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Faces of High Point: Riley Griffiths

Forty-eight years of coming to Market have taught Riley Griffiths a lot about how furniture companies stay at the top of their game. Thinking his whole team could benefit from seeing everything that goes into the products they sell, he shut down the store and brought everyone – from the warehouse to front of the house – with him on his Fall 2018 Market trip – and came away more convinced than ever that this is the Market everyone in our industry must experience.

Now! You’re Connected.

We asked a few Market attendees about the people they meet in High Point, and they all told us that if you want to make connections that can build your success, this is the place to be. From leading brands and artisan makers to thought leaders and design stars to business owners who are working to solve the same challenges you face every day, you’ll find everyone you want to know better right here.

Now! There’s An Idea.

From thoughts shared in casual conversations with colleagues to power-packed seminars by industry stars, inspirations gained while browsing showrooms, and getting the first look at the latest trends – see some of the great new ideas uncovered at High Point Market.

Faces Of High Point Market: Denise McGaha

Building her Design With A Deadline brand on efficient execution that delivers style and luxury with speed and alacrity, Denise McGaha is one of the design world’s true innovators. As she moves her business into product licensing, she finds High Point the perfect place to search out her own aesthetic, debut her signature lines, and build a professional network that feels like family.

Style Spotters: Meet The 2019 Team

Shayla Copas of Little Rock, Arkansas; Kara Cox from Greensboro, North Carolina; Cynthia Ferguson of Toronto, Canada; Boston’s Eric Haydel; Houston’s Benjamin Johnston; Courtney McLeod of New York, New York; Nashville’s Laura Thurman; and Erinn Valencich of Beverly Hills, California are ready to tour you through the most fabulous home fashions of 2019.

Style Spotters Trend Predictions

As our Style Spotters explore the many paths ahead for home fashion, they find bold, joyful looks heading off in one direction. Down another road lies a modern desert, defined by softer finishes and a shift from greyer to more taupe-like tones. Navy comes on the scene to make its claim as the new neutral. And all around, a traditional renaissance is on the rise, as we enter an era of more maximalism, more florals, and more layers of pattern and color. Truly, there is a lot to get excited about as the new season takes shape.

Keynote Series: Materials Matter

Touch and tangible interaction are a bedrock to our connection with and understanding of our world. Though more of our lives are being lived online, the physical has never been more important, and the spaces we inhabit need to reflect this with touchable surfaces and inviting experiences. Dr. Andrew Dent, executive VP of research and chief material scientist for Material ConneXion, as well as sought-after TED Talk speaker, examined the role materials play in the home environment during his Fall Market Keynote presentation, and discussed how innovations in materials are creating a counterpoint to the sterile glass screens that occupy so much of our time.

Keynote Series: 20/20 Vision

How do you look ahead with clarity to the trends and movements that will impact home fashion in the next few years? How do you use a forecast to provide confidence to a client or customer on the selections you're recommending? In this Keynote presentation, Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing for The Sherwin-Williams Company, and Jaye Anna Mize, VP of Home and Interiors for Fashion Snoops, examine the intricate world of color and trend forecasting as they share insights into the macro trends that will impact home interiors in 2019, 2020 and beyond.

Network & Play: Third Night

Street performers, live bands, luxury limos, showroom tours with celebrity designers, and themed parties – when the Hamilton Wrenn neighborhood throws a block party, you want to be sure to block off the time on your schedule. And it’s an easy time slot to remember. Third Night happens on the Monday evening of Market. Write it down. And meet us there.

Get To The Point

Plug into all things Market at The Point. To find any showroom or event, just ask one of our on-site advisors. Join a roundtable discussion to gain insider tips from industry leaders. Connect with some of the biggest names in home fashion at our fun, informal meet and greet sessions. Open every day of Market Week, we’re conveniently located on Commerce Avenue, next to the main Transportation Terminal.

It’s All About Education

From the showrooms to the seminars, to informal gatherings with colleagues and peers, retails and design professionals find a nearly endless source of inspiration at Market. Whether you’re interested in the latest trends, better ways to run your business, or meeting the people who can bring your ideas to life, be sure to make seminars and events part of your Market planning.

Jake Jabs, Celebrating 100 Markets

Every spring and fall since he started his furniture career in the 1960s, Market has been a must for Jake Jabs. After opening American Furniture Warehouse in 1975, Jake saw High Point grow in importance, both to his business and the entire industry. Today, it’s the place where he can accomplish more than at any other furniture show in the world – the place where the action is.

