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Discovery by design | Vol.1, Issue 1

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                                                                                                                                            Our 2021 Style Spotters brought a rich array of perspectives to their Market experiences, and what
                                                                                                                            you are about to read reflects that richness. Working with this team was a real joy, and while we’re sad that this
                                                                                                                            Market ends their tenure as Style Spotters, we are glad to see them be the first to tackle our new mission.
                                                                                                                            With this inaugural issue of Style Spotters Stories, we shift from focusing only on trends to searching for the stories
                                                                                                                            that defined this Market. We loved the way our Style Spotters became journalists seeking out and reporting those
                     Immerse yourself in the style and stories defining home, as seen through

                                                                                                                            stories. Among the most inspiring was the emergence of maker culture, as seen in showrooms offering products
                     the eyes of our talented Style Spotters. We are delighted to bring you                                 from artisans around the globe.
                     product insights in these categories.                                                                  Speaking of richness (and trends), we all noted the rich textures that permeated the showrooms. Boucle was literally
                                                                                                                            everywhere, often mixed with velvets, or even leather. This mixing of materials that one might not expect to see together
                                                                                                                            was one of the macro trends of Fall 2021.
                                                                                                                            We all celebrated the emergence of indigenous patterns from diverse cultures. We noted these in textiles, rugs, accessories,
                             Tells the story behind a product or brand, giving the reader a deeper understanding and
                                                                                                                            lighting, and furniture. We believe this will become a macro trend driven by our culture’s evolution and our increasing
                             appreciation of how a piece is made, the culture it came from, the artisans who make it,
                                                                                                                            focus on inclusivity and diversity.
                             or the science behind it.
                                                                                                                            We also noted that there were quite a few showrooms that went neutral and textural but other colorways took off in
                                                                                                                            a bold direction inspired by Art Deco. Organic greens and warm earth tones like spice, cinnamon, cognac, and straw
                                                                                                                            were also prevalent. Plus, many products made of organic fibers added the tones of raffia, reeds, and rattan to the mix.
                             A story built around a style, a product category, colors, textures, or any number of themes.
                                                                                                                            Over the past 3 or 4 Markets we’ve all noted the importance of Hardware as the Jewelry of collections. This Market
                                                                                                                            was perhaps the best in that regard.
                                                                                                                            We hope you enjoy the Style Stories of Fall 2021.
                             A celebration of a favorite product, collection, or brand, sharing why it is beloved and a     And we look forward to seeing you at Spring 2022 High Point Market, April 2-6!
                             must-see stop at High Point Market.

                                                                                                                             Our Advisors
                                                                                                                                                              Shay Geyer
                                                                                                                                                              OWNER & DESIGNER, IBB DESIGN FINE FURNISHINGS
                                                                                                                                                            @designershay     @designershay

                                                                                                                                                              Gary Inman
                                                                                                                                                              OWNER, GARY INMAN HOME | FOUNDER HOSPITALITY AT HIGH POINT
FRONT COVER: Beacon Custom Lighting
                                                                                                                                                             garyinman      @GaryInman2
INSIDE COVER: Hubbardton Forge
BACK COVER: Branch Home
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The Alais collection is additionally distinguished
                         Sara Malek Barney                                                                                                                                          by Nicole’s fabric cover selection for the fall
                                                                                                                                                                                    showroom presentation. Sourced from Fishman
                       @saramalekbarney     @jointhebandd
                                                                                                                                                                                    Fabrics in Chicago, LeCosta is a high-end wool
                                                                                                                                                                                    boucle produced in Italy from pure wool and cotton.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Available in 8 colorways, the base material is flecked
                                                                                                                                                                                    with colorful, confetti-like yarns.

                                                                     A new collection that pushes the
    A Sprinkle of Asymmetry                                          boundaries of basic while delivering
                                                                     the utmost style.

    Nathan Anthony Furniture’s debut of the Alais collection piques interest and sparks inspiration. Each of its three
    signature items — a fully upholstered bed, an accent chair, and a bench — is distinguished by curvaceous shapes
    and accented by ball-shaped feet that are crafted from hardwood and sized to scale. Incorporating the sphere as a
    distinctive design element, this collection takes us to the next phase of the current curvy furniture trend.

    “There’s been a definite evolution in our designs over several seasons,” says line designer, Tina Nicole. “We started
    by rounding out accent chair frames several years ago for styles like Elan and Dali, and then more dramatically for
    our popular Buttercup chair. We also began to shape the foam padding surrounding the frames, which added soft
    dimensionality and plushness, as well as visual interest, to our Chablis and Chelle styles. Rounder shapes are more
    inviting, like getting a hug, and our interior designer clients have really responded to that.”

