This is a sponsored post  in collaboration with Bernhardt. Bernhardt is one of the largest family owned and operated marketers of fine wood and upholstered furniture in the United States, since 1889.

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.

Bernhardt Interiors Black and White 620

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.

Bernhardt Interiors Austin Chair 620

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.

Bernhardt Interiors Barnsley Dining Table 620

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.

Bernhardt Bromley Cocktail Ottoman 620

 

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.

Bernhardt Interiors Fez End Table

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.

Bernhardt Interiors Holden Chaise

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.

Bernhardt Padma Bone Inlay Desk

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.

Bernhardt Interiors Palatino Upholstered Bed

The Mansfield Bench is referential of medieval craftship, when the hand of the artist was readily apparent.

Bernhardt Interiors Mansfield Bench

And the Navarro Console Table has the modernity of a Parsons table, with the antiquity of a trellis bone inlay motif.

Bernhardt Navarro Bone Inlay Console Table

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.

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Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Editor helping intelligent women unlock their style and own it, à la: decorating, fashion, beauty, and beyond.

  • Haha thanks for saying hi Kimberly! You will be going very soon!

  • Living vicariously though your High Point posts, one day I will make it!