Last week I had a fantastic time at High Point Market, the largest international to-the-trade furnishings industry show in the world. Located in the central part of the state of North Carolina, the city of High Point is 70 miles north of Charlotte and 70 miles southwest of the Raleigh/Durham area. High Point Market encompasses 180 buildings in the downtown showroom district of the city of High Point, and draws more than 75,000 people for the show’s six day duration every Spring and Fall.
During my time in High Point, Tina and I sourced a tremendous number of new vendors for Franklin Eighth, including Bernhardt, one of my sponsors. Although I was familiar with Bernhardt as a brand, their Interiors collection was completely new to me and a highlight of my visit.
Introduced in 2008, Bernhardt Interiors is a neo-traditionalist collection of upholstery and occasional furniture with a relaxed, yet sophisticated, aesthetic. Pieces from Bernhardt’s Interiors division feature fine craftsmanship, unique materials, and a distinctly modern styling.
High contrast, bold silhouettes, and global references define Bernhardt’s Fall Interiors collection.
High contrast, bold silhouettes, and global references define Bernhardt’s Fall Interiors collection. The new furnishings, nine of which I’ll feature here, remain consistent with the Interiors Collection’s neo-traditional style: traditional with a bit of an edge. “There’s a lesson to be learned in these strong graphic forms,” says Ron Fiore, Bernhardt’s creative director.“One piece can define you, one piece can define a room. Or, many pieces can go together for a really sophisticated chic look.” Let’s take a look.
The new Austin Chair is a streamlined bobbin chair. Bernhardt has taken an 18th century English design, modernized it, and upholstered it in oxblood mohair.
The Barnsley Dining Table is the first of several new pieces in the Interior Collection that attest to Bernhardt’s current love affair with the Eastern art of bone inlay. Since ancient Egyptian times, inlaid bone’s luminous quality has been incorporated into furniture design to add surface shine and detailing. The Barnsley’s black and white floral motifs add ornate yet graphic interest, and takes center stage in any dining arrangement.
The Bromley Cocktail Ottoman is a crisp, rectilinear approach to the organically shaped zebra hide. In lieu of contrasting the zebra with dark wood, as is usually done when upholstered, the angular floating metal legs are a fresh surprise.
The Fes End Table is another playful take on Islamist or Arabesque geometry. Upholstered in a neutral linen with chrome nailhead trim and glass table tops, the tables are referential to the past in a clean-lined way.
The Holden Chaise speaks to the sculptural quality of many of Bernhardt’s new Fall offerings. The silhouette is compact yet strong and shapely, with mocha wood legs.
The Padma Desk is a marriage of Eastern accents and contemporary chrome angles. The desk is another strong statement of Bernhardt Interior’s “traditional with a bit of an edge” aesthetic.
The Palatino Upholstered Platform Bed‘s strong lines give it stand-alone presence in a bedroom. When covered in a less saturated pattern like this plum and white damask, the headboard’s bold curves are softened. When upholstered in a dark solid, the Palatino’s dramatic shape comes to life.
The Mansfield Bench is referential of medieval craftship, when the hand of the artist was readily apparent.
And the Navarro Console Table has the modernity of a Parsons table, with the antiquity of a trellis bone inlay motif.
The fine craftsmanship, unique materials, and distinctly modern styling that the Bernhardt Interior collection is renowned for is exemplified in each of these new pieces. Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the latest furnishings coming out of High Point much as I have. Which ones are your favorites? Leave me a comment below and let me know.
Image Credits: Bernhardt and Sarah Sarna.