                                                                                                                                           “I love the quality of the material,”
                                                                                                                                           says Nicole. “It’s luxe, but it’s also
                                                                                                                                           very fun and the overall showroom
                                                                                                                                           design will reflect that vibe.”

                                                                                                                                             For the bench-made upholstery
                                                                                                                            specialist, all items in the collection are fully
                                                                                                                            customizable, along with the option for C.O.M.
                                                                                                                            The ball feet are available in 11 wood finishes,
                                                                                                                            including the newest addition called ‘Blondey’.

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Sara Malek Barney             MUST BE SEEN

                                                                McGuire Furniture presents a selection
    Modern Effortlessly                                         of tables and upholstered seating that
                                                                features raw textures, organic materials,
    Meets Organic                                               and hand-touched elements.

    Recognized for decades for their high level of craftsmanship paired with approachability, McGuire Furniture expands
    on this reputation in a new 16-piece collection created in collaboration with distinguished designer Laura Kirar.
    Drawing inspiration from a life layered by two influences — urban modernity and the natural world — the Laura Kirar
    collection for McGuire plays on the juxtaposition of being immersed in the world’s most architecturally innovative
    cities, as well as the solitary experience of nature’s desert formations, tangled jungle rooftops, ancient pyramids,
    excavated treasures, and more.

    The collection encompasses a capsule selection of tables and upholstered
    seating, featuring dynamic designs with raw textures, organic materials, and
    hand-touched elements that effortlessly complement McGuire’s legacy of
    hand craftsmanship and approachable style. The collection is catered to a
    lifestyle that is sophisticated yet casual; it effortlessly aligns with the brand’s
    essence of laidback luxury and the spirit of innovation.

    Merging geometric and organic lines, and blending technology with handmade,
    ancient techniques, this collection showcases a confident balance of materials
    and proportions. The pieces are defined by generous sculptural volumes with
    elegant, delicately woven elements. Strong organic materials — such as oak,
    rattan, rawhide, cane, Toronto Marble, and Bianco Pavonazzo Marble — are
    used throughout. One specific not-to-be-missed piece would be the Taru
    dining table which presents an oak top and base, a rawhide detail on its border,
    and legs that mimic suede fringe. The details all around are just incredible.

    “My vision for this collection was to capture the distinctive elemental materials
    found within nature and add a global, modern perspective to complement McGuire’s timeless furnishings,” said Kirar.
    “It was a joy to design this bold, thoughtful, labor-intensive collection in partnership with the McGuire team.”

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Lauren Clement
                         @lauren.nicole.designs   @laurennicoleinc

                                                                               A couple of can’t-miss pieces and
        A Touch of Gold & Texture                                              brands that are gold-standard and
                                                                               full of depth!
        It is no surprise that High Point Market left me feeling as inspired as ever. Surrounded by beauty and innovation,    Fringe is back! The Hallie stool by Made Goods has me reminiscing on
        I took note of several can’t miss brands, products, and trends that had me immediately imagining when and where       the roaring ‘20s while its soft suede was mesmerizing. It’s available in
        to use them in upcoming projects!                                                                                     a variety of colors — and I would take one of each!

        THE GOLDEN TOUCH                                                                                                      TRENDY TEXTURES
        Sometimes, a little gold makes anything feel luxurious! This High Point Market, I found myself gravitating towards    Something that always adds depth to any design is texture, and there
        all things golden when it came to finishes. I just love the sophistication it gives off while simultaneously adding   was an abundance of it throughout High Point Market! A touch of texture
        a modern element. A few of my favorite golden moments:                                                                can elevate any piece while still remaining functional!

    Currey & Co. truly never disappoints. Their use of mixed materials such as
    leather, wood, and a touch of gold had me swooning over this Camille screen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Contrast done right by Bernhardt Furniture.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         The textured base on this Trianon table
                           The Sabine wall sconce by                                                                                                                                                     makes it truly unique and brings a beautifully
                           Hudson Valley Lighting had                                                                                                                                                    subtle natural element as well.
                           me stopping in my tracks.
                           The intricate details and
                           Art-Deco inspired design,
                           finished in an elegant
                           gold, truly makes this
                           piece wall jewelry!

                           This stunning, gold Gabby
                           chandelier adds just the
                           right amount of glow to
                           overhead spaces, such as
                           above a kitchen island or a
                           pair of nightstands.

