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Raising The Point

Three years ago, we launched The Point On Commerce to create an easy access information center for all things High Point Market. We filled it with presentations, seminars, roundtable discussions, networking events, and social gatherings. We staffed it with Market guides who could show you how to get wherever you wanted to go. And as an extra bonus, we brought in The Parson’s Table, longtime favorites for their homemade sandwiches, snacks, and treats. People loved it – sometimes standing-room-only loved it. So we added more standing room and made it a solid structure to give you a better, more comfortable place to learn, connect, grow and be inspired. Here’s a quick video of it being installed for its debut Market. Be sure to check out our schedule of events – and check out our new digs while you’re in town!

The Goods

New products remain a key driver for attracting buyers during High Point Market, Oct. 16 - 20, and these exhibitors are ready to open their showroom doors to this fall’s attendees.

Say Hello

A handful of new exhibitors in InterHall includes two companies devoted to outside living spaces; a home accents brand true to its Hygge roots; a designer-friendly vendor of home accent items; and a new lighting resource.

Like Minded

Citing a wide range of sources for inspiration, exhibitor showrooms are ready to present the fruits of new and ongoing design collaborations during Fall High Point Market, Oct. 16 - 20.

Today's Special

Exceptional accent items create exceptional spaces, and these exhibitors go the extra mile when it comes to vision, materials, and construction for items debuting at Fall High Point Market, Oct. 16 - 20.

Style Spotters Trend Tours: Lauren Clement

Acclaimed design star shows off two showrooms she can always count on for fabulous Based on her Family + Function = Fabulous design philosophy, Lauren’s award-winning work has been published in House Beautiful, Traditional Home, HGTV, Cottage Journal, American Farmhouse, Apartment Therapy, and Business of Home. Take this tour to see why Universal Furniture is her go-to resource for almost any indoor or outdoor space, and why she adores Gabby Home down to the last detail.

Style Spotters Trend Tours: Sara Malek Barney

Nature-inspired pieces with inviting silhouettes, rich textures, and delightful details are what keeps our Austin-based designer coming back to Made Goods. And for quiet, bold, thoughtfully designed pieces with gorgeous construction, Baker is her happy place.

The Next Wave of Hospitality Industry Development

On the precipice of a monumental rebound, the hospitality industry is poised and ready to meet the demands ahead as travel restrictions ease, face-to-face meetings resume, and pent-up demand drives consumers to confirm upcoming travel plans. But with an unforeseen - and drastic - decline fresh in the rearview mirror, what does pushing forward look like for hospitality design? Regardless of income, facilities still aged, and travelers are expected to return with discerning eyes for anything not up to par. Join Lynda Welte (Blueprints for GREEN Design) as she leads a discussion with distinguished industry thought leaders Alan Benjamin, ISHC (Benjamin West), Dallas Chapman (Bernhardt Hospitality), Christina Flannery (Park Hotels & Resort), Darlene Henke, ISHC (Audit Logistics), and Kavitha Iyer (IHG Hotels & Resorts), tapping into their expertise and projections for what’s next in hospitality industry development.

Mastering Market

High Point Market is an abundant resource for the trade, encompassing a treasure trove of product, inspiration, connection-building opportunities, and business-building education. But learning to navigate 12 million square feet over 13 city blocks can be challenging. Join us as Jane Dagmi taps into the experience of designers Christy Davis and Don Ricardo Massenburg and what they've learned throughout many trips to High Point. From scheduling and pre-planning to working the district and sourcing in showrooms, these insiders will share their top tips and tricks for mastering Market.

Style Spotters Trend Tours: Justin Shaulis

Quality of materials and craftsmanship, and excellence in design are two of Justin’s main reasons for always stopping into the Howard Elliott Collection showroom. But reason number three is the one that really sets them apart from other high end makers. There is one place at Market that demands not just one visit, but two or three, or maybe one a day. Yes, it’s the Antique & Design Center that’s always showing something new.

