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High Point Recap Blog Spring 2018

This SPRING we got to see High Point Market from a perspective that was so CURATED and UNIQUE. I can honestly say that without a doubt we hit the most vendors ever this market! Myself and Johnny Stonesifer were on the prestigious  Design Bloggers tour.

Yellow was showing very strong this market along with black! Two colors we predicted to be trending throughout 2018-2019.

Performance Fabrics


E.J. Victor, located in Morganton, North Carolina is a luxury high end furniture company, home to the widely known AERIN and Ralph Lauren and Kate Spade New York collections. Founded by Edward W. Phifer III, Joseph B. Manderson and John Victor Jokinen, together with their premium vision of preserving quality construction methods to design exquisite furniture for the home, this trendsetting triffecta has trailblazed timeless quality craftmanship and noteable design for the last 30 years. Current CEO, John Joykinen, has adopted their vision and incorporated additional convictions.


Berhardt furniture has been around since 1889, a pillar in the furniture design community.  I have an appreciation for family and all that goes into developing brand loyalty.


I'm in love I'm in love and I don't care who knows it!!   There is art and then there is unpredictable, erratic, unforeseeable, averse, unruly statement art; the kind of art that makes it's own rules while still seeming to follow some kind of artistic decorum. In my next few blogs I will focus on some of my favorite statement artists and their work. Jimmie Karlsson and Martin Nihlmar 'know statement art. For over a decade now, these London artists have been transfiguring vintage furniture into modern day award winning non pedestrian artisianship.


Another one of my favorites, RETNA, a Los Angeles based grafitti statement artist that has recently exploded in popularity on the urban arts scene, has been exhibiting since the early 90's. His noteworthy self created script has found it's way from great city buildings and walls to formal exhibiting institutions in London, Miami, Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Hong Kong. His work has dawned the cover of artist Justin Bieber's " Purpose" album. He has also done advertising for Vista jet , Louis Vuitton and Nike.


It’s been a very busy year for me career wise and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I am very excited to announce that I will be working with esteem media and the High Point Market Authority for the Design Bloggers Tour 2018!

This year the tour will take us to some of my favorite vendors where we will get an in depth look at the latest products and trends happening in the design and furniture industry.

I am so honored to be part of this group of 10 designers from all over the country.

Can’t wait to share the experience with you!

Best, -DANNY


“I don't want a luxury vacation. I want a lifestyle of luxury. Luxury to me is living in comfort, style, novelty and signifigance" -Danny Russo.   Hotels interior design layouts for 2018 are evolving with this in mind. Because people are traveling more now than ever for both work and play, hotels fall under the umbrella of interior design and home decor. Guests want all of the up market comforts of home with extra ordinary luxury perks of vacation living. They want to be catered to and have a personalized experience, comfort being the objective.


Luxury is a state of mind. We honor our well being in knowing we deserve the very best. As much as I am a proponant of dedicated hard work, I do believe in balance. I regurally schedule myself pockets of purposeful rest and play. For me, this generaly looks like a spontaneous getaway vacation to somewhere inspiring. Restful getaways boost happy endorphins and reduce stress. They also enhance and recharge the creative spirit while broadening perspective. I want to talk about 'design in travel for my next few blogs. 2018 trends in design reach far beyond home interiors.

TRAVEL- 2018 Aircraft Design Trends

I heard someone say once, " If You are feeling bored with life, You are probably thinking too small." I love this quote. The sky is the limit. There are no limits to greatness. This could be said of interior design as well. 2018 trends allow for a the open minded , forward thinking found universaly in todays interior design concepts.Let's take a look at aircraft interiors, both commercial and private jets. Much like the goal of modern hotels, comfort and passenger experience are the #1 goals trending in todays aircraft designs.


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