                                                                                                                              Branch Home’s Oliver side table features a hammered metal texture that
                                                                                                                              forms a stylish pattern throughout. This piece is perfectly suited for a
                                                  Fun and functional ceramic vases from                                       living room or bedroom design.
                                                  Global Views are perfect for bookshelf
                                                  styling in practically any room!
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Lauren Clement                       BEHIND THE SCENES

                                                                                                                                  When it comes to sourcing for projects, I am always thinking about durability
                                                                                                                                  and reliability. Especially in busy family homes, a strong, durable piece of furniture
                                                                                                                                  is a must. Charleston Forge emphasizes functionality while still incorporating a
                                                                                                                                  wide variety of design styles, ensuring that the design is still striking and unique,

                Hand-made                                                                                                         and also lasts a lifetime in your space. Solid wood, glass, and steel offer a sturdy
                                                                                                                                  surface for styling a console or for study time!
                                                               Charleston Forge’s American-made
                in the Mountains                               furniture centers on customization
                of North Carolina                              and quality.

    Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Charleston Forge has mastered the art of hand-forging beautiful
    metals to create intricate framing for beautiful pieces of furniture. The Charleston Forge family prides itself on being an
    American-made brand with quality craftsmanship always at the forefront of design.

    From occasional furniture pieces to barstools, seating, and desks, each piece is made to order by hand and easily
    customized in a variety of wood and metal finishes.

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Heather French                                                                                              Every single element of their lighting, even the LAD
     FOUNDER, PRINCIPAL INTERIOR DESIGNER,                                                                       pieces, were made in America.The glass is locally
     FRENCH & FRENCH INTERIORS                                                                                   blown and the leather in their mixed materials lights    @frenchandfrenchinteriors
                                                                                                                 is sourced in Vermont. I really liked the balance they
                                                                                                                 were able to strike between a high level of quality
                                                                                                                 craftsmanship, American product sourcing, and a
                                                                                                                 great price point.

                 Slow Design,
                 Made in America
                 A big highlight of Fall ‘21 High Point Market was
                 the focus makers and designers placed on the
                 deeper meaning and stories behind their work.
                 Hubbardton Forge, founded in 1974 by two college
                 friends, is among the oldest and largest commercial forges in the U.S. Crafting each
                 product by hand, to order, in Castleton, Vermont, this is not fast design. This is conscious,
                 artfully slow, and ethical design.

                                                                                                                 Hubbardton Forge employs around 230 people, strengthening the local economy. Their dedication to American-made
                                                                                                                 products makes sourcing faster, easier, and more sustainable than working with factories overseas. Over the last 45 years,
                                                                                                                 the company has made an effort towards ensuring their practices prevent waste and save energy. They even use recycled
                                                                                                                 materials when possible. The pieces created by Hubbardton Forge are destined to become family heirlooms, even
                                                                                                                 one-of-a-kind items, that will be treasured and passed on rather than tossed in the landfill.

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Heather French                           ON THE SCENE
                                 I was really excited to see the Crossroads collection
                                 by Selamat Designs, created in collaboration with
                                 the Museum of New Mexico Foundation (MNMF),              I was delighted to see the woven elements in different types of home furnishings. When I saw the Sol tables and this
                                 founded in 1962 in Santa Fe, NM, home base to French     really impressive mirror, I thought of the utilitarian art pieces used to carry wood, food, and for storage in New Mexican
                                 and French Interiors. We have limited showrooms in       culture. The table and mirror featured here are made of water hyacinth and wrapped around metal to create a burst of
     Southwest Culture Collab,   our area and it was such a treat to see these stunning   sunshine around the glass. The coffee table is hollow inside for storage. The pieces were inspired by the basket collection
                                                                                          at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.
                                 pieces from our hometown at High Point Market.
     Crossroads Collection       The attention to detail on this Portale armoire is
                                 absolutely beautiful, reminiscent of classic,
                                 Southwestern arches and rounded shapes favored in
                                 jewelry, furniture, and even doorways to our historic
                                 sites. I couldn’t help but think of the entryway and
                                 sanctuary corridors of the Cathedral Basilica of
                                 Saint Francis of Assisi when I saw this armoire.

                                                                                                Reference    Akimel O’odham basket, Arizona, c. 1890,       Palm fiber rain cape, Mexico, 20th century,
                                                                                                             Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Santa Fe      Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe
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                            Breegan Jane                                                                 The line also highlights a neutral color palette, but don’t let that lull you into a false sense of sameness. The Commerce
                            DESIGNER, ENTREPRENEUR, LIFESTYLE EXPERT                                     & Market options refuse to rest in an average take on beige, black, or grey. Rather, textures and designs bring depth,
                            AND PHILANTHROPIST IN LOS ANGELES
                                                                                                         character, and stunning versatility to each piece. Intricate patterns and shapes create statements, defy traditionalism,
                          @breeganjane     @breeganjane
                                                                                                         and set a new standard for occasional furniture.

                                                Hooker Furnishings Commerce & Market collection offers
     Contemporary                               occasional furniture with exclusive appeal.

