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Gold and Glam: How Much Is Too Much?

Are we reaching peak gold and glitz? Here's the latest from AmericasMart Atlanta.

Erin Berg
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Alcott Collection at Bassett Mirror Company in AmericasMart Atlanta

Just about everywhere you look here at AmericasMart Atlanta, you will see gold and glam in doses big and small. And the reviews on both are as mixed as the assortment and presentation at this winter show.

From primary feature to finish detail, gold has been strong for a few market cycles now. Manufacturers backed off silver in a big way, but some are saying that the scales might be tipping back.

Bassett Mirror Company demonstrates that balancing act with three new servers featured front and center: the Zane in farmhouse-chic style with rustic gray pine and an Antique Brass base; the Rivoli with gold starburst accents on door fronts and legs; and Bowen in a bleached Maple lacquer finish with Polished Silver framing and hardware. 

A Bassett Mirror representative said the reception from market-goers on the gold has not been as strong as it was compared to the High Point Market last October.

Similarly at Uttermost, gold is found throughout the showroom but in more matte finish and less Polished Brass look. A member of the product development team said Uttermost is “probably going to lean on silver again” as the pendulum on gold is swinging back the other way.

At Bungalow 5, gold elements in varying degrees of shine remain popular, said Kiyomi Kosaka, National Sales Director. One group of accent tables with thick handcrafted glass and metal base boldly finished in gold received so much attention that for this market, the NY-based company added a rectangular coffee table.

The integration of metal into pieces, especially with sheen and polished finishes, is a way to achieve the glam look, as are uses of glass and mirrors, such as the Alcott Collection from Bassett Mirror.

Accent and decorative pillows are a good way to make “hits of glam,” said a designer shopping at Bliss. From embroidery to embellishments of beads and sequins, the plethora of pillows at Bliss can be the jewelry of the home. 

Crestview Collections newest offerings bring “glam at an excellent value,” said Jenny Neal of product development at the company. Glam can be found in a new mixed materials table lamp of crystal and alabaster; decorative bowls with silver finish; decorative leaves with a burnished patina; and contemporary lamps with mixed base of marble and mahogany as well as mahogany and concrete.

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