with inside storage accessed through a swinging door

Transform an elegant and traditional tight seat with a bold ikat fabric as Hickory Chair did. It may be bold, but it certainly isn't boring

Dransfield and Ross bring their genius sensibility for color and design to Tozai. This market, their framed color palettes hung in a grid were amazing

A persimmon fabric and light wood frame on a new tufted Beeline dining chair has English refinement and a nice scale

Mango fabric and a spirited trim make this pillowy slipper chair from Lee Industries a cushioned cutie

Going dotty at Arteriors with a teal glass lamp

A blue and metalicized lamp from Mr. Brown has a bubbly personality

Light up the room with Oomph's new brightly painted lanterns