     Hooker Furnishings new Commerce & Market line takes
     a different approach to approachability. With a focus on
     globally-inspired occasional pieces, the collection offers
     regal-looking furniture with an array of designs, styles and
     textures. Each piece highlights international influences
     from Mexico, India, and Vietnam, to name just a few
     countries. The result is a striking combination of cast
     metals, stone, acacia solids, painted glass, marble, and
     wood veneers. Each piece is visually impressive and would
     work in practically any interior space.

                                                                                                         CHOICES GALORE
                                                                                                         Featuring bookcases, bar cars, stools, cabinets, chests, consoles, credenzas, étagères, and so much more, Commerce
                                                                                                         & Market offers a selection of practically anything my clients could wish for in home decor accents. There is also an
                                                                                                         extensive selection of occasional tables, including end tables, nesting and cocktail tables, desks, and even martini tables.
                                                                                                         My standout pieces include the resin-cast Carved Stumped side tables. Hand-painted tribal prints present a rich cultural
                                                                                                         history and tradition in its design, preserving it timelessly in the visuals. Other standouts include the Angles, Layers, and
                                                                                                         Jaiden three door credenzas. Gorgeous hand-placed inlay patterns make this a remarkable line for buyers of all ages
                                                                                                         and homes of all sizes.

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Breegan Jane                  MUST BE SEEN
                                                                              It’s hard not to be enticed by the
                                                                              offerings from Phillips Collection.
                                                                              It only takes a glance at their
                                                                              striking and unique pieces to be
                          Where the Organic                                   instantly impacted by them!
                          Meets Artistry                                      They were on my must-see list at
                                                                              High Point Market, and I’ll give you
                                                                              several reasons why they should be
                                                                              on yours, too!

     Founded in 1983 by Mark and Julie Phillips and Mark’s parents, Sherry and Larry Phillips. Phillips Collection is both
     family owned and family operated. Jason and Jessica Phillips make up the third generation. Needless to say, it’s definitely
     a family affair! The Phillips family attributes much of the magic we see in their company to a special dynamic that
     results from having people so deeply invested that almost every dinner involves a work-related conversation!
     That’s what I call passion!
                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Geode mirror is reminiscent of true stone
     Phillips says their collections are “born from a love of discovery and design.” Their pieces each have an undeniable                                                                             dazzling, and the black and gold is neutral
     organic and traveled quality that speaks to the lengths the company goes to source them.                                                                                                         enough to fit any space.

     In piece after piece, Mother Nature’s influence, combined with Phillips Collection’s artistry, wows with features like the
     brilliant, organically-shaped gold displayed against the matte black of the Circular Cracked mirror.

                                                                                                                                   The most recent additions to Phillips Collection feel like a love letter to our earth. The Teak Root console table and
                                                                                                                                   Revolving Circle natural teak wood sculpture both feature the natural hardwood in all its beauty.

                                                                                                                                   Don’t let anyone tell you that “natural” can’t be glamorous! I love the swirling edges of the Silver Leaf Waterfall desk
                                                                                                                                   and the Cast Onyx bowl with a finish that resembles the veining found in real onyx.
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Molly Kay Johns

                                   Whether calm and subdued or sizzling hot
     White Out                     — white pieces shine in my book.

     Clean, crisp, airy, elegant, and contemporary, these are words that immediately come to my mind when I look at white
     furnishings and decor. Show me the same item in a color and in white and I will almost always be drawn to the white
     one. I do love bold color, but calm, crisp white is a timeless classic for me and is central to my interior design aesthetic.         The Morombe white credenza, by Currey & Company, is made of white oak and features an embedded square pattern.
     It did not surprise me in the least that several of my favorite items at Fall Market were in this celestial hue. Whether you          It has a cerused white finish which allows for the character of the wood grain to show through while still giving off a
     are wanting a piece to take center stage or blend seamlessly into the background, white is always up for the task.                    fresh and clean look. This piece would look stunning against a dramatic, darkly painted wall but would look equally as
                                                                                                                                           beautiful in front of a light blue grasscloth wallpaper.

     The Bethany coffee table, by Bungalow 5,
     is wrapped in a beautiful soft white linen                                                                                                            When it comes to upholstered furniture,
     and then heavily lacquered. This large                                                                                                                my heart belongs to white fabric.
     scale table is the perfect backdrop for                                                                                                               Maybe it’s because you are able to see
     your accessories. Or, the linen provides                                                                                                              the lines of the piece more clearly when
     enough visual interest with it’s texture                                                                                                              upholstered in white. The Marquesa sofa
                                                                                                                                                           by Hickory Chair is a perfect example of
     to stand alone for a more modern feel.
                                                                                                                                                           this with it’s horizontal channels along
                                                                                                                                                           the front, Ash plinth base, and tuxedo
                                                                                                                                                           arms. The beautiful white fabric brings
                                                                                                                                                           these details forward. Of course, it would
                                                                                                                                                           need to be a performance fabric!

