Blog: Early Spring in High Point

Top to bottom: AF Lighting debuted its lower-priced Candice Olson Loft line. One of Bob Mackie’s designs with Kas. At  Arteriors, Laura Kirar’s Mariposa line was inspired by monarch butterflies.

Top to bottom: AF Lighting debuted its lower-priced Candice Olson Loft line. One of Bob Mackie’s designs with Kas. At Arteriors, Laura Kirar’s Mariposa line was inspired by monarch butterflies.

HIGH POINT, N.C.–Cool, rainy weather did not damper yesterday’s High Point Market as showrooms were busy and introductions and events were plentiful.

AF Lighting debuted Candice Olson Loft, a line that offers Olson’s designs at a lower price point than the company’s signature line with the designer. The new line “still has her point of view,” said Paul Spano, director of product development. “It’s made with the same standards of quality, but different raw materials.” The 11 initial designs include faux bone, blown glass and laser-cut and embossed patterns.

Kas Rugs debuted its Bob Mackie licensed collection. “It happened really quickly,” Mackie said of the partnership, and he admitted that he was nervous coming to market, not having seen the rugs in person. But he loved the results, which include such signature Mackie looks as peacock and feather designs in both neutral and vibrant colorways. The 15 designs are handtufted of wool and viscose in India.

Among Nourison’s introductions were expansions into new textile categories. The Mina Victory line of decorative pillows now has table linens, table runners and placemats in metallic and laser-cut styles. Its Michael Amini line added pillows, as well as a new rug collection called Palatine, a viscose and wool group in a stately traditional style.

Now in her sixth year working with Arteriors Home, designer Laura Kirar debuted items in her line. Inspired by migrating monarch butterflies, she launched a collection of boxes, a table and floor lamp, mirror and vase called Mariposa. Her existing Dove chandelier proved so popular that she added boxes as well at this market, each topped with a crystal bird.

Safavieh ended the day yesterday celebrating its 100th anniversary, joined by its retail partners, International Market Center’s Bob Maricich and such designers as Jamie Drake and Thom Filicia. “Our grandfather [who founded Safavieh] would have been very proud,” said Ahmad Yaraghi, one of the five brothers running the company today. “We hope to go another 100 years with your help,” added Cyrus Yaraghi. And their grandfather’s advice to become a successful company? “Sell enough product to pay the rent,” joked Arash Yaraghi.-Andrea Lillo