Spring High Point Market 2022, Inspiration for All

Well, who would have thought we’d come back from Spring High Point Market having had conversations about avatars, the Metaverse and cryptocurrency! Imaginations and musings about the future of the furniture industry and trends ran deep in our Interhall showroom, and we could not be more thrilled!

As an upholstery company for interior designers, we wanted to bring something truly special and forward thinking. A collection that merges design, art, and technology with custom offerings was the way to go for this market. Our new cryptocurrency inspired furniture collection called ÆTHR (ee-thur) debuted- a show stopping collaboration between our Creative Director Tina Nicole and multimedia artist Sahara Novotna was all the buzz.

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The Æthr dining collection
Sahara Novotna and Tina Nicole, ÆTHR chairs

“We share a love for art that is playful and disruptive,” says Nicole, who initiated the collaboration with Novotna. “I think Sahara’s subversive street-art style sets the right tone for expressing our mutual fixation with cryptocurrency, and the bridge between physical works and NFTs.”

For our ÆTHR capsule collection, Novotna incorporated 24K gold bitcoin, shredded $100 bills from the U.S. mint, and hand applied gold leaf, graffiti paint, and resin to wood panels. Tina Nicole designed the chair with these signature resin artworks in mind to bring something truly special for interior designers wanting something for their clients that no-one else has.

Sahara Novotna
Tina Nicole and Sahara Novotna

Watch Tina Nicole’s interview on Design TV by Sandow media and LUXE Magazine!

Watch our showroom tour/reel!

 

ÆtHR
(Lto R) White Marble Bubbles, Digital Green, Graffiti Doodles , Graffiti Newspapers

 

Adding to our ALAIS collection this season are a fully upholstered daybed, a plush sofa, and a sculptural accent chair — each are distinguished by handcrafted, ball feet produced in resin.

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The ALAIS daybed with resin ball legs (modeled by our son Nathan Anthony), the Rocco sectional in the back ground with the Z-3 chair
The ALAIS chair with resin ball legs

Our creative director Tina Nicole designed the upholstery frames while Novotna crafted the 8-inch spheres, using an artisanal process she developed in her Los Angeles studio. Each resin ball bears the artist’s unique stamp.

The ALAIS sofa with wood ball legs
Lucy Penfield, April 22 Style Spotter, style spotted our ALAIS bed, Thank you!
Alais Bed

The ALAIS collection is additionally distinguished by Tina’s fabric cover selection for the Spring showroom presentation, including Italian body cloths sourced from Fishman’s Fabrics in Chicago.

Alais sofa with resin ball feet
Alais sofa, Velvet cover, resin ball legs, Italian velvet cover
Alais daybed, resin ball feet, Alpaca wool cover by Fishman Fabrics

We also extended our offering of Japandi-themed items, creating a modern dining chair with an upholstered roll back, cleverly named CA ROLL, as well as adding to our popular Freya seating collection.

The Freya Sofa
Ca Roll dining chair
CA Roll dining chairs lifestyle

Always on the leading edge, we created digital artwork of these original designs and minted them as NFTs (non-fungible tokens) — a High Point Market first — available exclusively on the OpenSea.io marketplace. Bidding on these rare digital assets has closed for now (was only offered for a limited time). You can still make an offer, search for NATHAN ANTHONY at OpenSea.io!

NFT Red Opal AETHR chair

 

Here are some more snaps from our showroom for you to enjoy!

The Michel sectional in Alta Performance fabric, the Bell Bottom chair, the Bounce pouf

Art by Sahara Novotna
Business of Home’s Caroline Biggs, thank you for visiting us!

Our son, Nathan Anthony with a happy visitor 🙂
Loungable moments on the Alais daybed
All the cool kids came by to sit on the Alais chair
Sahara Novotna, Tina Nicole, Jana Platina Phipps, Trim Queen April 2022 Style Spotter, style spotted our AETHR chairs! Thank you!
Style Row video crew with Sahara Novotna and Tina Nicole
Thank you to the team at WORK THE BRAND for getting the word out about us!
Tina Nicole and Khai Mai, co-founders of Nathan Anthony Furniture

Thank you to everyone who attended, and to those who supported us in the media and on social media! We had a great time! Thank you also for reading our blog. Keep up with the latest happenings at Nathan Anthony through our social channels. Connect with us directly on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and check out our latest videos on YouTube. Or follow the hashtags #nathananthony, #nathananthonyfurniture and #uphlstryart. We’d love to engage with you online!

 

 

Blurring the Lines between Design and Art

Every High Point market is exciting, but this spring April 2022 market is especially thrilling because of one MAJOR thing…

Nathan Anthony Furniture x Tina Nicole x Sahara Novotna 

Award-winning furniture designer Tina Nicole, who is Creative Director at Nathan Anthony, tapped multimedia and NFT artist Sahara Novotna to produce a truly unique collection of upholstered furniture and accent items.

“I’m very excited to announce my collaboration with collectible artist Sahara Novotna,” says Nicole. “The aim of this new furnishings collection is to explore the intersection of furniture design, art, and technology.

Tina Nicole’s mood board for High Point ÆTHR and ALAIS collections’ launch

Two furnishings collections will now bear the stamp of the collaboration with Novotna.

The new ÆTHR capsule collection from Nathan Anthony Furniture x Tina Nicole x Sahara Novotna includes dining chairs, counter stools, barstools and accent tables, each showcasing a signature resin artwork. 

Sneak peek at the new ÆTHR collection, a collaboration by Tina Nicole x Sahara Novotna for Nathan Anthony

Benchmade, hardwood frames designed by Nicole reveal the interpretative artworks cast in resin by Novotna, with each unique item signed by the collaborators. Produced to order in Los Angeles, the collection is sold exclusively through Nathan Anthony Furniture. 

Tina Nicole pictured here in our woodshop working on our SS22 collections.

“Blurring the line between furniture design and art, and to create new products that help to distinguish interior spaces is what I strive to do,” adds Nicole. “The high-end design client is primed to invest in these objects for their homes.”

Sahara Novotna is a Los Angeles based artist who pushes boundaries at venues like Art Basel Miami. 

“Sahara’s subversive street art style sets the right tone for expressing our mutual fixation with cryptocurrency, and the bridge between physical works and NFTs,” says Nicole. “We share a love for art that is playful and disruptive.” 

Artist Sahara Novotna’s live installation of her hand-painted butterflies. Novotna will be performing this live art installation in our High Point Showroom, Interhall 602, on April 2 between 1 & 3 pm. Make sure to stop by!

Adding to Nathan Anthony’s Alais collection this season are a fully upholstered daybed, a plush sofa, and a sculptural accent chair — each are distinguished by handcrafted, ball feet produced in resin. 

The Alais sofa, designed by Tina Nicole, resin ball feet by Sahara Novotna, a collaboration: Tina Nicole x Sahara Novotna for Nathan Anthony

Nicole designed the upholstery frames while Novotna crafted the 8-inch spheres, using an artisanal process she developed in her studio.

The new items will debut in the Nathan Anthony Furniture showroom during the April High Point Market April 1 – 6, 2022 in Interhall 602.

Thank you for reading. Keep up with the latest happenings at Nathan Anthony through our social channels. Connect with us directly on InstagramFacebookTwitter and Pinterest, and check out our latest videos on YouTube. Or follow the hashtags #nathananthony, #nathananthonyfurniture and #uphlstryart. We’d love to engage with you online!

What’s New in 2022 Nathan Anthony Furniture

We hope you all had a safe and thriving start to 2022!

We’re excited to share all the things we’ve been working on for 2022 and touching base on things you can expect from Nathan Anthony this year.

First off, January brought some sudden challenges, many employees were out with the OMICRON virus, which affects production with hand made products. But we want our staff to be safe. We appreciate everyone’s patience with us as we work through the absences, production times and shipping expectations. Our most important focus is to get production lead times back to normal in 2022.

We’re excited for 2022, we have a lot of cool collaborations lined up with top influencers and galleried artists who are working with our Tina Nicole to create one of a kind gorgeous upholstery pieces and pushing the boundaries of design. Expanding on the wildly popular ALAIS collection, Nicole has been exploring new materials to incorporate into her #uphlstryart (follow this hashtag!), creating artfully stunning pieces both for collectors and enthusiasts alike… and we cannot wait to share all of this with you High Point Market in April (4/1-4/6, space IH602)!

Yellow/Black/White is Tina Nicole’s favorite color palette this season. Known for evoking happiness and an overall feeling of wellbeing, yellow and variations of the happy hue (gold, citrine, mustard) add pop and refinement to an over-all neutral palette. When yellow is paired with black and white, chic vibes aaaaabound. Check out the inspo below…

Inspiration pic from Interest

Staying on top of textile trends, we’re bringing in performance fabrics, textures and fine chenilles which will be introduced at the next High Point Market, April 1 – 6, 2022. Our permanent showroom in Interhall 602. Make sure to put us on your itinerary and make an appointment in advance if you can.

Alta™ is a cutting-edge performance technology that provides textiles with an unmatched repellency to oil and water-based stains. This permanent, 95% water-based technology will safeguard virtually any textile without altering its hand, shade or breathability. Liquids bead up on the fabric’s surface, therefore enhancing cleanability and reducing the need for chemical cleaning agents. The environmentally friendly Alta™ technology enables you to face the hazards of real life with ease and peace of mind!

It’s almost Valentine’s day! Who’s your lucky Valentine or Galentine?

The SWEET HEART POUF designed by @tinanicoledesign

Thank you for reading and for supporting us in the New Year! Keep up with the latest happenings at Nathan Anthony through our social channels. Connect with us directly on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and check out our latest videos on YouTube. Or follow the hashtags #nathananthony, #nathananthonyfurniture and #uphlstryart We’d love to engage with you online!

High Point Market Highlights Fall 2021

It goes without saying, if your showroom is described as the “Happy showroom,” you’ve done your job at High Point Market. That’s exactly what happened. It was important for us to bring the happy straight from California. And, with so many new faces visiting this fall that we didn’t get to see last June, this High Point Market was super special. We had a fantastic turnout and we are still jazzed about it!

