FALL 2012 HIGH POINT MARKET ROUND UP: 15 SMALL OTTOMANS WITH BIG APPEAL

by Marisa Marcantonio

Whether it has an x-base or is fully upholstered, small benches and ottomans are a great addition to the end of a bed or in seating arrangements. Providing an extra perch or a place for a bag or throw, they serve a smart dual function role. Small pieces were aplenty at High Point Market, and here is a round up of some favorite pairs for bunching  and to use stand-alone pieces.

A pair of white Consulate x-base benches in turquoise upholstery at Century Furniture.

Slatted x-base Rockwell benches at Century that feel very Spanish in derivation.

Century's upholstered Canter Ottoman with nail head trim and tapered leg.

A diminutive low footstool at Hickory Chair.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard from Sherrill has these cut corner upholstered benches with cushioned tops and storage inside. All I could think of is that they would make the best dog beds for a pair of dogs.

Wesley Hall had an upholstered pair of curved ottomans, version 75, with skirted base.

Bernhardt's wooden base bench with leather top is very French 40s.

 Resembling highly coveted vintage finds, Drexel Heritage had the Eve Ottomans. Tufted, upholstered stunners with an arched leg merge the best of old and new. 

Thibault Furniture's Preston Ottoman with a cushion top and bamboo ridged white leg are perfect for country and coastal settings.

Ralph Lauren Home's classic x-benches with tight seat and nailheads in a blue fabric.

A pair of 69W Parsons-style upholstered and tufted x-benches from Wesley Hall have got it going on with contrast trim.

Upholstered in a graphic geometric fabric with orange trim.

Mr. Brown debuted a quatrefoil tufted ottoman with contrast trim on bobbin legs and casters that sits next to an upholstered clean-lined one with button tufting, both in natural linen.

Studio A had a metal bench with an x-base and dog head finials called The Bow Wow Bench.

 In a zippy red, Arteriors x-base upholstered Tennyson Bench with nail head border is a plush option.

2012 FALL HIGH POINT ROUND-UP PART I: WRAPPED AND READY TO GO

by Marisa Marcantonio

I have been off the grid so to speak for the past few days, doing a deep dive into furniture land in High Point, North Carolina. Sponsored by Bassett Furniture and the new HGTV Furniture Collection, fellow design bloggers and I hit the ground running and I have not come up for air till just now.  I uncovered great new design finds, interesting silhouettes and reinterpreted and refreshed vintage classics. I noticed linen, faux shagreen and shell and rope-wrapped pieces in a variety of traditional shapes that bring fresh, light  perspective. Here is sampling of my design finds, with more to come on upholstery, tables, decorative accessories in gorgeously styled showrooms soon.

An HGTV Home Dresser wrapped in natural raffia with nickel inlay and classic circle pulls on a nickel foot.

A Parson-style raffia-wrapped desk with single square nickel pull also at at HGTV Home. This is a piece that's easy to love. I think my apartment would agree.

Next to a sofa, these raffia-wrapped HGTV Home nesting tables are the perfect place to rest a drink and place a lamp.

Enrobed in burgundy Penn shell, this diminutive dresser at Century Furniture has style by the mile.

Now this is a creative way to use a printed fabric! Hickory wrapped a large cabinet in Hable Construction's Marble fabric for Hickory Chair.

A sweet little round topped pull-up table by Hickory has a faux-shagreen wrapped base that compliments the rich polished mahogany.

An Art Deco inspired waterfall coffee table from Bassett wrapped in capiz shell has two handy drawers for storage of remote controls and extra stuff.

A veneer of agate makes the top of this tiny table at Century truly glamorous.

Bernhardt blew everyone away this market.  With the appointment of Ron Fiore as their creative director, he refreshed the brand in exciting new ways. He was brought over from Hickory Chair, where his styling and innovative eye ensured the showroom always looked divine. Hickory has tapped Skip Rumley as their new creative director, luring him away from Edward Ferrell Lewis Mittman. Having had Foire as a mentor, Rumley is bringing his own unique brand of chic to the hundred year-old iconic company. The rope-wrapped arch table above is an example of Fiore's taking a classic and adapting it for today in a unique material.

Citrus hues on a stripey Oggetti drum table is zippy and great for tropical climes.

 Oggetti has done rope-wrapped pieces before, but the tri-color variation looks great on a little drum table.

Tres French, their tapered leg round topped bulls eye table in greys and browns is oh-so-chic.

A small seagrass table from Bernhardt in a wavy design looks as though it is covered in a drapey skirt yet it is actually a stiff material.