Style Spotters Trend Tours: Keia McSwain

Always seeking to convey her clients’ souls in the spaces she creates, Keia looks for makers who offer fresh perspectives, sophisticated style, and complete customization. At N’gala Trading Co., she finds an indigenous vibe with a luxe feel that’s always fun, fresh, and sumptuous. And when she’s looking for classic, clean cut curves and lines, executed to perfection and easy to customize, Caracole is always at the top of her list. See the pieces she’s loving now as she takes you through two of her richest resources.

Style Spotters Trend Tours: Molly Kay Johns

Focused on creating beautiful homes filled with pieces her clients just love, Molly is always looking for items that can be perfectly tailored to individual tastes. Join her as she and Thom Felicia explore the endless opportunities for customization at Vanguard. Then, stop in to see the wealth of unique finishes and fresh colors she finds at Bungalow 5.

Style Spotters Trend Tours: Heather French

Soulful, eclectic, high-end, that’s how Heather’s Santa Fe design firm French & French describes its aesthetic. Join her as she shows why Rowe Furniture is always on her list for timeless, comfortable, high quality, well appointed furnishings that let her take a space in any direction. Then, see why Highland House is her go-to source for small scale, sophisticated pieces that are timeless, thoughtful, and gorgeous.

Why High Point Market For Hospitality?

If you’re thinking High Point Market is just another trade show, think bigger. Unlike any other event in the hospitality industry, this is an entire city filled with furniture, accessories, rugs, fabrics, and every other type of furnishing you can imagine. If you’re thinking it’s only for residential products, think again. High Point is home to the flagship showrooms of the leading brands in hospitality. Find out what makes this a design destination like no other, join us for Hospitality At Market, Oct. 17-18, 2021.

Closing Costs: How to Help Clients Through Budget Fatigue

Budget fatigue: It's real, and it can sideline even the most extraordinary project as clients grow weary of writing large checks and the urge to skimp on the finishing touches sets in. Where does that impulse come from, and what can designers do to prevent it or respond to it? In a conversation with Business of Home's Kaitlin Petersen, designers Noz Nozawa, Victoria Sass and Michel Smith Boyd get real about how they talk to their clients about money and what it takes to get the project over the finish line.

Style Spotters Trend Tours: Breegan Jane

New materials, creatively combined in unexpected ways. Artful blendings of metals in neutral tones, linear and circular forms. Textures, patterns and carvings that add depth and personality to pieces that draw the eye and beckon the hand. Find out where to find all of this and more on your next visit to Market.

Style Spotters Trend Tours: Steve McKenzie

Always on the hunt for pieces his clients will never see in their neighbors’ homes, Steve McKenzie keeps these two showrooms on top of his Market list. Their forward-thinking designs, innovative uses of materials, creative combinations of elements, and attention to detail always deliver on the aesthetic front. Plus, they are reliable suppliers who can be counted on to deliver the goods.

Purple’s Approach to Reinventing Brand Loyalty

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 7 comfort solution categories including pillows, seat cushions, and bedding. So how does Purple break through the clutter? In part, due to a strong brand story and marketing that is both educational and relatable. In a crowded marketplace, Purple stands out by regularly resonating with today’s consumer on the go who wants to pursue better sleep. Burke Morley, VP of Brand & Executive Creative Director at Purple, speaks with Mark Schumacher, CEO of the Home Furnishings Association, about the brand’s success in the comfort space, and shares practical tips on how to elevate your business goals.

See the latest HPMKT looks Spring 2021

Our friends at Luxe Interiors + Design previewed some spring 2021 introductions from their favorite exhibitors, and found some that they just had to shine the spotlight on. Get this first look at how some of our high end brands are remixing, refreshing, and reimagining for the spring 2021 season.

Design Beyond The Walls

Having beautiful spaces that serve multiple functions is the client demand dujour. Creating spaces to meet that demand requires more thought than ever. From the kitchen to the patio, the tasting room to the pool lounge, every home is becoming a restaurant, bar, and staycation staple all at once! Explore ways to maximize the versatility of adjoining indoor/outdoor spaces in this IdeaStreams webinar with House Beautiful Market Director Carisha Swanson and House Beautiful Next Wave design alumni Linda Hayslett, Stephanie Sabbe, and Jean Liu.

