If it’s October, it must be High Point Market time! The iconic furniture market “to the trade only” is a twice yearly event (Oct & April) where vendors across all the various categories (fabric, furniture, lighting, rugs, art, accessories, etc) come together to set up showrooms for 5 days in High Point North Carolina. For those of you who’ve been to the Javits center in NYC, imagine that times ten.
Aside from the covid years I have been going since I started my business and look forward to the trip every year. It’s a time to see in real life the things we specify to our clients throughout the year and to sit test all the things so we can vouch for their comfort with confidence. The first time I went my designer friend Heather Ryder of Heather Ryder design graciously said “I’ve been before, just come with me!” It was eye opening and overwhelming and wonderful. I still thank her for her hospitality as we make this trip a tradition. Ten plus years later I have a good grasp on where to spend the time and look forward to the connections and reconnections as my feet grow weary.
This year I was asked by DesignNJ magazine to be a style spotter and report back. It was a natural extension of what I love to do- see all the things and share my enthusiasm!
2023 fall market was refreshing in that all things were warm toned- rust, green, golden yellows and browns were everywhere. There wasn’t any grey to be found. Can I get an Amen? Brass was still the metal of choice but it was mixed with natural elements lots of rattan and woven texture and organic shapes and forms.
Here are a few highlights-