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!

 

 

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!

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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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!

7 Color Trends We’re Loving for Fall

Savile row plaids, hot pink, neon yellows? What? … Fall is here with SASS and we are thrilled!

New York Fashion week and Paris Fashion Week is always a fun time for us. We check out the designs, colors and patterns of the season and try to relay that in some way on furniture. Not an easy task! The furniture trend season is much longer than fashion, about two years. People don’t change their furniture as often as their handbags or shoes.  That time is shortening with social media and access to images/trends in real time. Nathan Anthony, is the go-to for staying fashionable with upholstery trends. Here are some colors that graced the runway this season, which can also be found on our custom couture designs.

Source: Elle.com

As a fun way to celebrate the season, here are some of our designs draped in the colors we expect to be popular this fall:

PLAIDS

Add swagger to your decor, our award-winning Minx Wing sofa in diagonal plaid!

YELLOWS

Bold and not for the faint at heart, bright and crisp- our Bonn sofa in white with citron Ultrasuede, Chess chair, Dali chair – oh yeah!

DEEP REDS

Award-winning Minx Wing sofa in ruby red mohair, yum!

OLIVE/GREEN

Elan settee shown in a contemporary green velvet

ORANGES & HOT PINKS

Gobi chair in orange cotton

Tetra tables in Ultrasuede pink ribbon and hot pink

PURPLES

Cielo Lounge in Ultrasuede amethyst

NEUTRALS

Rock star neutrals- photo: Interiors By Steven G. featuring our ROCCO sectional

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Inspirations Maison et Objet 2017

S-o-o-o-o-o jazzed, we just returned from Maison et Objet (M&O), Paris. M&O is a professional trade fair for the design community focusing on evolving consumer trends, inspiring experiences, and major brand introductions. M&O presents three overarching sections: MAISON is dedicated to interior decoration. OBJET is concept and retail. The third is INFLUENCES which encompasses luxury, design and architecture.

Every year Maison et Objet creates an area of inspiration that centers around a single theme. This year, the theme is SILENCE. Like a remedy to the interminable racket of words and images, silence has a calming effect on the hyperactive, garrulous and loud times we live in. Home is a place where calm is restored and a growing desire for serenity can be expressed. Sensitive, discrete and elegant objects re-establish inner tranquillity. Please do not disturb this sensual, poetic, harmonious and luxurious minimalism. Shh…

 

TABLE TOP TREND – THIN TOPS, THIN BASES

Thin tops and thin top table systems paired with an upholstered top component was seen everywhere. Also noticeable was thin bases or legs or necks to complete this minimalist look. Leading this trend were French brands Cinna and Lignet Roset.

MOST IMPORTANT REPEATING FABRIC COLOR: AMBER

Call it amber, burnt orange, or sienna – these warm jewel tones pair beautifully with 2017 popular hue soft pink, deep blues and Pantone color or the year greenery.

 

NOTEWORTHY LIGHTING CONCEPTS

These images speak for themselves… just spectacular! Lighting as sculpture on the wall, or lighting dropping from the sky like rain above the clouds, or stars in the sky, you can use lighting concepts now more than ever to command ambience.

MOST IMPORTANT REPEATING FINISH: GOLD.

Gold was everywhere from table tops to plinth bases to outside arms, what a wowzer!

ITEMS THAT FUN UP THE DECOR

Just for fun and fun to liven up any room.

Interior design in 2017 will bring the need for rich jewel tones, i.e., Amber mentioned above, and darker more intense hues in the home, expressing introspection and brooding. This all at the same time, a need to escape the world around us and make the interior fun. This is done with interesting shapes and metallics and warm toned woods as seen in our scouting the trends we saw at the fair. We hope you found this blog informative and useful.

