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November 11, 2012

High Point: The Best of (Part Deux)

Mahogany Renaissance settee hand-painted in white with gilded accents & silk cushion by Maitland-Smith
Center_table_upCenter Table with intricate marquetry by Maitland-SmithRecaimier_gilded_up
Elegant ebony recamier with painted gold accents sby Maitland-Smith
Hand Carved Mahogany Empire Armchair with Gold Metal Leaf Swan Accents by Maitland-Smith

I can't gush enough about my trip to Maitland-Smith this year. The individual pieces were just exquisite. In addition to a few pieces I mentioned in a previous post, here were some of the items that still have dreaming.

Italian Empire chairs,  an elegant recamier that leaves me imagining myself a lady of leisure in another era, a center table with beautiful inlaid marquetry (I LOVE this table) and of course... that glamorous cream settee in the top photo. My office chair is actually the sister product to that settee. I adore it! It is just as chic in person as one might expect, with hand-painted finish and gold accents.

The Maitland experience is a bit like walking through the antiquities section of a top ranked museum. Individual pieces are so lovely and unique that you can't imagine them being produced by anyone in our impatient generation. You're almost expecting to see a plaque located nearby explaining that this was one of Marcus Aurelius's campaign pieces borrowed from the Louvre. They are just that lovely.

DSC_0704Top of Bed ensemble in sand, blue and chocolate with subtle shine
Another example of something I'd never have done myself, but I'm thrilled when I see it. Croc embossed leather in teal and chocolate look AMAZING on this classic French Bergere chair. The nailhead detail adds an extra bit of edge. DSC_0731
The ombre effect of this pillow was subtle enough to make it feel classic. This fabric seemed to be the perfect marriage of Ikat and Flock in neutral tones. And note: fringe was everywhere this season. Something to remember when designing your upholstered pieces.
Although this photo focuses on the lovely tablescaping in the foreground, I'm actually vibing on the mixed use of fabrics on the sofa behind it. Note the neutral base fabric, the pretty blue silk trellis cushion and the more ethnic lumbar pillow. There's a lot going on and it all mixes beautifully to produce an elegant and classic sofa.
More of Denise's savvy textile mixtures and... note that AMAZING travertine topped table. Mais oui! I don't see him on the web site yet so he must be new... but he's handsome. I love the coppery bronze legs and the lower shelf. Perfect for holding more art books.

In my Drexel post I commented on many of their lovely silhouettes and the general atmosphere of the showroom. But when I look back at what I most drooled over in High Point, Drexel Heritage's fabrics come to mind.

Denise Alala, VP of Upholstery Design for the brand, provides a magical mix of textures and colors that are sexy without being overtly feminine or masculine. There are touches of glamour delivered by shimmering surfaces and touchable textures. But you'll also see handsome plaids and classic patterns that transcend styles and decades.

I really appreciate Denise's ability to consistently select pretty textiles that also have wonderful hand. I would summarize the Drexel Heritage look as "sensible sophistication." You get the impression that these aren't just pleasant to look at, they are designed with quality and durability in mind.

For more of my great finds at High Point during October Market, be sure to see The Best Of High Point: Part I, Perfection at Pearson, Design by Drexel Heritage, Heavenly Hickory Chair, Marketing, Henredon: The Big Show, Magical Maitland Smith

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