          The Oraso stool by John-Richard                         Another wonderful thing about using white furnishings is how
          is another example of combining a                       well they pair with any other texture, color, or finish. I love to mix
          brass base with white, this time in                     and match patterns and finishes and when you have white as
          a beautiful creamy off white leather.                   a lot of your base, the possibilities are endless. The Industry
          White pieces certainly caught my                        dining table by Essentials for Living combines an ivory concrete
          eye at Fall Market!                                     top with a brass base. The warmth of brass goes so well with
                                                                  the crisp, coolness of white and I love the extra edginess that
                                                                  the concrete top adds.
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Molly Kay Johns              MUST BE SEEN

                                                             No matter what style space I am
                                                             designing, I can find a light fixture
                                                             that will be the perfect fit at Hinkley.
                                                             For a large area when you want lots
                                                             of light and a fixture that will be a
                                                             focal point with a modern feel,
                                                             I love the Skye extra large two
                                                             tier chandelier designed by
                                                             Lisa McDennon.

     Let There Be Light
     My thirst for beautiful lighting is
     adequately quenched at Hinkley

     I’m not ashamed to say that I am completely
     obsessed with light fixtures. They are as
     important to the design of a space as any other
     element, and a room is just not complete until
     it has the right lighting. I think about the lighting
     in a room from the very beginning stages of
     planning and design, and not just about the light
     a fixture will provide but what the fixture looks
     like when turned off, as well. I have been using                                    A sconce is an indispensable item that I use in
     Hinkley light fixtures for my clients for years                                     many capacities in my designs. Bathrooms are
     now and was delighted when they opened a                                            of course where everyone thinks of using them. I
     showroom for the first time at Fall Market.                                         also use them on bookcases, in dining rooms, in
     Being in Market Square, they get the cool benefit                                   window seats, in hallways, butler’s pantries, up
     of aged wood floors, brick walls, exposed ceiling                                   staircases, and anywhere else they can fit. I love
     pipes, and that antique, industrial feel that is                                    the Warby sconce because you can hang it up or
     unique to Market Square. It’s a dream backdrop                                      down and it comes in clear or opal glass.
     for a lighting showroom. Hinkley’s showroom
     is beautiful, well laid out, and houses all of their
     bestselling chandeliers, pendants, sconces,
     outdoor lighting, and ceiling fans.
                                                                                                          I have a very strong passion for lighting and
     If I am wanting to up the glam in a space but                                                        Hinkley’s fixtures are among those I come
     still keep it classic, the Echelon multi tier fixture                                                back to again and again, because I always
     with it’s faux alabaster and brass gives me an                                                       find what I am looking for. Their beautiful,
     art deco vibe that still blends well with many                                                       brand new showroom at High Point Market
     styles. This fixture is just so gorgeous.                                                            is a must see in my book!

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Steve McKenzie
     FOUNDER, PRINCIPAL DESIGNER, MCKENZIE DESIGN   @stevemckenzies     @stevemckenzies
                                                                                                                                                     Bohemia. The word conjures notions of
                                                                                                                                                     artistic freedom and unbridled creativity
                                                                                                                                                     and home. The factory has operated for
                                                                                                                                                     the last 130 years in this region of the
                                              Bohemian History                                                                                       Czech mountains, and at the time of
                                                                                                                                                     its founding, Bohemia already had a
                                              Meets Innovation                                                                                       glass making tradition that stretched
                                                                                                                                                     back for centuries. Originally focused
                                              Beacon Custom Lighting brings
                                                                                                                                                     on utility, the artisans began to realize
                                              the history of glass blowing to
                                                                                                                                                     that glass could be manipulated as far
                                              High Point Market.                                                                                     as the mind could dream.

                                              Off the beaten path is sometimes where you find                                                        With nature as their muse, the first
                                              the greatest gems, and Beacon Custom Lighting                                                          chandeliers echoed icicles, flora, and
                                              is certainly the case. Tucked away from the Market                                                     rock crystals. Subsequently, they gained
                                              center on English Road you’ll find COHAB space,                                                        inspiration from the world around and
                                              an old warehouse turned maker showroom.                                                                from their collaborators.
                                              It is a collective of artisans showing all kinds of
                                              wares for the home industry. Sitting at the back
                                              is the white gallery space where Beacon Custom
                                              Lighting displays its amazing glass and crystal
                                              lighting fixtures.