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Top 8 Design Trends of 2016

Happy New Year to all! After the fireworks and bubbly have e-v-a-p-o-r-a-t-e-d, we love to look back at 2016 to see which design trends emerged and will continue to influence the way we decorate into 2017 and beyond. Here’s a hint: soft pinks, grays of all kinds and iridescent finishes! We take our cues from Architectural Digest‘s article on the Best Design Trends of 2016. This year trends emerged in sumptuous materials (think faux fur and velvet) and luxe finishes, such as white Carrara marble paired with brass accents. These styles and more were driven home with appearances in familiar places, like the Salone del Mobile design show in Milan and Art Basel Miami, or in high-end projects by principal interior designers. Not all trends arose from the usual suspects, though: Influence arrived from several different scenes, such as the runways during Fashion Week, hole-in-the-wall eateries, and even outer space. While there are certainly plenty of fads that we’re ready to wave goodbye to in 2017, we hope these eight are here to stay.

PLAID

 

The sleepy pattern reinvented itself in 2016, making us nostalgic for classic checks and traditional tartans. But this fall the standard motif lent itself to cool color pairings, unexpected surfaces, and lush fabrics. Inject the regal design into the kitchen with tea towels, party platters, and bowls.

GRAY

 

Nothing is quite as calming as a room layered in soft shades of gray, and this year interior designers took note, extending the color’s reach ofrom the bedroom and bath to rooms like the kitchen or even the exterior of the house. With a color this versatile, you can buy your next can of paint in hues ranging from dove-gray to dark charcoal with confidence, as we believe this new go-to neutral will be sticking around far beyond 2016.

SOFT PINK

 

This year shined a light on the power of pink. The fall 2016 fashion shows featured the hue in details big and small, including blush-color sequins, fur and leather sheathed in bright peony pink, and rosy frills of lace. Models and editors could be spotted at the new all-pink restaurant Pietro Nolita in New York. And after Rose Quartz was named Pantone’s Color of the Year, the vivacious shade launched into superstar status. Opt for an ultramodern look by purchasing homewares in unconventional materials like acrylic and silicone coated in the pretty shade.

IRIDESCENT FINISHES

 

Star designers like Patricia Urquiola, who sculpted an accent table in a multichromatic finish that shimmers from every angle, first picked up on this trippy trend. Soon thereafter, everyday items were wrapped in a high-gloss sheen, including kitchen utensils and decorative vases. No matter the form, the rainbow-like reflection will insert the right amount of shine into any space.

VELVET

 

 

The runway often predicts what will appear in our closets, but it can also have a say in how we outfit our homes. That was certainly the case with velvet: After the tony fabric was draped on the backs of models this fall, it began dressing the rooms of our homes in the form of upholstered walls, pillows, and dining chairs. Interior designer Miles Redd suggests using gaufrage velvet for a custom pattern to be sewn onto a pillow or rug.

CELESTIAL MOTIFS

 

Galaxies, planets, and stars have found their way onto some of our most coveted home objects. Bottega Veneta’s creative director, Tomas Maier, created sterling-silver trinket boxes topped with jewels that resemble the eight planets in the solar system, while Jonathan Adler took a different approach and stitched symbols of the zodiac into needlepoint pillows. Adding just one of these items to your home will have it looking out of this world.

MARBLE AND BRASS

 

What could be more luxurious than a flawless slab of Italian marble? Pairing it with an equally opulent material like brass. When Aquazzura’s New York outpost (shown) opened this summer, the world witnessed designer Ryan Korban’s decision to place gold leaf Sputnik chandeliers underneath black-and-white marble arches. The rest of us followed his lead, choosing from a selection of smaller-scale items constructed from the extravagant duo, such as Tom Dixon’s white Morwad marble chopping board with a brass saucer.

FAUX FUR

 

Walk into any home store nowadays and chances are you will find an imitation fox or alpaca throw, or maybe a mock Mongolian stool. The faux-fur trend has taken the design world by storm, with nearly every object you can think of covered in the fluffy fabric. Its luxurious and welcoming disposition is perfect for winter, so now is the perfect time to decorate your bed or sofa in an assortment of faux-fur pillows to create a cozy sanctuary.

