By Trish Holder
I won’t lie. I did a pretty poor job of covering the High Point Furniture Market this past week. With only a few hours on three separate days to spare, I stuck to my favorite two buildings – Market Square and the International Home Furnishings Center IHFC. I didn’t come close to seeing everything in either of these buildings, especially not the three-and-a-half million square feet IHFC building. But I did manage to pick out some furnishings that might intrigue my sustainability conscious readers. Here are some of my favorites:
Savannah Georgia artist Ridley Stallings had several items in her booth that made me smile, especially these guitar wall hangings. Stallings uses architectural elements salvaged from old southern homes to create one-of-a-kind art pieces. The colors are bright and vibrant, and incorporate a lot of patina and texture. These are the sort of pieces that look fabulous in any style home – from contemporary to country cottage.
I loved this small entertainment console from Kincaid Furniture with its wonderfully textural bark panels made from cast off poplar bark. Like all Kincaid furniture, the piece is solid wood – and that means not an ounce of pressed or composite wood anywhere. This console, like all of Kincaid’s upholstered goods and an increasing number of case goods and wood furniture, is completely made in western North Carolina.
If you’re an avid cycler, or simply love the movement and symmetry of man’s greatest invention, you owe it to yourself to check out The Recycler furniture and accessories. If I was lucky or cool enough to live in a downtown loft, I’d love to put this coffee table in front of a big red sofa. And, I’d find some interesting looking containers that fit neatly into the lower frame for snacks. Or a potted plant. Or the TV remote. Anyway, the point is, this is the kind of table that excites the imagination and starts conversation.
This colorful barstool is completely made from reclaimed boat timbers salvaged from Indonesian islands such as Bali. These pieces are made in Indonesia (I know, I know) but the manufacturer, All From Boats, has a great story and a true passion for old fishing boats that are no longer seaworthy. The company purchases the old boats for materials while employing former Indonesian fishermen to craft the furniture. It has distributors all over the U.S., including a retailer in Hickory, North Carolina, called Warehouse 2120. I actually visited this adorable little shop this weekend – a must do if you happen to be in the Hickory area.
My husband and I both loved this comfy outdoor rocker from Shiner – a company named in remembrance of the owner’s first black eye (at age 7). Every piece of furniture that Shiner makes is constructed by hand in Marianna, Florida and most all of the materials they use are diverted from the landfill or incinerator. We met the owner in the High Point showroom. Seemed like a guy I’d like to know. Very nice and very genuine; definitely not someone you’d want to punch in the eye.
The Roberta Schilling collection is one other import I’ll mention – simply because I just loved this tree made of hundreds of reclaimed items. This Brazilian company has a stable of artists that create some pretty special art pieces and furnishings, using a lot of reclaimed materials. I’m one of those people who could never have an artificial Christmas tree – but I’d be pretty tempted to string some lights on this to celebrate the season. I might even be tempted to leave it up all year long.
I loved the American-made fabrics in this line of pillows from Elaine Smith – all of which are also made in the US. The pillows are indoor/outdoor and pretty darn indestructible. So, they great choice if you are like me and have kids and pets, and can’t ever remember to bring anything in from out of the rain.
Finally, I’ve always loved floorcloths and was delighted to see them back on the scene when I encountered Kathy Cooper Floorcloths. Everything in this North Carolina artist’s booth was fun and whimsical – but not silly. These floorcloths, for all their color and personality, were somehow sophisticated as well, perhaps because they were so skillfully crafted. I’m ashamed to admit I’d never heard of Kathy Cooper – and she’s practically a neighbor in Winston-Salem. Now I’m going to have to make a point of visiting her studio….
This is far from all that I saw at Market. I’ll be sharing more about these companies and others in the Greenspiration Home American Made Pick-of-the-Week series. Stay tuned. I continue to be so very inspired by the creativity that truly seems to be flourishing on American soil – and in some cases, my own backyard!