Tina Nicole with the fabulous ladies from HW Interiors (@hw.interiors)

It’s all about connecting and seeing our customers when we travel all the way to North Carolina to present our furniture collections designed in California. Debuting at fall High Point Market was our Alais collection, which featured a fully upholstered bed, an accent chair and a bench, each distinguished by curvaceous shapes and the addition of solid wood ball-shaped feet, crafted from hardwood and sized to scale.

The ALAIS Bed

 

The ALAIS Bench

“There’s been a definite evolution in our designs over several seasons,” says our lead designer Tina Nicole. “We started by rounding out accent chair frames several years ago for styles like Elan and Dali, and then more dramatically for our popular Buttercup chair. We also began to shape the foam padding surrounding the frames, which added soft dimensionality and plushness, as well as visual interest, to our Chablis and Chelle styles.”

The ALAIS Chair
The ALAIS Chair

“From there, we really pushed the envelope by shaping larger wood frames with no angles to create the Embrace collection, which was launched in early 2020 and features our best selling sofa,” she adds. “Rounder shapes are more inviting, like getting a hug, and our interior designer clients have really responded to that.”

The ALAIS Bed and bench
The ALAIS Bed in LaCosta Boucle from Fishman Fabrics

The Alais collection is additionally distinguished by the fabric cover selection for the fall showroom presentation. Sourced from Fishman Fabrics in Chicago, LaCosta is a high end wool boucle produced in Italy from pure wool and cotton. Available in 8 colorways, the base material is flecked with colorful, confetti-like yarns.

“I love the quality of the material,” says Tina. “It’s luxe, but it’s also very fun and the overall showroom design reflects that vibe. We wanted to bring a dose of ‘happy’ to Fall’s High Point Market.”

Inspiration for the showroom started with the LaCosta Boucle confetti yarns. We took the colorful flecks and “spilled” them into the showroom in the form of giant bright-colored paper lanterns as chandeliers. Walls did not go unnoticed either, we used large scale shapes to color-block the walls and threw confetti paper on them. Fun! Everyone who walked felt excited about the positive energy and, as we mentioned above, we became known as the “Happy Showroom.”

The award winning DALI chair
The FREYA sofa and HELA chair
The EMBRACE SOFA, BOUNCE pouf and EMBRACE CHAISE LOUNGE
The MICHEL sofa and the TEDDY swivel chair

Building on our confetti theme, we finished off the showroom with confetti cake pops, which were a hit! Yum!

Confetti themed cake pops!

Here are some snaps from the market we think you’ll enjoy!

A big thank you for visiting to Pam Kellogg and Natasha Minassian of DRC, it was so nice to see you in person!
Visitors enjoying our cake pops

We are always excited to hear what people think about our furniture. When Business of Home’s market editor, Caroline Biggs, selected our ALAIS COLLECTION for her Best of Market Debuts and mentioned that our ALAIS bed in LeCosta confetti boucle made her “heart skip a beat” we knew we had a home run! Thank you BOH!

A big thank you to 2021 Style Spotter Sara Malek Barney of Bandd Design (left) for style spotting our ALAIS bench

A big thank you to 2021 Style Spotter Sara Malek Barney of Bandd Design for style spotting our ALAIS bench, it was so nice to meet you in person! Also, thank you to Cindy Hodnett and the IMC for filming our Tina Nicole on 2022 trends. Thank you to HAT for the interview. Thank you also to the amazing TRIM QUEEN, Jana Phipps, for bringing your designer tour in to see our furniture.

The Elan sofa and Gobi chair
Our bustling showroom, Interhall 602
Visitors loved our “Me Time All The Time” neon sign!

Thank you also to Leslie Newby at Work the Brand and her team for getting the word out there for us. Thank you also to Gina Hicks and her team at Vivid Interiors in NC who made the showroom come alive and brought our confetti theme to fruition. Last but not least, thank you for our artisans, office team and Brand Ambassadors back home for all of your hard work to bring these styles to market and to make market a huge success! We appreciate you!

Thank you to everyone who visited, it was a pleasure to see you! Keep up with the latest happenings at Nathan Anthony through our social channels. Connect with us directly on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and check out our latest videos on YouTube. Or follow the hashtags #nathananthony, #nathananthonyfurniture and #uphlstryart We’d love to engage with you online!

Tips & Tricks: Why Designers Choose Nathan Anthony Furniture from Our Top 5 Instagram Posts of 2021!

One of our favorite things to do here at Nathan Anthony is interact with our customers! We love hearing what you are enjoying and how our pieces have transformed your homes. 

To provide more inspiration, we are sharing our top 5 Instagram posts of 2021 and giving our professional design tips for how you can design your interiors like these photos. 

Here are our top 5 Instagram posts of 2021

LAURENT CHAIRS and Curved RELAX SOFA

This beautiful transformation of an outdated Tuscan home to a sophisticated luxe modern design actually happened during COVID! The designer Marilyn @interior_designer_md incorporated new architectural details while keeping some of the existing details to create a perfect balance of old and new. This was Marilyn’s fourth project with her very very trusting and awesome clients❤️. Click the link to see more of this amazing house and Marilyn’s work!

Here’s a few more WOW shots from this Tuscan home transformation:

Juliet Sofa
Our JULIET SOFA (right side foyer), Our LAURENT CHAIRS and RELAX CURVED SOFA
Juliet Sofa
Our JULIET SOFA
Liberte Sofa nathan anthony furniture
Our LIBERTE SOFAS

EMELIE COUNTER STOOLS

Where modern design meets opulence – the two design aesthetics go hand-in-hand in this gorgeous modern penthouse! ⁠Our EMELIE CHAIRS face the stunning hand-laid white and black marble tile, with brass detailing on the main wall of the kitchen. You can see how the interior designer used the sculptural shape of our EMELIE CHAIRS to highlight a two-toned fabric application. Choosing materials like black, brass and white is a color palette that just elevates all other décor elements around.

This home was featured on  Modern Luxury’s Instagram account!  ⁠

BELL BOTTOM CHAIR

Hands down, it’s the low and exaggerated angle of the shot capturing the BELL BOTTOM CHAIR’S sexy legs and rounded back. It’s also the killer fabric on the frame that made this post so popular.  Bell Bottom is the perfect dining chair because of its slanted arms, it can nestle under a standard dining table, or an accent chair in the bedroom or office.  Chairs that have rounded backs, sculptural features and a smaller footprint like the Bell Bottom work perfectly in any room you want to add super style to.

EMELIE DINING chair

This gorgeous home was featured in ELLE DECOR MAGAZINE this last March. Interior design and post was by interior designer Kesha Franklin of @haldeninteriors here’s what she wrote about the room “I’m so excited to finally share that one of my projects for a very special client is in this month’s issue!! My client unexpectedly experienced the loss of her dear husband and I had the honor of restoring some sunshine into her life with a design that evokes happiness, memories of the love they shared and inspiration for more special moments to come!!” 

Everyone loved this one for the pop of yellow on the ceiling, the happy bubbly chandelier and our gorgeous, crisp and fresh EMELIE DINING CHAIRS in white leather.

 AUGUST bed

Another gorgeous interior by interior designer Kesha Franklin of @haldeninteriors! It’s her choice of purple velvet paired with the art that brings out the purple and mauve hues. Insta tip: the best bed posts are those that are vignetted like this one… close up, you see the side table, art, a little styling with flowers / ceramics, lighting or sconces, a hint of the bedding and voila, you have the perfectly styled bedroom post! Beautiful work Kesha (as always)!

Thank you for reading. Keep up with the latest happenings at Nathan Anthony through our social channels. Connect with us directly on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and check out our latest videos on YouTube. Or follow the hashtags #nathananthony, #nathananthonyfurniture and #uphlstryart. We’d love to engage with you online!

A Touch of Whimsy for High Point Market 2021

High Point Market 2021 is quickly approaching and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on! This year is EXTRA special as our intros two special collaborations.

The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point, North Carolina, every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.

Our collections will be shown in our permanent High Point Market showroom, InterHall IH- 602,  June 5 – 9. Reserve your spot today!

“With the home continuing to serve as a haven, I’ve been paying attention to seat depth, double down cushion fills, extra surface padding, and cozy fabric covers like extra plush boucle,’ says Co-Founder and Principal Designer Tina Nicole. “Interior design clients want to live more fully in their spaces. People want upholstered furniture they can curl up into.”

Nicole saw a need for a curvy wing swivel chair called TEDDY that had an enveloping feeling to it. She also wanted to design a smaller swivel chair and ottoman called HELA to go with FREYA (see below.) All these shapes are hitting the right style notes- soft, cozy, rounded, billowy and functional.

The TEDDY swivel wing chair
The TEDDY swivel wing chair
The HELA swivel chair and ottoman

That is just the start of what you can expect to see in this upcoming market, but let’s dive in further!

Nathan Anthony x Sanne Vloet x LP Creative

Dutch model Sanne Vloet and Lauren Piscione of LP Creative were set to create a new living space in Vloet’s Los Angeles home when the pair teamed up with our co-founder and principal designer Tina Nicole to co-design a three-piece sectional inspired by the east-meets-west Japandi aesthetic. It took several rounds of drafts, prototyping and sit tests. In the end, we created FREYA! 

Freya, measuring 152-inches (W) by 102-inches (D) by 27-inches (H), is named for one of the preeminent goddesses in Norse mythology. It features a tight seat and back; large boxed accent pillows; and all double-down fill on its seats, backs, arms and accent pillows. It’s shown in an ivory French boucle.

The FREYA 3-piece sectional

Nathan Anthony x Cara Woodhouse

The Pilar upholstered bed, custom designed by Cara Woodhouse of Cara Woodhouse Interiors, is an update to our Divano style, featuring pill-shaped edges which convey a look of the moment, at once modern and minimalistic. The headboard extends well beyond the width of the foot rails, and its linear-rectangular upholstery zones with rounded corners are separated by a refined metal accent.

