The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months and I was lucky to be one of them. For years, I have heard plenty of buzz about this design market but last month was the first time experiencing being in the center of the “furniture capital of the world.”
The High Point Market 2013 demographics boasts the following facts: 180 buildings, more than 2000 exhibitors, 100+ countries represented, tens of thousands of new product introductions and 11.5 MILLION square feet of showspace. With Disneyland being 392,040 square feet, I might more accurately compare High Point Market to the much larger Disney World Resort. It was impossible to cover it all in just 6 days. However, I was able to do plenty of shopping while taking notes of the new design trends between attending various seminars for continued education for designers.
Trending Now – the color “minty green” is on a comeback along with a serious nod to “relaxed – nature” for a design style.
Feather Frenzy - It was clear to see horses are on their way “out” with many showrooms showcasing feathers. Who knew I was so in-style with my new feather headband worn in High Point at the Interior Design Society Awards Dinner.
Smokin’ Hot – trend is dark and earthy with a lot of hair-on-hide furniture.
All About Wood – I am now a fanatic of the live edge natural wood tables.
Mood Lighting – the jewelry of any room is always my favorite part of shopping.
The Good, Bad & Ugly – all I can say is that some things stopped me in my tracks – some being good and some not so good. You can decide…
So that is my High Point Spring Market Design Recap. My experience has left me in awe of appreciation and exhaustion much like a week long vacation at an amusement park. Like a child, I will be dreaming of all the delights of the week in North Carolina counting the days until next time…