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

Reminiscent of Jackson Pollock's iconic, out sized drip paintings, a new crop of painterly inspiration is emerging.  The abstract surface pattern, trending on fabrics as well as ceramics, is appreciated as much for its randomness as it is for its hand - created feel. Adding an energetic zing, splatter can kick it up a notch when pattern is called for.

Pierre Frey's Leo, named after the large scale canvas painter captures the artist's hand with slashes and drops of paint.

There is also a striking black and white combination that prefer the strong contrast.

A ceramic dish from Mrs. Howard has spatter, brushstrokes and dashes.

Beeline Home's newest lamp, The Spatter, with splashy blue glazes covering the entire white ceramic form.

Dransfield and Ross debited their new Tozai Home collection at High Point that featured a classic Louis Chair covered in a mad splash of black and white splatter paint. The natural cotton fabric the paint is applied to looks just like a Pollock canvas.

Bunching cubes also get the paint treatment.

Vaughan Design took the classic amphora shape of the Aegina Vase and added a dynamic spatter and brushstroke glaze to the ceramic lamp.

Providing a casual rustic feel, porcelain coated enamel pieces in spatterware from Crow Canyon are popular for picnics. 


by Marisa Marcantonio

One of the most gratifying aspects of creating product collections for a designer is seeing everything cross merchandised together, beautifully.  This is not always the case, as products are often dispersed hither and yon into the marketplace, without properly telling the design story that holds it together. In the case of Bunny Williams, whose  Beeline furniture, accessories and mirror lines are displayed en suite at her recently-launched   pop-up shop, her design collection DNA is pure.  The beloved New York City -based interior designer with Parish Hadley roots went about creating her own heirloom-quality personality pieces in a renegade way.  By collecting antiques, getting inspired by global buying  jaunts  and the need for specific pieces she could not find for clients, she did it on her own, which allowed for total creative freedom.  Her designs have her  specific point  of view, and also problem solve.  Some of the best sellers include drinks tables and handmade glazed porcelain lamps. Arranged like a lived-in home, located at 306 East 61st Street, from May 1 though the 11th, the shop looks move-in ready. Warm touches like throws and fresh arranged flowers make it a delight. Rounded out with accessories and tabletop from her retail and now online  shop, Treillage, it is worth popping over to see Bunny's bevy.


by Marisa Marcantonio

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Nantucket Red doors painted in a custom Lucas Studio color for Portola Paints look sharp! A custom sized zinc Cosy pendant in a red powder coat finish was designed by Michael Amato for Urban Electric (it launches early January 2012) hangs above the front doors.

Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat are design partners in Lucas Studio and Harbinger, their home furnishings and accessories store. They outgrew their charming Almont Yard digs and have migrated nearby to a new home, at 752 N. La Cienega Blvd. in West Hollywood. Here is peek at their shop, a true destination for interior designers, gift seekers and stylish and savvy. A well-edited mix of antique and vintage finds, small batch imports and an array of the best boutique wallpaper and fabric vendors set Harbinger apart. They carry top notch special lines from Katie Ridder fabrics and wallpapers, Italian Idarica Gazzoni's exotic prints, John Stefanidis prints charming, Pintura Studio, Prints Etc, Sister Parrish, to Holland and Sherry and more.


A Colleen and Company Blue Tortoise Coffee Table anchors a seating area with their neo-wing chair, Swedish and floral four panel folding screen.

The eclectic mix of styles makes the thrill of discovery a shopping adventure. Their Plaisir Relax Chair with a white frame sits to the left in a Prints Etc. fabric.

The custom Vreeland Settee in a small geo for big style. The small rolled arm is a classic yet contemporary touch.

A pair of Oslo painted armchairs in front of the Walnut bed made up in Hillary Thomas bedding.

The armchair is upholstered coordinated pale green fabric and green frame can be done in COM like most of their custom pieces.

A work table where samples can be mixed and matched with a plaster chandelier hanging above. A fancy silhouette is taken to a casual place with the finish treatment- chic!

Fine thin walled porcelain tabletop with color-lined teacups adds an artisanal, handmade allure.

Get to work! The work table in a dark wood doubles as a desk for display and productivity. The Large Oak Bamboo Chair in a bright pomegranate fabric adds some zing. Low bowls with a wash of color inside provide an unexpected color surprise.

The Harbinger-designed Oyster Bay Console Table in the window with plaster and ceramic watering cans from Italy and a swirled Brushstoke Lamp from Beeline Home. A Katie Ridder on the wall ties the lamp to the palette.

Their Antwerp Sofa with channel tufted back and tight seat done in a deep apricot velvet.

A super chic four poster bed dons bed custom embroidered hangings of Holland and Sherry fabrics.

Striking and graphic, these black and white bowls are handmade in Italy.

Beeline Home has a new home in Harbinger. Their wood-framed armchair is covered in a geometric fabric from Idarica Gazzoni.

A Beeline Home Chair flanks a seating arrangement.

Boldly hued fabrics from Amanda Nisbet light up the fabric area. Displayed on easy access hangers, full widths make viewing a snap.