Thursday, April 27, 2017


Most of the 75,000 store buyers, interior designers, bloggers, and lovers of decorative accessories and furniture have returned home from the 2017 Spring High Point Market. The attendees are likely feeling stuffed from all the food and drink provided by almost 2000 exhibitors, and with very tired feet from walking the market which encompasses 12,000,000 sf of exhibition space spread around town. It is called "the world's home for home furnishings" for a reason. I got fired up to do a piece on style and color trends after reading "Furniture Today's" market issue. I've edited a number of exciting new looks and product offerings. The Mirror Image Home showroom features some great new mirrors including the above piece designed by Celerie Kemble.

Speaking of fabulous mirrors, how about this amazing room setting at the new Christopher Guy showroom!

Modern History Home designed this mirror with pieces of quartz crystals.

The color blue continues in importance throughout the market. Strauss Furniture presented this stunning "Lake Shore" console for an exciting new look.

Hancock & Moore's azure blue," San Juan drawer chest", is one of my favorites in the high-end case goods category. The hardware is lost wax cast bronze with gold leaf around the edges.

Bradington Young manufactures wonderful leather furniture in North Carolina and this peacock blue modern style sofa is a stunner!

Sophisticated styling and bright teal blue leather is the hallmark of Hancock & Moore's new "Novella" sofa.
Anyone who loves decorative fabrics will totally love Taylor King's "Columbo" chair! 

Muranti Furniture is a high-end manufacturer from Portugal. They are creating some showstopper designs like this back tufted velvet "Alexandrite" sofa.

Many manufacturers featured tufted furniture and Spectra home created this beautiful "Marco" sofa with a navy blue velvet.

Muranti's "Topaz" console is an exciting new design using polished marble and wood.

"Organic Luxe" is an important theme at market and Urbia created many great wood designs with a modern flair.
Strauss Furniture crafted this great "Maple Hill" dresser with wood pulls wrapped in embossed leather.

The designers at Badgley Mischka, famous for their high styled ball gowns, have launched a dramatic new line of modern style furniture. Many of their designs feature gold finishes, another on-trend market look.

I fell in love with Muranti's curved "Carnelian" sofa made with exotic woods and upholstered in an orange velvet.

CR Laine is famous for great quality, superb styling, and super well-edited fabric selection.

The color gray is not new to market but continues in importance in both furniture and wood finishes. Hancock & Moore's "Soul" chair is from their "Urban Logic" collection.

Ambella Home created this gorgeous cherry blossom cabinet.

Mr. Brown London caught a lot of buyers' eyes this market.

Henredon's Jeffrey Bilhuber designed sofa mixes a tiger velvet with a soft leather.

There are many foreign manufacturers showing at High Point this year such as the modern dutch company, Eichholtz.

I have so many memories of High Point attending the furniture markets as well as "Showtime", the biggest U.S. show for decorative fabrics. This is me a few years ago in the wonderfully restored "Market Square." A century ago it was the "Tomlinson Chair" factory. I've attended many home furnishing markets around the world such as Maison et Objet, and trade fairs in Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Heimtextil, the world's largest fabric show over 30 times. I love the excitement in the hunt for new and stylish home furnishings and fabrics. 

Let me close by taking a critical look at the Las Vegas home furnishings market. I have attended a number of times and always felt the trip was productive. But, when it comes to the best in style and color there is nothing like High Point.

Images; Dick Genty, High Point Market, assorted suppliers

1 comment :

  1. Great post Dick! It's fun to see color coming back into the forefront again. I agree with you about there being nothing like High Point when you compare the furniture markets. It always has more to offer than one can hope to see in 4 days!