                                              The story begins long before their entrance
                                              to High Point. Arriving from the Black Forest of
                                              the Czech Republic, they bring a time-honored
                                              tradition of glassmaking and an aesthetic that
                                              merges this rich history with designs of today.

                                                                                                    No matter the shape or concept, each piece entrusted to their
                                                                                                    artisans is bench-made with intention from premium materials
                                                                                                    such as crystal, brass, and alabaster.

                                                                                                    From the metal foundry to their design studio, they produce
                                                                                                    almost everything in house, from the parts of each fixture,
                                                                                                    to cast and finished metalwork, and to the design and formation
                                                                                                    of glass into an unlimited array of shapes and sizes.
                                                                                                    Each Beacon creation is a combination of handcraft and 3D
                                                                                                    software. Whether making one piece or fifty, they are in control
                                                                                                    and on top of each project from concept to completion.

                                                                                                    Honoring their Bohemian legacy and moving tradition forward
                                                                                                    is in the DNA of Beacon Custom Lighting. They believe light
                                                                                                    enhances life and they love what they do.
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Steve McKenzie                      BEHIND THE SCENES

                                                                                                                   A true Phoenix Rising story unfolded and now Norwalk Furniture is setting the standard
                                                                                                                   for a selfless, employee centric, sky’s the limit corporation. Known for its design-oriented,
                                                                                                                   high quality, custom upholstery, Norwalk Furniture is a leading manufacturer of
                                                Norwalk Furniture
                                                                                                                   domestically produced seating products. Widely distributed to a national and increasingly
                                                rises from the ashes                                               international market, the company operates a 440,000 square foot factory in Norwalk, Ohio,
                                                and creates a unique                                               where its 278 craftspeople, many of whom are second and third generation artisans,
                                                employee-owned                                                     create over 40,000 pieces each year — one at a time, by hand — to the exact specifications
                                                business providing                                                 of its customers.
     Phoenix Rising                             great products to the

     Great design, excellent quality and innovation are factors all companies in
     our home market strive for. When these combine with an amazing story of
     an employee and customer focused company, what emerges is a very rare
     entity that can only grow in success for everyone involved.

                                                                                   The company’s rich history of handcrafting custom upholstery began in 1902, when a young man named Ed Gerken
                                                                                   — newly arrived from Germany — moved his upholstery company to Norwalk to upholster buggy seats for carriages.
                                                                                   Through the leadership of the next four generations of Gerkens, the company grew to become one of the largest custom
                                                                                   upholstery manufacturers in the nation and an invaluable member of the local Norwalk community. Still today, it is not
                                                                                   uncommon for multiple generations of sewers, upholsterers, cutters, and framers to hand down their craft from father
                                                                                   to son and mother to daughter.

                                                                                   In 2008, as the Great Recession took hold, Norwalk Furniture was forced to close its doors, a shock to the community
                                                                                   and the many families who depended on local jobs for their livelihood. Twelve local families, inspired by a vision to preserve
                                                                                   a local institution banded together to buy the company, assuring those jobs would remain in the community.

                                                                                   In 2021, the investing families renewed their commitment to the future of the company and the Norwalk community by
                                                                                   entering into an agreement to give Norwalk’s employees full ownership of the company through an Employee Stock
                                                                                   Ownership Program (ESOP). Funded entirely by the company, with no out-of-pocket investment by employees, the value
                                                                                   of the shares at retirement will depend on the long-term performance of the organization.
                                                                                   Kudos to company CEO Dan White and President Caroline Hipple. They have set a standard for how we in the home industry
                                                                                   can be local, successful, and innovative while benefiting the employees of a USA company.
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Keia McSwain

                                Motherland Artisan's Hand
     My designs for the NeKeia collection of artisan leather lighting for Ngala Trading are
     manufactured entirely by hand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

                                                                                                                                 As I consider this collection and look forward to
                                                                                                                                 future collaborations, I am inspired by the words of
                                                                                                                                 Chadwick Boseman:

                                                                                                                                 “The projects that I end up doing,
                                                                                                                                 that I want to be involved with in any
                                                                                                                                 way, have always been projects that
                                                                                                                                 will be impactful, for the most part,
     Each piece requires 12 artisans to bring it to life, creating job opportunities, education, and an elevated way of living
     for the people who make the products.
                                                                                                                                 to my people — to black people.”

      The opportunity to share the immense talent of African artisans has never
      felt so good and the pairing of leather and solid brass or nickel never
      looked so good. The Nairobi pendant, NeKeia chandelier, and Ndidi wall
      sconce from Ngala Trading feature three layers of hand cut leather that
      cascade effortlessly over the top rim of the piece.

