Most people still think of choosing an interior design theme as one style or another. Some prefer the sleek minimal effects of contemporary while others enjoy that warm, cozy traditional look. Of course nothing is just that simple any more. Style-bending is quickly becoming the norm.
Contemporary furnishings still seem to dominate the furniture market and consumer sales in the South Florida market and it was still the main attraction at the Fall High Point Furniture Market. However, the hard edge design that used to be the hallmark of contemporary seems to be getting a little fuzzy. It is being influenced by the desire for something more comfortable and relaxed.
An example of this mix can be seen in one of Bernhardt’s new bed introductions.
While the design and structure of the bed is very linear and contemporary, it has been softened by its covering in fabric and nailhead trim. This allows the consumer to pair it with almost any type of night stand and almost any style.
The bed is a new interpretation of a poster bed and the only one like so far on the market. Currently, it’s only offered in one fabric. The construction of the bed is rock solid.
The bed will be available around March, 2012.
The reverse is also true where traditional items are being modernized with the use of finishes as is the case with the this chow leg cocktail shown in chrome. Maybe your living room is starting to look a lot like Grandma’s house and you want to spice it up. Or maybe you’re getting tired of your sparse contemporary living room and want to add some less rigid pieces. Either way, they’re your rules and it’s your game. Jump into the pool of creativity and express yourself.
The finish is a high polished chrome and should be available early this year in limited supply. The price is surprisingly affordable compared to other higher priced contemporary manufacturers and the quality is just as good.
For those wanting a little more of a statement, this Georgian-inspired chair was a show stopper. Instead of using the expected stain finish, EJVictor lacquered the frame black and then applied the fabric to make a contemporary statement. This would be a great combination with something very contemporary such as a chunky lucite table. The fabric and finish choices from this company, not to mention the handcrafted workmanship of each piece, keep EJVictor regarded as one of the finest furniture lines made in the USA.
The same held true for upholstery and textiles. Many of the new sofa styles were larger in scale and more on the contemporary side but more often than not, the fabrics that were shown on them were mostly in solids, and usually in a woven texture of some type. Rugs, which always seemed extremely traditional, seemed to be simpler and more geometric, also a response to the demand for contemporary and more understated interiors.
Of course, these are only the appetizers for what lies ahead on the furniture menu. Some of the other companies that introduced exceptionally original products were Four Hands, Raymond Waites Couture, Global View and Design Institute Of America.