by Marisa Marcantonio

Fall's arrival means many things to the design community, namely, the coming of High Point Furniture Market. Every October, interior designers, editors and those involved in the industry make their pilgrimage to a small North Carolina town called High Point. I always look forward to Market, for the chance to see new designs with fresh eyes. From a trend seeking perspective, the market foretells what design styles will be on the radar in the coming 6 months to a year. Some products are brought to retailers and designers sooner than others, but it provides a chance to access inspiration and innovation for American design, made here and abroad. I thought I would take the time to select some pieces that caught my eye at John-Richard, one of my sponsors last market. I have gotten to know them and appreciate their attention to design details across categories, from lighting to upholstery. It's the details, scale and comfort that really matter when it comes to furniture and design in general. Here are some great textural and unique tables I selected based on their "livability" factor. I selected items from a myriad of design styles-- some are re-interpretations of classic antiques, others, pushing into new design territory. 

The Eglomise Coffee Table has six drawers providing easy storage and understated hardware that blends well with the aged mirror surface. Mirror with a patina imbues a space with a bit of history.

1970's loungey vintage decor is all the rage again. The Britten Cocktail table offers a burlwood finish and a low, floating design with the right dose of cool. 

Carnavalet, a charming painted side table by Florence de Dampierre is big on old world style. I love its imperfections.

Round dining tables encourage conversation by creating an intimate angle-free setting. The vintage vibe of this faux shagreen topped dining table with an aged ebony octagonal base and chic brass detailing. Very 1970's.

The finish on this piece suits it so well. An aged speckled look gives this intricately carved drum table the look of an inherited piece. That been-there-forever element adds diversity to a seating area and a great textural component.

The age old classic, the Campaign Desk, always draws admirers. This version, with 3 drawers and x-base has just the right amount of detail. 

This cabinet references a design from 1960's design icon, Tommi Parzinger. It has four doors that reveal storage inside, and is wrapped in nickel hardware with nickel feet. What a glamorous addition to a dining room or entry this would make.