Thursday, October 15, 2009

Modern Traditions-Traipsing through North Carolina this week

I am missing out on the annual Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Weekend  because it overlaps with High Point Market in North Carolina.
High Point is the largest trade show in the world for furniture-well for just about anything interior design & decoration related. There will be at least 80,000 people here. One week of the latest and greatest in design debuts here. Very different than the Craftsman weekend which celebrates a specific historical style rooted in the Arts and Crafts movement. Homeowners scramble to get as much Stickley in their home as possible.


Stickley furniture has survived any and all trends as well as it's own challenges as a company. It remains one of the most respected manufacturers today.
You are welcome to browse Stickley's site for a more complete view of genuine Arts & Crafts furniture. Hand made in the US and a lifetime warranty are two major reasons why Stickley is synonomous with collector's item. Yes that level of qaulity is expensive and authentic Antique pieces are extremely valuable.
I love this Poppy table-it has an art noveau flavor.
 A limited edition piece originally made in 1900, and was reintroduced for 2009 only.


It's quite a departure from the classic Morris Chair and I imagine it near an Alphonse Mucha print....
....or next to Stickley's Harvey Queen Bed:



I had the pleasant experience of meeting a similar company today at High Point Market. While they have a different identity than Stickly, Copeland Furniture has similar values: Every piece is made in Vermont and they primarily use maple, cherry, walnut and ash. All wood is certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council-an verifying an authentic (and not easy to obtain) commitment to environmental responsibility.
We use sustainably harvested hardwoods from the American Northern Forest



"The Northern Forest is among the healthiest in the world and is actually growing in terms of standing biomass. The capacity of the Northern Forest to absorb carbon dioxide is growing each year. The forests of Vermont are no exception, now covering over 85% of the landscape. The lumber we use comes from within 500 miles of our factory. Living and working in and near the regions that supply our raw materials means that far less fossil fuel is consumed and less carbon dioxide emitted through transportation."-Copeland Furniture


They manufacture a Frank Lloyd Wright licensed collection:
I also enjoyed some scandidavian / mid-century inspired inspirations:

While I am thoroughly enjoying seeing the trends debut this week,
Quality design rooted in history never loses it's appeal, relevance, or beauty.

Disclaimer: the author has sore feet and is sleep deprived. Silly things like spell check and ramblings should be found amusing and promptly forgiven.

3 comments:

Rob said...

Mmm, Stickley. Never did like those dining room chairs, though....

Ceriess said...

That picture of the Harvey Ellis bed is mine. I do not give permission in any way shape or form for this use of my image. Please remove it.

Vanessa said...

Ceriess, you are a bit weird and could use an education on public content. Either way I removed the photo in question. Best of luck to you.