Every trip to High Point is filled with surprises. Year after year I make the journey knowing the manufacturers, designers and showrooms have been hard at work on exciting, new designs that will inspire my latest projects. This year, as I prepare my itinerary for the four days at market, I am most looking forward to Robin Baron AKA The Baroness's launch of her new showroom. What makes me most excited, is that all her pieces are "love children" of The Baroness – dreamt, designed, and curated out of her office on the upper west side of New York City. When I see fellow designers creating new pieces, I am not only inspired but thrilled that the very people who create beautiful new homes, restaurants and commercial spaces are also creating the product we use every day. She even goes so far as to name her pieces after the most important people in her life. Ah hem, how about a Mr. Favreaulous?!
Designers like Nancy Price and Pandora de Balthazar remind us that everything old is new again. I look forward to stopping by their spaces for a warm greeting and a look at all the exciting pieces they are introducing. Thanks for keeping things green, ladies.
I let the gargantuan building, IHFC swallow me up for at least a full day, getting happily lost over and over again as I stumble upon the latest from Brown Jordan who always has everything I need for exterior spaces; Currey and Company, one of my go to's for everything new and exciting in lighting; and Bungalow 5 who never ceases to WOW! my design taste buds.
My good friends at Global Views, Noir and Arteriors keep things exciting in the stylish and affordable category. I am always awe struck at all the new items they manage to dazzle with at every market.
Meanwhile, just a hop, skip and jump away, Bunny Williams and Barbara Barry offer beautiful classic and transitional pieces that always elevate a room.
The undulation architecture of The Showplace lures me in with her sinuous curves and always seduces. This contemporary building has so many design stalwarts that I find myself racing through the building trying to get a peek of everything new and innovative. For me, I always take a minute to see what Jaipur has cooked up over the summer. I never leave the building before I race through American Leather and of course, Surya.
High Point is a vast treasure trove of possibility and it is possible to feel overwhelmed at times, but for me this is part of the adventure. I plan ahead, mapping out the showrooms I don't want to miss and I always leave time to get distracted by something new, to chat with good friends and grab a Prosecco at happy hour. The after parties, Uber car adventures and shenanigans are all part of the fun. And of course, comfortable yet stylish shoes are key. See you in the hallways!
Favreau Design and The Favreaulous Factory
Interior designer and entrepreneur, Steven Favreau operates out of the Favreaulous Factory, a 11,000 square foot design think tank in Boston’s design district and is preeminent on today’s world design stage. Maintaining coastal offices in Boston and San Francisco, Favreau’s residential and commercial projects span the United States and European Union. Among his TV appearances, Favreau was a contestant on HGTV’s The White Room Challenge. He was also a two-time semifinalist for the HGTV home decorating interior design show Design Star.