At 144 inches, the extra wide shapely headboard additionally features polished chrome metal accents. This modern platform bed style requires only a Queen-size mattress, which is recessed inside the platform cavity. It is shown in a Belgian ivory velvet

The PILAR bed

We hope you are as excited for High Point Market 2021 as we are! Please don’t hesitate to write to us with any additional questions at [email protected]

To avoid having to wait in a socially-distanced line, please register online before you arrive to High Point Market.

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Keep up with the latest happenings at Nathan Anthony through our social channels. Connect with us directly on Instagram, Facebook,  Twitter,   and  Pinterest, and check out our latest videos on YouTube. Or follow the hashtags #nathananthony, #nathananthonyfurniture and #uphlstryart We’d love to engage with you online!

Decoding Performance Fabrics, What it all means!

Performance fabrics are all the rage, but what does “performance” mean? Read on about this popular upholstery cover— which Nathan Anthony customers love to specify for their furniture selections. 

Photo: Khai Mai President and Chief Engineer at Nathan Anthony

What is Performance?

Image courtesy of Ultrasuede

In the context of fabric for residential home furnishings, performance typically refers to durability or cleanability, and, in some cases, to both. Durability offers insurance against everyday wear and tear, and cleanability refers primarily to stain and odor resistance. 

Why Performance? 

Do your design clients have children? Pets? Are they playing host or hostess to chic soirees in the living room? Will an all-white sectional in these homes spur the biting of nails and gnashing of teeth? Relax; you’ve got this. 

What to Look For? 

Double Rub Count

The “double rub count” term originated with a piece of heavy canvas repeatedly rubbed using a mechanized arm. Every back and forth motion of the arm counts as one “double rub.” The motion is meant to replicate the abrasive effects of normal use, and the friction that occurs when you sit down and stand up from sitting. The test continues until there are signs of significant wear, which is defined as two yarn breaks. Fabrics with a higher double rub count will offer more durability and longer-lasting wear. Look for a high count, starting at 10,000 double rubs or greater, when covering upholstered furniture items that will be used more frequently. 

Crypton Finish

Crypton offers exceptional protection from water- and oil-based stains, moisture and odors. The fibers in a Crypton fabric are permanently transformed through a chemical immersion process, which includes an impenetrable moisture barrier to protect the fabric from spills and odors. Crypton assures its antimicrobial and stain-resistance technology is good for the life of the fabric. The company produces an impressive array of colors and patterns to choose from.

Nanoclean Finish

Nanoclean is an advanced fabric protector application available for use on certain upholstery fabrics. An invisible finish penetrates and forms a protective barrier around each fiber, with no impact to the fabric’s breathability. The application delivers durable, long-lasting repellency against water and oil based stains, dust, bacteria, viruses and dry soil, without affecting the touch, feel, look and the color of the fabric. 

Ultrasuede HP®

Image courtesy of Ultrasuede

Ultrasuede® is the original high-performance fabric, invented in Japan in the late ‘60s. Interior designers ask for it by name, due to its reputation for luxurious softness combined with durability. It offers 200,000 double rubs on all 97 solid colors, which makes it twice as durable as leather. Ultrafine, yet extra strong, fibers are the starting point in a proprietary, non-woven process. The fabric’s high fiber density gives it inherently beneficial properties, including cleanability. Most stains are removed with a water dampened cloth and gentle blotting. Learn more by visiting their website 

[https://www.ultrasuede.us/applications/interiors.html]    

While this is not a complete list of performance fabrics available in the marketplace, we hope you’ve gained a sense for the features and benefits to look for.

Performance Fabric at Nathan Anthony

We’ll be your wingman in the game of upholstery love! 

Your clients may do the happy dance when you choose from our wide, in-house selection of performance fabrics for your kid-, pet-, and wine-friendly interior design projects. We’ve expanded our offering to include items like the cozy (and popular) Bear Performance Plush fabric, available in a range of rich colors.

You may now search for performance fabric on our website. Click on the magnifying glass icon, and type “performance”, “50,000”, or “100,000” (for the desired double rub count); or, key in the performance fabric brand name.

Or simply CLICK HERE to locate your favorites! 

We hope you’ve found this information useful. Please don’t hesitate to write us with any additional questions at [email protected].

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2020 – A Year Like No Other!

2020 has turned out to be a year like no other, in many unprecedented ways. What started out as a great intro to the New Year, turned into a lockdown and a rather difficult time of life, for many, due to Covid-19 and other devastating events that have occurred throughout the year. Our hearts continue to be with those affected by this year’s happenings.

To recap the year and share some of the good that still came from it, here are our highlights of 2020. 

To start off the year, we were featured on American Dream TV’s “Hidden Gems” Los Angeles edition with host Rima Shideler. We took the crew inside our 40,000-square-foot Los Angeles showroom and factory and discussed our production process and gave a little history behind our company. We were thrilled to be featured! You can watch the episode here.

With the international pandemic hitting an all time high this past March, we were forced to put a stop on production and lockdown for almost two months. We saw that in those first few months, there was a shortage of PPE. Looking at our shelves full of fabric, we decided we could help others by designing and making masks. First, we had to outfit our work areas to be safe for our employees. We built stations six-feet apart with protected shields. We pivoted our business to making masks.  We donated masks to food banks, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and more. After a while, we added some masks for sale to our website. The proceeds were donated to Global Giving’s Corona Virus Relief Fund. 

In April, Spring’s High Point Market, an event we spend six months preparing for, was cancelled. This was a major upset for us, as we love meeting you and debuting our newest designs . Thankfully, for technology, we could turn to webinars and lots of video production to  keep the connection with you . 



Our EMBRACE sofa introduced for April High Point Market was an immediate hit. Embrace was then nominated for the 2020 Product Design Award! The award voting dates have been rescheduled to February 2021. Stay tuned for links and information on how you can vote!

The Embrace Sofa

The Embrace Cuddle Chair

The Embrace Cuddle Chair and Sweetheart Ottoman

Design et al London named our Tina Nicole to the WORLD’S LEADING DESIGN NAMES LIST 2021!! Wow! Tina Nicole is our co-founder, creative director and principal designer here at Nathan Anthony. Her incredible vision, fearless approach to design, dedication and devotion to her craft makes it only fitting that she was selected for this prestigious recognition. Read here a full article including her background, philosophy, predictions for 2021 and to find out some of her favorite things! We are pinching ourselves and are so proud of her!!

Fall’s High Point Market was given a green light and we were able to continue the show, but at 70% less attendance. We still had a huge success with the introduction of our EMBRACE Collection extensions – Cuddle chair, Swivel Chair and Sweetheart ottoman and a sweet designer taught us a new way of relaxing on a sofa… and begins with “the slide.”

On December 3rd, we enjoyed the highlight of the year, the World’s First Luxury Digital Designer Showhouse, Created Entirely And Only In The Virtual World! With products highlighted in augmented reality! See here!

Seasonal Living Magazine’s Virtual Living Designer Showhouse Living Room by Carla Aston

Seasonal Living Magazine’s Virtual Living Designer Showhouse Bedroom Room by Jeanne Khoe Chung

15 amazing sponsoring brands + 11 nationally known A-List designers have come together to make this a fun, beautiful, safe and inspiring experience (((can we refer to the prior blog post for more info here))). You’ll be able to go on a 360 walk-around inside each room, peer in corners, look at ceilings, floors, zoom in, zoom out!⁠⠀

Seasonal Living Magazine’s Virtual Living Designer Showhouse Office by Gloribell Lebron

The Showhouse has product discovery built in as well as some shoppable links – so you will be able to click open every product featured by our 11 participating designers to get the stories, additional images and details you need, fast!⁠⠀⠀⁠⠀

EMBRACE SOFA in the Zoom Room by Robin Baron Design

In addition, some of the products will be highlighted in augmented reality, so you can scan the QR code and project these products in your home to see how they look!⁠

To close, 2020 has taught us to cherish health, family and friends. To be appreciative for all that we have, not matter how small. Life may not always go as planned, but the strength to adapt, grow, listen and overcome will get us through. 

Co-Founders: Khai, Tina and son (namesake too) Nathan Anthony  🙂

From our family to yours. Thank you to our customers and fans for your continued support. Our hearts are with those of you who are struggling during this time.

Thank you to everyone for reading our blog. We hope you all stay safe and enjoy the new year. We look forward to seeing you next High Point Market in June 2021! To keep up with the latest happenings here at Nathan Anthony, please follow the hashtags #nathananthony, #nathananthonyfurniture and #uphlstryart or connect with us directly on  Facebook,  TwitterInstagram  and  Pinterest.  Also, you can always check out our latest videos on Youtube.

Fall High Point Market 2020 Highlights

This year’s High Point Market was like no other. Attendance was optional, even for exhibitors. And, with a projected 50% to 70% drop in visitors this time, it was a difficult decision. On top of that, corona virus cases have been rising sharply day by day as the weather cools. The thought of traveling to North Carolina for us Californians caused great anxiety.

But, we did it. We went to High Point and gave it our best. It turned out to be so worth it. Visitors who came were serious about shopping. And, we met so many first-time-to-market visitors, and people who were just walking by with smiling faces, their excitement was palpable. With daily health screenings, masks and hand sanitizer in abundance, everyone seemed to feel safe and at ease.

A new designer to High Point, Olivia Shae, enjoying our EMBRACE SOFA

When you have a hit, it’s important to go with it. So, this October, we added on to our wildly popular EMBRACE. We added an Embrace Cuddle chair and a half and an Embrace swivel chair. We also designed a new SWEETHEART ottoman to go with the EMBRACE collection.

Embrace, unlike any other seating collection, is the type of sofa that one “slides” into and does not just “sit” on. We created some fun moments capturing designers showing us how to do “the slide.”

Here are some more favorite captures from High Point Market 2020!

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EMBRACE CUDDLE CHAIR & SWEETHEART OTTOMAN

Our showroom colors were inspired by the blues, greens and peachy pinks found in peacock feathers and tropical prints. There was a rich layering effect of color as we expanded the spectrum within these hues to burnt sienna, berries and emerald. It was gorgeous!