Faces Of High Point Market: George Snead

When George Snead comes to Market, he doesn’t come alone. He brings a contingent of designers he serves at his Wakefield Design Center locations in Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT. Some are first-time visitors, some have been making the trip with George for years. All will tell you that the inspirations and connections they make in High Point have a transformative effect on their businesses.

Faces Of High Point Market: Deb Barrett and Jackie Von Tobel

If the prospect of 11.5mm square feet of showroom space, spread across 180 buildings sounds daunting, you’re right. It is. That’s where long-time Market mavens Deb Barrett and Jackie Von Tobel can help. Their VIP Market Experience not only makes your first trip to Market a great one, they show you how to make High Point a productive, profitable, and inspiring part of your business.

A Brilliant Pairing

Take a tour through the new 18-piece collection from Detroit designer Corey Damen Jenkins. Inspired by the fashion runway and international influences, and crafted by first-time High Point exhibitor Hudson Valley lighting, Jenkins’ designs add a beautiful touch of modernity to traditional forms, creating a collection that is hip, chic, sexy, and perfectly put-together.

Connecting At Market

With up to 15 parties happening each night at Market, there is always someplace to meet the movers and shakers in home fashion. At Fall Market 2017, the Jamie Drake launch at Theodore Alexander, the Galerie magazine party at Bernhardt, and The Mine after-party at the Proximity Hotel’s Printworks Bistro were just a few of the highlights.

Ideas Power Growth At Market

Exploring the seminars of Fall Market 2017, Jaye Anna Mize the latest best practices in business management, new ways to use color, exciting new technologies, and a data-based look at what consumers will be wanting next. For a look at the ideas and inspirations coming to the next Market, keep your eye on the Events section of highpointmarket.org.

Let’s Explore

With more than 2,000 exhibitors spread over 13 city blocks, you know you haven’t seen all there is to Market. But where do you start? And how? Start with our Field Guide. Available at every Information Booth, The Point, in many exhibitor showrooms, and online at highpointmarket.org, this handy booklet breaks Market down into 8 neighborhoods, and shows you some of the major multi-tenant buildings, exhibitors, fun spots, and places to eat.

Faces of High Point Market: Gary Inman

In High Point, Gary Inman can see more products than at any other show on earth. That alone would be a huge advantage. Even better, he gets to meet with his suppliers’ executive and creative teams, and form business relationships that are essential to the success of his design projects and practice.

Product Hunt: Badgley Mischka

Mark Badgley and James Mischka built their stellar reputations on the red carpets of Hollywood awards shows. Now, in their latest venture, Badgley Mischka Home, they come to High Point to present a gorgeous collection of glamorous furnishings. When they’re not minding their own showroom, they like to explore the Aladdin’s Cave of Market, where they find a treasure chest of everything you could ever want for your home.

Faces Of High Point Market: Sandra Nash

Specializing in show homes for builders, Toronto-based designer Sandra Nash creates lifestyle stages that allow people to see themselves living in her clients’ homes. Importing more than $1 million of furniture each year, she comes to High Point to gain a competitive edge in product sourcing, and to develop business relationships that can only be built at the Market that sets the tone for the whole industry.

My Scoop: Carrier and Company

Husband and wife team Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller experienced their first High Point Market in Spring 2017. Now, they can’t wait to get back. Among the things they’re excited to see are the new outdoor collection by Thomas O’Brien for Century, a new console from Muranti, inspired by John Royer, and the Casa Blanca bed from Badgley Mischka.

My Scoop: Jeffrey Bilhuber

Preeminent American interior and product designer Jeffrey Bilhuber shares his highlights for the upcoming Fall 2017 High Point Market. At the top of his list are the return of Bunny Williams, and the arrival of the independently minded Maggie Cruz. Of course, he’s also looking forward to showing his own line at Henredon, and the excitement of discovering the unexpected.

Great Brands. Great Products. Great People.

There really is nowhere else on earth where you can see this many exhibitors, experience all of the latest new products, uncover the ideas that are shaping home fashion, and meet the people who move our industry forward.

What is High Point Market?

Find out what makes High Point Market a must-see event. Experience just some of the energy and excitement of fashion week for home furnishings.

Your Personal Map to Market

Take the easy route through Market with the MyMarket app. Select the showrooms you want to see; save your choices for anytime, anywhere access; and sync your computer and iPhone with this powerful technology. Then, when you get to Market, let the app guide from building to building (and showroom to showroom inside IHFC, 220 Elm, and the Center Point buildings on Hamilton, Manning, Centennial, and Russell).