HIGH POINT, NC - As trendsetters in the home design industry, the Gabby and Summer Classics teams listen to what customers want and provide them with fresh new products that reflect their design styles. High Point Market, April 21-26, provides the opportunity to do just that as they showcase the latest line.
Because reclaimed wood has trended well for Gabby, the design team has added some new pieces with simple lines and shapes with unique characteristics that transition well into a variety of design aesthetics. “Our new line really showcases relaxed, comfortable looks that can go into modern, transitional designs,” says Gabby Designer Hillary Park.
Dual Purpose and Storage
“We’re really taking a look at how our customers are living in their homes,” says Hillary. “We’ve designed several multifunctional pieces for this High Point show. For instance, with so many people working from home, we felt like desks were a much-needed category, so we designed several that can double as console tables.”
We’re showcasing a new collection of media friendly pieces and several will be offered in darker wood tones. There are also small chests with soft close drawers. These unique pieces have flush hardware with interesting ways of opening and closing that gives them additional personality.
“There are some great mixes of materials this market,” says Gabby designer Kai-Ning Huang. “For instance, we love the mixture of white wash and charcoal oak on the Shannon Breakfast Table. We’re also excited about the reclaimed wood.” Because this is trending so well, we’ve added more console tables and coffee tables with simple lines and shapes. The material has such unique characteristics that it transitions well into a variety of design aesthetics.
Darker finishes are more prevalent this market with more black cerused oak on table tops and small accent pieces. In addition, we’re showing more black shagreen tables with more interesting metal tones. We’ve also included black antique mirror into more pieces, as it pairs nicely with our sleek, minimalistic metal tables. It also adds an antique feel and blends well with a lot of our furniture. You’ll see added antique notes on some of our chests to create pieces that flow nicely.
The upholstery line this season is an extension of our most popular pieces. We’re introducing more skirted styles, clean lines and pretty shapes. There’s also a new chair-and-a-half in the Winslow collection that’s big enough for two people or perfect for lounging.
Between table lamps, sconces and chandeliers, Gabby will introduce 40 new lighting pieces at High Point this season. In addition to showing a variety of unique materials like agate and other organic finishes, we’re introducing ceramic lamps for the first time.
“Gabby is known for using unexpected materials,” says Gabby Designer Jill Harlan. “We’ve incorporated lots of golds, whites, and cool tones this market.” Acrylic and gold bases are incorporated into several lamp designs for an added detail of sophistication.
There’s a large collection of sconces added to the lighting line this market that come in a variety of sizes and materials such as champagne, gold and reclaimed wood.
Customized outdoor rooms designed with relaxation in mind continue to grow in popularity for 2017, and that’s exactly what you’ll see when you visit the Summer Classics High Point. The Summer Classics collection features clean lines with modern design and stylish details. Customers who are looking to reflect their own personality and lifestyle will find a mixture of materials that can be placed together for a unique eclectic look and feel.
“We use materials and finishes that can transcend collections,” says Summer Classics Founder and CEO Bew White, who remains hands-on with every new design that is produced. “This makes them easy to mix and match within a single line or several lines. We carefully choose resins and wood finishes to complement each other.”
Relaxed, Cabo-Cool Design
In keeping with the relaxed vibe, Creative Director Chris Hutchens was inspired by the famous resort city of Cabo San Lucas, particularly the easy, breezy, laid-back vibe, when designing the Summer Classics High Point Showroom. “We’re distressing the wood floors and painting the shiplap on the walls white,” he says. “The showroom will have an overall backdrop of shades of whites and grays so that there’s a lot of depth that will serve as a great backdrop to showcase how eclectic our Summer Classics furniture can be.”
Hutchens designed the High Point Showroom to be one of great serenity. “We’re keeping the colors soothing with some power blues and soft corals,” he explains. “The overall feel is soothing. We want to reflect hip and style at the same time with the way that we’re adding some Gabby lighting to help complete that feeling.”
Mix of Materials and Luxury Living
Summer Classics continues to add collections and streamline finishes for mixing and matching to create individual style for each client. “We’re using all of our materials in the spring showroom––our teak and wicker–– to show how all of those elements and materials create one look,” says Hutchens.
Two teak favorites featured at the High Point Showroom are Haley and Avondale. The Haley Collection offers classical styling with lush cushions and sumptuous proportions. The simplicity of the X-back design allows Haley to mix easily with other teak pieces.
Our Avondale collection, pays homage to Bew White’s early career as a textile sales representative with his family’s fabric business, Avondale Mills. The collection has a mid-century design in chamfered teak that showcases plush upholstery. New occasional tables in this group were designed to coordinate well with other Summer Classics collections to create a new innovative look.
The teak tables pair nicely with the wicker collection. Hand-crafted with our superior N-dura™ resin, the Rustic, Sedona and Halo collections each boast designs that will endure the years and maintain their style. Each features deep-seating, plush cushions and a choice of finishes.
Gabby invites you to “Escape” with us on Friday, April 21, 4pm-close for hors d’oeuvres; Saturday, April 21, noon-close for light snacks and mixology craft drinks; and Sunday, April 23, 4 pm-close for light snacks.