A look at some of Port 68’s new collaboration with Jill Seale.
After 12 years of showing in InterHall’s temporary spaces, Port 68 has a new, permanent home in the curated space.
The decorative accessory, wall art, lamp and accent furniture manufacturer secured one of the perimeter spaces on the first floor of the International Home Furnishings Center to showcase its offerings in time for this week’s High Point Market.
For this edition and beyond, it will exhibit from InterHall space 105. While the footprint is close to the same size as the company had last October, having the permanent spot has its advantages.
“It will be easier to not have to move things in and out as much. I can spread out a little bit,” said Mark Abrams, co-owner and designer for the brand. “Every market, or every other market, you’re putting down new flooring and building, but that’s what makes it exciting and interesting. There’s a challenge in thinking that every six months, you’re putting together a new ‘store’ or showroom. Now I don’t have to move as much of the stuff around and the walls are built.”
Charlotte, N.C.-based artist Jill Seale, best known for her use of marbling to create one-of-a-kind textiles and art, is bringing her sense of style to Port 68 this market. While many of her signature marbled styles abound in the showroom, Abrams was quick to point out there’s a number of patterns among her offerings as well.
“This time, we did a collaboration with Jill Seale, an artist from Charlotte, who I would refer to as the queen of marbling. She’s venturing out and doing more patterns,” Abrams said. “With that, we’re selling one-of-a-kind artwork that she’s hand-dipping in the tray. We have four different pieces that go in our 30×30 frames and they really make it exciting.”
In addition to the framed pieces, Abrams said Seale’s designs can be seen on the company’s upholstered accent benches and on mirrors.
Port 68 is also introducing a few new pieces that were sourced in Vietnam, adding that country’s perspective to its design mix.