Nailhead trim and clean lines in Bernhardt's Parsons-style square coffee table with a storage shelf underneath is a boon to book lovers. Hello storage!

EJ Victor also had it wrapped with many simple silhouettes covered in raffia or linen or for a lighter look and feel.

The finish fan at EJ Victor.

A wrapped side table with inset drawer on top.

A round two table with simple leg and lower shelf.

With a removable tray top and metal x-base materials co-mingle.

They even have a Ming-style card table which I can never get enough of!

Oggetti's red shagreen-wrapped French Deco-inspired side table was a stunner.

On a raised gold base, Regina Andrews Jean Michel Frank-inspired raspberry faux-shagreen dresser left me agog.

The companion mirror with pointed geometric surround was also to beyond stylish.

Baker Furniture artisans hand finish this small drum side table to resemble marble. Glam alert.

RIGHT SIZED: THE BEST STYLISH UPHOLSTERY FOR CITY LIVING

by Marisa Marcantonio

After years of attending High Point Furniture Market, trade shows and visiting showrooms galore, I have had plenty of time to hone my eye for upholstery. I find my tastes have changed over the years, and currently I am really liking tight-backed sofas and chairs, and pieces with a cleaner silhouette. I am in the process of an apartment overhaul and carefully considering everything I choose. As I think about what I would like to live with, I have taken a deep dive into the subject.  Examining proportion, pitch, length and depth in small, right-sized sofas and upholstered chairs, I seek pieces to complement city apartment living. Tight back, loose back, the reverse, tufting or not, roll arm or straight, exposed leg or skirt? Here is what I have come up with, and as you can see, there is no shortage of great pieces that fit the bill. I hope it will help you when making decisions for clients and your home. Being that the sofa is often the star of the living room, it is an important, considered purchase.

The only hard part is choosing! 

TIGHT BACK SOFAS:

 Photo courtesy of Century Furniture

The Berry Sofa from Century Furniture has a chalk white leg and long seat cushion that I love. Pared down chic.

Photo courtesy of Wesley Hall

If you prefer two cushions, here you go. Wesley Hall does a loose seat tight back version, 1742-77 with deep sink-into cushions.

  Photo courtesy of Lee Industries

The 1009-2 Loveseat from Lee Industries is adorably right-sized.

 Photo courtesy of Cisco Brothers

The Geranium Sofa by John Derian for Cisco Brothers with a high arm and minimal decorative accents is reminiscent of an early American design.

 Photo courtesy of Century Furniture

The Oscar de la Renta designed Dutch Sofa for Century Furniture. I sat in it today at NYDC 200 Lex and I love it.

 Photo courtesy of Lee Industries

A nice thick, long cushion to sink into for naps on Lee Industries 3278-11 sofa makes it a contender.

 Photo courtesy of Cisco Brothers

The Meadow Sofa from John Derian for Cisco Brothers can take lots of pillows.

 Photo courtesy of Kravet

Kravet's Tulane Sofa with nice turned leg and roll arm with tight back and seat for perching is perfect for one stop shopping- get your fabric and upholstery all in one showroom.

Photo courtesy of Drexel Heritage

Drexel Heritage's Tisbury Sofa with a roll arm and two pillows is another great option.

 Photo courtesy of Century Furniture

Century Furniture's Oldfield Sofa with a cross stretcher base and casters comes with two bolster pillows.

Photo courtesy of Wesley Hall

Ooh more bolsters! High sides and a tight back on the 1840-72 settee from Wesley Hall for those that want a piece with an historically-evocative silhouette.

  Photo courtesy of Hickory Chair

Hickory Chair's Monroe Sofa by Suzanne Kasler has a loose seat, tight back, exposed leg and curved arm.

 Photo courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Howard

Sherrill Furniture's new Mr. and Mrs. Howard line is easy to love, as is this pared down chic two seater sofa with clean roll arm and light wood base with turned legs.

EXPOSED WOOD LEG SOFAS:

 Photo courtesy of Lee Industries

A straight arm and loose seat and back on a Lee Industries Apartment sofa mean movie watching comfort. If skirts are not your thing, this has enough interest going on at the base.

Sink into a three seater, The Pelham, with loose seat and back from Kravet. A Lawson sofa is always a good way to go for a more masculine look.

 Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler

The Templeton Apartment sofa by Jonathan Adler for some mid-century flair.

LOVESEATS:

 Photo courtesy of Hickory Chair

A classic two seater, the Colefax Sofa from Hickory Chair. The addition of the tape trim at the bottom adds that extra special detail.

