HIGH POINT, NORTH CAROLINA – FURNITURE AND PRODUCT MARKET

Today I awoke in Greensboro, North Carolina. It’s another day at the High Point Furniture Market for me. This is my second full day here and even though I have walked over 9,000 steps each day (plus my 4 mile run today) I am feeling good and have one more day in me. I am here with another designer on a joint project to buy some last minute furniture and products for a joint venture project. For those that don’t know – because I didn’t know anything about this “Market” in school – It is the largest residential buying market in the US (Milan Furniture Fair is the largest Globally.) It covers the whole town of High Point with more showrooms and product than I can take in visually…definitely visual overload! (By the end, I hate to say, everything looks the same.)

Even though I spend most of my time in the commercial sector and am a huge fan of NEOCON, the largest commercial buying market in the world, this Market does have great products and many of the same vendors that have cross over. It is a great place to come and see and buy.

The day events go like this:

Breakfast. Drive to the Market (or take the free shuttle from your hotel). Walk store after store, with an occasional appointment with a certain vendor/manufacturer. Lunch at one of those vendor’s showroom. More store hopping and product buying until about 5:30, dinner (or if you are me, a run though some random park. Dinner.  Drop, with your feet up preparing for another day.

Here are some photos showing trends of the Market.

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Blue was definitely the color of the residential market this year. It was everywhere.

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There were some obvious lighting trends as well. These are some of my favorite:

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This is my favorite show room from the trip: Bolier Co. and a table there that I found quite interesting, in the sense of how it was constructed.

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One of the fun things about the trip was all the famous people I saw this time around.

Jane Seymour was on my plane and though it was only her side profile, it was really her, because I spoke with her.

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I happened to mention that my wife loved her and I had just seen two movies that she was in: Scarlet Pimpernel, and Austenland…she didn’t seem to be too flattered with the mentioning of that last one…

Keno Brothers, best known from Antique Road show.

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Gary Friedman, president of Restoration Hardware

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Thomas O’Brien, commomly known for his designs at Target, but is much much bigger than that. I want his job.

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As was often heard around Highpoint, “Are you having a good Market?” Hopefully from the above you will see my answer to this was a resounding “Yes!”

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