the wonderful story of high point

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hello dear friends. i’m probably echoing in space. it’s been an eternity but hey, no time like the present, right? if you’re here, a great big hi and cyber hug.

so what’s happening?  well i’m heading out in the morning to one of my favorite towns in the good old US of A, High Point, North Carolina.882faff772c4f9989acf2844ef4f83d6

it’s a city actually, but the kind that still feels like a small town. anyhow it’s the place  for people who love home furnishings cause this is where it all goes down.

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well, it used to. (photo from book published in 1961)

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most of the us brands we know were made here like century, hooker, broyhill and many still are including my dear friends at french heritage.

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but for the most part, the upholsterers, carvers, and builders closed up and moved overseas over the years.

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so for two weeks a year the place comes alive with a furniture trade show.  but the other 50 weeks it’s a ghost town.

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i went 10 years ago planning to work on a line with some of the remaining small businesses that still existed.

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it’s taken this long but i’m finally heading back, ready to do just that, working with the brawn behind Desirant in asheville to create something just for them.

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i went to the show last month and reconnected with locals who have chair frames, paint booths, workshops and fabrics.

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i’ll be blogging along and i hope you’ll come for the ride as we celebrate manufacturing in the USA.

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there’s a great article here if you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating town.

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of course i have to check out the town…in my spare time!

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we only have a day or two to accomplish a whole lot, then heading to the store in asheville with some goodies to fill it with for the holidays.

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and the clock strikes 12:30. so i’ll say good night since i have to be up at 6. have a great sunday night!

 

 

November 14, 2016. Furniture, High Point, Made in the USA, Manufacturing. 3 comments.

the art of doing nothing

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bonjour mid august! hard to believe it’s here already. i got sidetracked today somewhere between research and not being able to concentrate on work, i ended up spending the last half hour in a deep but lovely rabbit hole. it started with merely wanting to say hello with a summer illustrations but it’s so easy to get lost isn’t it? well anyway this is a little collection of french fun that spans the 1920s and 30s covers and interior works of the french magazine, la vie parisienne. i hope it’s a petite distraction and a chance to remember why we love and admire the french this time of year: the women, the humor, the timeless style and joie de vie. 

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not to mention ‘l’art presque perdu de ne rien faire’ (the almost lost art of doing nothing)

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contentment avec amis

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solitude

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pique-niquer et l’amour

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le vent soufflait

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le voyage

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la messagere de l’ete

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concert de coquillage

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les chiens

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le moteur

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marriage

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bonne copines

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bonheur

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et la soirée. ok it’s official. i have got to get back to work. enjoy your summer day!

August 15, 2016. Tags: . 1920's, 1930's, Fashion, illustration, Paris, Summer. 2 comments.

sky high maintainence

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allo! how’s your wednesday going?

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i’m taking a tech break to go through some images before getting back to working on an excel sheet.

i never get tired of poring over these engravings from the past and thought i’d share them with you today. i hope you get a kick out of them.

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not sure what it was about the summer of ’77…the summer of 1777 that is…

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i think we romanticize 18th century life, the delicate clothing, detail and traditions…

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but what never ceases to amaze me is the imagination that this generation had, how they made it up as they went along and seemed to have, in a very dark time, found a way to enjoy life by being playful with their appearance, and in today’s case, specifically, their hair.

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lord knows what i would do without my curling iron, i’d be a hot mess pretty much every single day.

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thank god for the patience of hairdressers.

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anyway at a point it becomes hard to tell if these women were really spending this much time on their hair or these are exaggerations.

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when i go to the salon it takes awhile even in this day and age.

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how were they achieving these great heights?

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as a jersey girl maybe i’m particularly fascinated

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and in jersey we laugh at ourselves.

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so finding the satire engravings was the piece de resistance on this little image adventure.

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even the men weren’t immune to either the trends or being targets to parody the style

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young and old, they were all on the big hair bandwagon.

Caricature on French women's hairstyles of the 18th Century

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such silly fun!

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well i gotta run, hope you enjoyed this little diversion. have a bonne journee!

August 3, 2016. Tags: , , , , . 1700s, Fashion, France, Marie Antoinette. 11 comments.

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