Twice a year ten of thousands of interior designers converge on the little sleepy town of High Point, North Carolina to attend the International Furniture Market or High Point Market. This year the design team from JASON BALL interiors made the trip across the country to see the latest and greatest furniture, lighting, accessories and lighting vendors are bringing to market. For an interior designer, it's like being a kid in a candy store! We spent 4 days walking miles each day looking through a hundred different show rooms (maybe more). There is a definite move in the furnishings industry away from the "rustic French" designs we've seen come out of the main furniture retailers over the past few years. Furnishings are trending to more refined and sophisticated with a wider range of finish options. Besides this overall move across the board, there are two big trends we saw this year (that we're really excited about) - gold and color. I'm saving color for the next blog entry, so stay tuned for that.
The current incarnation of gold is not the bright brass we saw in fixtures from the 1980s and 90s (think "builder's brass), but instead is a sumptuous gold color in fabrics, metal finishes and metallic paints. This gold tends more towards a true gold in the 24 karat vane. The gold sometimes appears in brushed, antiqued, painted finishes, gold leaf applied to glass or in rich velvety fabrics.
The JBi view on gold - it's beautiful and sophisticated when used in the correct ways, amounts and settings. Here are some our favorites examples of the new gold.
Are you daring enough to bring this "new" gold into your home?