To see all High Point Market IdeaStreams events, both upcoming and on-demand, visit the IdeaStreams section of highpointmarket.org.

An Interview with Candice Olson

With over 25 years of experience in the interior design world, Candice Olson has a wealth of experience in this ever-evolving landscape. With her impressively diverse portfolio, including her own design firm, multiple design-focused TV shows, six best-selling books, and an abundant licensed collection, Candice has established herself as a dynamic design authority. Join Luxe Interiors + Design Executive Editor, Brittany Chevalier McIntyre, as she engages Candice in an authentic and open conversation about her business successes, learning moments, and future plans, as well as how she went about developing and defining her signature style.

The Path to Profitability

Join Keia McSwain (Kimberly and Cameron Interiors) as she engages two leading women in a conversation about the path to profitability within interior design, an ever-changing and evolving landscape. Elaine Griffin (Elaine Griffin Interior Design) and Leah Alexander (Beauty Is Abundant) will share and discuss their experiences and paths to navigating this world. Through each of their unique lenses these powerful women will discuss the trials and tribulations that brought them to being top interior designers in some of the country’s most competitive markets. Correction: Please note Leah Alexander's Instagram is @leahdalexander_

Spring Market: What We’re Looking Forward To

Luxe Interiors + Design Senior Style and Design Editor Kathryn Given brought designer Marshall Erb alongside 2020 Style Spotters Don Ricardo Massenburg and Rachel Moriarty on DesignTV to talk about Fall 2020 High Point Market – and all the things they can’t wait to get back to doing and seeing at Spring Market, June 5-9. The full episode is available on the DesignTV by Sandow archive.

Looks To Look For: Embracing Curves

Soft curves and long, sweeping lines had 2020 Style Spotters Don Ricardo Massenburg and Rachel Moriarty alongside designer Marshall Erb feeling like furnishings are out to give us all a much needed hug in 2021. Here, they share their favorites with Luxe Interiors + Design Senior Style and Design Editor Kathryn Given via DesignTV. To see the full episode, visit the DesignTV by Sandow archive.

Looks To Look For: Jewel Tones

Luxe Interiors + Design Senior Style and Design Editor Kathryn Given got together designer Marshall Erb and 2020 Style Spotters Don Ricardo Massenburg and Rachel Moriarty to take a look at the new styles and emerging trends for 2021. On the color front, they’re seeing neutrals give way to richer, earthier jewel tones. The full episode is available on the DesignTV by Sandow archive.

Looks To Look For: Textured Everything

From what designer Marshall Erb and 2020 Style Spotters Don Ricardo Massenburg and Rachel Moriarty say, 2021 is going to feel a lot different, literally. Here that talk with Luxe Interiors + Design Senior Style and Design Editor Kathryn Given about the rise of lush, rich textures in fine home furnishings. The full episode is available on the DesignTV by Sandow archive.

Style Spotters Virtual Trend Tour: Keita Turner

One of the Black Interior Designers Network African American Top 20 Interior Designers, and recognized with numerous awards over the past decade, Keita is known for her enduring fashionably classic designs. Here, she shows off some of the showrooms that express her design philosophy of creating spaces that play an uplifting role in her client’s lives.

Style Spotters Virtual Trend Tour: Don Ricardo Massenburg

For the founder of Inkredible Design, Universal Furniture and Bernhardt Furniture have become two of his go-to showrooms. Exploring the modern vibes, mixed material masterpieces, bold colors, luxurious textures, and gorgeous lines of their Fall Market showrooms, he gives all of us good reason to put these two exhibitors at the top of our must-see lists.

Style Spotters Virtual Trend Tour: Ivonne Ronderos

Every time she comes to Market, Ivonne knows she’ll be stopping in to see what’s new at Arteriors Home and Regina Andrews Design. Their striking designs, impeccable quality, and just-right pricing make them perfect for finding inspiration and selecting statement pieces. Plus, this year, each one introduced a piece worthy of being Style-spotted!

