High Point Market Insights: Libby Langdon Upholstery for Braxton Culler
One of the best things about High Point market is the accessibility to top designers, tastemakers, and professional learning opportunities. I know, you were thinking we are all there just having fun shopping, but there are also many opportunities to participate in seminars, mini camps, book signings and other fun. You would be crazy to go and not take advantage of some of these opportunities. Ranking as one of my favorites this market was the presentation and then walk through with Libby Langdon. I’m glad the area I live in can claim her as one of ours. She is just precious and her energy and enthusiasm is infectious. Her program was so inspiring. I will share a little of that with you in a later post, but for now I am just going to share about her Libby Langdon Upholstery for Braxton Culler and her lighting from Crystorama. I was pleased, as a designer, to find a line that I could recommend to my clients that offered quality and stylishness at a reasonable price. Let’s face it, not everyone can afford the pricing of luxury lines and others are just not interested in the investment.
I’m really excited about the line. It is representative of my idea of the new updated traditional. Beautiful lines, custom elements, colorful fabrics, pieces that excite, and a little modern twist here and there. Libby sums it up as Easy, Elegant, Everyday Style. She selects all of the fabrics for her line which includes a great selection of patterns, luxurious color rich options, and interesting basics.
The super bonus of this event, sponsored by Braxton Culler, was that a walkthrough of the showroom was available with Libby after her presentation. I love to get into the minds of creatives so you know I couldn’t miss this opportunity. She described her line for Braxton Culler as a little sleeker, cleaner, and with more tailored lines. All cushions come standard with blend down and a conscious effort was made to think about pricing when developing the product. Pricing was also a consideration when developing the lighting. She did not want the chandelier to cost more than the sofa. “Everything has gotta kinda work together”. As she walked through the showroom she talked about the merits of each piece and the design decisions that went into it. The Parker chairs above “bring a little bling with their metal arms but the seating is still wide enough that the arms are not just right up on you”.
This is the first market that she has offered trim tape and she talked about working with the factory to make this new implementation. Libby was excited that the bench above was Style Spotted by Mitzi Beach, designer and author of the book “Boomer Smarts Boomer Power”.
Libby commented that she really loved this Corwith Sofa, “it just has this kinda casual sloping arm, the leanness of the two over two cushions. I like that the back of the sofa being a little bit higher just adds that one little extra element that separates it.” The Jermain Chair in the left of the picture is one of their best sellers because the lines are very straight and “it takes pattern beautifully”.
Libby also offers a tufted back sofa named the Merrill Sofa, not pictured. She loves that the tufting is not really hard, the beautiful pitch of the back, and how it is so super, super soft that you can really get into it.
At one point during the tour she referred to herself as the “crazy contrast welt lady”. I loved these armless chairs in navy and white and this yellow chair with contrasting welt. Contrasting welt can also be seen, above, on the Latham Sectional.
For her and her clients “grey is still super super relevant “. The grey sofa above is pictured in a new velvet fabric offering. In the foreground is the Taylor ottoman, “a work horse for us”. This version of the cocktail ottoman offers much needed storage with shelving underneath and is a very usable size at 38 inches square. The Dresden Chair is all dressed up in a bold geometric with citron and grey.
I was sold just hearing her talk about the Hanes Chair, “what’s so amazing is the reverse slope arm. So for people who love to read, when you sit in it the arm hits your elbow just at the right place”.
One of her newest introductions is the Sylvan Chandelier. I simply love the lighting, it is stylish and fresh. She noted that she has learned from her clients that when it comes to hard wired lighting, the man is as much part of the decision as the woman. Therefore, all of her lighting has an element that is a little masculine (the outside angular lines) mixed with something a little more feminine (sloping arms and linen shade).
The Masefield Collection is exciting and applies a bamboo look that Libby says speaks to modern, preppy, the person who likes Kate Spade or Tory Burch. All the rugs pictured in this post are from Libby Langdon’s collection for Tiger Rugs.
The availability of stylish fabric options is one of the big draws of this line for me. Color and pattern are where I live and what I like to offer. These chairs reflect a casual elegance and a bit of fun with the addition of pink to this markets line up.
I was so glad I stayed for the walkthrough. You know you are getting a great line when you hear about the attention placed on small details and special elements that make the final product comfortable, livable, and stylish. Easily pull a complete room together by combining elements from each of her lines. The items are designed to work together: upholstery, lighting and rugs. Easy, Elegant, Everyday Style is exactly what you will get from Libby Langdon. – Marianne