The award winning DALI CHAIR
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The RELAX sectional
Foreground: EMBRACE SWIVEL CHAIR, Background: LAURENT BED
HUGO sectional, Monetti triangle table

As the nation’s economy struggles to put itself back together, the furniture and home furnishings industry is having an outstanding year. Americans, working from home and no longer traveling for business or pleasure, are shifting huge amounts of their disposable dollars to fixing up and decorating their personal and rental homes. This trend—combined with product stock shortages created by panic-induced order cancellations earlier in the year and factory shutdowns—created a seller’s market – excerpt from Business of home

Nathan Anthony has seen an uptick in the demand for its products  and custom furniture as more people are wanting to renovate their spaces, our designer/customers are busier than ever! Because we are a domestic manufacturer, we are able to create beautiful custom furnishings and meet deadlines.

EVOK SECTIONAL, TETRA table
Relax sectional, new designer, first time to hpmkt!
Creative Director and Principal Designer Tina Nicole on the EMBRACE CUDDLE CHAIR, Style Spotter Rachel Moriarty’s market pick!
KORZ chair
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Laurent Sofa, Gobi arm chair, Sabine sofa (background)

With the thanksgiving holiday upon us, we want to express our deep gratitude to our amazing team of artisans, managers, customer service team and reps for their devotion to our company. “Every day in the factory, I witness a commitment to service through the hands and hearts of our amazing craftspeople. Khai and I are incredibly grateful for their devotion.” – Tina Nicole, Co-founder, Creative Director & Principal Designer.

Thank you to our fans and customers for reading our blog, we look forward to seeing you next spring at High Point Market 2021! To keep up with the latest happenings here at Nathan Anthony, please follow the hashtags #nathananthony, #nathananthonyfurniture and #uphlstryart or connect with us directly on  Facebook,  Twitter,  Instagram  and  Pinterest.  Also, you can always check out our latest videos on Youtube.

Seasonal Living Magazine’s Virtual Luxury Designer Showhouse

The secret is finally out! The first ever fully immersive 20,000 square-foot luxury designer showhouse, built entirely in the virtual world from the ground up, will launch on December 3, 2020 and we are an inaugural sponsor!!

Being brought to you in the pages of Seasonal Living Magazine, this modern luxury designer Showhouse house will never be built in the real world, but lives atop a real 20 acre hilltop estate in Malibu, CA, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Utilizing state of the art 4K rendering, you will be able to enjoy an immersive 3D walk-around experience, via your computer mouse, from the safety and comfort of your home. You will be able to zoom in and out and see every detail of the Showhouse, just as if you were experiencing a real world luxury designer showhouse!

This stunning 20,000 square foot virtual modern home will have rooms designed by 11 of America’s premier luxury interior designers: Carla Aston, Robin Baron, Arianne Bellizaire, Jeanne Khoe Chung, Gloribell LeBron, Ariana Afshar Lovato, Rachel Moriarty, Laura Muller, Veronica Solomon, Erika Hollinshead Ward and Michelle Jennings-Wiebe.

Because this is a completely virtual home, the designers have free reign to show you their most luxurious and creative ideas, unhindered by budget or product availability.

In addition, several of the rooms have multi-functionality built in. Explore the family room, and with a click, see it transformed into a schoolroom for homeschooling and virtual learning! Click to see the home office turned into a guest bedroom! And click to see the laundry room turned into a decontamination zone.


Don’t miss the zoom room, the principal suite upstairs (and its gorgeous closet!), the sanctuary retreat on the bottom floor, the live food farm in the 3 story solarium attached to the kitchen, and all of the other beautiful rooms in this virtual luxury designer showhouse.

Each room included product discovery details as well. Simply click on the dots to find out more about each of our products the designers used in their rooms.

ABOUT THE PARTICIPATING DESIGNERS:

Ariana Lovato

Instagram bio: Honeycomb Home Design, AKBD. Award-Winning Interior Design Studio | NKBA 30 under 30 | New Construction + Remodels | Certified Kitchen + Bath Designer | Central Coast, CA + Beyond

ariana lovato designer

Arianne Bellizaire

Instagram bio: Arianne Bellizaire. Build, renovate or decorate with confidence—even during a pandemic. Let us help you eliminate the overwhelm and enjoy the design process.

Arianne Bellizaire designer

Carla Aston

Instagram bio: Designed w/Carla Aston. Bold * Livable * Fresh | Interior Designer & Design Blogger solving design dilemmas | My work: #designedcarlaaston | Houston

carla Aston

Erika Ward

Instagram bio: Erika Ward Interiors. Relax, recharge, and be rewarded. Using our concierge-level interior design services, we help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

Erika Ward Designer

Gloribell Lebron

Instagram bio: Gloribell Lebron. Interior Designer | Virtual Interior Design
ASID Member | Simple, organic + fresh | 📍Miami, FL | FKA @knowhowshedoesit
Hablo español

Gloribell Lebron

Jeanne Khoe Chung

Instagram bio: Jeanne K Chung, CSC. Interior Designer | Storyteller | Design Trends | Multi-Tasker | Boss of @shopcozystylishchic | Occasional Blogger | A view from my iPhone

Jeanne Khoe Chung

Laura Muller

Instagram bio: Four Point Design Build Inc. Cliff+Laura Muller | #CleanFreshModern Interior Design/Architecture/Construction/Project Mgmt | Concept2Turnkey | Res/Com | Los Angeles #4ptdbMoments

Laura Muller

Michelle Wiebe

Instagram bio: Michelle Jennings Wiebe, ASID. Founder, award winning @interiorsbystudiom | Writer | Speaker | past HPMKT Style Spotter Emeritus | Wife | Mom | Chocoholic

Michelle Wiebe

Rachel Moriarty

Instagram bio: Residential Interior Design. So Cal🌞Interior Designer rockin’ color🌈 from my multicultural roots 🇺🇸🇲🇽🇵🇭to your design project! 🎥 HGTV 🛋 HPMKT Style Spotter 👘 Kimono Obsession

Rachel Moriarty

Robin Baron

Instagram bio: NY Interior Designer. 🛋 Providing a glimpse into my luxury interior design & furniture world. 👩🏽‍💻Designer, spokesperson, blogger. AKA: The Baroness
🎥 HGTV & NBC

Robin Baron

Veronica Solomon | Casa Vilora

Instagram bio: Believer | Mother | Award Winning Designer | HGTV Award Nominee | Featured In AD + Modern Luxury + Elle Decor | Design Mentor | Blogger

Veronica Solomon

 

Be the first to see it! Join all the sponsors and all the designers and the industry at large for the complimentary LIVE online VIP launch party on Thursday, Dec. 3rd at 6 pm ET!

Register on this link now: http://bit.ly/DesignerShowhouse.

The official tag for the event so you can follow along on Instagram is #SLDS21

We hope to see you there for the VIP event and launch on Thursday, Dec. 3rd at 6 pm ET!

For more information, please email us: [email protected]

A big shoutout to all the participating sponsors! We’re honored to be a part of these standout global brands!

How to Prepare Your Home For Homeschooling This Fall

Covid 19 has come into our lives and has taken over what seems like, everything. Schools, workplaces, hospitals, cafes, you name it. We are continually being faced with more and new challenges every day and homeschooling has now reached the top of the list!

With the new school year quickly approaching, and some states with mandatory school closures for grade 6 and up (like California,) families are faced with the difficult reality of needing to homeschool their children. But how?! They have never homeschooled before!

Home-schooling can be a challenge. It takes discipline, organization and a plan. We are sharing some of our top tips to preparing your home for comfortable and effective homeschooling.

CLEAR THE ROOM

It’s no secret, as adults, we perform more efficiently when our environment is clean and tidy and it’s no different for our little ones. They need a cleared and open environment in order to focus and succeed. No TV, no tablets, just a cleared, open area and workspace, to help retain their focus on their studies, instead of paying attention to what Nickelodeon show is coming on next.

SPACE SAVING FURNITURE

We’re furniture designers, of course we need to mention the importance of furniture! Comfortable, yet space saving furniture really can help with preparing your space. Having furniture that has space underneath, to the sides, etc. can help in storage space for books, pens, colored pencils, crayons, etc. Our GOBI sectional (shown above) is perfect for that!

Furniture with comfortable seating and backing is also important. This is a perk to being able to learn from home! We all know the chairs in school are anything but comfortable!

STICK TO A DAILY SCHEDULE

While this tip may not be specific to how you can prepare your home, it is still a golden tip for schooling at home. It’s easy to get off track while learning in the environment you typically relax in. You or your child may see a chore or activity that may be more enticing and it’s easy to drift off into that other activity, so, knowing when break time, quitting time, lunch  time, etc is, really helps in keeping your mind off the chore or activity and focused on the learning task at hand.

NUTRITION IS IMPORTANT

Nutrition is important every day, especially when homeschooling your children. Having nutritious foods will not only keep the mind focused, but it will keep the sugar hypes away! Keep some healthy snacks, such as an apple or banana nearby the work area and allow little ones to enjoy when they start to feel a little sluggish.

TIME FOR PLAY

Remember when recess was the best time of day as kids?! Well, you can still allow it when homeschooling. Make a schedule and stick to it just like schools do – going outside and getting fresh air is extremely important. We are now in our homes more than ever before, so walking away from the same environment you spend so much time in, is very beneficial.

DON’T STRESS IT

Whether homeschooling was by choice or it was mandated, DO NOT STRESS it. This is YOUR school now. You get to decide timing, curriculum, space, etc. Stressing about backsliding or falling off the learning curve will not benefit you or your child, so be sure to stay focused and relaxed for both you and your children. Chances are you will learn a thing or two alongside with them.

We hope you enjoyed reading. To keep up with us here at Nathan Anthony during this isolating time, follow us on  Facebook,  Twitter,  Instagram  and  Pinterest.

Designers Making a Difference

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In times of crisis, look for the helpers is how the saying goes. But how are designers making a difference in the corona virus crisis?

We are currently living through times of unprecedented change and disruption to our daily lives. Stay home is the message to live by right now. Whilst many see this as a chore I feel we should take a moment to consider what a privilege it is to have to simply stay at home whilst frontline workers care for the sick and keep our daily lives as normal as possible under lockdown.