                                                 All hard-wired, this lighting
                                                 is UL-listed for dry locations.
                                                 These lights aren’t suitable for
                                                 outdoor use. Made to order,
                                                 these works of art take 12-16
                                                 weeks. They are available in
                                                 four new colorways —
                                                 Baobab Tree, Saharan Sunset,
                                                 Nile River, and Oxblood — and
                                                 can be customized to any
                                                 color specification.

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Keia McSwain           ON THE SCENE

     A Reciprocal Love
     What makes Caracole the “it spot” for me?
     It starts with their quality, attention to detail, and use of materials.
     They create individual pieces, rather than collections. Plus, they
     disregard the notion that particular pieces must reside in
     particular rooms. These characteristics all come to life in
     distinctive pieces for every room of the home. Inspired and
     sophisticated, they also incorporate a-ha moments and
     multi-functional practicality, like hidden electronic charging
     stations, innovative storage options and other special details.
     Caracole is about creativity, expression and fun; they’re jazzy and
     give you all the things you want a home to be!

                                                                                “Interiors are meant to evoke a feeling of both comfort and interest. Caracole’s
                                                                                sense of scale, glamour, and design sensibility makes them one of the greatest
                                                                                resources in the luxury design market.” -Keia McSwain
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Justin Shaulis
                           OWNER, DESIGNER, JUSTIN SHAULIS INC
                        @justinshaulis     @justinshaulis

     Familiarity in the Echoes of
     Past Movements Updated Reminiscence
     Libby Langdon’s Elliott linear pendant for Crystorama harkens back
     to the advent of fluorescent lighting tubes and the requirement to
     design elegant housings for those industrial lamps. What’s surprising
     about this style is that it embraces the challenges of the industrial past
     by using glass rods and polished nickel in an elegant manner that still
     looks fresh. From 360 degrees, the pendant has a unique sensibility.
     Plus, the design of the pendant’s end opens up the possibility of using
     multiples to create a really elongated lighting plan.

                                    Verellen’s Gaston Dining Chair comes across as quirky and playful with its exaggerated
                                    splayed back legs and nearly knocked-knee front legs. The chair feels as if it is a serious
                                    play on the many great Scandinavian designs where the engineering takes center stage.
                                    In this case, however, the frame is exaggerated to a riff on vintage European wooden brutalist
                                    chairs. To complete the appeal, the curving cylindrical back is raised from the round pouf of a
                                    seat creating a void space that renders a romantic quality.

                                                                                                                                      While the ‘80s were the heyday of the Memphis movement, Currey & Company’s Mister M table lamp brings its aesthetic
     David Phoenix’s Hatton dining table for Hickory Chair was a study in how to elevate the design of an extendable table.           to 2021, with its pairing of vivid crayon box colors and pure geometric shapes. As with Memphis, it beautifully rides
     Created from sash, the thick top is given generous proportion by the double quirk. When closed, the top rests on an airy         the line between being art and being useful and proposes that it will be a classic in its reinterpretation. But unlike the
     pedestal of thin, diamond-shaped double legs that resemble a library table. When the table is open and leaves inserted,          oft-maligned and misunderstood craze, Mister M provides a much sought after accessibility for pieces that create a
     the pedestal breaks into two T-Shape bases and a refectory table comes to mind.                                                  conversation in both the roots and forward thinking of their design.
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Justin Shaulis                 MUST BE SEEN

                                                                                                                                       This pedestal, designed by Roger Thomas for Global Views, is at once neoclassical and refreshed.
                                                                                                                                       Crafted of black cerused oak, it sits proudly with traditionally graduated proportions, and seems
                                                                                                                                       to wait patiently until the perfect object can be displayed on its black marble cap. The pedestal
                                                                                                                                       is aptly named as it comes from the antique-finish oval mirrors on each of the four sides, which
                                                                                                                                       reflect society in a slightly biased manner, just as Proust did.

                           The Art of Storytelling
                                 Occasional Tables with a Past
     Proprietary in design, the method behind “Off the Grid” table from Mill Collective has roots deep in
     tiled surfaces but this showcases that pieces can continually reveal themselves. At first, the grid      Recalling the bygone era of the golden age, this side table, designed by
     work appears finite, regularized and consistent. Up close it is revealed that the table designed and     Laura Kirar for McGuire Furniture, sets the stage for a very interesting story.
     manufactured by Au Bout du Bois (the end of the wood) is individual crossed cuts of recycled end         Named after Chavela Vargas, a friend (and lover) of Frida Kahlo, who was
     grain of different wood species geometrically encased in custom resin. As each snowflake is different,   a force in her own right. A Costa Rica-born Mexican singer Chevala was well
     so is each end cut. The similarities are the arrangement of like wood species and the color-blocked      known for her heartbreaking renditions of rancheras. Legends and stories
     backgrounds upon which they rest.                                                                        surround her and the exotic life she led singing around the world at the most
                                                                                                              luxurious venues. It is said that after performing at Liz Taylor’s wedding to
                                                                                                              her third husband, she ran off with Ava Gardner, who is just one of many in
                                                                                                              her amorous resume. Just like the legend is wrapped in mysticism and
                                                                                                              exoticism, so is this table which is crafted of cast bronze in swirling rings
                                                                                                              of infinity without a beginning or end. The top is natural marble so it’s
                                                                                                              variations will only add to its delightful appeal.

