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Furniture styles turn nostalgic.

A hint of nostalgia--not just for the U.S. past but for Europe's previous centuries--and an appreciation for a modern, casual lifestyle predominated the High Point Market.

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The massive, heavy pieces of past "Mediterranean" styling have given way to lighter-feeling, smaller but still gracefully carved "southern European"-inspired pieces. Innovative finishes and contrasting materials and colors have taken "country or "rustic"into a new, softer territory.

Bernhardt Furniture Co. and Hickory Chair displayed European-inspired poster beds that have the multiple turnings but lack the heavy canopies of poster beds of yore.

Bernhardt's Spanish-themed poster bed, with a curving, upholstered and nail-head-studded headboard, is part of its Vestige collection.

Hickory Chair's Mautene Poster Bed, with a plain, upholstered headboard contrasting with elaborately carved 8-foot American Walnut posts, echoes Italian styling. And the Guest Room Bed in the Paula Deen Home River House Collection by Universal Furniture owes more to the U.S. past than Europe, with its metal bobbin spindles in a gunmetal finish.

Updating The Classics

Bob Timberlake's Vintner's Club by Century Furniture gives a softer feel to the traditional, semi-rustic shapes the designer is known for. "We wanted to create a collection that would work for homes around the country, not just at the beach or in the mountains," he says.

His fondness for mixing metal and wood is still there, and Century's inventory of 115 finishes gave him plenty of leeway to come up with contrasting looks. Natural-wood base and top on one credenza, for instance, are separated by doors in a slate finish, creating what the company calls a "coastal" look.

At Vaughan-Bassett, the new Hanover bedroom collection has the look of reclaimed wood, a style that's making inroads at the mid-price point, says President Doug Bassett. The Timber Bed and a Broom Handle Bed are pine solids with oak, pine and charcoal finishes. The pine solids and oak veneers, says Bassett, "mix beautifully."

And although this market's designs are less flamboyant than in the past, they're not without their edginess and glitter. It's achieved in small doses, through pieces that can be mixed and matched, like Bernhardt's Barnsley Dining Table. A design of inlaid bone tile is surrounded by black resin, echoing the black and white theme of much of the collection.

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Title Annotation:Furniture Trends
Author:Miller, Hannah
Publication:Wood & Wood Products
Date:Jun 1, 2013
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