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!
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.
“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.”
“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 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.”
Building on our confetti theme, we finished off the showroom with confetti cake pops, which were a hit! Yum!
Here are some snaps from the market we think you’ll enjoy!
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 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.
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!
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.
What is Performance?
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.
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 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 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® 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
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.
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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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 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!
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
Go for it
Go the distance
Find 3 people to help get you there
Frustration = fierce growth
Love your work, work on love
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.”
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
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.
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.
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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.
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 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
Michel backside view
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.
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.
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?
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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With over 61,000 votes cast, we are thrilled to announce our Dali chair and Minx Wing sofa brought home the best in their categories at design et al’s International Design and Architecture Awards 2017! We are grateful and humbled to be included in this esteemed award winning category of international designers three years in a row. Here’s a little about the awards ceremony and our night in London.
Design et al is a leading United Kingdom-based design magazine that also manages the International Design & Architecture Awards, Hotel & Property Awards and International Yacht & Aviation Awards competitions. The goal of the awards programs is to stimulate the mind and senses and inform and inspire readers about the most original, progressive design statements being made globally. But this is not just any design competition. Design et al Awards are not judged by a panel. Shortlisted entries are presented online, and voting is open to industry professionals as well as design et al readers, clients and customers. “Instead of a panel of 5 or 6 industry professionals we have quite literally thousands of industry professionals involved,” says Design et al Publisher Joanne Beedles. “It is an incredible way to promote your work and reach a targeted global audience.” The competitions gather architects and interior designers from all over the globe – Dubai, Thailand, Italy, Spain, Australia, Russia, China, Venezuela and US to compete in over 35 different categories.
The awards ceremony is held at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel London. Leading designers from all over the world gather for a black tie dinner and cocktail party. No winners have been announced at this point, we only know we are nominees in our categories. Like the Golden Globes or Academy Awards, the categories are read, the nominees are named and their projects shown on huge screen. The announcer receives an envelope, opens it and says, “and the winner is….” Spot lights circle the audience, booming music resounds and a big round of applause as the winner/s meander their way to the stage. Greeted by the announcer, the winner is handed the award and a microphone. Each winner then gives a speech – this is the best part – to hear how much time and effort and love went into the projects and who else was involved and where they traveled from. At the end of the night, there is a chic party with DJ, dancing and revelry.
Designed by international award winning designer Tina Nicole, Dali features a unique cover application, an innovative reverse-tufting technique. Sewn in a contrasting color across the chair’s back and side panels, reverse tufting creates a three-dimensional effect, similar to a cascade of floating petals. Gilded modern brass legs add an extra dash of sophistication to the chair, which pays homage to the Art Deco and Midcentury design periods. The Dali model’s name was inspired by the shape of the famous painter’s mustache.
Designed by international award winning designer Tina Nicole, the Minx wing sofa features a pioneering geometric stitching treatment within a swooping modified shelter back. The dramatic shape appears to be sporting angel’s wings, graduates down through each arm to wrap each side of the seat surface – the effect is like a hug for the sitter. Minx floats on gently tapered metal legs to accent its modern silhouette.