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What’s New in Design – Arch Digest Gets the Scoop

What’s new in design? Arch Digest sits down with our award winning designer, Tina Nicole, and Jacquelyn Clark of Lark + Linen to discuss what’s new in design. Find out their take on the California coastal design trend and how to incorporate this style into your interior design projects.

Also, Jacquelyn Clark talks about her love for the new Tetra & Torino tables designed by Tina Nicole that launched this fall. She says “they’re simple, timeless beauties that could literally work in any space.” Read more by clicking here.

AD360: How would you define the on-trend interior design style, California Coastal?

JC: To me, California Coastal is the ultimate goal. It’s light and airy, pulled together, and beyond sophisticated, yet completely unpretentious. It’s the best of all worlds, as far as I’m concerned.

TN: Think open spaces and high ceilings as well as pure coastal colors, such as cerulean blue, natural indigo, or moss green paired with optic white and neutrals.

 

Andrew sofa, Torino table

 

Divano bed

AD360: What would you say are the defining details of this style?

JC: The key components to a California Coastal vibe are clean, timeless lines paired with exquisite fabric. Whether it is sumptuous leather or a woven linen, the fabric reigns supreme.

TN: Obviously, fabric is very important to us at Nathan Anthony. For our upholstered products, we offer an unlimited choice of fabric colors, patterns, and textures to select from—all complementary to the California Coastal vibe that is seen today in interior design. We specialize in clean lines and love to mix natural and luxurious materials.

 

Sabine sofa, Tetra 02-20 ottomans

 

Minx sofa, Tetra tables, Roxx rugs

AD360: Design today is all about expressing a lifestyle. It’s not just one-off pieces.

JC: I couldn’t agree more. When it comes to designing a space, my clients’ lifestyles are always my primary concern. I come across very few people who prefer form over function these days. Function has taken precedence in recent years, and when both form and function are married, it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.

TN: Nathan Anthony has really embraced this idea and we are excited to introduce a rug collection as well as two accent table collections (a total 10 skus). The idea for this extension of our product line really came from customer demand. Customers, friends, and fans have been urging us to develop accent furnishings to pair with our upholstery products. The new tables feature light, airy shapes to enhance the spare silhouettes and artful details that define our seating groups.

JC: I am completely in love with the Torino and Tetra tables from Nathan Anthony. They’re simple, timeless beauties that could literally work in any space. Their clean lines could act as a jumping off point for a more streamlined room, or you could just as easily play up the contrast by placing them next to a tufted velvet sofa. They’re the LBD of the accent table world.

 

Tetra table system

 

Elan bed, Elan chairs, Tetra tables

 

Avalon sectional, Torino tables

 

Avalon sectional, Torino tables

AD360: Jacquelyn, what do you look for when you are finishing a room?

JC: Tailored drapery, something soft underfoot, and really great throw cushions are all essentials in my book. Whether you’re going for a modern vibe or a transitional one, these layers always make a room feel well thought out and beautifully pulled together.

TN: We are debuting our Roxx rug collection at High Point this year. The rugs are cobblestone inspired and made from New Zealand wool, which adds a rich, natural quality to any room—a nice finishing layer for any room design.

JC: For me, in terms of rugs, ones that use natural materials are worth every penny.

 

Roxx area rugs (large), for actual textures/colors see thumbnails

Roxx area rugs (large), for actual textures/colors see thumbnails

 

Andrew sofa with Tetra 02-20 ottomans, Roxx mini rugs

AD360: What projects are you currently working on that you are excited about?

JC: Aside from my own home, which is in a wonderful state of design madness, I’ve got a few large-scale renovations coming down the pipeline. I’m pretty thrilled about a few of them and I’ll be sure to share all of the details on my blog, Lark & Linen, as I go!

AD360: What’s next for Nathan Anthony?

TN: Our sights are set on becoming a contemporary lifestyle brand and resource. It’s exciting—we’re eager to add even more product categories.

 

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What is The Ultimate Luxury Nowadays?

