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Mar 03, 2021 - High Point Market

Candice Olson to Headline March IdeaStreams Webinar

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 3, 2021 — Candice Olson is set to headline the second edition of the High Point Market Authority’s virtual educational series, IdeaStreams. Scheduled for March 25, the webinar will take place via Zoom at 2pm ET and offer 1 IDCEC-accredited CEU. Luxe Interiors + Design Executive Editor, Brittany Chevalier McIntyre, will moderate the conversation, interviewing Olson about her 25-plus year career in the interior design industry. Olson’s resume includes an immensely diverse portfolio, including her own design firm, multiple design- focused TV shows, six best-selling books, and an abundant licensed collection. She is considered a dynamic design authority with a signature style that fuses traditional form, scale and proportion with the simplistic beauty of modern design.

Feb 23, 2021 - High Point Market

Registration Now Open for Spring 2021 High Point Market

HIGH POINT, N.C., February 23, 2021 — Registration for the Spring 2021 High Point Market is now open for home furnishings buyers, international buyers, exhibitors, trade/industry, press, and students. Scheduled for June 5-9, interested attendees can register online at www.highpointmarket.org/register. Originally scheduled for April, the new Spring Market dates for June were announced this past December in anticipation of an improving pandemic situation, vaccine availability, and less travel restrictions, in addition to an improving supply chain situation, which has greatly impacted the industry for the past several months. Spring Market also ushers in a return to the typical 5-day schedule, Saturday through Wednesday, for the trade show. The Fall 2020 Market was expanded this past October to 9 days as a safety measure, but that will not be repeated. With the exception of additional days, the High Point Market Authority anticipates a return of all safety measures that were in place this past fall. The #HPMKTsafe Initiative for spring 2021 includes mandatory face coverings, reduced capacity restrictions, daily health checks, and a number of other precautions. More details can be found at www.highpointmarket.org/hpmktsafe.

Feb 03, 2021 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Launches Virtual Educational Series, IdeaStreams

HIGH POINT, N.C., February 3, 2021 — The High Point Market Authority launches its first-ever virtual educational series, IdeaStreams. Given the ongoing restrictions on indoor gatherings, this monthly series will replace the Market Authority’s in-person programming for the Spring 2021 Market, scheduled for June 5-9. The first session is produced in partnership with the Black Interior Designers Network (BIDN) and will focus on profitability for interior design businesses. President of BIDN and principal designer for Kimberly + Cameron Interiors, Kimberly McSwain will moderate the 60-minute session, interviewing designers Elaine Griffin (Elaine Griffin Interior Design) and Leah Alexander (Beauty Is Abundant) about their design journeys and how they created and manage successful design firms. Kicking off this month, the inaugural session is scheduled for Thursday, February 25, at 2pm ET. Registration and additional details are available at www.highpointmarket.org/events/ideastreams.

Jan 27, 2021 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Adds Organization-Focused Website

HIGH POINT, N.C., January 27, 2021 — The High Point Market Authority launches www.highpointmarketauthority.org, a new website aimed at outlining the organization’s unique role and responsibilities as the official sponsor and organizer of the biannual High Point Market. The existing trade show website, www.highpointmarket.org, remains intact and will continue to serve as a robust reference point for Market buyers and attendees, featuring registration information, exhibitor links, product guides, program updates, event calendars, industry articles, and other resources. While the Market Authority is inextricably linked to High Point Market, the new website presents an opportunity to serve as a platform for outlining the role and impacts of the Market Authority, further defining its identity, and sharing information and details with individuals and entities outside of the home furnishings industry.

Jan 04, 2021 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Announces 2021 Style Spotters Team

HIGH POINT, N.C., January 4, 2021 — The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) announces the 2021 Style Spotters team, as follows - • Sara Malek Barney (TX), BANDD DESIGN • Lauren Clement (NC), Lauren Nicole Designs • Heather French (NM), French & French Interiors • Breegan Jane (CA), Breegan Jane • Molly Kay Johns (VA), MK Interiors • Steve McKenzie (GA), McKenzie Design LLC • Keia McSwain (CO), Kimberly + Cameron Interiors • Justin Shaulis (NY), Justin Shaulis, Inc. This 2021 Style Spotters team takes the reins this month and will hold the title throughout the calendar year, applying their trend-tracking abilities to both 2021 Markets – June 5-9 and October 16-20. Style Spotters are charged with scouring the Market to find their favorite products and top trends, leaving behind a card on each item they “spot”. These finds are then posted to High Point Market Pinterest boards and contribute to the two Style Reports (Summer/Fall and Winter/Spring) that the HPMA produces.

Dec 15, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Postpones Spring 2021 Market Until June

HIGH POINT, N.C., December 15, 2020 — The High Point Market Authority announces a date change for the upcoming Spring 2021 Market. Originally scheduled for April 17-21, Spring Market is postponed until June 5-9, 2021. “We are encouraged by the recent headlines about COVID-19 vaccines, but realistic about its impact on a spring timeframe, as the rollout will be slow. Coupled with the reality within our industry regarding supply shortages and manufacturing/shipping disruptions, the board of directors agreed it would be most beneficial to delay Spring Market until June,” commented Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. A called board meeting took place on December 14 to discuss the potential date change upon receiving the suggestion from several exhibitors. The Market Authority’s board of directors voted unanimously to approve the shift.

