07 March, 2011

High Point Market Update

by LuAnne Silvia, ASID
I attended a presentation last fall of the newest introductions from High Point, North Carolina Furniture Market. Charlie Flynn, owner of Francis King Showroom at International Market Square attends market every year and often puts together a slide show recap for designers. I have been to market three times, there is nothing quite like it. But Charlie's presentation is a close second to visiting market, and without the plane ticket!
It is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, with 10 million square feet of showrooms in 180 buildings and 2000 exhibitors. High Point North Carolina holds two markets every year to unveil the latest and greatest and is a unique opportunity for people to come together and buy, plan, learn and celebrate.
hpLargest chest of drawers in Highpoint, NCabcInternational Home Furnishings Center in High Point, NC
Highlights of Fall Market 2010:
Overall Impression
Great market this year! Manufacturers were energetic, enthusiastic, and excited to show off what they love to do: design, create and build home furnishings. A lot of great family owned, inspiring stories of dedicated companies living their passion.
Washed out fabrics, graphic prints, shades of gray, pops of color
Tufting, dark finishing nails
Driftwood, wire brushed open grain, scrubbed beechwood, carving, Chippendale details
Materials and Finishes
Washed out finishes, scrubbed, wire brushed techniques, gray wood finishes, brass, art glass, vintage glass, combining metallic finishes, rusted hardware
Design Trends
Juxtaposition of formal/informal, formal collections is honey colored finishes, primitive pieces, deconstructed frames, decorated found items/recycled, repurposed, extremes

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