What is the ultimate luxury nowadays?  With almost anything attainable at the click of a button or the swipe of a finger, we ask what is not? Retailers such as Amazon, Ebay, Target and Walmart have raised the expectation that you can get things in quick time, almost real time. But, does quickly done mean well done? It depends. If it’s electronics, mass production can mean precision and efficiency. But, when something takes painstakingly long to make, like up to six months for a hand-knotted silk/wool high/low pile rug from Nepal, the ultimate luxury is just that – to wait.

Custom furniture falls into this concept that the most beautiful things of the highest quality take time to make. Here at Nathan Anthony, each and every piece is made to the order. Our pieces are delicately crafted by hand, taking extra time to sew straight lines, fold diamond tufting precisely or line up nail heads. Each order is executed with the specific buyer’s expectation in mind, from start to finish. Furniture making is approached like an art piece, made with a personal connection and great pride.

 

Sabine sofa, artisan creates the diamond tufting by hand around a curved grid.

 

Sabine sofa, artisan has to gather the fabric just so to create the diamond tufting around a curved grid.

 

Tina Nicole, our designer, examines Sabine to make sure the design is executed to her expectation and specifications.

Making special shapes requires attention to detail… which takes time to perfect. Each sofa, for example, is assigned to one artisan. That artisan makes the entire frame. Making a Nathan Anthony sofa is like carving a sculpture. Would you rush a Leonardo? Would you hurry a Picasso? In a similar vein, we approach our craft of furniture making much like an artist approaches his painting. Using time-honored furniture-making techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation, we begin tailoring and crafting the unique seating shapes our designer Tina Nicole creates. When furniture making is rushed, the outcome can be quite different – poor sewing quality, patterns do not line-up, poor joinery or inconsistent padding.

 

Elan collection geometric tiling application details

 


Elan chair sewn geometric quilting

 

Elan bench with waterfall design and geometric sewn panels, painted metallic wood feet

So as a buyer, ask yourself, does your item go from the drawing board, to the execution stage, to a finely finished, incredibly crafted piece made just for you by the hands of a highly-skilled artisan? Then waiting is almost a bragging right. You can see from so many custom choices we offer on our furniture, getting the details and intricacies right is something one cannot do fast.

 

Boxx ottomans show patterns line up and pinched seam detail

 

Valmont bed shows nailheads are straight and diamond tufts are consistently tailored

 

Leslie dining chair has Swarovski crystal pearls delicately placed with the diamond tufting detail

 

Boxx sofa is upholstered carefully with layered padding and not pulling the fabric too tight to achieve a relaxed lived-in luxurious look. We tailor the piece just so…

To give a better idea of our manufacturing timeline, some of our products take about six weeks to be made. For our more uniquely beautiful styles, it takes between six to eight weeks. This is because of the sophistication of the design and the time it takes to perfect stitching, padding, fabric application, legs staining, etc. When you wait for something to be made for you, this creates a sense that these things are special and you too are special because you are waiting for them. So then, the ultimate luxury nowadays is to wait. Like each Nathan Anthony product, beautiful things of the highest quality take time to make.

 

Perle sofa tufting and pillow back treatment, steel tubular angled base

 

Minx sofa with diagonal stitching detail on inside back

 

Minx chaise with diagonal stitching detail and unique curved shape

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USA Textile Market’s Biggest Trends 2016

Twice a year we attend High Point’s Showtime Market, the largest dedicated home textiles show in the U.S! We are always looking for innovative ways to expand our designs as well as inspiration with the year’s trending colors, shapes and textures. Showtime has become the pre-eminent upholstery and decorative coverings market in the Western Hemisphere offering the largest selection of textiles, leather and trimmings. Showtime also offers a unique buying opportunity for furniture manufacturers, home textiles manufacturers, fabric and furniture retailers, hospitality, RV, marine, contract, outdoor/casual furniture manufacturers, and more. This year we brought our son, Nathan Anthony who shows up here and there in this post, can you find him?

To highlight our experience at this year’s market, we are sharing what trends were rocking the show!