 Photo courtesy of Lee Industries

 A nice two seater with straight arm from Lee

 Photo courtesy of Hickory Chair

Mariette Himes Gomez designed this girly Boudoir Loveseat for Hickory Chair with a sweet pleat

   Sometimes a small kidney loveseat is just the thing.

Oomph's new Tini Loveseat would work at the end of a bed as well as in a second seating layout in a larger room.

Currey and Company has this nice Lancaster Swedish Settee for tete a tete's.

 Photo courtesy of Century Furniture

The Elkins Tufted Settee from Century Furniture is tailored and old world.

 Photo courtesy of Kravet

The La Salle armless sofa from Kravet is great for the foot of the bed. Cushiony cozy too.

Photo courtesy of Wesley Hall

A tight seat and tight high back on Wesley Hall's 700-54 settee makes it a good piece for a hallway. The curved apron is a nice touch.

TUFTED SOFAS:

 Photo courtesy of Hickory Chair

 Hickory Chair's Marler Tufted Apartment Sofa is a classic and refined for a sitting area or a nice add on in a bedroom seating arrangement.

Photo courtesy of Wesley Hall

Another classic tufted choice, Wesley Hall's 1740-77 sofa.

 Photo courtesy of Lee Industries

Tufted with a tight seat this sofa 1331-03 by Lee Industries is gracious and the tailored skirt gives it polish.

SITTING PRETTY:

Photo courtesy of Dwell Studio

Dwell Studio's Mallory Chair has a touch of mid-century modness with tapered leg and cut out back.

Photo courtesy of Jayson Home

Milo Baughman-inspired, The Clarke Chair from Jayson Home rocks.

 Photo courtesy of Lee Industries

I like the mid- century- meets- arts- and- crafts lines of this Lee Industries 1290-01 chair.

TUFTED BACK CHAIRS:

 Photo courtesy of Hickory Chair

Cozy for reading, Hickory's Holly Chair designed by Mariette Himes Gomez is like a tufted marshmallow. I mean that in the best way--

 Photo courtesy of Century Furniture

The Hawk's Ridge Chair from Century Furniture upholstered in a great color velvet is a good fireside chair.

 Photo courtesy of Beeline Home

Cozy time with a throw and a book in Beeline's T42 tufted reading chair has me dreaming.

 Photo courtesy of Lexington Home Brands

Lexington Home Brands take on a classic bridgewater chair, The Augustine.

 Photo courtesy of Mr. Brown

Mr. Brown's Lounge Chair has a nice deep seat and a few tufts for good measure. The curved back and slim arm are very appealing.

 Photo courtesy of Drexel Heritage

The Julian Chair from Drexel Heritage with tufted square back and loose seat is long on English charm and a workhorse.

SLIPPER CHAIRS:

 Photo courtesy of Drexel Heritage

Diminutive charm with the Elkins Chair from Century Furniture.

 This little darling, The Mini Chair from Oomph is the perfect pull up chair. Piping trim adds a little more oomph.

Photo courtesy of Century Furniture

Beyond. The new Charleston Slipper Chair from Charlotte Moss is part of the Century Icons program in specific showrooms around the country.

 Photo courtesy of Drexel Heritage

With casters, the Cabot Chair from Drexel Heritage will fill in nicely when guests arrive.

TIGHT BACK CHAIRS:

Photo courtesy of Century Furniture

Century Furniture Emma Chair is like mini wing chair.

Photo courtesy of Wesley Hall

Perhaps you prefer an English-inspired armchair on turned leg with turned arms. Wesley Hall's 783 Chair has you covered.

Elite Leather has a version too, The Flores, created by Nathan Turner for them.

 The Pierre Chair from Beeline Home has a splayed arm and curvy back that adds some movement and personality in an upholstered piece. This one had me from hello.

 Photo courtesy of Hickory Chair

I am just so taken with the cut corners on the Boyd Chair and it's upholstered leg from from Hickory Chair.

 Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture had a slightly deco rounded arm that worked well with a turned wooden leg and base.

 Beeline Home's Azure Chair is polished with a tight back and exposed chalk white leg. I like that it is really upright. Does that mean it will make my back feel better? Gosh, I hope so.

 Photo courtesy of Hickory Chair

This go anywhere Virginia Chair from Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair with a small roll arm and tight back is good for the tall folk, i.e.,  not me!

 Photo courtesy of Hickory Chair

Hickory Chair's March Lounge Chair from the Gomez Collection is the epitome of refinement.