Style Spotters Virtual Trend Tour: Nancy Fire

Founder of the New York based firm, Design Works International, and Design Director for HGTV, Nancy has stayed at the forefront of the world’s most exciting design trends for more than three decades. As one of our 2020 Style Spotters, she chose to highlight High Point’s best in sustainable design. Here, she shares some of her favorite showrooms from Fall Market.

#HPMKTmemory Shares

Making new friends, catching up with folks we only ever seem to see in High Point, collaborating on roundtables and panel discussions, meeting our industry's stars, and discovering the latest and greatest together – it seems like the best Market memories are always about people. Thanks to all our friends who shared some fun Market moments via our social media channels – here's to the next time we're all together!

Faces of High Point Market: Alexa Hampton

Regularly named to Architectural Digest’s AD100, House Beautiful’s Top Designer list, and Elle Decor’s A-List, Alexa Hampton is unarguably one of today's leading designers. Her firm is sought for projects ranging from expansive country residences to urban apartments to private airplanes. Her global reach extends from New York City to Hangzhou, China. Here, she explains why every April and October finds her in High Point, North Carolina, at the creative hub of the design world.

What Brings You To High Point Market?

Now that Dina Lamanna of HOK, star designers Kelli Ellis and Blanche Garcia, Sonya Haffey of V Stars Interiors, and Mark Friesen of Bayer Brown have discovered High Point Market, they wouldn’t miss it. Find out why.

What Should Bring Others To High Point Market

The synergy that only happens when all of the right people are in the same place. A whole city filled with fabulous products, just waiting to be explored. New ideas, expert insights, inspirations, and ahas! These are just some of what hospitality industry leaders are finding at the world’s leading home furnishings show.

Take A Tour

For first time visitors, the High Point Market VIP Experience not only introduces you to a curated selection of showrooms, it also introduces you to the people you’ll want to work with when you get back home. And even frequent Market flyers get great value out of guided tours of specific categories and styles, from experts with deep knowledge of those fields. So, whether this is your first Market or your 50th, see how even a quick tour can enrich your Market experience.

Keynote Series: Socialnomics

In his Fall Market Keynote, Forbes Top 100 Digital Influencer Erik Qualman took a deep dive into the powerful concept of Socialnomics. Now that Word-of-Mouth is on digital steroids and has transformed into World-of-Mouth, organizations must learn the new rules of social, mobile, and beyond, or they will miss this once-in-a-generation opportunity to earn customers' loyalty and drive long-term success. See Qualman show how Socialnomics is the key to winning customers' hearts, minds, and wallets.

Keynote Series: Harnessing The Brand-building Power Of TV

Hilary Farr, Libby Landon, and Mikel Welch all have two things in common. They’re designers, and they have successfully used TV to build their brands. In this panel discussion, TV host Evette Rios leads them in a conversation about why TV exposure matters, how to tell if it’s right for you, and how you can use this powerful medium to build your brand, make more money, and acquire more clients.

Style Spotters Trend Tours: Laura Thurman

Product designers are pulling inspiration from around the world, turning some of High Point’s showrooms into multicultural, cross-cultural, intercultural, and totally unique experiences. Here, Style Spotter Laura Thurman outlines the boundaries of the Global Aesthetic, and guides you to a few of her favorite stops in the journey toward an authentic and personal style, informed by an expanded range of influences.

Style Spotters Trend Tours: Erinn Valencich

For Erinn Valencich, lighting is the element that makes or breaks the design. Not only do the pieces themselves have to be beautiful, they have to cast light in a way that brings all of the elements together in harmony. So, when she comes to High Point, lighting showrooms are high on her list. Here, she takes you through a few that are always on her must-see list.

Style Spotters Trend Tours: Courtney McLeod

Whether you’re looking for glam and sparkle, small batch fabrics, handmade wallpaper, or a maker who can create whatever you can imagine, Courtney McLeod knows where to find a few of them. In this video Trend Tour, she takes you right to their High Point showrooms.