DENIM TREND

Textile designers at Se7en really delved into a Boho-relaxed vibe with their DENIMOLOGY theme. It felt super groovy to walk their showroom and it was fun to experience their new collections. Blue was an important color everywhere, not just in denimology.

 

GLOBAL / ASIAN TREND

Intricate patterns and Asian motifs delighted our eyes at Valdese and Circa. The refreshing display of color mixed with East Asian shapes got us re-thinking how to incorporate these beautiful stories into our designs.

LEATHER TREND

Leather vendors are pumping up the creativity with so many amazing choices from shimmering looks, to silken hair hides. Just take a look and see for yourself the possibilities!

MOOD BOARDS AT DELEO TEXTILES TREND

DeLeo Textiles really helped us out with their mood boards. Check out the fantastic compilations they created from Glamazon to Super naturals. Well done DeLeo!

 

Super naturals, organic motifs DeLeo showroom

 

Global, defined, sharp, geometric DeLeo showroom

 

Glamazon Theme,
DeLeo showroom

 

Distressed motifs, maxed out textures, patina effects at De Leo showroom

 

Classic with a twist, tripped out traditional
DeLeo showroom

 

NOVELTY TREND

We always love unique novelties. Home Accent Fabrics’ lip-themes and artistic renderings in textiles caught our eye.

SHOWTIME FUN!

Us being silly… (Tina Nicole, Khai Mai and their son Nathan Anthony) 🙂

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Trend Alert! Our Top 10 Instagram Photos 2016

It’s one of our favorite times of the year, where we share our top 10 most liked Instagram photos mid-June! Instagram has quickly become one of the best ways for us to connect with our customers and fans. We post images of the beautiful furniture we just made in our workroom, curated by our principal designer, Tina Nicole #TinaNicolespicks. We also post images from our customers who have included our furniture in their interior design projects. When our customers tag us, we are certain to like and repost the images. We enjoy the ability to connect and get instant feedback too. It is a place we enjoy sharing our creative journey with the people that matter the most, you!

We are already halfway through 2016 and we thought we would share our top 10 most liked Instagram photos to show what’s happening and hot here at Nathan Anthony. We also wanted to highlight our appreciation for all of you who are following and engaging with us daily. Take a look… what trends do you see?

 

 

MINX CHAISE/FAINTING COUCH

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BGVAMAusr25

SABINE SOFA

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAhpsQnsr4X

 

ROCCO SECTIONAL

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/_XxXWfMr-Q

 

EVOK SOFA

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BEwiNWlsr3V

 

VAPOR SOFA

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BD9eqG1Mrz-

 

PHOXIEU CHAIR

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BGM9y4WMr-W

 

FLYTE CHAIR

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/_dABtvsrxC

 

MARKET WEEK RECAP

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BE_1Tuysrws

 

ELAN BED

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BESMuovsr6q

 

BANGLE CHAIR

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BDTqpNUMr7L

 

 

 

Notice any repeating faves? The very broad categories are Blue velvet, geometric shapes and gold accents. You can’t go wrong with these three elements. It’ll be fun to see what’s trending when we blog about our top 10 Instagram posts at the end of the year. Until then, we invite you all to follow our account and watch for our daily posts. Also check us out on our TwitterFacebookGoogle+ and Pinterest. Have a great day!

Inspirations 2016 – Architectural Digest Interviews Tina Nicole

It’s always interesting to find out what inspires designers. Architectural Digest sat down with our principal designer and co-founder, Tina Nicole, to discuss style, trends and what moves her this season. We also find out what it is about her designs for Nathan Anthony that people are drawn to and why Nathan Anthony leads the way of the future for contemporary design.

AD: For more than 10 years, you have been creating memorable designs. How do you continue to keep your furniture designs fresh?

TN: Our designs are living, breathing, beautiful objects. We are always developing and improving upon them, finding new construction techniques and fresh styling that have not been done before. It’s a constant yearning to one-up ourselves.

 

ElanR007 sectional

 

ElanR007 sectional

AD: What is it about your designs that you think people respond to?

