If you attended High Point Market, we’re betting you saw or heard about the vibrant installation created by Sasha Bikoff in our showroom. Setting the mood for the sensory extravaganza were Sandro Botticelli’s paintings The Birth of Venus and Primavera, which were feasts for the senses. They created a luscious backdrop for an array of our products that Sasha gave an uptick in personality with brightly hued paint and sensuous upholstery fabrics. Once the stage was set, the fresh, modern spin on the Italian Renaissance was enthralling.
As Sasha told Darla Powell and Natalie Grafe in a podcast for Wingnut Social, the installation paid homage to the domestic goddess, celebrating female empowerment and women in design. The video above provides a glimpse into what it took to make this transformation of our showroom happen. We have another collaboration with Sasha that will debut during spring Market when we release a lighting line by the designer so stay tuned for news. Darla and Natalie asked her what attracted her to our brand. “I’ve always loved Currey products,” she answered. The creativity they put into the design process and the way they handle influences from nature appeals to me.”
A Pinnacle Award for Aimee Kurzner
Let’s give Aimee Kurzner, our Director of Furniture, a round of applause for winning a Pinnacle Award for her Kallista Writing Desk! Held by the International Society of Furniture Designers, this was the organization’s 24th Annual awards ceremony celebrating excellence in design. The judges note that the desk was chosen because it embodies elegance and sophistication. The glamour on this family of products is enhanced by the finishes—the dark sapphire blue creating subtle patterns on the figured sycamore woodgrains and the caviar black serving as a smooth juxtaposition to the subtle texture.
Aimee says of winning the award: “It was quite a surprise because the competition for the Pinnacle Awards was tough, as it has always been. Home Office is not a focused category for us at Currey & Company, per se, which makes this win even more satisfying, as does the opportunity to gain exposure for our furniture program. I’d also like to say it’s an honor to win and be recognized for my creativity.”
Another of Aimee’s efforts, the new upholstery program, was a big hit during Market. We have restructured and streamlined the process for this category of furniture so we can deliver upholstered pieces faster than we have been able to do so in the past. Each chair, ottoman, bench or settee can be ordered upholstered in one particular fabric or in muslin if COM is desired.
Bestsellers During Market
We had a number of bestsellers during Market, including our Marshallia Chandelier, which drew rave reviews. Made of wrought iron in a rustic gold finish, the slender arms of this chandelier are dripping with faux rock crystal glass pendants. Our design team kept the candle-sleeves slender so as to enhance the delicacy of this traditionally beautiful fixture.
Appearing as if it has a painterly surface, one with naïve brushstrokes that express a delightful playfulness, our Indigo Box Set is actually a whimsical decorative accessory made of navy bone and white composite.
Awash in textural patina, our Zadoc Table Lamp is made of ceramic in a mix of terracotta, natural and cloud tones. The artfully rendered surface treatments read like an abstract painting that will take on more life when the lamp is switched on.
Perfecting the pose that they have been unearthed after years underground, our Phonecian Vases are made of terracotta in a cobblestone finish. The runnels of ivory, white and gray streaking along the surface make these vases perfect for a space begging for patina. We also offer them in blue.
Feasts for the Senses
Last week, we welcomed a lively group of design professionals to Elm Street Gardens in Sparta for a leisurely lunch, the gathering one of the events taking place during the Designer Experience, which is produced by Designers Today magazine. It was a wonderful way to wrap up the conference that took place in Atlanta, and we were thrilled to provide a garden-fresh meal for everyone within the historic setting. In the photo above, we captured the group on the front steps of the iconic home that serves as a centerpiece for the lush gardens created by our founders Robert and Suzy Currey.
Happy Thanksgiving! As you can see from the mentions above, we have much to celebrate at Currey & Company. This includes the fact that we are part of the dynamic design industry dedicated to aesthetic beauty. As you gather around the table later this month to celebrate Thanksgiving, we hope each and everyone one of you have a sweet start to the holiday season.