Blissful Design from High Point

 Genevieve Chandelier 

Genevieve Chandelier 

Bliss Studio produces fine collections of historically inspired items including furniture, lighting, and accessories. Blending old-world detail with a distinctly modern point-of-view, we create designs inspired by the beauty and elements found in timeless antiques. Our aesthetic embodies a contemporary philosophy with an unwavering respect for the classics.
— Bliss Studio
 Phidas Chair 

Phidas Chair 

Irwin Weiner ASID - I just got back from a client shopping trip to High Point, NC. What is there to see there that you can't see in New York City? High Point is home to America's "ready-to-wear collection" of furniture, open only to the design trade, and it's a great way to spot trends for what products, styles, and designs will soon flood the retail market. Here are some of the trends I observed.

  • The quality of design has improved a lot, largely because of the production skills of the mass market manufacturers. Lucite and other materials, once proprietary to the high-end custom furnishing market, are now commonplace in lower priced merchandise.
  • Many case goods can be found in gray wood, wood that is distressed. It's not as formal as other pieces. Nice and relaxed.
  • But there is glam in the mass market aplenty. Mirrored surfaces, faux shagreen, acrylic, high-gloss lacquer - these lend a sense of luxury and Hollywood to a lot of furniture and accessories.
 Karouan Chair 

Karouan Chair 

Without following these trends, I really liked the appealing colors - whites, grays, and taupes - of the wares from Bliss Studio. While my client wasn't blown away, I admired these pieces as being timeless. The stone colors of the items outshine the outdated yellow-y look of mass-produced Country French style furnishings. The Gustavian influence from Sweden is a safe bet for many Northern clime homes, with our weaker light. Click on any of the product photos in this post for more product information, and I look forward to showcasing more High Point discoveries in the coming weeks!

 Trestle Table

Trestle Table

 Chain Mirror

Chain Mirror

 Montura Settee

Montura Settee