Between the celebrity sightings and premier furniture collections at High Point Market, I am still brimming with excitement, exhilaration and exhaustion. Every inch of my poor feet are still in pain from all that power walking, but that’s nothing a little Epsom salt can’t cure.
High Point Market, which occurs twice a year, is an exclusive opportunity to see some of the most impressive furniture and accessories on the market. If you are looking to inject some much needed life into your design projects and to get your creative mojo back, High Point is the place to be. If you aren’t feeling inspired after a few days at market, you may need to check your pulse.
From educational workshops on just about any topic to show-stopping showroom vignettes to social events with bubbly on tap, there is no shortage of things to do and see there. Anyone who has attended High Point knows that it would probably take us another 3 weeks to see all the featured showrooms!
I must admit I didn’t always meet my premeditated objective for the day, but I did get to see some breathtaking collections this week at High Point. These were some of my favorite showrooms at Market.
For over 125 years, Baker Furniture has remained at the top of the furniture design food chain with its breadth of luxury furniture pieces. Having first fallen in love with Baker as an interior design student, I was ready to be wowed by this showroom. And wowed I was!
My visit to Baker began with an in-depth tour of the new Barbara Barry collection. While this collection preserves her affinity for quiet color palettes, it exudes a refined simplicity and casual comfort that is refreshing. Of course, I tested out several pieces from the new collection and I can assure you that they were all extremely comfortable and beautiful.
While at Baker, I also had a pinch-me-if-I’m-still-alive opportunity to meet the legendary Barbara Barry. With her approachable and graceful style, this design icon has the ability to make you feel instantly at ease around her. Stay tuned as Tastefully Inspired will be featuring more about the lovely Ms. Barry in a few days.
The Henredon showroom was one of the largest showrooms I visited at High Point. You literally need a map to find your way around in here!
Upon entering the showroom, I was enveloped by exquisite vignettes featuring plush swivel chairs, wood and metallic consoles, distinguished dining tables, and duchesse-type leather sofas. From modern furniture to traditional pieces, Henredon is the perfect place to find classic and timeless luxury pieces. It’s no wonder this brand has stood the test of time for over 70 years.
The new collection by Celerie Kemble for Henredon highlighted a rampant trend at High Point – the color pink. Secretly pink is my favorite color so I was all in. With details like welting and bolster throw pillows, the new collection was fit for a king or queen.
Crafted in Hickory, North Carolina, Hickory Chair had some of the most fashion-forward furniture pieces I saw at High Point. I received a comprehensive tour of this showroom and I must admit that my favorite piece in the entire showroom was a channel tufted bed designed by David Phoenix. It was just the right combination of detail and simplicity. My second favorite was the L’Horizon Lounge chair also designed by Phoenix. Those curled arms!
At Hickory Chair I observed another trend that was abundant at High Point, low profile furniture. I am very tall so at first I was not convinced that these pieces would be comfortable to sit in, but boy was I wrong! I sank right into each seat. These low profiles are conducive for enjoying the views out of picture windows and for spaces with low ceilings. Furniture designers literally think of everything!
The Global Views showroom has a very different feel from any of the other showrooms I visited. This collection has a very international and well-traveled feel to it. The myriad of wall décor, lighting fixtures and accessories are just what you need to finish off a project the right way.
Gold and metallic inspired pieces were two other trends at Market and Global Views had plenty of it! It was a brass lover’s paradise.
With so many prodigious furniture collections, furnishings and accessories to see at High Point, this post only covers a very small portion of it. Showrooms like Magnolia Homes, Regina Andrew, Surya, Leathercraft, Christopher Guy and Bernhardt had some of the best of the best in furniture design. The Magnolia Homes showroom in particular was branded to perfection. With its shiplap walls, painted white brick and signature rustic furnishings, it was a complete immersion in the Magnolia brand. Very well done! But I have to draw the line somewhere or this post would never end!
The best part of High Point is that as designers we come back refreshed and rejuvenated and chock full of new ideas and to-the-trade product options for your next design project. I’m already planning my next visit to High Point in October. I can’t wait!
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