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Three Unique Pairings of Materials

These three products are guaranteed conversation starters!


Crockery by Misa Tanaka

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I’ve never seen anything like these! Designer Misa Tanaka won 2nd place at the 2009 Takaoka Crafts Competition in Japan. What a beautiful fusion of ceramic and glass; I would love to see these displayed in a kitchen.



Wood castings by Hilla Shamia


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These benches and side tables are incredible!

Here wood is paired with aluminum to create these beautiful industrial looking pieces.



Vases by Karl Oskar Karlsson


Karlsson has seamlessly combined glass and wood in the design of these stunning vases.  I love the reflection of the glass paired with the warmth of the wood; makes me wish they were in production!

Insider Finds from High Point Furniture Market

Twice a year High Point Furniture Market opens its showrooms to throngs of buyers, designers and architects from around the world to view the latest furnishings and accessories.  This week is one of the two weeks.  I spent the first weekend at the showrooms and there are some really wonderful new products and, as can be expected, some not so wonderful.  As a designer, sometimes you have to kiss a lot of furniture frogs before you can find a few princes.

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Some new pieces I love are from Oomph.  They have the best lacquer tables that are available in 16 colors with 9 different table top materials.  They are also produced in the US (in Connecticut) and won’t break the bank!

Currey Newsprint Table Lamp


The High Point Furniture show is not just about furniture but also features accessories and lighting. Currey and Company Lighting was another winner for my trip. The lamp above is actually made from recycled newsprint. Nice to see a continued dedication by manufacturers to do right by the environment.


This fun, magenta chandelier needs just the right whimsical space, and it might not necessarily be where you expect. Don’t think this wouldn’t be amazing hanging as a pair over a kitchen dining island!

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This is a fun storage trunk that would be terrific as a beach house storage piece and conversation starter.

kotari Trunk, Currey


Natural Light has a fabulous program for mixing and matching lamp bases, colors, shades, and finials.  They start with the base of which there are 12 style choices and then you choose from 35 colors.  It is a fabulous!

The High Point Furniture Market really does provide some great interior design inspiration and lots of exercise since there are 10 million sq. ft. of showroom spaces, 2000 exhibitors, and 180 buildings to work your way through.  Approximately 80,000 people attend each market!

As it’s only open to designers, architects, and retailers, I always make sure to attend each fall and spring so that our design firm is up to date and well-versed on what is out there to best suit each of our clients.