Traditional Trend Watch: Highback Sofas, Beds & Chairs

Traditional Trend Watch: Highback Sofas, Beds & Chairs

Sarah Coffey
Apr 11, 2011

Much of the furniture at High Point leans towards traditionalism, but there's an interesting intersection with modern and contemporary aesthetics. One trend we picked up on was highback upholstery. It's a classic look that epitomizes conservative style, but we saw it loosened up and mixed with California casual style and Mid-Century Modernism.

  • Oly Studio: Their highback Dakota Sofa (shown above) debuted at last year's market and remains a key piece in the collection. It combines Mid-Century Modernism with traditional elements like nailhead upholstery, a high wingback, tufting, and detailed welting. (Available to the trade and retail.)
  • Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams: Their showroom included several pieces that straddled the line between Mid-Century Modernism and English Heritage, like a wing chair with turned legs and a highback nailhead sofa. (Coming soon to MGBW stores.)
  • Bunny Williams' Beeline Home: New York interior designer Bunny Williams showcased her new line for Beeline Home, which included a Mid-Century-inspired wingback with traditional Windsor legs — a fresh and funny take on traditional decor. (Available to the trade.)
  • Bolier & Company: Their showroom was full of crisp, classic grays, including a super-highback bedroom chair with a distinct contemporary silhouette. (Available to the trade.)
  • Mr. Brown for Julian Chichester: UK company Julian Chichester debuted its new, more affordable Mr. Brown collection at High Point. Signature pieces included a couple of curvy wingbacks. (Available to the trade.)
  • Cisco Home: This California company is more modern than most of the collections listed here, but their 2011 collection at High Point included some wingback chairs and a cozy, cocoon-like bed. All their upholstery is handmade at their workshop in Los Angeles. (Available to the trade and retail.)
  • Barbara Barry for Baker: The California designer's collection for Baker was one of the highlights of High Point — it elegantly balances traditional and modern forms. While much of the upholstery was low-slung, a highback bed made a glamorous cameo. (Available to the trade.)

Located in North Carolina and held twice each year in April and October, High Point Market is "the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world." The market includes 180 buildings, 10 million square feet of showspace, and over 2,000 exhibitors who exhibit to designers, buyers, press, and industry representatives.

Photos: Sarah Coffey, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

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