The lobby of the John-Richard High Point Showroom this April showcased furniture and lighting designs as well as art by Mark McDowell. The visual effect was that of a luxurious penthouse curated by the most culturally refined collector. The combination of warm woods, textural finishes and stunning art motifs on glass, gave a cohesive chicness to the setting
These new introductions had a subtle Asian feel and there are other global influences like the Moroccan patterns on the door fronts of the Almeria Sideboard. The design aesthetic was like an art gallery with complimentary, coveted pieces that are not overly matched. There was a common theme of artistic geometry as seen in the embellishments and rich, sensuous finishes.
Concrete is no longer associated with the grey tones of the city. The material now has a warmer, more organic feel when used in furniture, lighting, mirrors and accessories. These shapes are rounder, more reminiscent of nature than urban environments. There are references to river rocks, sculpture and artistic motifs.
In a recent article posted on Houzz, ‘Interior Design Trends Expected to Take Hold in 2018’, concrete accents are gaining in popularity. Designer Yanic Simard agrees, “the humble material and its comforting cool tones mixed with light linen and pearl grays add a relaxed air to any space.”
John-Richard received a coveted ARTS Award in the ‘Lamp Category’ at this year’s ceremony. The Dallas Market Center and ART, the Creative Home Furnishings Network, announced the recipients of the 29th Annual ARTS Awards during a gala event held Friday, January 19 at the Hilton Anatole hotel and attended by more than 650 guests. The ARTS Awards, the premier international awards program for the home industry honoring manufacturers, retailers, designers, and sales representatives, is held each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market.
River Rock Accent Lamp
Glass And Brass Tripod Torchiere Floor Lamp
Branched Crystal Table Lamp
Islamorada Blue Glass Table Lamp
Brass Orchid Candlestick Buffet Lamp
Brass And Acrylic Table Lamp
At this year’s ARTS Awards, eighteen industry leaders, style experts, and celebrity designers presented the awards. Guest presenters included Beatriz Ball, Julia Buckingham, Corey Damon Jenkins, Donna Moss, Greg O’Neal, Tamara Day, and Nancy Price. Also in attendance were the ARTS Awards judges, the ARTS Awards committee members from ART, and members of the ARTS Awards nominating panel.
We are excited about our new lighting introductions which will debut at High Point Market in April! We welcome you to visit our showroom at 200 Steele, Suite 223 on the 2nd floor.
Dallas Market Center, producer of the ARTS Awards, and ART, the creative home furnishings network, announced that John-Richard was one of the finalists in the portable lamp category for the 29th annual ARTS Awards.
The ARTS Awards, presented each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, is the premier awards program in the U.S. honoring top manufacturers, retailers, designers, and sales representatives in the home industry. The 29th annual ARTS Awards winners will be revealed during a gala event on Friday, January 19, 2018.
“These finalists are the industry’s best representatives and reflect the highest level of creativity, passion, innovation, and dedication,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “We congratulate all of this year’s finalists and look forward to a wonderful evening of celebration.”
“The 29th ARTS Awards finalists include legends and impressive new leaders,” adds Sharon Davis, executive director of ART. Sharon has been a trailblazer in the industry whose passion, creativity and drive inspires everyone in the design community.
Here are some new lighting introductions that showcase the breadth of design in this category.
Mark McDowell, who designed this lamp exclusively for John-Richard, talks about inspiration and the creative process. Take a moment to enjoy the video that reveals the original idea that culminated in the finished product that was brought to Market.
Constantin Brâncuși was a Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer who made his career in France. Widely considered to be one of the foremost pioneers of modernism, and one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century, Brâncuși is often referred to as the patriarch of modern sculpture.
As a child in Romania he displayed an aptitude for carving wooden farm tools. His formal education first took him to Bucharest, then to Munich and then to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His artwork emphasizes clean geometrical lines that balance forms inherent in his materials with the symbolic allusions of representational art. Brâncuși was also known for paying an unusual amount of attention to the bases on which his sculptures were displayed, believing that the pedestal was part of the sculpture itself.
The Brâncuși sculptural aesthetic has influenced many designers. These lighting pieces by Mark McDowell and accessories by Margaret Fisher show how the artist is still a source of inspiration.
GRAY is the color of intellect, knowledge and wisdom. It is perceived as classic, refined, dignified, and conservative. Gray is a perfect neutral that lives between the extremes of black and white.
