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An Art Deco-style resurgence in curved profiles and sumptuous textures. Accent tables for cocktails or coffee. Nature-inspired materials and shapes. Bars as furniture for the essential at-home happy hour. All of this (and more!) are part of the much-anticipated High Point Market Style Report for Winter/Spring 2021, released by the High Point Market Authority (HPMA).
Eight national style trackers, part of this year’s HPMA 2020 Style Spotters team, produced the 30-page report. Their findings, influenced by the High Point Fall Market, point to the impact of COVID-19 on home design and cover 19 trends for the upcoming season. Here’s a sneak preview.
Art Deco Curves
Round edges and curves on club chairs, coffee tables, nightstands, and bed frames point to an almost Art Deco-style luxury with a modern sophistication that’s also big on textures. (If furniture was a soft, warm hug, this would be it.) “Curvaceous edges and pieces with sloping arms can create easy flow or help open an area up when the space is tight,” the report advises. “Although this is a trend from the past… the curvy nature of rounded furniture still brings a modern energy into a space.”
Bringing the Bar Home
“COVID-19 has brought out the drinkers in all of us, and almost every brand was launching their version of a loose piece of bar furniture—providing a solution to all those looking to create their own home bar without undergoing a whole renovation,” states the report. “These pieces are a great alternative to a built-in home bar option.”
While biophilic design, organic materials, and live-edge products were already on the horizon, the Style Trackers noted how this trend is being elevated—quite literally. “Don’t forget to look up to the stars—astronomical lighting, radiant starbursts and inky indigo celestial-inspired textiles are totally out of this world,” the report states. Durable, easy-to-clean materials including natural wicker—made from reed, cane, rattan, seagrass, bamboo, and willow—are re-emerging as practical and stylish furnishings for rooms throughout the house.
Tables: For Coffee or Cocktails?
With living and dining rooms becoming multipurpose places for home offices, study spaces, and even exercise rooms, why not go double-duty on furnishings as well? “The coffee or cocktail table is one of the most purposeful and utilized pieces of furniture in a home’s living space,” says the report. “But in today’s market it is expected to do so much more. We want our cocktail and coffee tables to anchor our living space, and conjoin our sofa, sectional, or lounge chair seating arrangements. We need them to complement the aesthetic direction of our décor and perform their intended purpose with creative, smart functionality, beauty, and style.”