Interior designer Monika Nessbach served as the first European and commercial Style Spotter at High Point Market this spring. She spoke about the experience, what inspires her and what new vendors she hopes to work with.
Q: What was your favorite part about HPMKT?
A: “My favorite part was that I was able to see the market through my eyes and not be limited by client requests or project designs. Being a Style Spotter enables me to focus on and find pieces that fit within our own aesthetic, as well as functionality for the type of clients that we have.”
Q: What/who inspired you the most and why?
A: “I was inspired by the HUGE role nature is playing. Both on the sustainability front in building furniture and sourcing materials and also on the backend, with raw, unfinished pieces that pay homage to the beauty of nature and the imperfection of surfaces, which, in itself, creates perfection.”
Q: Are there any new styles that you plan to explore more?
A: “Black and white contrasting aesthetics were everywhere, which play beautifully into the designs with natural textures and raw finishes. Also, for the first time in a while, we saw bold colors returning. On the forefront were dark navy blue with gray undertones, mustard yellow and a deep cognac brown.”
Q: What new vendor did you learn about and how will you engage them moving forward?
A: “I was very impressed with Planum Furniture, a vendor I have not yet worked with but will in the future. Planum represents four different manufacturers, one of which is Koinor. They have a sofa that I absolutely LOVED, called Phoenix. Coincidentally I found afterwards that this company is German. Go figure…”
Q: As the first European to join the HPMKT style spotter line up, what differences did you notice between your views/ideas vs the other Style Spotters?
A: “Being from Germany specifically, midcentury modern, post modern and contemporary design aesthetics were always all around me. So when I moved to the U.S., I was surprised that traditional/transitional designs were still on the forefront of what most people were requesting. Over the years I have seen the High Point Market grow and evolve to include more modern and contemporary influences and exhibitors. To the point now where design is moving towards more futuristic and nature inspired forms with function. We call this evolution: Dreamscapes.”