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High Point - Oct. 19: The Handwriting is on the Wall

October 20, 2009

And not just on the wall. On furniture as well. Fabric purveyors and wall decor exhibitors have gotten into handwriting analysis with images of old-fashioned script which has re-emerged here - alas, only as a decorative curiosity. A number of furniture sources are featuring a sepia colored (as for aged documents) printed fabric and used it on upholstery. And not just boutique companies, but some of the big boys are doing it, too. Among them Pearson, Haute House, Drexel Heritage and others.

Soicher Marin, a wall decor source, took the trend one step further with a display of farm logs taken from French Chateaux documents. They are not just decorative but also very educational as they recite day-by day what farmers did to sew and harvest. Their age-proven methods might remind you that we did not invent "green;" it used to be a daily virtue.

The Writing on the Wall has proven so infectious that even the Media Center walls display quotations from executives of some of the largest local furniture makers. Predictably, their content serves the primary purpose of promoting High Point as the most important home furnishings market in the country.

Less predictable and a lot more thought provoking are those that have been used in the showrooms of  Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams, who can be credited with starting the trend several years ago. Their mantra is to promote humanity and civility - and to cheer you up. One example: at the head of stairs before descent you read: "Coming Down? Things Are Looking Up!”

Starting with this entrance statement "American Healthcare Starts With Healthy Americans," they continue with pearls of wisdom on the beneficial company of pets and the importance of living comfortably and well - also reflected in the duo’s new book: “The Comfortable Home - How To Invest in your Nest and Live well for Less" just published by Clarkson Potter.

You will have the most fun, however, with the framed quotations exhibited at Saccaro - Accents by Design. This one by Oscar Wilde: "Anyone Who Lives Within Their Means suffers from a Lack of Imagination." Or, from Albert Einstein: "If at First an Idea is not Absurd, There is no Hope for It." And my favorite: “Women Might be Able to fake an Orgasm - but Men are Able to fake a whole Relationship," attributed to Sharon Stone.