Monday, October 29, 2012

Top Trends from Highpoint Market.......

High Point Market is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 85,000 people to High Point every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can't find it in High Point, it probably doesn't exist.  I wasn't able to attend the recent show, however was lucky enough to attend a local seminar at SOFA, presented by well known Interior Designer, Furniture Designer & Retailer, Educator and Presenter, Jamie Alexander,

Jamie's topic was quite multi faceted touching on how we, as decorators and designers can improve our connections with U.S. furniture makers and getting the products to Canada with some great tips on working with the sales reps; ways to save on shipping; how many custom items are now being stocked and available immediately with shorter lead times and so much more great information.  He also shared that many manufacturers are now listening to what Designers & Decorators ask for and we have become a driving force, inspiring furniture makers.

Jamie spoke about the connection between fashion and furniture and which came first.  It's still up for debate but what isn't is the great information he shared with us on the latest trends coming out of the Highpoint Market, .  To enhance his talk were the great photos and his wonderful sense of humour.   He is a really fun guy!!

I will share some of the 'trends' -
  • Mixing finishes - metals the golds and silvers. 
  • Duller finishes - brushed
  • Crinkled finishes
  • Rounder lines
  • Layering
  • Accessorizing Walls with items other than Art
  • Clocks - big both on walls and tabletop.  A wall of many clocks is a current trend
  • Vintage - reclaimed but not necessarily greyed - they are doing a reclaimed look
  • Retro, metal
  • 'Fashionista' style with curved legs, seats and 'details'
  • Lots of patterns and colour
  • Wings on upholstered Headboards
  • Lots of tufting on upholstered pieces and in places like the sides of the arms, not just the backs
  • Rolled arms are much smaller
  • Mixing different styled dining chairs but keeping the same finish and fabric for interest
  • COLOUR  - very big   Blue, Orange, Purple, Neutral and so on.......
Here is a photo of one of the winners of the showroom design competition - Berhnhardt
More of what was shown at Highpoint


Did I Mention Colour.....

Yours truly and Jamie posing in the Van Gough Showroom,  who were the sponsors of this event along with offering us a lovely lunch.
Many thanks to Linda, Klara, Bernadette, Jamie and everyone else for this great event.

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