In normal times, there are two major wholesale markets for the home furnishings industry.
Both occur in High Point, NC. Buyers and designers from all over the world attend these important shows. Hundreds of exhibitors introduce their new product lines.
As a designer or retailer, you can’t afford to miss this show. It’s where you get to touch, feel, and sit on upholstery pieces. Run your hands over new finishes and textures. Network with vendors and other home furnishing cronies.
Most importantly, you discover the upcoming trends and colors you’ll be sharing and selling to your clients in the coming months and years.
Due to Covid, the Spring Market was canceled and rescheduled several times in 2020. From October 13-21 Market finally opened. Not every exhibitor attended and many of the showrooms were open by appointment only.
Avett Coffee Table with Curved Sofa by Four Hands
High Point Fall Market is a lot of work but it is also a big cocktail party every day. Not this year. No food or drinks allowed. Unfortunately, it was a vertical ghost town. Too bad, there was an abundance of impressive new looks.
Trending is architectural-inspired furniture pieces. Clean lines, interesting angles, and arches. Wood finishes are light. Burlwood, blond and bleached veneers are hot. Organic upholstery forms with thick cushions covered with textured fabrics. And lots and oodles of curves.
Kazi African Woven Dishes
Color trends covered the spectrum from neutrals to rich jewel tones. Prints were bold and whimsy. Baskets and textural decorative objects abounded. Especially popular, African inspired woven art. Kazi + All Across Africa’s baskets and wall art were spectacular.
Eastern Accents Children’s Bedding Collection
Eastern Accents introduced an adorable children’s bedding collection. Perfect for boys and girls from baby to teenager. It featured images of quirky animals and birds in bold tones of peach, emerald, lime green, navy, and white.
Matte gold finishes are still showing strong. Lighting designs and colors were light and organic in shapes. The woven basket trend has been engineered into the lighting business as well. I do recommend that you venture into this look with caution. It can be a bit tropical for most décor.
Vintage Turkish Rug
Concrete, real and faux, was an extremely popular material for interior and exterior tables. Vintage rugs from Turkey and Russia continue in big demand. The more worn and faded the better.
The artwork was energized, geometric, and colorful. The line art was well represented but with splotches of color to provide a designer appeal. Black and white photography and Warhol like portraits in bold colors represented the divergence of design that make decorating an exhilarating adventure.
Wexel Modern Art
Modern easy change frames by Wexel Art was a hit. The frames allow you to change out your artwork as your styles shift. Vintage, hand-painted pillows by Polish artist Lempicka was just one of the thousands of treasures in the Market’s Antique and Design Center.
Even with the demands of keeping everyone safe during this trying time, High Point Fall Market was wonderful. Just having the opportunity to get out and explore new styles and trends was exhilarating. I averaged 10,000 steps per day and covered as much of the Market as possible. I can’t wait until April’s Market and the opportunity to support North Carolina’s home furnishing businesses and jobs.