So how exactly are designers making a difference right now. Well there’s the bigger picture in that design is all about solving problems so we see some of the UK’s most innovative designers and engineering firms such as Dyson and The Ventilator Challenge UK Consortium coming together to make urgently needed ventilators.

Meanwhile on a smaller scale there are designers making a difference by using their skills and materials at their disposal to help however they can. Charity begins at home so they say so I’m starting by highlighting some of the projects I’ve been able to connect with in my local area and through the Decorcafe network which I host in Brighton.

DECORCAFE MEMBERS DOING GOOD

Designer and Decorcafe member Anna Hayman has produced this beautiful signed print to order. The profits from each print go to the The Lewes Food Co-operative. A collective of local food businesses who are providing free meals to NHS workers at a local hospital. At the time this blog was written within just a week of launch this project has raised over £2,000. 

Anna Hayman Designs Charity Print

I’ve ordered one and I feel in the future when it’s on my wall at home it will remind me of the good people who helped us get through these strange times. Order your print at annahaymandesigns.com

I’ve also donated to a collection for NHS Charities by Decorcafe member Emer Gillespie from Spark and Bell.

Spark and Bell Charity Raffle

Every person who donates will be entered into a raffle to win a very generous £500 voucher to spend on beautiful lights at Spark and Bell. The raffle is open until Sunday 3rd May and you can enter here  

Caron McQueen from McQueen Bespoke is another member of our Brighton Decorcafe hub using her skills to help the cause. She’s been busy sewing these beautiful scrubs from patterns available from a local neighbourhood watch scheme.

NHS Scrubs for charity

Meanwhile in London Decorcafe member Mel Porter has listed these beautiful rainbow fairy lights on her website. The profits will go to South London Scrubbers – a charity organisation financing and sewing scrubs for the NHS.

Mel Porter NHS lights for Charity

THE INSTAGRAM COMMUNITY IS HELPING

Next I’m looking to my instagram community which I have to say has been an inspiring place to be lately.

Poodle and Blonde is an instagram account I love to follow because 1. They have beautiful fabrics and wallpapers and 2. Dogs are a major part of their marketing strategy. If you’re wondering why I like the dogs take a look at my Sunday instagram posts on Dogs and Interiors!

Poodle and Blonde offered sample packs of fabric offcuts in exchange for donations to help NHS charities. The fabrics were hugely popular and sold out very quickly.

Poodle and Blonde NHS Charity

Luks Linen sell beautiful hand loomed Turkish cotton towels and blankets.  Ethically made and hand loomed by master weavers in family ateliers. Every Wednesday they’re sending a free blanket to an NHS worker. You can nominate someone you know to win a blanket by tagging the #blankethugs post on @lukslinen on instagram from Saturdays.

Luks Linen NHS blanket

 

One of the things I love about instagram is it connects you with like minded folk across the world. Based in California, Nathan Anthony is an account I follow which makes beautiful bespoke furniture for interior designers. They were able to transform their facility to temporarily make PPE masks to supply to local health care workers.

 

Last week they donated 150 masks to the LA Food Bank. However when friends, family and instagram followers asked to buy the masks they also put them on sale and now donate a share of the profits to the Global Giving Corona Virus Charity.

Back in the UK Homesense, one of our favourite places to find discount designer homewares closes it’s doors temporarily. But did you know that on closing all products from the food departments from each store were taken to local foodbanks in the community. The brand also donated vouchers for the Red Cross to buy clothing and essential items for those in isolation who are in need.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

Well I’m delighted to tell you that I have offered to help with the Design Havens for Heroes project. Quickly mobilized via instagram by interior designer Francesca Rowan-Plowden the project will offer free room makeovers to our NHS Heroes. So far she has pulled together dozens of interior designers to help. As well as this home decor brands and design bloggers across the UK have also pitched in to help. All committed to making over a room for an NHS hero in their region. I’ll be writing more about this soon but in the meantime head over to the instagram account @designhavensforheroes to nominate someone you know who deserves a haven for a home. If you are home decor brand or tradesman that would like to donate products, skills or time to the cause – especially here in Sussex where I’m based – please contact me so I can put you in touch with designers making a difference through this wonderful project.

We hope you enjoyed reading. We felt this was such an uplifting blog and gave some great ideas on how designers are helping others, thank you Fiona! To keep up with us here at Nathan Anthony during this isolating time, follow us on  Facebook,  Twitter,  Instagram  and  Pinterest.

GIVING BACK DURING COVID-19

From all of us here at Nathan Anthony, we first want to express our deepest love to all. We are all being affected by the COVID19 pandemic, in one way or another, and because of it, we wanted to do something.

News channels during the first ten days of quarantine in Los Angeles carried numerous stories about the lack of hospital beds and staff to treat people with the virus.

Last week, we received news that a local health clinic, Androgenix Health, was asked by LA County to open their clinic to take in and treat COVID19 patients. Juan Riojas, PA-C, MPAP, the clinic’s owner & director said yes. While preparing his clinic for this next phase, he was deeply concerned for the safety of his staff because he did not have, and could not find any available, PPE (personal protective equipment) for the expected onslaught of patients.

When we heard about Juan’s story, we gathered as many N95 masks as we could and gave them to him. Juan (pictured below) was grateful and expressed sincere gratitude in his letter to Khai and Tina:

“Your generosity cannot be more appreciated nor ever repaid. It is at this time that the real heroes step up – you guys are that. With N95 masks we can continue to treat patients and feel safe!”

It’s times like these when we all need to step up and do whatever we can to make sure our caregivers are safe and protected. For those who are not in a position to donate, the best thing we can all do as a nation is #STAYHOME.

Thank you to all healthcare and front-line personnel for taking care of our great nation. We know you are exhausted, overwhelmed and concerned for your own safety and the safety of your families.

Thank you for your sacrifice and bravery.

Thank you for reading our blog. If you can do anything to help healthcare workers in your area, please do so. For more information about helping Los Angeles, visit https://www.lamayor.org or email: [email protected] to donate to LAC USC Medical Center.

To keep up with us here at Nathan Anthony during this isolating time, follow us on  Facebook,  Twitter,  Instagram  and  Pinterest.

“Dream Design Disrupt” – How Loss Inspires A Life in Design

Dream.

Design.

Disrupt.

Very intriguing words when it comes to the creative process of design.  But what’s behind these words is even more intriguing.  How does loss inspire a life in design?  Read on to learn pieces of the inspiring story of Tina Nicole, co-founder of Nathan Anthony Furniture, in her brand new book Dream Design Disrupt: A Life in Design. Original: http://deborahmaindesigns.com/

tina nicole

Tina launched her book at the fall 2019 High Point Market.  It was so popular that their showroom ran out. Here are a couple lucky recipients with Tina on the left.

Without revealing all of Tina’s book, because I really want you to experience it for yourself, let’s dive into the structure of the book a bit and why it’s such a fantastic read.

WHEN NO ORDINARY DESIGN BOOK WILL DO

Dream Design Disrupt: A Life in Design is the perfect book to give as a holiday gift to yourself or a friend or family member who needs some inspiration or even a challenge.  It’s a great book to read over the holidays to inspire you to go forth and conquer the world in 2020.  At least that’s how I felt after reading it.   But not before it stopped me in my tracks to do some serious contemplation of my life, what I want out of it, what my dreams are, and what my plans are going forward. As we all know, life is always a work in progress.

Tina’s book really makes you think. It’s a book you don’t read just once, but one you ponder and read again and again.  It makes you stop for a little while, get uplugged, let go of your “to-do’s” and think about your life and what you want to do with it. No matter where you are in your life and career, pick up a copy of Tina’s book because I can guarantee it will impact you.

As Tina states –

This book isn’t like anyone else’s book, or any other design book or any other art book. Dream Design Disrupt is about acknowledging what makes us different, embracing it, and creating a life that is true to who we really are and what we CAN be.

And she is right about that.  So let me break it down for you a bit so you know what to expect when you purchase the book. (You also can try to win a signed copy through midnight Wednesday, Dec 18th, over on my instagram @ThePillowGoddess).

LIFE IN FULL COLOR

To say the book is colorful is an understatement. The graphic design of the book, the layout, the format, and the neon colors are quintessential Tina.  It’s a beautiful book visually which sets you in the right frame of mind from the get-go.  You know from the cover that this is going to be a fantastic book, that some sparks are going to fly and you will be wiser for it. We can all thank Tina right now for having the courage to write this incredible book!  Thank you Tina!

The book is broken into two major parts, with several chapters in each part.

PART 1 – DREAM DREAMER

This first part of the book is Tina’s life story.  Her dream. Her losses and the life decisions she made that got her to where she is now. I have never met Tina in real life, but I feel I’ve known her for years because I fell in love with Nathan Anthony Furniture the first minute I saw them win an award for one of their chairs, the Dali. I’ve been hooked with Tina’s designs ever since!

design et al Winner Dali 2017

PART 2 – DESIGN DISRUPT

This section of the book features stories and details behind many of Tina’s award-winning designs.  Some of my favorite pieces of Tina’s are featured in this book.  The company, Nathan Anthony Furniture, based in California where Tina grew up, manufacturers all of its furniture in the U.S. and produces some of the most provocative pieces.

The book is also chock full of sound advice from someone who has been through it all and built her dream. Each chapter weaves in Tina’s life lessons highlighted in colorful graphics:

  • Write stuff down
  • Live deliberately
  • Trust yourself
  • Go for it
  • Do you
  • Go the distance
  • Find 3 people to help get you there
  • Frustration = fierce growth
  • Love your work, work on love
  • Express yourself

HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS

Tina married the love of her life, Khai Mai, a high school sweetheart and together they’ve built the luxury brand Nathan Anthony Furniture.  Here they are in Los Angeles in 2014 in front of the black and white mural, painted by artist Thierry Noir, which, as described in the book, “celebrates the launch of an exhibition of the 30th anniversary of the first breakthrough of the Berlin wall.”

tina + Khai

Later, Tina would turn her view of this artist’s work into the abstract graphic-patterned fabric for the award-winning Aerie chair below. This is just one example of how Tina is inspired by everything she sees and experiences. And then how she translates that into her unique designs.

