Traditional silhouettes get a fresh and modern boost from high-gloss finishes and materials.
HIGH POINT, N.C. - Art-deco and midcentury styles offer endless possibilities for manufacturers seeking to re-energize what "modern" means today in home furnishings. Stainless steel, chrome, acrylic and lots of lacquer are the hallmarks of these reborn looks, which were everywhere at the Spring International Home Furnishings Market.
Lexington Home Brands introduced the deco-styled Aquarius Collection, which featured stunning lacquer pieces in aquamarine, white and Mandarin red.
Century Furniture relaunched its Chin Hua Collection, first introduced in 1975 to ride the tsunami of interest in all things Chinese after President Richard Nixon normalized relations with that country. The new collection adds rich veneers such as malachite, sapphire and garnet and new materials including stainless steel and acrylic.
"Lacquer finishes have become a very important trend in the home-furnishings category," said Comer Wear, whose grandfather started Century Furniture.
Lee Industries was no exception to the trend. However, its designers looked to clear acrylic to update a hide-and-hair bench with a button-tufted zebra pattern. Also showing off their acrylic legs were Century and Lilly Pulitzer, which used them on benches.
Bungalow 5 used marble tops and nickel-plated hardware on a variety of new lacquer chests. Though shown in black or white, they also come in red, orange, Kelly green and aqua lacquer finishes.
Like a form of alchemy, stainless steel, lacquer finishes and acrylics are transforming traditional silhouettes into fresh products for many furnituremakers.