In the world of interior design, every April and October there’s one must-attend event, and that’s the High Point Market. The Market is to home furnishings what fashion week is to clothing. The energy, excitement, and inspiration of the trade show draw more than 75,000 people to each event. It’s actually the largest home furnishing event in the world.
Although this is a high-profile event for interior designers, October 2017 was my first time back to Market in over a decade. Admittedly, not much has changed. Each year the event takes place in more than 180 buildings, taking up 11.5 million square feet of show space. There are more than 2,000 exhibitors, and the large furniture companies still have a dominating presence.
However, there was one distinct change since my last Market attendance. This year, designer-centric lines were abundant with bold statement pieces and intense looks. This trend has definitely taken root at Market and won’t be disappearing anytime soon.
This fall, Market ran from October 14-18 with the showrooms open daily from 8 am – 7 pm. My goal was to fit in as much as possible. There are so many showrooms, seminars, and expert panels taking place during Market. I filled my schedule to the brim with designer panels and premier seminars while squeezing in as many showrooms as possible. To make the most of the experience, I looked for new, trending product lines, but also toured lines I’ve used forever to see how others were incorporating my favorite designs and materials in new and interesting ways.
Although there were so many inspiring new products and trends, my favorite new introduction and product line at Market was William Yeoward for Jonathan Charles. I was also happy to see another one of my favorites, Blue & White, still going strong. Williamsburg introduced a modern look that I can’t wait to incorporate into future interior design projects.
You don’t have to wait for the Market furniture and products lines to become available to make a few trendy changes in your home. There are a many Market-inspired options you can try today. Decorative books are a hot item to have, and Intaglio’s stripes and florals are seemingly everywhere.
Although Market is not open to the public, you can stop by Peltier Home, a design studio at 1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA, to learn more about the latest trends and newest lines from Market.