High Point, North Carolina hosts the High Light of my work vacation – the Fall and Spring Furniture Markets. As as interior designer, it is energizing to find the perfect piece for a client’s project. This October’s market was the best in several years – a great come back. (Recession must be over!!) Avant-garde, architecturally designed bookcases, credenzas, and display pieces, creative lamps and chandeliers were inspiring. Area rugs, resembling modern paintings have truly become floor art.
Traditional is still here, but the Mid-Century Modern revival has inspired a new Modern. And color is not disappearing. Thank goodness.
We’re extremely sorry for the absence. Things have been very crazy since High Point Market and getting back into the swing of things here in the office. While we prepare some more in depth posts on this year’s spring market, we will post a few highlights.
Today’s highlight: Decorative lamp shades!
So many of the lamps showcased in various showrooms, had a unique twist to shades this year. Patterns on the fabric, enhancements (gems, beads, etc), and so much more! It was fun to see how many showrooms had them. Here are just a few to enjoy. 🙂
(Group from Dimond Lighting)
(From Dimond Lighting)
(From Cyan Design)
Preparing for Market can be quite the task, but it’s something that Carolin and I look forward to twice a year.
The Hotel room has been booked and confirmed, so now the fun can begin! High Point Market sends out several books as a Market Preview. These include the showrooms that are participating in Market, provides a glance into the various new products and vendors, and even various networking and educational events. We scour the pages looking for anything that catches our eyes. Sometimes we spot items for a specific project or client, but sometimes it’s something that we have to see and keep in mind for future projects. There are many lines that we love to visit to see their showrooms and new additions at each market, but we’ve also found many new resources at Market that we may never have seen otherwise.
It’s true the internet has become a huge help in business and life, but there are things that just have to be seen in person, and for us that’s much of the items you put in your home and office. Fabrics, colors, textures, quality are all very important, but impossible to see on a screen. You may get a good idea, but there’s nothing like seeing the real thing. High Point Market and other trade shows give us this opportunity. It gives us confidence in pursuing something for a client, even if it’s a new vendor.
Hard to believe that it’s just about time for the High Point Spring Furniture Market! This year is just flying by! In a little over three weeks, I will be heading down to High Point, lists of specific showrooms and building maps in hand. It’s been a year and a half since I was last at the High Point Market, and I’m anxious to get down there to see what’s new.
I will be scouting products for several of our projects, but it’s always excited and fun to see the newest creations and designs from each manufacturer. I’m very hopeful that the lighting manufacturers have gone to their drawing boards and will have fabulous out-of-the-box designs implementing the use of LEDs. For furniture, I’ll be looking for which companies have something that just blows me away and I can’t wait to share with a client or that will inspire a brand new project. It’s also fun to see if there is a common thread between showrooms. Sometimes it’s a unique or fascinating material. It can even be color – and it isn’t always the color of the year!
This year, I’m thrilled to share some of my findings from High Point with our readers and followers! Is there anything on your list that I might find for you?