Every April and October, the design community looks forward with great anticipation to attend the largest home furnishings market in High Point, NC. We see the latest designs and creations from all over the world. Fine period pieces from Kindall & Karges, who have added southern company Councill to their Grand Rapids location, to imported Italian sleek lacquered pieces as well as rustic Chinese Antiques. There is something for every client in every style and budget. An added bonus is seeing new trends in the showroom decor where designers create their magic using the latest fabrics and paint colors to transform the showrooms every market. You can attend amazing seminars given by world renowned designers or learn the latest technology to make your business run more smoothly.
The world is your oyster as you excitement builds with each dramatic display of gorgeous new pieces crafted by the best of the best. While your feet may ache as you traverse up and down block after block of showrooms the venues keep you going by offering liberal libations and scrumptious small plates to keep you moving.
For those with boundless energy there are many after hour parties where you can continue to admire the furnishings, meet up with new ones or catch a glimpse of one of the many celebrity designers at the show.
I refuse to admit how many years I've attended market. My stamina has decreased, but my spirit is just as vital as ever and my favorite adventure is taking a "newbie" so I can relive my first market through their eyes.
I'll be back tomorrow for the third day with a fresh, young face who will probably wish I would shut up as I elaborate on memories from long ago, how I cut my teeth on mid century designs (why do they call the 70's and 80's designs "mid century") which have been rejuvenated by almost every vendor.
I wish I could spend every open day exploring new spaces work with ongoing projects prevents that indulgence. Besides, I'd need a spa week after market just to recover!