HOW LOSS GIVES US STRENGTH

Not one, but several losses influenced Tina’s life. However, as she outlines so eloquently in her book, those losses never defined her or kept her back. In fact, they kept propelling her forward to take more risks in her life and career.

The first half of the book chronicles Tina’s life from an accident as a child, through the loss of her mother when she was in 5th grade, up to where she is now, mother of her only son, Nathan, and co-owner of Nathan Anthony furniture. Yes, the company is named after her son. You will see why when you read the book.

There is a deeply personal story here, one that will surely affect you as it did me. Dream Design Disrupt is not only a beautifully designed book of art and design, but it is also a moving and inspiring memoir that leads us to the founding of Nathan Anthony Furniture, one of the most prestigious furniture design brands in the United States.

Throughout the book, Tina writes from the depths of her soul, from her own life’s journey. As master life coach Filippo Voltaggio, states in the forward of the book –

Her work, like that of so many creative movers and shakers, is built upon a personal story that touches on tragedy,  loss, and struggle but is ruled by commitment, courage, and love.

In some way or another, I believe all of us are shaped and formed by our life experiences and the decisions we make, for better or worse, come from that foundation of loss. Because in some ways, doesn’t part of creating something new come from the loss of something old?

Not to get too philosophical here,  but think about it.

Think about your own life and the choices you’ve made.

Don’t some of those choices stem from past loss?

I know for me personally, I married the love of my life who helped me work through and heal some of my childhood wounds.  Oh, don’t think you don’t have them, because we ALL have them. Some are minor but many are life-altering. And I bet if you’re honest with yourself, you will let this book touch that part of you.

Helen Keller once wrote –

Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. 

We all have childhood dreams. But, like Tina, and all of us, our dreams and our lives take circuitous paths and we always don’t end up where we want to be OR we do end up where we want to be, but never thought it possible.

Tina says so herself in the introduction:

If you had told me back in my MTV years….that I would someday become a furniture designer and work in a family-owned factory situated just a few miles from my childhood home in Southern California- and love it with all my heart – I probably would have giggled, shaken my partially shaved head, and thought, You’re Crazy.

THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE

The 2nd half of the book is all about the award-winning designs that Tina has created and what she believes forms the foundation for her life of design.  These chapters are broken up with bright hot pink pages with the language of design.

You’ll learn by reading the book that Tina has a degree in fashion merchandising from FIDM, has been a lifelong “maker”, and on top of that a law degree.  Quite the combination for an award-winning designer.  But it all shows in each furniture piece she creates, as she designs “furniture art” as if each piece will one day make a its own fashion statement on the runway.

And indeed they do. Nathan Anthony is known for meticulous attention to dress-making details in all their furnishings, and Tina gets that from her grandmother and experience in fashion.

Of course, the very things that Tina talks about are the very details I love about Tina’s design work. Like Color and Texture.

How many furniture companies do you know of, go out and design a chair with 18″ leather straps cascading down a chair into dramatic fringe puddling on the floor?  None.  But Nathan Anthony Furniture does.  Tina creates these designs.

Tina designs the unexpected and that’s what sets her work apart from other furniture designers.  And each piece is customizable from this family-owned company. They recently debuted this chair in blush pink! Can you imagine?

THE ELAN/S FRINGE CHAIR

Elan Fringe Nathan Anthony

FROM DREAMING A LIFE OF DESIGN TO LIVING ONE

I asked Tina, what she thinks artists and designers can gain from reading her book.  She said –

Dream Design Disrupt is about encouragement to every designer, artist, or storyteller who put out a collection of personal work that bombed…and had the guts to go back to the drawing board, having learned from that experience, and try to connect again. And succeeded.

Please enjoy some of the newest designs by Nathan Anthony furniture with some of my favorite iconic pieces that Tina designed.

THE LAURENT SOFA

THE LAURENT CHAIR

THE MINX WING SOFA

THE HUGO SOFA

THE KORZ CHAIR

To conclude, here’s another inspiring statement that Tina highlights in her book –

Be fierce. Seize your power to change the narrative and turn things around.

If there is anyone that has proven this possible,  it is furniture designer extraordinaire, Tina Nicole.

Please view her incredible designs and innovative, fashion-forward work on their website Nathan Anthony Furniture. Take inspiration from her words and go live your dream. A perfect gift for the holidays, you can purchase her new book HERE. 

And please PIN this image to share this post and inspiring book with others. Thank you!

On that note, this is my final post of 2019. I’m taking time off, unplugging, to, in Tina’s words,

Leave an opening for the imagination to enter and it will surely find its way in.

I’m looking forward to some unscheduled time so that my imagination can find its way in again. The Pillow Goddess Studio and blog will be closed until Monday, January 6th, 2020. Thank you for all your support for an incredible 2019. I feel so blessed!

Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you in 2020, XO PG

Note: All photography in this post is courtesy of Nathan Anthony Furniture. Opinions are my own.

Art of Risk Taking: Bold Moves in Design – High Point Market 2019

Wanna Snuggle? Good Vibes! Suite Life! Happy Pills! It seems our messaging at High Point Market resonated majorly with visitors. Pair that with eye-catching showroom design, product introductions, speaker event, and book launch and we were the talk of the town. The most fun though was our speaker panel event, co-hosted with LUXE Interior & Design Magazine called: Art of Risk-Taking: Bold Moves in Design, Business + Life. We had a packed showroom and had the pleasure of meeting so many design enthusiasts, new buyers and designers.

High Point Market is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in North America, bringing 2,000 exhibitors and more than 75,000 people to High Point, North Carolina. Serious retail home furnishings buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry are drawn to this quaint south eastern town twice a year.

Here are some of the highlights from our showroom for those of you who may have missed it. If you did come by, please enjoy some of the best shots from our photo gallery!


Art by: byRobynBlair. Bed “Z-3V2” designed in collaboration with Cara Woodhouse Interiors + Tina Nicole. “Niagara” bench design by Tina Nicole


Relax sectional and POW! ottoman


The Radly


The Evok sectional


Aerie, Elan fringe, Buttercup

So many High Point Market visitors came to our panel discussion on the Art of Risk-Taking: Bold Moves in Design, Business + Life panel event on Saturday, co-hosted with LUXE Interior & Design Magazine. Nathan Anthony co-founder, CEO and Creative Director, Tina Nicole, spoke about her new book DREAM DESIGN DISRUPT andgave insights into her success and empowering others to get out there and take on their dreams.


Kathryn Given, Erinn Valencich, Cara Woodhouse, Tina Nicole (speaking), Robyn Blair

We had the distinct pleasure of hosting instagram influencers Cara Woodhouse and by RobynBlair on our panel. Their insights into the importance of Instagram and social media, and how powerful engagement and connecting with others through social media has been for them and their growing brands was very helpful. We all walked away feeling empowered.


Kathryn Given, Erinn Valencich, Cara Woodhouse (speaking), Tina Nicole, Robyn Blair


Tina Nicole & Robyn Blair


Nathan Anthony’s Gobi chair selected by Cara Woodhouse Interiors for By Robyn Blair’s Tribeca apartment project


Author Tina Nicole signing her new book DREAM DESIGN DISRUPT for visitor


Author Tina Nicole signing her new book DREAM DESIGN DISRUPT for visitor


Author Tina Nicole signing her new book DREAM DESIGN DISRUPT for visitor


Author Tina Nicole signing her new book DREAM DESIGN DISRUPT for visitor


Author Tina Nicole signing her new book DREAM DESIGN DISRUPT for visitor


Hugo sectional


Trixie


Michel-T


Buttercup


Michel backside view


Laurent sofa


Aerial chair display by Tina Nicole

Thank you for reading our blog today, we look forward to seeing you next spring at High Point Market 2020! To keep up with the latest happenings here at Nathan Anthony, please follow the hashtags #nathananthony, #lovenathananthony and #uphlstryart or connect with us directly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Collabs and News for High Point Market 2019

We have a big announcement! Just around the corner is fall High Point Market and we have lots of exciting things happening, we cannot wait to share it all with you!


@tinanicoledesign


@carawoodhouseinteriors


@byrobynblair

This year we are collaborating with leading interior designer and influencer Cara Woodhouse Interiors. The collaboration was conceived when Woodhouse was tapped by niche pop artist and media darling Robyn Davidson – who markets her colorful candy-inspired art under the name byrobynblair – to design Davidson’s Tribeca loft apartment in bold candy-colored tones reflective of the artist’s brand. Working in tandem with our designer, Tina Nicole, Woodhouse chose a collection of Nathan Anthony signature upholstered items, customized by Woodhouse, for the Tribeca loft living areas and bedroom.

These new pieces, will debut in a special presentation in our new High Point Market showroom, InterHall space IH-602! #Yayus

Fall 2019 High Point Market will run October 19-23rd, 2019, with a soft opening day for us on Friday 10/18.

Following the show, Cara Woodhouse will exclusively offer NA-produced items through her new shoppable content platform at www.woodhousedecor.com.

On SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 @ 3p.m., in conjunction with LUXE. Magazine, we are hosting a panel discussion called: THE ART OF RISK TAKING: Bold Moves in Design, Business & Life, with our very own Tina Nicole, Cara Woodhouse of Cara Woodhouse Interiors, Robyn Davidson pop artist byRobynBlair and Erinn Valencich of Style Row. Location: Nathan Anthony showroom, IHFC IH602.

Please join us! Book signing by Tina Nicole to follow!

Thank you for reading our blog today, we look forward to seeing you at Fall High Point Market 2019! To keep up with the latest happenings here at Nathan Anthony, please follow the hashtags #nathananthony, #lovenathananthony and #uphlstryart or connect with us directly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

VOTE FOR SISTINE! 2019 International Design and Architecture Awards

It is one of our favorite and most humbling times of year… the International Architecture & Design Awards! Design et al Magazine, is a global design publication based in the UK, which organizes what has become the premier design awards event in the industry. They are now celebrating their 10th year! The event is held annually inviting its subscribers and millions of design enthusiasts to vote on the best in interior design, product design, architecture, yacht, super yacht, aviation and design innovation around the globe. The pinnacle gala event announcing the winners is held at a private club in London every September.

