I just returned from High Point Market Fall 2019. While there I had the pleasure of being part of the Design Bloggers Tour. On this tour 10 Design Bloggers went to 17 different manufacturers of case goods, upholstery, lighting, accessories, soft goods and outdoor furniture. My next 3 blog post will focus on highlighting these manufacturers. I have broken them down into 3 categories, Soft goods and Accessories, Upholstery and Case goods, and the final category Lighting and Outdoor furniture. Please follow along as I take you on a tour of what was new and exciting.
First up: Soft goods and Accessories
Jaipur Living is a manufacturer of fine rugs, pillows and poufs. The company was founded by visionary N.K. Chaudhary in India. They started in 1978 with 2 looms and 9 artisans. Today they have more than 40,000 artisans who make the rugs by hand. Each hand made rug can take up to 9 months to make. The looms are located in the homes of the workers. Most of the rugs are made by women which fosters a female empowered environment. Mr N K Chaudhary is devoted to developing and enhancing the skills of the weavers so they can lead a sustainable and respectable life. Today Jaipur living is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. and is under the leadership of Asha Chaudhary the eldest daughter. She has expanded the company’s lines to include flatweaves, naturals, transitional and modern collections. Jaipur Living has established itself as one of the leaders in the rug industry and has maintained their philosophy of ongoing improvement, sustainability, quality and artistry. Please visit their website Jaipurliving.com and their Instagram @Jaipurliving for more information.
Crypton Fabric is a performance fabric that is part fabric, part magic and 100% smart. The fabric is stain resistant, odor resistant, moisture resistant and allows you to live boldly. Stain resistance is woven into the DNA of the fabric. The company was started 25 years ago for the Healthcare and Hospitality Market. The original idea was to make a fabric like a diaper with a waterproof barrier. Today the company has expanded into the residential market. The beauty is that the fabrics look just like any other fabric, until you spill you will never know. It is made of 100% acrylic, I know what you are thinking, scratchy stiff fabric, not so. They make velvets, chenilles and linens that look and feel just like the 100% cottons we all love. I love this fabric because you can actually have a white sofa and live without fear. Crypton Fabric has become my go to fabric and I can’t remember the last time I did a job without using it. Learn more about Crypton Fabric by visiting their website Crypton.com and their Instagram @cryptonfabric for more information.
Windy O’Connor is an abstract artist and designer. Windy draws inspiration from nature, and the beauty she sees around her in every person. She then translates that into art, fabric, and wallpaper through color and abstraction. Her home collection brings life and color to the home. She takes art off the walls and onto the drapes, sofa, or bed and even an entire wall with wallpaper all inspired by her artwork. Her textiles are beautiful explosions of color in linens, velvets and cotton sateen. Windy feels as if her “life is a pursuit of creating something that can bring another person joy.” After being introduced to her beautiful collection I couldn’t agree more. Visit her website Windyoconnor.com and her Instagram @windyoconnorartandhome for more information.
Daniel Stuart Studio is a Toronto Based company that makes and sells bedding, toss pillows, knit throws and fabric by the yard. They sell to three targeted markets,Designers, Retailers and Hotels. The fabrics they use are sourced through North American Distributors. While meeting with them I loved the luxurious look of the textiles. I share their belief that living with quality makes for quality living. Check out their website at Danielstuartstudio.com and their Instagram @danielstuartstudio for more information.
SmithHonig is the brain child of Melanie Honig and Kellie Smith. The perfect combination of visual artist and interior designer. The two have created one of a kind fabrics, wallpaper, murals, pillows, and wall art. Their patterns and imagery are inspired by their world travels creating a luxurious, cross cultural layering of traditions from around the globe. Melanie travels the world up to four months a year capturing images that can be translated into one of a kind patterns for the SmithHonig collection. Their newest collection is called Ravenswood which was inspired by English country houses, where walls are often covered in tapestry or chinoiserie. I loved meeting both Melanie and Kellie and seeing their passion for what they have created. You can learn more about their products at SmithHonig.com and follow them in Instagram @smithhonig.
Well that’s a wrap for this part of my 3 part blog series on High Point Market Fall 2019. I have been so inspired by all of these manufacturers, their back stories and their passion for what they have created. Please check back for the second in the series on Upholstery and Casegoods coming soon. Until next time let’s keep making the world a better and more beautiful place to live.