Friday, October 25, 2013

Fridayfinds! - Inside the madness at High Point Market

All I can say is,
"Whew..."
I just got back from
four days at High Point Furnishing Market 
and it was more exciting than ever!

Typically I'm on my feet for the majority of the 12 hour days, walking from building to building,
and through the showrooms.
but it doesn't really bother me because I'm so focused.  
"It's total VISUAL IMMERSION!"


 The moment your hotel bus pulls into the main terminal at the IHFC building
you feel the electricity.

This is the convergence of the entire furnishings industry, from furniture to accessories.
And it's the time when each manufacturer introduces their newest designs.

Imagine that for a minute...
Each showroom pulls out all the stops to highlight their top designs for the season. 
It's a massive undertaking that takes months of planning - 
from R and D, to building prototypes and then designing their showroom spaces
to present the new pieces in the most impressive way.
All in hopes of catching the attention of the buyers!

Bernhardt showroom
With the large showrooms, you can eat up an hour, easily, so staying on schedule is mandatory,
if you want to visit every manufacturer on your list.

I average about 10 showrooms a day for four days. And that doesn't include the smaller booths
I like to visit along the way...


And it continues into the night...
This was the scene as we listened to the BEACH BOYS perform down below.

 On top of that,
there are soooo many seminars, celebrity designers and
book signings available during Market that it's really
difficult to pick and choose.

But I have my favorites and this market, I was lucky enough to spend some time
with one of the best...
ALEXA HAMPTON
 
Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair
I have to say, this was probably the highlight of my trip!
Watch for my upcoming post on the interview with Alexa.
It was very insightful.



"EMBRACE THE JOYS OF GOOD DESIGN!" 





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