 Photo courtesy of Cisco Brothers

 Cisco's Tulip Chair by John Derian has just the right amount of curvy detailing at the top of the back and always grabs my attention when I see it.

 Photo courtesy of Lee Industries

A curved back and loose seat on 1846-01 for a bit of polish from Lee Industries.

 Photo courtesy of Julian Chichester

The Virginia Chair from Julian Chichester has a nice profile and fit arms.

SLEEP ON IT PART II: A PLACE TO REST YOUR HEAD

by Marisa Marcantonio

Looking for a new bed to freshen your bedroom? Look no further. To round out my post of recent bedding additions, here are some beds to make you want a new place to rest your head for 8 hours a night. Or, if you are the president, a new mom or Martha Stewart, four.

UPHOLSTERED:

Oomph recently launched a squiggle - backed headboard that is very unique, and a nice addition to the market

Century's graduated curvy Temple King headboard is very now

 Lee Industries does upholstery so well and their headboards are no exception. The camel curved Queen bed was upholstered in a bold black and white ikatesque fabric at market.

Photo courtesy of Drexel Heritage Drexel Heritage has this cool cut - out silhouette in a fun bug and butterfly print at market

Photo courtesy of Horchow

With ethnic flair, the Vanessa headboard from Horchow has Moroccan flourishes

Photo courtesy of World Market

Add global glam to your enclave with World Market's Ninda headboard. Boy, is it a great deal, too.

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lilly

The Octavia bed with nailhead trim in a Greek key motif from Serena and Lily for a fresh upholstered look with a little glimmer.

 This past market also saw the launch of Phoebe Howard's Mr. and Mrs. Howard collection at Sherrill Furniture that had this great curved tufted headboard.

 Photo courtesy of Dwell

With a stepped - up silhouette, this Deco upholstered headboard from Dwell Studio is not too femme and super comfortable.

Photo courtesy of Drexel Heritage

Clean corners, an inset border and linear tufting for the neatniks from Drexel Heritage.

Photo courtesy of Century Furniture

Charlotte Moss's new Atlanta bed from Century Furniture, a showroom exclusive, is an instant classic.

UNIQUE MATERIALS:

Photo courtesy of Made Goods

Covered with Penn Shell, the Gavin headboard from Made Goods adds an exotic touch to a classic cut corner shape. 

Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs

Clipped corners and caning on Ballard's Averill Headboard is just the thing for warm weather locales.

HIGH AND MIGHTY:

Another goodie from Mr and Mrs. Howard in grey turned wood and curved headboard.

Photo courtesy of Noir

Big on style, the Ferret Bed from Noir has turned detailing and high posts.

 Photo courtesy of The Well Appointed House

The Summerland Key Bed from The Well Appointed House is a classic bamboo canopy bed with a twist. The all-white finish keeps it fresh while the added detail above the headboard provides additional visual interest.

Photo courtesy of Lilly

The Paramount metal king bed from Lilly Pulitzer Home has presence galore with four posters and a swish canopy in a brushed gold finish

 Photo courtesy of Restoration Hardware

Keep romance alive with Restoration Hardware's iron Campaign Canopy Bed.

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

With stature and four posters, the Antonia Canopy Bed, a metal bed from Pottery Barn, has old world charm and comfort with an upholstered headboard

GREAT PAIRS OF TWINS:

Lexington Home Brands West Indies twin headboard with lattice and bamboo detailing would make any guest room cozier.

Lilly keeps it preppy with bamboo detailing on their Tangiers Bed.

Suzanne Kasler added a femme tented canopy to her Simone Upholstered Headboards for Hickory Chair at market. Perfect for teen aged girls.

 Photo courtesy of Schoolhouse Electric

A little bit dorm room a little bit old-school, Schoolhouse Electric gets it right with the boldly colored Hamilton  Bed

THE MATRESS:

Photo courtesy of Hastens

Handmade in Sweden, Hastens frame-based beds and mattresses are known by their distinctive check available in many colors. Filled with horsehair, cotton, flax and wool, they start at $4000 and take over 100 hours to create. Their showroom at 75 Grand Street will be easily recognizable with the crisp signature blue and white checked beds waiting for nap trials.

 Photo courtesy of Savoir Beds

Initially created for The Savoy in London, Savoir Beds have been gracing royal and luxurious bedrooms in England since 1905.  Wool, horsehair and hand-tied springs make up their natural beds that breathe well. Their pillow tops add an additional layer of coziness. Check out their showroom at 28 Wooster Street to take one for a test drive.