Another High Point Market set the tone for design, and I’m not just talking color, fabrics and furnishings fabrications. I’m talking about what’s happening in our design industry as a WHOLE. There were more events and invites, educational seminars, panels and soirees at this past Spring market than ever before. Each High Point Market has a flavor, and I dubbed this one my “narrow and deep market”. Instead of trying to cover every square inch, I curated my 5 day visit to High Point with strategic showroom meetings, meaningful seminars, and purposeful networking. In speaking with friends, it was a common theme — to cut out the noise and get laser focused. We want to grow our businesses with companies that align both in aesthetics and values, are innovative thought leaders and educate, provide an easy, reliable, and elevated user experience, and make us feel valued. Sound like a familiar rubric for companies and brands you love doing business with? Here are some of my meaningful encounters:
The Embelished DEETS
Embellishment was in full swing this market responding to the design trend of LAYERING – blocking w color or pattern and creating contrast and texture with unique application – giving dimension and design interest to make these pieces stand outs.
Embroidery, appliqué and quilting techniques surge with creative applications in art and accessories.
Color blocking and contrast trims give dimension to luxury textiles and upholstery
Alexa Hampton debuts her luxuriously detailed furniture collection at Theodore Alexander.
Animal prints and woven design add instant glamour
Metallics continue to trend, layering in shine, sheen, and texture
High Point Market TQ Insider’s Tour
What does a day at High Point Market look like? My third #TQxHP Insider’s Tour introduced new buyers to cross categories of sources with a merry blitzkrieg of 13 showroom visits, an educational seminar, and a DJ’ed trolley ride to a VIP cocktail party. Our 10 hours condensed into 1 1/2 minutes gives you the flavor of our valuable day of learning and camaraderie.
Thank you to our host showrooms:
S&D Leather, Old Hickory Furniture Co, Antique and Design Center, Jill Seale Design Studio, House of Cindy, Dana Gibson, Norwalk, Newport Cottages – Madcap Cottage, Rawan Isaac, Universal Furniture, Burton James, Wesley Hall , Steelyard Access
Another High Point Market wraps up
Five days in and I still didn’t take in all I wanted to. However, I left market with new sources and relationships, intel and inspiration to move my business forward and fuel me until next October. Thanks Fringe Friends for following along and tapping me with #trimspotting, I love sharing embellishments that gives designers the tools to express creativity.