More from High Point Market 2014: From Island Style to Deco Sleek at Lexington
Reposed with permission from Style Beat
Eddie Lee and Lindsey Lane created dynamic vignettes with Lexington
and joined my young design talent panel at the What’s New What’s Next event
at The New York Design Center
Revisiting some of the great pieces that I spotted at High Point this past October, I wanted to take a closer look at Lexington, to share what they offered this season. As one of my sponsors at Market, I am always eager to tour their vast headquarters, filled with new upholstery and case goods introductions where there is something for everyone. I can always count on their Tommy Bahama Collection, finding perfect pieces for warm weather climates, made from woven raffia, rattan and other easy to live with Island-inspired materials. Their traditional assortment captures the casual easygoing lifestyle in places like Florida and California, and I can always find a great bar cart (such as their new Veranda tea cart below) to get excited about. There are plenty of other new collections to see, including new modern trad introductions from Sligh that were done in dark woods with gold accents. As far as trends to watch, the arrival of more sophisticated pieces pairing mixed materials, darker, richer wood finishes and gold metal accents is on the rise. Feeling glamorous and restrained, these new pieces are stylish, focal-point pieces that add sophistication. Below, I share my favorite finds from my friends at Lexington, who I have gotten to know from both moderating a What’s New What’s Next Young Designer panel in their showroom, and visiting them in High Point.
As a category, desks are on the rise. With more people working from home and remotely, the home office is a place to pay attention to. Why not update command central with a dose of beauty? The new Brentwood Writing Desk includes plenty of storage with three drawers across the top and a place for books in the base legs, which are contained within an oversized Greek Key flourish. Such a chic detail! With an Art Deco vibe, the piece is trimmed in a wide gold band which stands out from the dark grained wood. Used in a den or office, this piece is finished on both sides, giving it star status from any angle.
Another option, The Melrose Writing Desk, sits on a gold metal u-shaped base. A rich wood top and sophisticated gold hardware channel the Mad Men era, while being perfect for today with a large surface area and deep drawers.
Need elegant storage that is more than an etagere? The Beverly Palms File Chest, with a drawer front and four shelves has plenty of space for books, objects and can be used for a library or living room, depending upon where the stylish storage is most needed.
It’s easy to get wanderlust with the resort appropriate pieces from Tommy Bahama– they instantly transport you, making you feel like you are sitting looking out over a water view with a Palm frond blowing in the wind. Feel like Hemmingway in Key Largo with the Enchanted Isle Desk with intricate x detailing on three sides and a railing along the top.
One area that tends to get neglected in rooms is the corner. Why not use a slim etagere in the underutilized spot to make the most of storage? The Atlantis Etagere, with its cool, intricate woven pattern up the sides features four shelves and a drawer.
I immediately gravitated towards the Flamingo Octagonal End Table, with its inlaid green penshell top and great octagonal shape. Interesting and unique, it makes a nice sofa-side piece.
Oh how I love a good bar cart! Or tea… With the Veranda Tea Car, both beverages can be accomodated, so you can go from tea time to cocktail hour and have a spacious bi-level surface. The raffia-wrapped handles add a nice Victorian-era touch, and the high sides mean things are not as likely to go falling off the edge.
A casual perch to read a book or lounge the day away, the Agave Chair has a chevron-patterned woven base and detailed back that support two thick cushions making a comfortable seat paramount.