TN: Our designs are beautiful, functional, and always evolving. Even though they are beautiful, they are also comfortable and practical for everyday use. This is a balance that comes only from knowing your customer and predicting their decor needs and desires. Our designs are the signature looks of modern living today. Owning a Nathan Anthony design means not only is it timeless, but it is cool and stylish.

 

 

Rocco sectional, designed with metal tubular base

 

Elan/s Style Spotted at High Point Market

AD: This spring, you are debuting an impressive roster of new pieces. How did the design process go?

TN: Our design process is always a zigzag. It starts off in one direction and takes several (sometimes sharp) turns. The challenge this time was to teach the artisans how to perfect the new stitching treatments we created. It was a fun evolution of patience and perfecting. In the end, designs such as Minx and Dali came out superbly beautiful.

 

Tina Nicole marking stitch pattern on
Minx fainting couch

 

The Minx fainting couch shown in new cover Elated Indigo, with statuesque chrome legs

The Minx fainting couch shown in new cover Elated Indigo,
with statuesque chrome legs

AD: How does the Minx collection differ from past lines you have created?

TN: Minx is an eclectic group all centered around a new diagonal stitching treatment. Usually we create a frame and apply fabric to it. But with Minx, we designed the stitching around the upholstery frame. The stitching is a diagonal quilting, which creates a dramatic geometric effect. When combined with Minx’s swooping lines, the frame appears to be sporting angels’ wings.

 

Minx Wing Sofa shown in Elated Indigo, chrome legs

 

Minx Chaise

Minx Chaise

AD: With its reverse-tufting technique, the Dali chair is intriguing. Where did the inspiration for its design come from?

TN: While in the workroom, I saw the cover for our Lucca sofa, which features sewn tufting, being carried from the sewing department to the upholstery department. The reverse side of the cover was intriguingly beautiful; I thought of experimenting with a sewing treatment to attain this look. That’s how we created the reverse-tufting technique for Dali.

 

Designer Tina Nicole working with the sewn leather

 

Tina Nicole’s exploring stitching treatments

Dali chair in black leather with modern brass legs

 

Furniture Today Cover May 2016

 

Dali chair – BEST OF MARKET Furniture Today 2016

AD: You are also debuting some new design elements in your InterHall showroom in High Point, NC.

TN: Yes, we are excited! We’ve created a series of colorful light boxes inspired by groundbreaking explorations of light, color, and space by artist James Turrell and the eye-catching geometric shapes of our popular Elan collection. In addition, we’ve commissioned an amazing three-dimensional mural that captures the adventure of rock climbing. These design elements when paired with our beautiful furniture designs, will make customers feel like they’re walking into an inspiring art gallery.

 

Mock-up of light boxes for showroom walls

 

Mock-up of concrete 3D wall mural for #HPMkt

 

Dali chair opposite our Award winning Bonn collection HPMKT April 2016

 

Minx Chaise

 

Minx5 vanity stool

 

Wilshire sectional, Lilie and Astro ottomans

 

Elan bed, Elan settee, Elan limited ed chair

 

Minx Sofa

 

Elan sectional, Dali chairs

 

Gable sectional, Boxx ottomans, Minx23 vanity stools

Thank you AD for the interview! We hope you’ve enjoyed a look into our design process and learning about what inspires us. We are drawn to beautiful things and bringing beautiful things to life makes us happy. Make sure to keep up with the latest happenings at the factory and around the world by connecting with us on FacebookGoogle+TwitterInstagram and Pinterest. Let us know what you think! 🙂

Take A Factory Tour

Hello Friends of Nathan Anthony Furniture Mfg!

Welcome to our blog. We”ve launched this blog with the introduction of a Factory Tour. This is our furniture-making facility where you can see first-hand the manufacturing process at work and the people behind the magic. Our customers casino and fans can keep up to date with the goings on at Nathan Anthony.  You can catch a sneak peek at pieces in development and follow us as we blog about our travels around the globe staying on track with the current fabric, color and home decor trends.