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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.”

Jul 20, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Opens Fall Registration, Debuts #HPMKTsafe Initiative

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 20, 2020 — The High Point Market Authority has opened online registration for the Fall 2020 High Point Market, scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, through Wednesday, October 21. Along with such, the Market Authority is also debuting a microsite, www.highpointmarket.org/hpmktsafe, to outline safety measures pertaining to Fall Market in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Previously announced as a 9-day Market as the first part of the #HPMKTsafe Initiative, this revised structure will allow for social distancing and expected reduced capacity requirements within buildings and showrooms. During the registration process, domestic buyers and industry guests will select their primary attendance period based on the designated region for the home state of their company’s headquarters. Additional details about the new registration structure can be found at www.highpointmarket.org/HPMKTsafe/register. The debut of the #HPMKTsafe Initiative microsite is the second part in the Market Authority’s master safety plan. The site outlines registration details, begins to overview the overall safety measures that will address health and safety onsite during Market, and shares a detailed preparation plan for attendees, encouraging all to plan ahead for a safe, efficient, and productive Market experience. A separate page with specific information for exhibitors is also part of the site.

Jul 08, 2020 - High Point Market

Industry Associations Lend Support to Revised Fall Market Schedule

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 8, 2020 — In the first initiative of its kind, three industry associations joined the High Point Market Authority to support the new, three-period safe attendance plan for Fall Market, scheduled for October 13-21, 2020. The High Point Market Authority recently announced the expanded trade show format to spread out attendance, accounting for an expected reduction in showroom and building capacity based on federal and state guidelines for reducing spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Jun 09, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Releases Style Report, Opens Submissions for 2021 Style Spotters Team

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 9, 2020—The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) has released this season’s much anticipated High Point Market Style Report for Summer/Fall 2020 and is accepting submissions for the 2021 Style Spotters team. The Style Report was produced by eight accomplished trend trackers, all part of the HPMA’s 2020 Style Spotters team. Despite unforeseen challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting cancellation of Spring Market, the Style Spotters perused an abundance of new product introductions digitally to capture the season’s upcoming styles. Highlighting sustainability and embracing new twists on both neutrals and pops of color, the Summer/Fall 2020 Style Report covers 20 key trends for the upcoming seasons, from “Quiet Spaces” to “Global Interiors”, among others, and features 75 products from 57 exhibitors. The Style Report can be accessed and downloaded at www.highpointmarket.org/products-and-trends/summer-fall-2020-style-report.

May 21, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Expands Fall 2020 Market Dates

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 21, 2020 — In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the High Point Market Authority is expanding the Fall Market dates in an effort to spread out attendance and account for expected reduced capacity requirements for showrooms and buildings. Fall Market will now take place over 9 days from October 13 – 21, 2020. In an effort to control the flow of attendees, buyers and industry members will be asked to select one of three, 3-day periods during the 9-day Market as their primary attendance dates during the online registration process. Domestic buyers and industry members have been divided into two regions based on the home state of their company headquarters. The regions breakdown was developed in partnership with the International Home Furnishings Representatives Association (IHFRA) to be sensitive to sales reps and typical regional territories. Those in Region A will be permitted to register for either Period I or II. Those in Region B will be permitted to register for either Period II or III. The states breakdown for each region and the dates included in each period are outlined on the High Point Market website on the COVID-19 Updates page, www.highpointmarket.org/covid-19-updates. International buyers and media will be allowed to select from any of the three periods. Students passes will only be available during Period III. For all attendees, showroom appointments will be highly encouraged.

May 04, 2020 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Announces Virtual Style Spotters LIVE! Event

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 4, 2020 — The High Point Market Authority’s trend-tracking team, the 2020 Style Spotters, have modified their spring programming offerings in light of the recent cancellation of Spring Market due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically occurring every Tuesday of Market, 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. This spring, Style Spotters LIVE! will be offered as a virtual event via Zoom on May 14 at 2pm ET. The Style Spotters team of 8 have been digitally perusing product from High Point Market exhibitors and will be discussing their favorites during the chat, which will be hosted by the Style Spotters Advisors, Shay Geyer and Gary Inman.