Cool Roger Chair with stainless steel frame by
Thayer Coggin is true modern seating, especially
the enlarged caricature-like leopard print in
black and white.
POINT, N.C. — They were seeing spots at Fall High
Point Market in October. Leopard prints have leaped back
into the spotlight in home furnishings.
was mostly upholstery that sported the exotic animal
pattern, but lamps, rugs and occasional pieces also
found their wild side. The look of leopard is timeless
whether it’s a pillbox hat or a pouf, but we no longer
have to harm the big cats to get their pattern. Unless
you are a naturalist, it’s hard to tell cheetah and
jaguar prints from leopard, but all of them were
stalking this market.
spots in textiles can be traced back to the 17th
century," noted Tina Nicole, designer and co-owner
of Nathan Anthony.
showed the frame of the Ansonia/U chair with a
black-and-white colored cheetah/ leopard fabric on the
legs. The look was inspired by a jumpsuit she saw at the
Milan fashion show.
like it when animal prints get a modern interpretation,
and I think there’s always a place to mix these
compelling patterns into home decor," she said.
of the most remarked about pieces was a low back Charmer
chair by Kara Mann upholstered in a tattooed leather
leopard print. The interior designer who reinvented
Baker Furniture’s Milling Road Collection, says a
leopard print is always in style.
adds an effortless chic to any space," she said.
considers it a neutral because it mixes with so many
colors, patterns and styles. "It is timeless."
patterns, be they print or woven, never go out of style,
and designers are always exploring new ways to utilize
them in fashion and interiors," said Cecil Adams,
creative director for Currey & Company.
company’s Gilbert bench is a modern take on predator
prints. "One of the current trends is to explode
the scale of the pattern, which creates a more
contemporary vibe when the fabric is applied to a chair
or bench or even wall art," he said.
Coggin, meanwhile, covered its Cool Roger chair in large
black and white animal spots, which paired nicely with
the sleek shiny steel frame. And you didn’t have to be
a big game hunter to spot Jamie Young’s Littlefield
chair and ottoman with leopard print hide as well as the
occasional boxes covered in it.
Fairley’s Elle chair for CR Laine is upholstered in
leopard spots on a 100 percent cotton fabric with the
luxurious feel of faux velvet. It makes you want to curl
up on one.
market we are modernly classic," declared Hennessy
Wayser, owner of French Heritage.
the pieces exemplifying that aesthetic were the
decoupage chest made in Florence, Italy, and classic
armchairs covered in a leopard print. Also taking a very
classic chair and showing off its animal instinct was
Highland House. The newly reinvented furniture maker has
a youthful vibe, thanks to its millennial president,
August of Hickory White made a strong statement on spots
with the dark walnut-framed Drake sofa fully upholstered
in a leopard print fabric called Jamil Gold.
has evolved into a neutral. A pop of leopard can go in
every room as the perfect finishing touch," said
Jamie Young, president of Jamie Young Co.