Faces of High Point Market: Bienenstock Furniture Library

Its shelves hold more than 5,000 volumes of furniture and design ideas and history. Its rare books date back to 1543, and include an original manuscript by Chippendale. The full span of its collection puts six centuries of furniture and design leaders work at your fingertips. Plus, the building and its grounds offer an excellent venue for meetings and small gatherings. Join Russell Bienenstock and executive director Karla Webb for an introduction to this marvelous and inspiring resource, located just a few blocks from the Market District.

Becoming Bobby Berk

Driven by a lifelong passion for design, Bobby Berk’s career has touched almost every facet of the home furnishings and design industries. Known more recently for his work on "Queer Eye" as the lovable go-to design expert, Bobby’s career began in retail and e-commerce and took a turn through brick & mortar retail, before he established his own design firm. Bobby’s varied experiences, keen eye and innovative approach have allowed him to build a unique brand identity and establish himself as a global design leader. In this casual conversation with Sophie Donelson, Bobby talks about his successes and lessons learned, offers advice, and reveals the inside story behind the Bobby Berk brand.

Tales, Trivia, and Trends with Thom, Carson, and Michel

Combine bigger-than-life personalities, three unique paths to design stardom and a mash-up of trend-tracking trivia, and you get a whole lot of laughs and great insights. In this session, journalist and tastemaker Clinton Smith leads Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Michel Smith Boyd on a rollicking exploration of design ideas and insider info, plus a look at rising and fading home fashion trends.

Lessons from A Well-Designed Business®

As host of the podcast, A Well-Designed Business®, LuAnn Nigara engages industry leaders in thoughtful conversations to help interior design professionals create more profitable and productive businesses. Here, she shares some of the insights she has learned in those conversations, offers an overview of critical topics for running an interior design business, and delivers a few action items you can use to start improving your practice now.

How To Do Market: An Insider’s View

Don’t be that person who steps off the bus at the Transportation Terminal only to realize you’re in a whole city filled with showrooms – and you have no idea where to start. Let former Style Spotters Jeanne Chung and Lisa Mende – and the High Point Market’s own Ashley Grigg – tell you how to have a great Market from before you leave home till after you get back. Oh, and if you want the inside skinny on what it takes to be a Style Spotter, they’ll give you that, too.

Faces of High Point Market: 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.

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.

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: 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. But even better, he gets to meet with each supplier’s executive team.

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.

Faces of High Point Market: Ridvan Tatargil

When you walk through the Elm St. entrance to Suites at Market Square, those happy people you see to your right are likely enjoying one of the many fun events at the Eastern Accents showroom. Hear why company owner Ridvan Tatargil chooses High Point as the place to share his passion for home furnishings, launch his latest lines, and brighten everyone’s day with his ever-present smile.

Faces of High Point Market: Ron Fiore

With an expansive showroom that allows buyers to experience the full scope of Century’s capabilities, Ron Fiore spends a lot of time thinking about how to create great product. When the show opens, though, he finds that Market is all about people, building long-lasting business relationships, and creating magical moments.

The Faces of High Point Market: Libby Langdon

The creative force behind her New York firm, Libby Langdon Interiors, and star of the NBC TV series, Daykeover, Libby Langdon is sure to attend High Point Market every spring and fall. Find out why this her hometown Market remains such an important part of her life - and her growing business.

The Faces of High Point Market: Hilmar Starcke

When it comes to making buying decisions, there just is no substitute for actually seeing, touching, and fully experiencing the pieces you’re about to place in your store. That’s one of the main reasons Hilmar Starcke makes sure he makes it to the “mecca of Markets,” season after season. Hear how it pays off, as he shares one of his High Point Market success stories.

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.

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.

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.

Network & Play: 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. In this gem from our video archives, 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, Jaye Anna Mize discovers 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.

What Does Market Mean To You?

A place to meet friends, catch the trends, network, get inspired, see what’s possible - and do an incredible amount of business. Those are just some of the reasons industry leaders gave us when we asked, “What does High Point mean to you?”

What Is High Point Market?

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

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.