                                                                                                              Sometimes the story is about the architecture of the piece and in this instance, it’s the drama of a hanging stone-capped
                                                                                                              shelf in Thom Filicia’s Highbridge Console, by Vanguard Furniture. Four tapered legs support a top of framed, inset glass.
                                                                                                              Piercing the beveled glass top are four metal rods which carry the weight of a hanging striated stone shelf. Even with all
                                                                                                              of the structural gymnastics, the console appears peaceful and calm.
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Our Style Spotters Team

     Sara Malek Barney                                                                                            Steve McKenzie
     The mastermind behind the design, Sara is known for her timeless, unique spaces. She draws upon              An artist at heart, Steve has found his creative niche in the interior design community.
     her experience in the fast-paced entertainment and sports industries, as an executive at SXSW,               His award-winning interior projects have been published in House Beautiful and Traditional Home,
     Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, to create a highly collaborative                as well as Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle, Atlanta Magazine’s HOME, and StyleBlueprint. In addition to
     design process that feels authentic to each individual. A member of the Female Founder Collective,           interiors, Steve has designed a fabric collection that is sold to designers throughout North America,
     Sara was one of Fortune Magazine‘s Most Powerful Women {Next Gen}, and one of Austin Monthly‘s               an upholstery collection, and a line of rugs through Verde Home.
     Women to Watch.

     Lauren Clement                                                                                               Keia McSwain
     An Award-Winning designer whose personal design philosophy is Family + Function = Fabulous.                  Seeking to convey the souls of her clients in their homes, Keia transforms rooms into beautifully
     Experienced in residential and commercial new construction and renovation, her work has been                 illuminated spaces. Bursting with mind-blowing color, her designs are fully functional, aesthetically
     published in House Beautiful, Traditional Home, HGTV, Cottage Journal, American Farmhouse,                   pleasing, and define the client’s individual style and way of life. President of the Black Interior
     Apartment Therapy, Business of Home, and more. She regularly appears on local TV to share design             Designer’s Network (BIDN) since 2017, she works to establish strategic partnerships with premier
     trends and advice, and is a contributing editor to Kitchen & Bath Business magazine.                         industry leaders, and to simplify the transitional period for new designers.

     Heather French                                                                                               Justin Shaulis
     Known for whimsical, original work, attention to detail, and designs that last, Heather distills client’s    A designer with twin talents – an architecture background and in-depth knowledge of interiors
     desires into beautiful, comfortable, functional spaces that promote soulful, fun, and nurturing              – Justin transforms homes, apartments, and venues into stunning environments. Balancing the
     experiences. Her unique perspective fills her projects with a broad range of bespoke pieces, and             classic and the modern, he approaches each project collaboratively to create an aesthetic that varies
     has formed the basis of the French & French lighting and furniture lines. Featured in numerous               with the influence and context of the client. Based in New York City, he has completed work throughout
     international publications, Heather was recently voted Next Wave by House                                    the US, Caribbean, and the UK for clients who demand luxurious surroundings.Rooms in America.
     Beautiful Magazine.

     Breegan Jane
     An accomplished interior designer, lifestyle blogger, and Los Angeles mom, Breegan honed her design
     skills working as creative director and marketing professional for a luxury yacht manufacturer.
     Today, working as a residential and commercial designer, she focuses on the design-build aspect
     of each project. Her design savvy is sought by clients in almost every industry and walk of life, from
     luxury estates to personal music recording studios.

     Molly Kay Johns
     There are no concrete design rules for Molly Kay, except to create a cohesive home that truly reflects
     the lifestyle of her clients and incorporates pieces they love. Believing that everyone should have a
     beautiful home that they love and enjoy, her passion is to make livable luxury attainable for her clients.
     Her work has been featured in House Beautiful and Cottages & Bungalows, Furniture Lighting & Decor,
     Apartment Therapy, and Houzz.

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     Charleston Forge                                      828.264.0100
     Crystorama                                                 516.931.9090
     Currey & Company                                     678.533.1500
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     Gabby Home                                                  205.987.3100
     Global Views                                              214.956.0030
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