I am older and considerably wiser -- I dance my way over to Hickory Chair the second I roll into High Point. I have shopped High Point for a good thirty years and I have seen peaks and troughs -- euphoria and downright fear. Hickory Chair has managed to fight the tape and maintains a steadfast mission. First of all, Hickory Chair Furniture is a Made in America product, a bold and brave commitment. Equally important, is that of all the manufacturers that we visit, Hickory Chair seeks the most talented designers in the field and follows their lead. The Alexa Hampton space rocks this market for outright energy and style.
Jay Reardon, president of Hickory Chair (below), is the coolest corporate guy in the world. He not only knows little me, but he sits with me at lunch and remembers my children. He has hired the best designers and armed them with the best sales force in the business. Jay is very much a people person. Alexa is the same way. Before they are smart, dialed in and talented, their true gift is that they thrive on a personal level--they are super engaged.
The contrast between the devil red walls and the darker shades of black, brown and grey plays up the furniture silhouettes. The red walls would get on your nerves without the blocking of the space with the tape and nailhead trim. I will say, this is the right color of blue-red. If I see one more dirty, browny red dining room, I will stop eating. This is Diana Vreeland red.
Graphic, contemporary patterns kick up the traditional/transitional pieces for a fresh statement. Alexa explained how the furniture, while eclectic, still manages to work harmoniously together as a room. Starting with scale, Alexa uses intermediate scaled pieces that flow together in the space, creating balance and proportion. . Conversely, rooms that are overly symmetrical can be boring, so there is an art to this.
Described aptly as "cool and quiet-- structured and tailored," the Gregoryy takes its history from an English Regency frame club chair. It is has a great yin-yang vibe with a masculine frame with a sexy "arrest me" red leather fabric treatment.