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Trends From High Point Fall 2018 Market – The Materials

Hey Lovelies! Today I am back with the final post in my High Point Market Trends round up series. If you missed the first two posts about the color trends and the silhouettes and design details, you can catch them HERE and HERE

I had the great honor of being one of the 10 Design Influencers for the official High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour for Fall 2018, orchestrated by Adam Japko and his fabulous team at Esteem Media. What an amazing opportunity it was to meet my fellow design bloggers and really spend time getting to know our vendor sponsors and their amazing product lines. As a reminder, here is a list of all of our fine sponsors:

  1. Bernhardt Furniture,

  2. Cisco Brothers,

  3. Crypton Home Fabric,

  4. E.J. Victor,

  5. Four Hands,

  6. Lloyd Flanders,

  7. Modern History Inc.,

  8. Stickley,

  9. Thibaut Fine Furniture,

  10. Universal Furniture,

I have been going to High Point since 2011, and this market was a completely different experience. This time, I got the chance to slow down a bit, and learn more about the products and the materials. I saw things from a whole new perspective, and I have a new appreciation for the products and how they are made. So much so that this post is dedicated to the materials that were trending at market.

Leather and Hides

Leather and hides were everywhere at market, which is not that unusual. What was unusual is the way they were used. Take for example these beautiful chairs by Aidan Gray with very classic lines. Leather was used in a very contemporary application to really modernize an antique piece. The color-blocking technique also highlights the modern twist to this classic piece.

Aidan Gray

Cisco Brothers

Leather Framed Mirror At Cisco Brothers

I just love the hide front on this sideboard

These are some of the beautiful leathers offered by Norwalk Furniture

Norwalk Furniture



Capiz was also seen seen in unusual applications at market. Typically shown on small side tables, capiz was showing on much larger pieces including chairs. This Bernhardt chair boasts beautiful capiz on the backside. And in the background you can see capiz on the headboard



Metal is soft silhouettes were also trending. How amazing are these pieces from Bernhardt?





I just love this klismos style chair in metal. Very unique


German Silver

The first chest from Bernhardt has a capiz front with ribbons of german silver inlaid. The one below is wood wrapped in sheets of german silver. Amazing and intricate detailing



Marble Inlaid With Brass

The hand detailed designs of these pieces from E.J. Victor are even better looking in person. The beautiful ribbons of brass inlaid on marble is very eye catching

E.J. Victor

E.J. Victor

E.J. Victor

Grasscloth on case goods

Grasscloth is a widely used wallcovering,  but it was being used in unique ways as a new trend spotted at market. Grasscloth on tables and case goods and even on a mirror frame. Modern History and Thibaut had some great pieces that highlighted this trend

Modern History

Modern History

Modern History

Grasscloth On A Wall In Thibaut Showroom

Grasscloth On A Mirror And Console In Thibaut Showroom

Burl And Other Wood Tones And Rattan

Wood tones are making a comeback and so are grasses like rattan used in unexpected ways like on light fixtures.

Modern History

Modern History

Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley


Universal Furniture

Performance Fabrics

Performance fabrics was huge at Market. It’s gone far beyond a trend and is now the norm and what clients should expect. We are more into casual lifestyles and these fabrics lend themselves nicely to worry-free family life. The hand of these fabrics are better than they have ever been. They feel soft, just like regular fabrics. Crypton is synonymous with performance fabrics. Check out this wall of colorful Crypton Home fabrics at Thibaut Showroom.

Thibaut Design




Lots of white upholstery at Market, all done in performance fabrics

Cisco Brothers

E.J. Victor

The overall theme from This Fall High Point Market is casual yet luxurious lifestyle, family friendly, entertaining and really living in your home. From the functional pieces we talked about in our last round up, to the types of materials that were being used, manufacturers understand that a home is meant to be lived in and enjoyed without worrying about the investment you’ve made.

It was a pleasure being a part of the Fall Market Design Bloggers Tour. I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the trends for 2019

Thanks to my fellow design bloggers and Esteem Media

Wishing You Beauty And Inspiration,