Dec 08, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Style Report Debuts 19 Trends for Winter/Spring 2021

HIGH POINT, N.C., December 8, 2020—The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) has released the always popular High Point Market Style Report for Winter/Spring 2021, following the successful execution of the Fall 2020 Market in October. The 30-page Style Report was produced by eight influential trend trackers, all part of the HPMA’s 2020 Style Spotters team. With half the team able to attend Fall Market in person and the other half tuning in virtually due to COVID-19, the Style Spotters perused an abundance of new product introductions both in person as well as digitally to capture the season’s upcoming styles. Highlighting natural elements and acknowledging the impact of COVID-19 on home design, the Winter/Spring 2021 Style Report covers 19 key trends for the upcoming seasons. From “Unexpected Textures” to “Modern Organic Luxury” to “Natural Territory”, among others, it features 80 products from 52 exhibitors. The Style Report can be accessed and downloaded at www.highpointmarket.org/products-and-trends/winter-spring-2021-style-report.

Nov 23, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Exhibitors Explore Off-Market Buying Opportunities

HIGH POINT, N.C., November 23, 2020 — The ongoing shifts and disruptions from COVID-19 are creating new opportunities for exhibitors to connect with buyers via their High Point showrooms. For approximately 100 High Point Market exhibitors, their adaptive strategies include exploring off-Market times for buyer appointments within their High Point spaces. “High Point Market is where the industry comes together, but given this current COVID-era, it’s not surprising we’re seeing an increase in exhibitors embracing showroom traffic outside of the typical April and October dates,” commented Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “Our role at the Market Authority is to support the buy/sell relationship between manufacturers and buyers here in High Point. Given that COVID-19 has pushed us all to adapt, we are open to High Point-focused initiatives that are working alongside us to further cement High Point as a design destination and vital resource for the industry.” Three groups recently announced upcoming opportunities for qualified buyers to shop in High Point this December. The High Point Showroom Association has been offering year-round access to their member companies for the past 30-plus years. Their Designer Holiday Market event is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2, in their 38 showrooms.

Nov 11, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Welcomes Three New Members to Board of Directors

HIGH POINT, N.C., November 11, 2020 — The High Point Market Authority has welcomed three new members to its board of directors, following a vote of approval at the most recent board meeting on October 21, 2020. Two retailers join the ranks, including Josh Hudson, CEO of Hudson’s Furniture in Florida, and Randy Tilinski, president of Bungalow Classic in Atlanta, Georgia. Jeremy Hoff, president of Hooker Furniture, was also confirmed. All three join the board as voting members and will serve two year terms, October 2020 through October 2022. “We have an active, engaged board, and I welcome Josh, Randy, and Jeremy, knowing they are ready to jump in and share their perspectives,” commented Dudley Moore, Jr., board chairman and president of Otto & Moore. “I look forward to serving another year as the chairman as we all work together to traverse this very unique moment for High Point Market and the home furnishings industry as a whole.”

Nov 01, 2020 - High Point Market

Virtual Style Spotters LIVE! Scheduled for November 11

HIGH POINT, N.C., November 2, 2020 — Following the Fall 2020 High Point Market, the 2020 Style Spotters are preparing for their biannual Style Spotters LIVE! event. Typically occurring in person towards the end of each Market, this fall’s panel discussion will take place virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, November 11, at 2:00pm EST. Style Spotters LIVE! is a long-standing High Point Market tradition combining product insights, trend predictions, and an overview of launches and introductions via a panel discussion and live scrolling through Pinterest boards the Style Spotters have created while spotting products around Market. Given the virtual format and its timing after Market, this cycle’s panel discussion will highlight pre-selected product favorites from team members across several product categories. Throughout Fall Market, the Style Spotters team of 8 were tasked with scouring the multitude of product offerings within showrooms to highlight what’s trending as well as to identify what’s up and coming for the industry heading into 2021. Half the team was able to travel to Fall Market to peruse and spot products in person, whereas the remaining team members tuned in virtually, scheduling showroom appointments via Zoom, utilizing the Market Authority’s digital resources, and monitoring social media.

Oct 22, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Exhibitors Pleased with Order Writing, Fall Market Overall

HIGH POINT, N.C., October 22, 2020 — The one and only High Point Market of 2020 concluded on October 21, wrapping up a 9-day expanded Market that was executed with a multitude of safety measures in light of the ongoing pandemic. Despite the noticeable differences, Fall Market exhibitors are exuding optimism and reporting strong order writing from the show. “By Tuesday, October 20, the Oly flagship had generated 56% visitor traffic compared to Fall 2019. That said, order revenue exceeded Fall 2019 results already by Saturday,” said Frank Leyon, Director of Global Sales for Oly Studio. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the quality of client traffic. Being open and ready assured clients that their business is important to us and proved that they can be appropriately and efficiently supported during an otherwise unique and challenging business year.” Several other exhibitors echoed the sentiment. “Traffic-wise, there were peaks and lulls. Those who came were serious buyers. We opened a lot of new accounts and will be very busy after the show,” shared co-founders of South + English, Palmer Smith and David Ebbetts.

