Starting today, interior designers everywhere put a stop to business as usual and venture off to fall market at High Point in North Carolina. This highly anticipated event is the place to be for designers looking to gain access to the newest furniture and accessories collections, informative workshops and innovative interior design trends.
The 2017 fall market officially takes place from October 14th to October 18th, with today, October 13th, earmarked as preview day. For five days straight, industry masterminds, celebrity designers, furniture designers and product vendors serenade interior designers with everything they need to breathe new life into their upcoming design projects.
While High Point is massive and overwhelming to say the least, there is no better place to find unique retailers, reconnect with favorite vendors, hang out with like-minded colleagues, trendspot and learn from industry trailblazers. High Point is the ultimate opportunity to grow your business, expand your network and learn about the design craft. These are the three main things a typical designer will spend their day doing at High Point, other than walking of course!
The most important thing a designer will do while at market is visit showrooms. This is where he or she will discover new resources for lighting, rugs, furniture, etc. It is also a great way to establish a face to face connection with vendors. Designing is the bread and butter of any freelance or business owning designer so this is where they can find new options for projects.
Attending events is one of the most fun parts of going to High Point. Whether you get to meet Bunny Williams or listen to Candice Olson speak or bump into Celerie Kemble, you will learn something new about the industry. In fact, during spring market Bunny Williams imparted 50 years of wisdom in a one hour session called Master Series. Getting to see geniuses like this in action is invigorating to any designer.
Social media may be all the rage, but getting face time with the people you are connecting with online is priceless. At the spring market 2017 I met Darla Powell and Yian Quach in person and we have become even greater friends than we were! There is no substitute for this type of camaraderie.
However, the most important thing that a designer does at High Point is get inspiration for their clients. All of these three things get us to a place where we can be better for you.