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High Point Market Predictions Spring 2016

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The semi-annual High Point Market Spring show is almost here. Slated to be held from April 16-20 in High Point, North Carolina, it is an event to behold. Over 75,000 people are expected to descend upon this quaint little North Carolina town, gather in over 180 buildings, and view the wares of more than 2000 exhibitors.

International in its appeal, approximately 10% of the visitors will be from countries other than the US and will represent over 100 countries around the world. All of these lovers of home décor, design, and on trend must-haves will explore 11.5 million square feet of event space, seeing the latest and greatest offerings from long standing traditional companies and startups alike.

Knowing the industry like we do, we have a few ideas of what the trends of the moment might be at this show, and we’re happy to let you in on what we expect to see.

  • Global inspiration – International flair is evident not only in the color palettes used in product lines, but also in the techniques of ancient peoples used in contemporary and refined ways. Textiles, woodwork, even metal work are inspired by the rich craft tradition of these beautiful places.
  • Earth friendly, eco-inspired—Green is the idea of the moment, and not just in color (although we fully expect to see plenty of that lush shade). This trend is all about sustainable, eco-friendly materials that, when used, minimize the impact of the production of these items on the planet. Reclaimed woods, environmentally friendly and hypoallergenic finishes, and natural materials all play into this trend.
  • Things with a story – Whether you fall in love with an authentic antique piece or simply one inspired by years gone by, the idea of vintage is all about the story behind the piece.
  • Mixing it up – Colors are combined, metals are mixed, wood, jute, wool, and even acrylics — the combinations are endless and allow the designer to craft a look unique to each space. Anything goes as long as it looks good!

We are looking forward to the delights in store at this year’s market. As Bobby Berk says, “High Point elevates furniture from I need to I want.”

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