Monday, April 18, 2011

High Point Market Report #2: Visiting Hickory Chair

There's no question that one of the highlights of the blogger's trip to High Point Market was the chance to visit the Hickory Chair showroom. We were met at the showroom by Laura Holland, Hickory Chair's passionate director of marketing services. Laura has been with HC for many years and her depth of knowledge and belief in the brand were palpable and exciting to listen to.


This is the original Hickory Chair - the Surry Side Chair in Ebony finish. Wool suiting fabric with nailhead trim is just so fresh and modern. This was one of my biggest take-a-ways from the visit - how truly modern this revered old brand - celebrating its 100th anniversary - is. There is also a beautiful selection of finish options available for a customized look - delivered within a few short weeks.





And the Curved Front chest in mahogany

The Artisan Twin poster bed was a big hit. Would love two in a breezy, airy guest room!

Hickory Chair known for its wonderful collaboration with designers and we were treated to a delicious lunch and the company of some of their most celebrated celebrity partnerships: Suzanne Kasler, Alexa Hampton, Thomas O'Brien, Kate Hable and Mariette Himes Gomez.

After lunch, we visited the mini-showrooms of the designers. Our first stop was Suzanne Kasler's space. Unfortunately, my group had to run before we could hear Suzanne talk directly about her designs, which was sad. Click here to view the entire collection.





Our next space was by Mariette Himes Gomez. I'll admit to not being as familiar with her as I should be and was really happy to learn more about her. Click here to view the entire collection here:

How fantastic is this book jacket?? 



(sorry for the out of focus pic!)

Next was the irrepressible Alexa Hampton, who shared the evolution of her furniture line, which she believes has developed a more loft-living style than she originally planned. Click here to view the entire collection.




Unfortunately, my group had to run off to our next stop on the tour and missed out seeing Thomas O'Brien's space.  Click here to view his entire collection.

Hickory Chair is clearly a company that is all about customer service and helping their client's achieve the perfect look. Their broad range of finishes and styles, while rooted in a very traditional foundation, is modern, approachable, and comfortable.  They've even created a COH (Customer's Own Hardware) program so that if you have a set of vintage knobs that you want used on an HC cabinet, they can do it for you. And, in this rush rush time we live in, their turn-around is a remarkable 2 to 3 weeks.

I have a 40 year old HC Hepplewhite love seat that my parents purchased along with a classic camel back sofa in a cut velvet. I've had the love seat recovered once, but the camel back sofa is still as it came in the early 1970's and is still sitting in my mother's living room. Both pieces are structurally in perfect condition and still very comfortable. The cut velvet sofa has developed a fantastic patina over the years that couldn't be duplicated. Beautiful classic pieces, built to last for generations.

All photos by Linda Merrill.

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4 comments:

Karena said...

Linda so great to experience this wonderful tour of Hickory Chair through your eys!!

What a treat to meet and dine with some of the best of the best!

Come and join my Fashionable Giveaway from the French Basketeer!

Xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Concrete Jungle said...

Beautiful classic pieces...let one get on with life once purchased!

Splendid Willow said...

I want your life, Linda! You get to meet the most fabulous and interesting designers on the planet!

I have a (stupid) question for you - not having lived in the US all my life. I think it was Erin Lauder who once said that her Mother had given her the advice that if you can't afford the most expensive furniture then xxxx is always a safe and great alternative. Could that have been Hickory chair? Or maybe Hickory is in that very expensive category - yikes! What classic US furniture maker could she have referred to? I can kick myself for having thrown away the article...

Hugs to you.

Mon

eclecticrevisited said...

...darling little sofa of Mariette Himes Gomez..am curious about knowing a little more about her too....
maureen

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