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May 21, 2021 - High Point Market

#HPMKTsafe Safety Protocols Updated for Spring Market

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 21, 2021 — In light of the recent updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the state of North Carolina regarding health and safety guidelines and mandates, the High Point Market Authority has updated its #HPMKTsafe protocols for Spring Market, June 5-9. To align with the state’s adjusted mask mandate, face coverings will still be required on all Market shuttles, but buildings and showrooms will not need to require face coverings. However, should they choose to do so, signage should be posted indicating the request. Capacity restrictions and social distancing guidelines have been removed, although some buildings may still reduce capacity or promote social distancing in common areas and on elevators and escalators. Posted signage should outline any guidance regarding these areas.

May 19, 2021 - High Point Market

High Point Market District and Neighborhood Identity Project Set to Launch this June

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 19, 2021 — The High Point Market district and its seven distinct neighborhoods in the city’s downtown area will reflect a new onsite brand identity in time for the upcoming Spring Market, June 5 - 9. Organized by the High Point Market Authority (HPMA), the district’s 13-block footprint will be distinguished utilizing multiple communications channels, including on-street branding, wayfinding tools, neighborhood signage, art installations, and the integration of digital assets. Resulting from a long-term strategic planning exercise with the HPMA board of directors, the primary objectives for the revitalization effort are to activate brand identity for the biannual High Point Market district-wide, and to support wayfinding within the existing neighborhood structure.

May 11, 2021 - High Point Market

Market Authority Schedules Style Spotters LIVE!, Opens Submission Form for 2022 Team

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 11, 2021 — The High Point Market Authority’s award-winning Style Spotters program announces its spring 2021 Style Spotters LIVE! event and is accepting submissions for design influencers and tastemakers interested in being considered for the 2022 team. Style Spotters LIVE! will be presented as a virtual event via Zoom on Wednesday, June 30, at 2pm ET. A long-standing High Point Market tradition, this event combines product insights, trend predictions, and an overview of launches and introductions from the most recent High Point Market. The 2021 Style Spotters will select product favorites across several home furnishings categories, highlighting selections seen during Spring Market, June 5-9. The webinar and the Style Spotters program are sponsored by Studio Designer, the leading digital project management, product sourcing and accounting platform for the interior design industry. Live event attendees will be invited to stick around after Style Spotters LIVE! for a 15-minute demo of the Studio Designer platform.

Apr 22, 2021 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Partners with HFA, Purple for May IdeaStreams Webinar

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 22, 2021 — The High Point Market Authority is partnering with the Home Furnishings Association (HFA) and Purple Innovation for its next webinar in the spring 2021 IdeaStreams series. The session will explore Purple’s approach to reinventing brand loyalty and their resulting successes in becoming a leader in comfort innovation solutions. Scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, at 2 p.m. ET, HFA’s CEO, Mark Schumacher, will interview Purple’s vice president of brand and executive creative director, Burke Morley, in an engaging and informative overview of the Purple brand’s story and success, including practical tips on how to elevate one’s business goals. Purple is the result of over 25 years of innovation and investment in proprietary and patented comfort technologies. Today, Purple ranks #1 in customer satisfaction according to J.D. Power and has successfully expanded its product offerings across seven comfort solution categories including pillows, seat cushions, and bedding.

Apr 13, 2021 - High Point Market

High Point Market Launching Design Oasis Program, Focusing on Outdoor Furnishings for June

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 13, 2021 — The High Point Market Authority announces its newest program, Design Oasis, set to debut this June during the Spring 2021 Market. The program focuses on outdoor furnishings and will feature furniture and accessories from High Point Market exhibitors, including outdoor rugs from the program’s exclusive rug sponsor, Unique Loom. Four design teams are developing stylized outdoor vignettes, which will be installed in an outdoor covered area and available to Market guests each day of Spring Market. Each curated space will reflect the unique design aesthetics of the creators, inspired by themes such as a desert oasis or an Italian garden, among others. Featured designers include Patti Allen & Stephanie James of Allen & James Interior Design, Stacy Garcia of Stacy Garcia, Inc., Cheryl Luckett of Dwell by Cheryl Interiors, and Katie Wozniak of Katherine Elizabeth Designs. “The popularity of the outdoor room has increased exponentially throughout the duration of this pandemic, which is a positive trend for our exhibitors and buyers alike,” commented Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority.

Mar 23, 2021 - High Point Market

Market Authority Partners with House Beautiful for Third IdeaStreams Webinar

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 23, 2021 — The High Point Market Authority is partnering with House Beautiful for its third webinar as part of their IdeaStreams virtual educational series. Featuring House Beautiful’s market director, Carisha Swanson, as the moderator, the session is titled, “Design Beyond the Walls – Making the Most of Your Indoor/Outdoor Oasis”. Swanson will lead a panel discussion exploring ways to maximize the versatility of adjoining indoor/outdoor spaces. Panelists include Linda Hayslett, Jean Liu, and Stephanie Sabbe, all 3 alumni of House Beautiful’s Next Wave designer program. Scheduled for April 15, the webinar will take place via Zoom at 2pm ET and offer 1 IDCEC-accredited CEU. Registration and additional details are available at www.highpointmarket.org/events/ideastreams.

Mar 11, 2021 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Partners with Gail Doby for Virtual 5-Day Financial Challenge

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 11, 2021 — The High Point Market Authority is partnering with design business consultant Gail Doby for a virtual 5-day Financial Blueprint Challenge. Scheduled for April 19- 23, this Monday through Friday webinar series will run in advance of Spring Market, now scheduled for June 5-9. For each of the five sessions, Doby will focus on a unique aspect of a design business’ financial foundation. Designers will be encouraged to evaluate their current situation and implement shared advice to see improvement. Attendees will learn why money matters, how to set lucrative financial goals, and how to read their P&L and Balance Sheet. Each webinar will run for 60 minutes daily at 12pm ET, with assigned exercises for each evening’s homework. Attendees will receive access to free tools and have the opportunity to win daily giveaways.

