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Sep 22, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Announces Virtual Keynote Series and Style Spotters LIVE! for Fall 2020

HIGH POINT, N.C., September 22, 2020— The High Point Market Authority announces a lineup of virtual programming for Fall Market, aligning with its #HPMKTsafe Initiative to eliminate large, in- person group gatherings. The virtual Keynote Series will offer three sessions during the Fall Market dates, October 13-21. The virtual Style Spotters LIVE! event will take place after Market in November to recap the products spotted by the team in October. The Fall 2020 Keynote Series will feature 3 industry-relevant, forward-thinking topics. Each session will begin at 3:00 PM and offer 1 IDCEC-approved continuing education units (CEUs). An attendee must attend the live webinar and remain for the full hour in order to receive the CEU. Diane Falvey, editor in chief of Furniture, Lighting & Décor, the Market Authority’s partner for this session, will moderate a panel focusing on the intersection of wellness and home design for the first keynote session. Scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, panelists include Clodagh, Charles Pavarini III, Michael Peterson, and Lori Miller. This session is sponsored by Visual Comfort.

Sep 21, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Partners with One Room Challenge® for First-Ever Virtual Edition

HIGH POINT, N.C., September 21, 2020 — The High Point Market Authority has partnered with One Room Challenge® to present the first-ever virtual edition of the popular six-week design event. Kicking off October 7, One Room Challenge® – High Point Market Edition will exclusively showcase products from High Point Market exhibitors. Twenty Featured Designers will participate in the fall event, researching and selecting High Point Market products while creating original 3D virtual room designs. The project, process, mood boards, product selection, customization, and design discussions will be journaled by the designers via blogs and social media channels over six weeks, with finished room designs revealed on November 11. “Given our present situation, we recognize there will be High Point Market enthusiasts who will not be able to make their biannual trek to High Point this fall, but they still long for an inspirational experience and curated introductions to all the home furnishings Market has to offer,” commented Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “This partnership will be a valuable addition to our program offerings for the industry as a whole, regardless of whether or not circumstances will allow one to attend this October.”

Sep 17, 2020 - High Point Market

Fall High Point Market Prep Continues as Product Demand Increases

HIGH POINT, N.C., September 17, 2020 — High Point Market Authority officials, building owners, and exhibitors are busily preparing for the upcoming Fall Market, scheduled for October 13-21, as consumer demand for home furnishings continues to increase. The latest Furniture Insights newsletter from Smith Leonard Accountants and Consultants notes, “New orders in June were 30% ahead of June 2019,” and, “New orders were up for 73% of the participants.” “We have blown away all June-July-August sales records,” said Mac Cooper, CEO for Uttermost. “After a couple slow months in the spring, we are already up for the year, and momentum has never been higher.”

Jul 20, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Opens Fall Registration, Debuts #HPMKTsafe Initiative

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 20, 2020 — The High Point Market Authority has opened online registration for the Fall 2020 High Point Market, scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, through Wednesday, October 21. Along with such, the Market Authority is also debuting a microsite, www.highpointmarket.org/hpmktsafe, to outline safety measures pertaining to Fall Market in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Previously announced as a 9-day Market as the first part of the #HPMKTsafe Initiative, this revised structure will allow for social distancing and expected reduced capacity requirements within buildings and showrooms. During the registration process, domestic buyers and industry guests will select their primary attendance period based on the designated region for the home state of their company’s headquarters. Additional details about the new registration structure can be found at www.highpointmarket.org/HPMKTsafe/register. The debut of the #HPMKTsafe Initiative microsite is the second part in the Market Authority’s master safety plan. The site outlines registration details, begins to overview the overall safety measures that will address health and safety onsite during Market, and shares a detailed preparation plan for attendees, encouraging all to plan ahead for a safe, efficient, and productive Market experience. A separate page with specific information for exhibitors is also part of the site.

Jul 08, 2020 - High Point Market

Industry Associations Lend Support to Revised Fall Market Schedule

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 8, 2020 — In the first initiative of its kind, three industry associations joined the High Point Market Authority to support the new, three-period safe attendance plan for Fall Market, scheduled for October 13-21, 2020. The High Point Market Authority recently announced the expanded trade show format to spread out attendance, accounting for an expected reduction in showroom and building capacity based on federal and state guidelines for reducing spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Jun 09, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Releases Style Report, Opens Submissions for 2021 Style Spotters Team

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 9, 2020—The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) has released this season’s much anticipated High Point Market Style Report for Summer/Fall 2020 and is accepting submissions for the 2021 Style Spotters team. The Style Report was produced by eight accomplished trend trackers, all part of the HPMA’s 2020 Style Spotters team. Despite unforeseen challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting cancellation of Spring Market, the Style Spotters perused an abundance of new product introductions digitally to capture the season’s upcoming styles. Highlighting sustainability and embracing new twists on both neutrals and pops of color, the Summer/Fall 2020 Style Report covers 20 key trends for the upcoming seasons, from “Quiet Spaces” to “Global Interiors”, among others, and features 75 products from 57 exhibitors. The Style Report can be accessed and downloaded at www.highpointmarket.org/products-and-trends/summer-fall-2020-style-report.

May 21, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Expands Fall 2020 Market Dates

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 21, 2020 — In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the High Point Market Authority is expanding the Fall Market dates in an effort to spread out attendance and account for expected reduced capacity requirements for showrooms and buildings. Fall Market will now take place over 9 days from October 13 – 21, 2020. In an effort to control the flow of attendees, buyers and industry members will be asked to select one of three, 3-day periods during the 9-day Market as their primary attendance dates during the online registration process. Domestic buyers and industry members have been divided into two regions based on the home state of their company headquarters. The regions breakdown was developed in partnership with the International Home Furnishings Representatives Association (IHFRA) to be sensitive to sales reps and typical regional territories. Those in Region A will be permitted to register for either Period I or II. Those in Region B will be permitted to register for either Period II or III. The states breakdown for each region and the dates included in each period are outlined on the High Point Market website on the COVID-19 Updates page, www.highpointmarket.org/covid-19-updates. International buyers and media will be allowed to select from any of the three periods. Students passes will only be available during Period III. For all attendees, showroom appointments will be highly encouraged.

May 04, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Announces Virtual Style Spotters LIVE! Event

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 4, 2020 — The High Point Market Authority’s trend-tracking team, the 2020 Style Spotters, have modified their spring programming offerings in light of the recent cancellation of Spring Market due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically occurring every Tuesday of Market, Style Spotters LIVE! is a long-standing High Point Market tradition combining product insights, trend predictions, and an overview of launches and introductions via a panel discussion and live scrolling through Pinterest boards the Style Spotters have created while spotting products around Market. This spring, Style Spotters LIVE! will be offered as a virtual event via Zoom on May 14 at 2pm ET. The Style Spotters team of 8 have been digitally perusing product from High Point Market exhibitors and will be discussing their favorites during the chat, which will be hosted by the Style Spotters Advisors, Shay Geyer and Gary Inman.

Apr 16, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Cancels Postponed Spring Market

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 16, 2020 — Due to ongoing impacts, government restrictions, and economic difficulties stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the High Point Market Authority announces the cancellation of the Spring 2020 High Point Market. The next High Point Market is scheduled for October 17 – 21, 2020. Originally scheduled for April, the Market Authority previously announced market’s postponement until June, allowing for the possibility that conditions would improve in time for the show to occur. “While our hope was that restrictions enacted in March would improve the situation enough to allow for a June show, it is clear now that such is not the case,” commented Dudley Moore, Jr., chairman of the High Point Market Authority’s board of directors and president of Otto & Moore.