The aim of The International Design & Architecture Awards is to create an opportunity firstly for designers, architects and developers to showcase their work, but more than that to enable design et al readers and the global design community to see and to celebrate some of the best design schemes, product launches and innovation from throughout the world.

This year, our SISTINE sofa is nominated in SEATING category and we are pumped! Have you seen this beauty?! She’s divine!

Ever seen a sofa with a rhythmic Arabesque “dancing” welt embellishment… with equally eye-catching decorative buttons on the front panels that move in concert with the welt’s flowing lines? Well, now you have! An original design by award winning designer Tina Nicole, the Sistine daybed sets the decor-tone for the well-appointed home. Sistine features a tall, scalloped wood plinth that matches the exists of every welt, available in nine stylish wood finishes.

We have won best seating category consecutively for the past four years… we thank you for making that possible.

Thank you for hanging out with us in the blog today, we hope you enjoyed hearing a little bit about our sofa. We hope we have your vote! If you need a little tutorial on how to vote, swing by our Instagram and check out our VOTE highlight! To keep up with the latest happenings here at Nathan Anthony, please follow the hashtags #nathananthony, #lovenathananthony and #uphlstryart or connect with us directly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Top Tips for Arranging Your Home for Entertaining

Ahh, Summer, how we love you so!

Beautiful weather, kids home from school, a nice cold lemonade in hand, while catching some rays by the pool… we love Summer days, especially with good company!

At Nathan Anthony, we love entertaining at home and it’s important that our guests feel comfortable and the environment is fun and inviting. Although, here in California we enjoy indoor / outdoor living almost all year round, Summer provides everything for a fun get together in the comfort of your home. To celebrate the season, we’d like to share our top tips for transforming your home into the perfect space for a fun Summer shindig (hint: read to the end for the best tip!).

WELCOME!
A welcoming foyer / entryway, is the first step. Set the tone in this area by adding color, plants for warmth and life and don’t forget family photos & fun accessories. A nice settee by the door, where your guests can sit and take off their shoes or other outerwear, can also add a great touch. It is important to keep this space in your home inviting and alive! Providing a feeling of hospitality will help your guests relax, enjoy themselves and stay awhile.


Elan sofa (black) interior design & photo courtesy @MichelleWenitskyInteriorDesign

FIRST IMPRESSIONS


Dali Chair – Showroom 58 Entry

A dark, dimly lit entrance may make your guests want to turn right around. With all the beautiful chandeliers available now, this is a great way to both properly light the area, but also a beautiful chandelier can be the first WOW factor of your home.

SECTIONALS


Elan Sectional – Spaces Designed Interior Design


Greenwich sectional, interior design & photo courtesy @CashmanDesigns


Relax curved sectional, Korz chair


Relax curved sectional, Monetti triangle table, Roxx rug


Elan sectional by @FlauntInteriorsDesign

Sectionals are GREAT for entertaining. They provide a lot of seating for small or large spaces, come in many different options and allow you to show off your personal interior style.

NAVIGATION


Humphrey collection, at Alice Lane

Keep furniture arranged in an easy to navigate style. No one likes to shuffle through knees when having to use the restroom in the movie theater, the same goes for your home. Don’t place over-sized furniture so closely that it’s difficult to squeeze through, and try to corral all loose toys, plants, etc. to keep guests from tripping over them.

DECLUTTER
We know, we know, this one is tough! It’s so easy to grab the mail, walk into the house and leave it on the kitchen counter or drop your day clothes on the ground and plop into the closest chair – GUILTY! but tackle the clutter before guests arrive. This allows for more space when entertaining and keeps your home looking clean, tidy and fresh feeling.


Muse bed & Z-3 ottoman- interior design & photo courtesy Mint Interiors

SEATING ARRANGEMENTS


Evok modular sectional


Evok modular sectional


Evok modular sectional


Evok modular sectional

For those who have a larger area to work with, using modular sectionals make for great and flexible seating arrangements. This helps keep groups together who would like to stay close and provides options to your guests. Not all guests will care to sit around the tv, so using parts of sectionals for relocating seating areas where your guests can gather for intimate conversation or games is a great way to help all feel welcomed and keep the party going. You can also consider using armless chairs, ottomans, poufs, overstuffed pillows, and stacked chairs for this purpose.


Cielo sofas interior design & photo courtesty @FlauntInteriorsDesign


Cielo sofas interior design & photo courtesty @FlauntInteriorsDesign

Think circular areas. Place sofas in a way that it creates a circular style where guests can easily hold a comfortable and intimate conversation.

OUTDOOR OPTIONS
For those fortunate enough to have beautiful outdoor weather in the Summer, having seating arrangements outdoors will take your party from zero to everything! This allows guests to spread out and enjoy all the different aspects of your home. When choosing the perfect table and chairs for outdoor entertaining, focus on seating and tables with legs that are long and allow for air flow under furniture. This trick also gives visitors the illusion of a more open environment.

WHEN IN DOUBT…


Tina Nicole’s favorite! @Tina_nicolesig

Make cupcakes!

Thank you for reading our blog, we hope you enjoyed these tips. To keep up with the latest happenings here at Nathan Anthony, please follow the hashtags #nathananthony, #lovenathananthony and #uphlstryart or connect with us directly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

WARNING! A COLLECTION OF PAINTINGS IS ADVANCING…

One of the many ways we spend time as a family is to seek out culture and diversity in the beautiful City of Angels and the art scene is a burgeoning area of growth. As members of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), we have been looking forward to the new Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky exhibit. We are huge fans of the Post-Impressionist and Expressionist artists and find much of our color inspiration from studying works of art from early 20th century Europe (Featured left, Vincent van Gogh, Oil on Canvas1889).

Thus, over this past weekend we visited LACMA for the Van Gogh to Kandinsky exhibit. This installation chronicles the developments in modern art from artists in Germany as they traveled to Paris in the early 20th century. Below is a map of Germany and France which tells the story of how this French avant-garde art was being collected in Germany by private collectors who were less constrained than the museum directors at the time. Many of the new generation of Expressionist painters were moved by this new art.

 

The exhibition features “Post‑Impressionist, Fauvist, and Cubist paintings” including “Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Robert Delaunay, and Paul Signac” and “the Expressionists, such as Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gabrielle Münter, and Franz Marc.” Many of these paintings are from the vast libraries of private collectors and are on loan to LACMA from major museums from the US, Germany, France, Switzerland and the UK. The exhibit boasts ninety paintings, 45 papered works and more than 40 artists and connects them over time as an “international movement in which artists responded with various aesthetic approaches to the work of modern masters.” Pictured below left, is Nude by Christian Rohlfs, an example of German expressionism influenced greatly by Van Gogh and the expressionist movement.

 

Very well-curated, the exhibit sought to emphasize not only the works of art themselves, but also, the criticisms the artists were up against (pictured above, right). The written critiques were presented, tongue and cheek, as wall art – pictured below – large text which read “WARNING! A COLLECTION OF PAINTINGS BY THE… OBSCURE PAINTER PAUL GAUGUIN…IS ADVANCING SLOWLY TOWARDS – BERLIN. FOLLOWING ON THE IDIOT VAN GOGH COMES NOW GAUGIN. – AN ART CRITIC WRITING IN THE MAGAZINE DIE KUNST-HALLE (1905). You know you’re shaking up the norm and making the establishment uncomfortable if critics hate it.

(LtoR) Apples and Biscuits by Paul Cezanne, 1895, Harlequin and Columbine by Heinrich Campendonk, Red Eiffel Tower by Robert Delaunay

 

US!

It is an amazing story curated through time and through the works of some of the most notable and famous artists. We had a blast!

Spring High Point Market 2019 Highlights

Just back from Spring High Point Furniture Market 2019 and We. Are. Amped!

Every season we look forward to High Point Market… but this year, it was extra special. Celebrating the launch of our new permanent showroom, IH602 was amazing! With a ribbon cutting ceremony and champagne to mark the momentous occasion, we were super excited and appreciative to all who celebrated with us. We’ve been showing in Interhall since 2010, wow! It’s nice to have IH602 to call home now, so our customers and fans can find us every market, yay!

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, co-founders Khai & Tina celebrating, IH602

New styles and new looks are the draw at High Point market and we really try to bring it every time. This market, we added performance fabrics to our line up of new upholstery with 8 new colors of Ultrasuede and, new for us,- SUNBRELLA! No longer mostly for outdoor, Sunbrella is THE benchmark for indoor performance fabrics too. Check out our Pow! ottomans in Ultrasuede and Filip sofa in Sunbrella!

To keep the party going, here are the stars and highlights from #HPMKT High Point Market Spring 2019:

POW! OTTOMAN

Fun and versatile, Pow! is a series of accent ottomans that may be used as seats, tables or footrests. Available in a variety of new Ultrasuede® colors, Sunbrella® and over 200 different fabrics and leathers, the Pow! design suspends each cushioned surface in a dual-ring frame constructed of durable steel tubes finished in flat (matt) black. In addition to a wide range of cover options, several different sizes of the Pow! ottomans are available.

Pow! ottomans shown in new Ultrasuede colors 🙂

ElanR/007 sectional with Pow! ottomans, Budda rug

Pow! Style Spotted by Courtney McLeod! Thank you Courtney! @rightmeetsleftinteriordesign

 

Pow! new colors of Ultrasuede- Marigold, Nectarine, Raisin

Pow! Ultrasuede citron

COLOR INSPO

Fresh color is the call of spring.  New blooms abound and everything is just perky. Our color line up this market was just that. Principal designer, Tina Nicole felt inspired by cool and warm tones of oranges- mango, raisin, pinks and blues- Caribbean, lake, cerulean and, of course, her favorite- citron + hues in between this season. When yarns cross, you see gradients of pinks and taupes that help it all make sense for the interior decor. Whoa!