Like diamonds set in platinum or white lace over gray satin, these tones are both fresh and classic in fashion, jewelry and home décor. Gray, silver and white are elegant neutrals that enhance exceptional design. In Vogue Magazine, New Jersey-based interior designer Beth Diana Smith states that ‘Gray’ will continue to reign in 2017. “We will see different tones of gray, a lot of gray and white, and gray in deeper colors, it’s the sort of color that complements a full spectrum of shades…”
These latest designs from John-Richard, in furniture, lighting, mirrors and accessories, show that these sophisticated new neutrals are right on trend.
The High Point Market Style Spotters are design industry trendsetters who highlight the top new styles of each Market. As they tour High Point’s showrooms, the Style Spotters select their favorite pieces and share their discoveries on social media. Each design expert has their own unique perspective as they all hail from different regions of the United States and in the case of Canadian-born Laura Bielecki, Dubai.
“The Style Spotters program, launched during the October 2011 Market, features home fashion pace setters that showcase their favorite products and top trends from High Point Market exhibitors via Pinterest, the at-Market Style Spotters LIVE! event, a biannual Style Report and various media interviews. These home fashion gurus are the authoritative trend voice of High Point Market, tasked with finding the hottest must-have items each Market and then translating their picks into today’s top trends,” enthuses Ashley Grigg, Communications Manager for the High Point Market Authority.
Michelle Jennings Wiebe, Style Spotter Emeritus, chose two John-Richard pieces as her pre-market ‘Must Haves’: the Toledo Cabinet designed by Mark McDowell and the Agate Mirror. The cabinet is art deco inspired with etched panels made more luminous with a gold wash. The mirror features a striking blue, black and white agate design which is reverse hand painted under glass. Michelle is the founder and principal designer for Studio M, a top Florida firm based in Tampa, Florida, which specializes in luxury residential new construction with projects in several states.
We were thrilled to introduce five style spotters to the showroom, the first of whom was Malene B, a vibrant, Brooklyn-based designer of bespoke carpets, fine art wall coverings and artisan tiles. On the night before she visited John-Richard, the designer had won the Elevate award for best in floor coverings! Malene certainly has an eye for texture and pattern and was drawn to the craftsmanship of the Andes Cabinet. Each pair of angled tiles are in contrasting veneers of white and amara ebony and set into a figured, smoked eucalyptus cabinet.
Laura Umansky is the principal designer at Laura U Interior Design, a firm known for its bold aesthetic and polished, livable interiors. Prior to launching Laura U Design, Laura studied art and architecture and gained professional experience designing destination interiors. Laura immediately had her eye on the beautifully scaled Anzu Cabinet, designed by Mark McDowell for John-Richard. The show-stopper of this piece is the large agate hardware that has a glamorous edge of gold leaf.
Laura Bielecki is a professional Interior Designer in Dubai, UAE, currently at GAJ (Godwin Austen Johnson). She has completed top Interior Design projects all around the world for some of the most affluent families in various countries including the following cities: Montreal, New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Dubai, Mumbai, Doha Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Calgary, and Edmonton. Her modern, sleek and elegant aesthetic is evident in her style spotted piece, the Dante Credenza. In beluga white and raised on a brushed stainless steel stand, the doors of this piece are faced with tiza gesso with recessed, spun stainless steel handles. This exquisite piece can be seen in the featured photo at the beginning of this post.
Erika Ward is the founder and principal designer of Erika Ward Interiors based in Atlanta, GA. Her work has been featured in numerous local and national publications and she has been awarded by the Atlanta Tribune for having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years. Erika was attracted to two pieces: the Celestite Blooms and the Budding Crystal Floor Lamp. Both these pieces reference nature in a luminous and luxurious way.
Esteemed Interior Designer Scot Meacham Wood, originally from Mississippi, is now settled in the historic San Francisco Design District. His firm’s, Scot Meacham Wood Design, signature style is a true reflection of its clients’ personal aesthetics, while highlighting European and Southern sensibilities, sartorial influences, and bold prints. Scot chose a piece that would be a perfect accent in any of his interiors, our Ottoman with Branch Styled Base.
We are so thrilled to have had the opportunity to spend time with these talented interior designers whose passion for design is only matched by their enthusiasm, energy and charm!