Canvassing the showrooms at High Point Market twice a year, Wanda Suitt-Horton is among the multitude of designers in search of unique sources. “Finding an exclusive resource, not only with great design, but also with customer service and support, is the holy grail,” says the owner of Wanda S. Horton Interiors.
Because not only are uncommon furnishings aesthetically appealing, they’re also a business strategy. “Given the amount of product that can be found online, unique items are one way a designer brings value to the table,” says Jeanne K. Chung, interior designer and editor of Cozy Stylish Chic. “One-of-a-kind pieces and customizable options are the wave of the future.”
To our delight, Chung, Horton and four other design cognoscenti from across North America agreed to divulge where they prospect for these elusive gems, along with some of Home&Decoration’s picks.
Currey & Co.
Currey & Co. is a longtime designer favorite for bringing flavor to interiors and designer Jason Oliver Nixon of MadCap Cottage is definitely a fan. “I hightail it to Currey for their incredible lighting, paired with exceptional case goods, furnishings and rugs.”
Suites at Market Square
Although he swears by select vendors, Nixon also lets serendipity play a role. “I fill in the blanks with the delightful array of finds conjured up by the up-and-comers who fill the Suites at Market Square.”
Boca do Lobo
Boca do Lobo‘s furniture is an exclusive emotional experience, a sense of belonging and a state of mind. “Our vision is to understand the past and interpret it through technology and contemporary design. We use this knowledge to transfer our entire artisan’s wisdom into our design.”
Horton likes Theodore Alexander for upholstery. “They are able to customize pieces, not only for size, but with different arms, backs, legs and seat cushions. This is important for fitting a special client’s stature.”
John Strauss Furniture Design
“John Strauss Furniture Design is another company I’ve explored over the last few years, and I’m collaborating with them on some custom pieces for a new-build project,” says Horton. “We currently have an eleven foot dining table in the works. It’s going to be a masterpiece!”
Brabbu is a design brand that reflects an intense way of living, bringing fierceness, strength and power into an urban lifestyle. “We design and produce a diverse range of furniture, casegoods, upholstery, lighting, rugs, art and accessories that tells stories from the nature and the world.”
214 Modern Vintage
Horton includes 214 Modern Vintage in her showroom mix, as a great side trip to make while attending Market. “A retro, vibrant mix awaits!”
Serge de Troyer and B. Pila
Chung searches out several upscale furnishings sources. “Serge de Troyer and B. Pila are both a higher-end price point, but they both offer unique product that sets them apart from your average manufacturer.”
Delightfull is a mid-century modern lighting brand – everything is designed and handcrafted in Porto, Portugal. “DelightFULL’s vision is focused in the best combination of high quality design and high quality handwork. With these unique pieces we fulfill spaces not only with illumination but with a strong presence through a design piece.
Chung looks to Wesley Hall for custom upholstery. “I can customize each piece of furniture for my clients by designing a custom nailhead pattern or adding a unique accent. I can tailor the design to the client’s color palette and design aesthetic.”
“SkLO Studio is a manufacturer I always turn to for that finishing touch,” says Chung. “Their hand-blown glass lighting and accessories come in a variety of vibrant colors and are always conversation starters because of their bright, saturated hues.”
Made Goods and Phillips Collection
Made Goods and Phillips Collection are on Chung’s list for their consistent selection of furnishings employing a variety of natural materials such as agate, shell, jute and wood mixed with resin. “These materials are manipulated and the results are unlike other products found in the market.”
Koket brings empowering style to a highly edited collection of furniture & soft goods while exuding a feeling of entitlement, exclusivity and prestige. “Our innate desire to seduce and entice Koket devotees is perfectly illustrated in the collections, Guilty Pleasures & Exotic Opulence, composed of uncompromisingly unique statement pieces & luscious soft goods.”
Natural Curiosities, Worlds Away, and Codarus
Successful designers know that High Point Market is the world’s most comprehensive and dynamic collection of old and new, large-scale and individually manufactured home furnishings. And each April and October, the Market weaves a different tale.
If you have the chance, do not miss The World’s Home for Home Furnishings!