 

Chess chair

Gobi chair

Aerie (left), Dali (top), Chess (right)

JULIET COLLECTION

Juliet sits on three elegant and distinctive legs. Her curvy and sloping profile enfolds like the carriage of a 1930s coupe, making her the center piece of any room. She’s available with the arm on the left (as shown #0369) or the arm on the right (#0248) or with two arms (#0468), or in custom sizes.

Juliet (LAF) sofa striking a pose!

Juliet being adored by visitors IH602! <3

Juliet (LAF) sofa (3-legs)

Juliet (2-arm) sofa (3-legs)

Juliet chair in Ultrasuede

Juliet chair in Ultrasuede + SKLo glass sculpture!

RELAX CURVE SECTIONAL

Relax, a new modular sofa/sectional collection for hanging around and relaxing with family and friends. It’s tight seat tight back combination allows for a contemporary and tidy look. Just add a few accent pillows and you’re ready to chill. Relax can be customized.

Relax curve sectional (2-piece)

 

 

FILIP

New styles and new looks are the draw at High Point market and we really try to bring it every time. This market, we added SUNBRELLA! No longer mostly for outdoor, Sunbrella is perfect for indoor performance fabrics too. The new FILIP sofa was shown in Sunbrella Essential Spark, what a beauty!

Filip sofa shown in SUNBRELLA with new wood base and finish “light oak”

Sporting a crisp, contemporary silhouette, Filip features an updated mid-century modern-inspired look. Two versions are available — a tight back design with decorative tufting; and a two-over-two loose cushion design. Both designs sit on a stylish four-legged wood platform base. Options include two standard sizes (80 inches and 96 inches), a sectional configuration, and custom sizing is offered.

Filip sofa with tight back

Filip sofa 2 over 2

FENDER

A classic mid-century silhouette, our new Fender collection features handsome blind tufted cushions and floats on two beautifully sculptrued metal legs available in four finishes. Fender is perfect for swanky lofts, chic condos and high powered office decor.

Fender sofa shown in charcoal leather with flat black metal feet

Fender sofa shown in charcoal leather with flat black metal feet

OLIVER

A new angled wing bed, Oliver features three stacked layers of upholstery grouped into zones separated by coordinating wood, in a new darling walnut finish. The wings start wide at the bottom then delicately taper toward the top, enhancing the exotic, sculptural feeling of the bed. The “zones” are upholstered all the way around the outside back. Designers can get creative by selecting fabrics to create an ombre effect or use different contrasting colors for a splash of pop in the bedroom. Available in eleven wood finishes and over 250 fabrics, leathers, COM or COL. Can be ordered in eastern king, California king, queen, full or full XL sizes or custom sizes and heights.

Oliver bed with darling walnut wood finish, Niagara ottoman in Ultrasuede chartreuse with darling walnut wood finish, Z3 chair and Martini chair

 

Oliver bed queen complete bed

Oliver bed queen complete bed (back side)

JAGGER ARM CHAIR

Jagger arm chair in Ultrasuede citron, darling walnut wood finish

Jagger arm chair in Ultrasuede citron, darling walnut wood finish

A classic mid-century silhouette, our Jagger collection features handsome blind tufted cushions and gorgeous wood frame accentuating a stately square back. Order jagger with its matching ottoman for longtime lounging. Perfect for lofts and condo-living.

Jagger arm chair in Ultrasuede cobalt blue, darling walnut wood finish

NIAGARA

 

Niagara shown in Maharam Velvet Stripe with Ultrasuede chartreuse underneath, with wood panel in darling walnut

Niagara shown in Ultrasuede lake

Niagara shown in Ultrasuede chartreuse, with wood panel in darling walnut

Thank you to all who visited us at #HPMKT, we enjoy so much twice annually seeing our customers and having the opportunity to share and connect with the design community! Thank you also to @Ultrasuede_r, @Sunbrella and @SKLostudio for your partnership and for allowing us the use of your fine products in our showroom! Make sure to follow these fine companies!

And, thank you for reading our blog! We hope you enjoyed our content. To keep up with the latest happenings here at Nathan Anthony, please follow the hashtags #nathananthony, #lovenathananthony and #uphlstryart or connect with us directly on  Facebook,  Twitter,  Instagram  and  Pinterest.

Custom Furniture – What’s Your Story?

Custom furniture, store-bought furniture, does your home tell your story?

Is your home just a crash-pad or a story-teller? Does your home convey your own style and personality, tell where you’ve been and what you’ve done? Home is a place full of endless memories told with photos, accessories, art collections and a decor that sets the vibe unique to you. So, how do you tell that story?

Custom Nathan Anthony “Bonn” sectional. Photo: Romero + Obeji Interior Design

Your furniture is like the lead characters in a play. It is usually the largest addition to the home and can carry the highest price tag. But, each piece plays a different role. Bold pieces, simple pieces, louder pieces, quieter pieces, hand-me-downs and antiques – they all shape the plot line and have a small part in shaping the entire story.

Where do you go to find the perfect characters for your tale? Custom furniture versus store-bought furniture, what’s the difference? There is a much wider selection and endless options with custom furniture. Upholstery is the best example. Store-bought upholstery is convenient and most stores carry styles in stock. You pay for it and take it home that same day. But, with store-bought upholstery, it’s likely that same sofa/chair/bed will also be in your neighbor’s home, especially if the local store is running a good sale. Your home will have a similar vibe to your neighbor’s (sad face). It’s like buying clothes at the local Target, yeah it’s great and convenient, but when you go to the football game, five people have the same shirt on! Buzz kill!

With custom upholstery, you’ll get to tell your story in your own way. You can select from lots of styles, fabrics, fills and finishes that are not readily available anywhere else. Because with custom upholstery, every piece is unique, especially at Nathan Anthony. A good example can be seen from the photo above. Designers at Romero + Obeji Interior Design selected a Nathan Anthony “Bonn” sectional, custom-sized it, changed the fills and selected white wood finish… the result- gorgeous and comfy! Best part, no one else has it! It’s a special process you go through when selecting styles, fabrics, fills and finishes all to your taste. Plus, upholstery that is custom made in Los Angeles, like Nathan Anthony’s, is well-built, uses the best material, tailored to perfection and long lasting.

Custom upholstered furniture may be slightly more expensive and take a little more time to make, but it’s totally worth it.  The ultimate luxury is to have something you personally select, made to order. And, it’s a unique story-telling tool that completes your home’s story.

Thank you for reading our blog! Please tell us, what story does your home tell?

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#1 Most Important Quality of an Interior Designer

Choosing a designer can be overwhelming. There are so many professionals out there with different design styles and portfolios that it’s hard to pick! Good news is, if you know your budget, your style and the type of interior designer you’re looking for, next step is to start the interviews. Apart from confirming they have the necessary designer credentials, make sure to ask ALL the right questions in that first consultation:

  • Does the designer have a reputable portfolio?
  • What suppliers do they work with?
  • What is the typical time frame for projects?
  • How will they bring your vision to life?
  • Do they have references?
  • Fees? (of course)

 

Above all else, here at Nathan Anthony we believe the #1 most important quality of an interior designer is

DO THEY LISTEN?

A successful consultation comes down to one thing: does he/she take the time to listen to you? Yes, there are other top things to consider like communication style and personality. However, listening to you, the client, is THE most important thing and here’s why: if they don’t listen to you, they will not be able to deliver what you want. Many times, professionals do a lot of the talking and not much listening. Naturally, they are trying to sell you on their services. But, they also have to ditch the chatter and hear what you are telling them about yourself and your home. Observe them to determine if they are asking YOU questions. A successful design professional should be taking notes and asking you things, not just about the space, but about your concerns, dreams, needs and budget. When choosing an interior designer, pay close attention to how much attention she/he is paying to you and your property.

Thank you for reading our blog! We hope you enjoyed our blog. To keep up with the latest happenings here at Nathan Anthony, please follow the hashtags #lovenathananthony and #uphlstryart, or connect with us directly on  Facebook,  Twitter,  Instagram  and  Pinterest and let us know how you love Nathan Anthony! 🙂

We Say Wowza! High Point Market 2018

We say Wowza! This fall’s High Point Furniture Market #HPMKT had some serious spark, not only to what’s trending, but also, to what’s forecasted for 2019. Excitement was in the air. Check out our photo gallery and feel the #lovenathananthony and our #uphlstryart vibe, where subtle neon yellows and pinks, delight your eyes on furniture shapes you’ll love! Playful plaids and dancing welts are among some of the unique and sophisticated textile applications Nathan Anthony is known for… enjoy!

Nathan Anthony Interhall IH102

Sistine daybed

Z-3 chair

Show favorite, the Chess swivel chair

Martini, Emelie, Caffe dining chairs

Destino lounge

Korz chair, Ghedi sectional (blue), Elan bed

Elan angle sectional

Elan angle sectional

Elan bed with side panels and side tables, Elan bench ottoman

Minx wing sofa in plaid, Z-3 chair, Elan/S limited ed

Bonn sofa, Tetra tables, Roxx rugs

Our award winning designer Tina Nicole speaking with market editors

 

Our award winning designer Tina Nicole speaking with market editors

Romeo sofa and our award winning designer Tina Nicole with market editors

Our award winning designer Tina Nicole speaking with market editors

Our award winning designers Tina Nicole & Khai Mai with Jeanne Chung of @CozyStylishChic

 

Our award winning designer Tina Nicole with the press

Our award winning designer Tina Nicole with the press

Customers “Import Temptations” Canada enjoying our Sistine daybed

High Point Market is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, with over 10 million square feet by roughly 2000 exhibitors throughout about 180 buildings. The market holds two major shows each year, one in April and another in October. There are around 70,000-80,000 attendees from over 100 countries. We enjoyed meeting designer Jeanne Chung of @CozyStylishChic and the first-time visiting designers on her tour of High Point Market. We were so grateful to be on her tour!

Jeanne Chung of @CozyStylishChic and her tour, comprised of 15 designers

Jeanne Chung of @CozyStylishChic and her tour, comprised of 15 designers

We gave out our new #Uphlstryart t-shirts to designer/visitors on the @CozyStylishChic tour