A number of the new furnishings Bernhardt recently debuted at the fall 2014 High Point Market are tried-and-true classics with luxurious undertones, these sumptuous details emanating from the most sweeping concepts down to the tiniest considerations. Bernhardt classicism is a hallmark in the furniture manufacturer’s oeuvre that is so adroitly actualized it is always on trend. This a celebratory year for the company given it is observing the 125th anniversary of its founding.
The showroom tour I had the pleasure of taking was a sumptuous sensory experience, the interlocking patterns swirling on the surfaces of mirrors, chests and tables powerful in their geographic dexterousness while not being overwhelming shown as they were with a variety of quietly subtle upholstery pieces. The designs in this post will be available to consumers in Spring 2015.
Design Details for New Bernhardt Releases:
In the vignette to the left: the Jewell drawer chest has lacy mother-of-pearl inlays on its drawers and sides. The high-leg cabinet of acacia veneers with a weathered grey finish measures 40” wide x 18” deep x 32 ½” high. The detailing on the Faye mirror is fashioned from light-reflecting kabebe shell tiles laid in an overscale geometric pattern, all set within a round metal frame 36” diameter x 1” deep.
Skylar chair [right]: cast-iron frame in an aged gold finish; integrated Greek key arm; curved back for extra comfort and style—27” wide x 33 ½” deep x 28 ½” high. The pale fabric shown on this version of the Skylar makes the geometric metal frame a powerful focus. I also saw the chair during my showroom tour upholstered in a textural faux croc with metallic accents that changed the personality of the chair altogether. With the sheen of the stamped upholstery, the chair took on a more luxurious feel, though the sophisticated simplicity of the pale, unadorned fabric on this version of the chair was no less attractive, just meant for a different design scheme.
Marquesa Dresser [below]: the overlapping oval metal fretwork applied over antiqued mirror with sparkling rosette pulls on this high-leg cabinet in white oak veneer with a Gray Cashmere finish was stunning in person. The dresser has a subtle walnut inline on the top surface and measures 62 7/8” wide x 20 ½” deep x 39 ½” high. This was my personal favorite collection in the showroom during this market. There always seems to be one vignette I’d like to move right into. My favorite from the spring market (the Jet Set Collection) was still holding court, and it was no less stunning the second time around.
You can see all the new releases on the Bernhardt site. I’d like to offer the company congratulations on the 125th anniversary of its founding in 1889 and to thank the Director of Brand Development Heather Eidenmiller for tapping me as a sponsored blogger for the fall market.
Text of Bernhardt Classicism on Trend © Saxon Henry, all rights reserved. Saxon Henry is an author, poet and journalist based in New York City. Books include Anywhere But Here and Stranded on the Road to Promise. She also produces The Diary of an Improvateur and is a columnist on Architizer.