From chic to polished, spring furniture sets the trend
Cheerful chic is what you can expect to see settling into furniture showrooms this spring. Manufacturers at the International Fall Furniture Market in High Point found a variety of ways to inject buoyancy and a certain savoir-faire into chairs and chests, settees, sideboards and more with color, pattern and texture.
The desire to delight manifested in fabrics and forms from upholstery to case goods. Century Furniture dressed its Dover rectangular ottoman in a Missoni-inspired fabric. The faux bamboo base is painted deep apple green.
On the other side of cheery chic is the posh and polish of the Althorp Living History Collection by Theodore Alexander. The ninth Earl of Althorp, Lord Charles Spencer, has licensed a line of reproductions from his family's 14,000-acre estate in the English countryside. The new heirloom pieces, which debuted last market, represent each of the nine Earls who have been caretakers of the Spencer legacy.
The Talbot Barrel table with hand-forged iron straps and a hand-painted Spencer coat of arms in the center was the most casual piece, with desks, chests and chairs all vying to be the most stunning.
Impeccably replicated — and in some cases refined for modern living — each one could instantly elevate the status of a room from common to aristocratic. The Ad Victoriam, a carved mahogany library chair with armrests molded as cannons and the word "Victory" carved on the back, is for the second Earl of Althorp, George Spencer. As First Lord of the Admiralty he appointed Horatio Nelson commander of the English fleet.
The original chair was made from the wood of Nelson's ship, Victory. This piece is functional furniture and investment art that will appreciate with time. It retails for $2,099.
If a winning chair doesn't lift your spirits, perhaps a Wine Cellar will. This piece represents Edward John Spencer, eighth Earl Spencer, the father of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. He was a collector of fine wine, and the buffet in flame mahogany with a bow front and a concave paneled center section reflects his passion. Both side panels open, revealing three drawers on one side and three wine shelves with brass labels on the other. You get all that for $5,999.
Going from an English estate to the French countryside is easy with Palecek's Lyon Manor Collection. The oval-backed dining chairs come in either a dark wood or cream finish. They are shown upholstered in Monet-like scenes with the seat done in an indoor/outdoor Kelly green fabric, subdued with old gold nail-head trim. It's a look as fresh as morning dew. The suggested retail price for the armchair is $1,558 and the side chair $1,478.
If you are going to be up to see the sunrise, a good night's sleep helps. Bernhardt introduced the Langford canopy bed in its Bernhardt Interiors line. A spectacular wide linen-wrapped frame edged with antiqued nickel nail-heads creates a solid box. The size and picture frame openings form a room within a room. This shelter's suggested retail price is $5,287 for the king size — almost like putting on an addition.
Lee Industries is known for being a leader in green manufacturing, and this season added a kaleidoscope of even more joyful colors to its upholstery lines. Suzani and Ikat motifs have been popular with designers for several seasons now, but going big, bright and light with its Milly Pink, a floral Suzani print fabric, turned an average armchair into the favorite place to channel positive thoughts. Milled in Italy, the fabric comes in cactus and platinum and is exclusive to Lee.