Since High Point Market is only open to the furniture and design trade, I felt like I was getting a back stage pass to the industry. As a relative novice to the market I found some new favorite brands that are not exactly new kids on the block. Each of my favorite discoveries has been around for years and, as it turns out, they're all carried by stores I already shop.
Copeland started out in 1970 making cider presses for home and small-scale orchard use. Over the years the Vermont-based company evolved, from butcher-block kitchen furniture to today's more modern designs. In addition to their Scandinavian-influenced designs, Copeland also holds the exclusive license to build the furniture designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. You can find Copeland Furniture at Design Within Reach.
Bontempi has been around since 1963, when the company was founded by Alessandro and Giancarlo Bontempi. Their designs are often colorful and always modern. In other words - perfectly Italian. It was love at first sight when I rounded a corner and saw their chaise/ottoman sectional. You can find Bontempi Casa furnishings at AllModern and inmod.
Started by Brett Hatton in 1996, much of Four Hands' warm industrial furniture is made from reclaimed materials. Their showroom was a sight to behold, with black walls and ceiling that seemed to recede into nothingness. That provided a perfect backdrop for the weathered wood and masculine features of the furniture. Look for Four Hands furniture at retailers like Crate & Barrel, West Elm and Pottery Barn. Or, if you're in Austin, shop the Four Hands Outlet at 2020 West Anderson Lane.
When I first arrived at Maria Yee's showroom she was finishing up a tour so I took some time to explore the space on my own. I was immediately drawn to a few of Maria's eco-luxury pieces, like the hairpin leg media console. When Maria was able to join me, she filled me in on her brand - how she works with bamboo, an extremely sustainable material because it can be grown, harvested and regrown in short time frames. Many of Maria's designs have definite Asian influences – like the meditation chair she's modeling above – that are mixed with a Danish modern sensibility. You can find select Maria Yee pieces at Crate & Barrel, Gump's and Room & Board .