Mar 03, 2021 - High Point Market

Candice Olson to Headline March IdeaStreams Webinar

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 3, 2021 — Candice Olson is set to headline the second edition of the High Point Market Authority’s virtual educational series, IdeaStreams. Scheduled for March 25, the webinar will take place via Zoom at 2pm ET and offer 1 IDCEC-accredited CEU. Luxe Interiors + Design Executive Editor, Brittany Chevalier McIntyre, will moderate the conversation, interviewing Olson about her 25-plus year career in the interior design industry. Olson’s resume includes an immensely diverse portfolio, including her own design firm, multiple design- focused TV shows, six best-selling books, and an abundant licensed collection. She is considered a dynamic design authority with a signature style that fuses traditional form, scale and proportion with the simplistic beauty of modern design.

Feb 23, 2021 - High Point Market

Registration Now Open for Spring 2021 High Point Market

HIGH POINT, N.C., February 23, 2021 — Registration for the Spring 2021 High Point Market is now open for home furnishings buyers, international buyers, exhibitors, trade/industry, press, and students. Scheduled for June 5-9, interested attendees can register online at www.highpointmarket.org/register. Originally scheduled for April, the new Spring Market dates for June were announced this past December in anticipation of an improving pandemic situation, vaccine availability, and less travel restrictions, in addition to an improving supply chain situation, which has greatly impacted the industry for the past several months. Spring Market also ushers in a return to the typical 5-day schedule, Saturday through Wednesday, for the trade show. The Fall 2020 Market was expanded this past October to 9 days as a safety measure, but that will not be repeated. With the exception of additional days, the High Point Market Authority anticipates a return of all safety measures that were in place this past fall. The #HPMKTsafe Initiative for spring 2021 includes mandatory face coverings, reduced capacity restrictions, daily health checks, and a number of other precautions. More details can be found at www.highpointmarket.org/hpmktsafe.

Feb 03, 2021 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Launches Virtual Educational Series, IdeaStreams

HIGH POINT, N.C., February 3, 2021 — The High Point Market Authority launches its first-ever virtual educational series, IdeaStreams. Given the ongoing restrictions on indoor gatherings, this monthly series will replace the Market Authority’s in-person programming for the Spring 2021 Market, scheduled for June 5-9. The first session is produced in partnership with the Black Interior Designers Network (BIDN) and will focus on profitability for interior design businesses. President of BIDN and principal designer for Kimberly + Cameron Interiors, Kimberly McSwain will moderate the 60-minute session, interviewing designers Elaine Griffin (Elaine Griffin Interior Design) and Leah Alexander (Beauty Is Abundant) about their design journeys and how they created and manage successful design firms. Kicking off this month, the inaugural session is scheduled for Thursday, February 25, at 2pm ET. Registration and additional details are available at www.highpointmarket.org/events/ideastreams.

Jan 27, 2021 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Adds Organization-Focused Website

HIGH POINT, N.C., January 27, 2021 — The High Point Market Authority launches www.highpointmarketauthority.org, a new website aimed at outlining the organization’s unique role and responsibilities as the official sponsor and organizer of the biannual High Point Market. The existing trade show website, www.highpointmarket.org, remains intact and will continue to serve as a robust reference point for Market buyers and attendees, featuring registration information, exhibitor links, product guides, program updates, event calendars, industry articles, and other resources. While the Market Authority is inextricably linked to High Point Market, the new website presents an opportunity to serve as a platform for outlining the role and impacts of the Market Authority, further defining its identity, and sharing information and details with individuals and entities outside of the home furnishings industry.

Jan 04, 2021 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Announces 2021 Style Spotters Team

HIGH POINT, N.C., January 4, 2021 — The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) announces the 2021 Style Spotters team, as follows - • Sara Malek Barney (TX), BANDD DESIGN • Lauren Clement (NC), Lauren Nicole Designs • Heather French (NM), French & French Interiors • Breegan Jane (CA), Breegan Jane • Molly Kay Johns (VA), MK Interiors • Steve McKenzie (GA), McKenzie Design LLC • Keia McSwain (CO), Kimberly + Cameron Interiors • Justin Shaulis (NY), Justin Shaulis, Inc. This 2021 Style Spotters team takes the reins this month and will hold the title throughout the calendar year, applying their trend-tracking abilities to both 2021 Markets – June 5-9 and October 16-20. Style Spotters are charged with scouring the Market to find their favorite products and top trends, leaving behind a card on each item they “spot”. These finds are then posted to High Point Market Pinterest boards and contribute to the two Style Reports (Summer/Fall and Winter/Spring) that the HPMA produces.

Dec 15, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Postpones Spring 2021 Market Until June

HIGH POINT, N.C., December 15, 2020 — The High Point Market Authority announces a date change for the upcoming Spring 2021 Market. Originally scheduled for April 17-21, Spring Market is postponed until June 5-9, 2021. “We are encouraged by the recent headlines about COVID-19 vaccines, but realistic about its impact on a spring timeframe, as the rollout will be slow. Coupled with the reality within our industry regarding supply shortages and manufacturing/shipping disruptions, the board of directors agreed it would be most beneficial to delay Spring Market until June,” commented Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. A called board meeting took place on December 14 to discuss the potential date change upon receiving the suggestion from several exhibitors. The Market Authority’s board of directors voted unanimously to approve the shift.