Market Report: Fall 2023

From shapely, sculptural detailing to soft-lined silhouettes to rattan caning, these recent debuts have all the staying power to flourish.

Curve Appeal

Gray, Freeform Writing Table by Baker Luxe.
Photo courtesy of Baker Furniture

When it comes to style, classic forms will always have a seat at the table. They just require a fresh approach from time to time. From modern to traditional, silhouettes are becoming softer with curvature, including sinuous forms like the Freeform Writing Table by Baker Luxe (seen here). Inspired by the unpredictable shaping of modernist art, the gently flowing legs and top make this piece adaptable to any setting. For second-generation designer Nellie Howard Ossi, her take on the new traditional is displayed in her capsule collection, Nellie Jane for Mr. and Mrs. Howard. Blending classic with modern, as seen in the Angie slipper chair with its scalloped skirt (below), results in a fusion of grand millennial style and new traditional design.;

Bedroom with upholstered bed and pair of slipper chairs from Nellie Howard Ossi.
Nellie Howard Ossi's Angie slipper chairs with scalloped skirts blend classic with modern. Photo courtesy of Mr and Mrs Howard for Sherrill Furniture

Material Moment

Ulysses chair by Corey Damen Jenkins for Hancock and Moore has hand-webbed cane detailing.
Photo courtesy of Hancock and Moore

An art form as old as time, cane webbing is as relevant today as it was in ancient days. With its stylish versatility and sustainability qualities, cane furniture continues to prevail in popularity. However, as skilled artisan weavers phase out and fewer individuals pick up the vocation, such workmanship could become a relic of the past. Thankfully, companies such as Serena & Lily are committed to employing hand craftmanship and leading the way in cane preservation. New to Serena & Lily’s line is the Nassau bar cabinet (below). This handsome, fullywoven piece works as a well-stocked bar or as storage for entertaining essentials. Interior shelves and drawers keep things organized, while brass pulls accentuate the natural oak veneer frame with rattan caning. Corey Damen Jenkins also included a piece of cane furniture in his collection for Hancock and Moore. The Ulysses Wood Chair (seen here) features handwebbed cane detailing on the inner and outer backs of the frame. Hand-wrapped metal along the chair adds a decorative element.;

Serena & Lily's fully woven Nassau bar cabinet
Photo courtesy of Serena & Lily

In Detail

Celerie Kemble's Tulip Dining Table, part of her collection for Woodbridge.
Photo courtesy of Woodbridge Furniture

Sculptural detailing and interesting motifs are popping up in abundance. From carved wood table bases to hand-embroidered linens, it’s the small (and sometimes big) things that make the difference. Case in point: Celerie Kemble’s inaugural collection for Woodbridge gives voice to her spirited design as seen in the sculptural shapes of the collection, including the Tulip Dining Table (seen here). With its central column accented with carved laurel leaves over a hexagonal base and elevated on bun feet, the table makes a floral statement of a different nature. Perfect for topping o the table, Elizabeth Lake’s new collection (below) features a colorful assortment of whimsical florals with saturated hues of marigolds, greens, and blues, as well as vintage-inspired motifs. Employing traditional methods of appliqué and embroidery, the thoughtful collection is handmade in small quantities on the Portuguese island of Madeira.;

Table setting in green white and good, with yellow tulip napkin.
Photo by Kirsten Francis Photography

By Ashley Hotham Cox