Oct 05, 2020 - High Point Market

70% of High Point Market Exhibitors Confirm Open Status for Fall Market 2020

HIGH POINT, N.C., October 5, 2020 — With just a little over a week to go until the opening of the Fall 2020 High Point Market, exhibitors are weighing in the status of their showrooms. To date, 70% of active exhibitor profiles have confirmed their doors will be open for the event. Attendees wanting to see which showrooms have confirmed open can visit the Exhibitor section of the High Point Market website, www.highpointmarket.org/exhibitor, and look for the golden “Confirmed Open” verbiage on an exhibitor’s profile. They can also check the “Confirmed Open for Fall 2020 Market” filter to hide any profiles who haven’t confirmed they’ll be open. During Market, the High Point Market app will list only exhibitors who have confirmed they will be open.

Sep 29, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market and ASID Announce Educational Series Rebrand, Virtual Schedule for Fall Market 2020

HIGH POINT, N.C., September 29, 2020 — The High Point Market Authority (HPMA), in partnership with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), announces a rebrand of the popular Design Viewpoints Series (DVS) educational seminars, as well as its upcoming Fall Market virtual schedule. Now titled ASID Learn x Design, attendees can earn up to 3 IDCEC-approved continuing education units (CEUs) through this program. ASID will present three CEU-approved seminars via GoToWebinar as part of High Point’s virtual programming. These sessions are free and open to all interior designers, retailers, and other industry members. Following their live airings, recordings of the events will be available as on-demand CEUs on ASID Academy, the Society’s online learning platform offering easily accessible professional development. On tap for the series are three thought-provoking seminars to help attendees navigate the changing interior design business landscape. Attendees will learn from industry leaders as they share their knowledge building a profitable business, navigating difficult client conversations, and securing new clients.

Sep 22, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Announces Virtual Keynote Series and Style Spotters LIVE! for Fall 2020

HIGH POINT, N.C., September 22, 2020— The High Point Market Authority announces a lineup of virtual programming for Fall Market, aligning with its #HPMKTsafe Initiative to eliminate large, in- person group gatherings. The virtual Keynote Series will offer three sessions during the Fall Market dates, October 13-21. The virtual Style Spotters LIVE! event will take place after Market in November to recap the products spotted by the team in October. The Fall 2020 Keynote Series will feature 3 industry-relevant, forward-thinking topics. Each session will begin at 3:00 PM and offer 1 IDCEC-approved continuing education units (CEUs). An attendee must attend the live webinar and remain for the full hour in order to receive the CEU. Diane Falvey, editor in chief of Furniture, Lighting & Décor, the Market Authority’s partner for this session, will moderate a panel focusing on the intersection of wellness and home design for the first keynote session. Scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, panelists include Clodagh, Charles Pavarini III, Michael Peterson, and Lori Miller. This session is sponsored by Visual Comfort.

Sep 21, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Partners with One Room Challenge® for First-Ever Virtual Edition

HIGH POINT, N.C., September 21, 2020 — The High Point Market Authority has partnered with One Room Challenge® to present the first-ever virtual edition of the popular six-week design event. Kicking off October 7, One Room Challenge® – High Point Market Edition will exclusively showcase products from High Point Market exhibitors. Twenty Featured Designers will participate in the fall event, researching and selecting High Point Market products while creating original 3D virtual room designs. The project, process, mood boards, product selection, customization, and design discussions will be journaled by the designers via blogs and social media channels over six weeks, with finished room designs revealed on November 11. “Given our present situation, we recognize there will be High Point Market enthusiasts who will not be able to make their biannual trek to High Point this fall, but they still long for an inspirational experience and curated introductions to all the home furnishings Market has to offer,” commented Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “This partnership will be a valuable addition to our program offerings for the industry as a whole, regardless of whether or not circumstances will allow one to attend this October.”

Sep 17, 2020 - High Point Market

Fall High Point Market Prep Continues as Product Demand Increases

HIGH POINT, N.C., September 17, 2020 — High Point Market Authority officials, building owners, and exhibitors are busily preparing for the upcoming Fall Market, scheduled for October 13-21, as consumer demand for home furnishings continues to increase. The latest Furniture Insights newsletter from Smith Leonard Accountants and Consultants notes, “New orders in June were 30% ahead of June 2019,” and, “New orders were up for 73% of the participants.” “We have blown away all June-July-August sales records,” said Mac Cooper, CEO for Uttermost. “After a couple slow months in the spring, we are already up for the year, and momentum has never been higher.”