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High Point Glitters, Glistens and Glows

October 15, 2012

As soon as the doors opened to Market showrooms here Saturday, it was abundantly clear that suppliers of all stripes - whether of home textiles, furniture, accessories or lifestyle collections - went for the high impact of Metallics in their new introductions. Whether imparted into fabrics, furniture finishes or wallcoverings, a golden glow emanates from all.

In home textiles, the most popular fabric appearing on upholstered furniture lines is a glazed linen shot through with gold threads. Gold emerges less subtly on a riotous brushstroke print from American Silk at Century. It is inherent in high potency golden glossed satins as well as re-emerging faille in Candice Olson's collection for Highland House. Hers are also two high octane fabrications, one resembling tortoise shell paired with a sparkling crocodile pattern, both from P.Kaufman, and a pearlized leather from J.P.Leather.

What the golds are telling us is that they are setting the scene for a return of the browns, which have been battling grays for several seasons now. Both gold and burnished copper need the strong foil and mellowness of deep browns and refreshed neutrals to shine.
Those refreshed neutrals can be seen here in an Art Deco inspired furniture collection called Rue de Seine designed by Patrick Aubriot. Fabrics make the case within a narrow range of mid tone beiges with a green cast toward khaki and pale olive. At Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, a new honey color is the companion to black or chrome in tables and case pieces - and reflected in upholstery textiles which follow the newly neutral train of thought with a taupe called Pumice and a hard to determine mole color between a dark brown and dark green.
Add a full throated red to the mix and the richness of Renaissance paintings comes to mind -something Bernhardt ceo Alex Bernhardt Jr.and creative director Ron Fiore took one step further by displaying giant replicas of such period paintings as backdrops for new furniture collections that speak of traditional references without giving up their contemporary sensibilities or accessibility.
If I am singling out gold over silver or a hybrid of the two, it is because it signals a shift toward the warmer metals, including rosegold and copper, and their stronger presence in the market place over their cooler cousins.