Ensemble recently returned from another trip to High Point, North Carolina. You might ask, “Why High Point? What’s there?” I can assure you, lots!
High Point Market is held twice annually – spring and fall – and is one of the hubs of the furniture and interior design marketplace in the USA. Manufacturers show their newest and best goods ranging from furniture and lighting, to art and rugs; decorative accessories, including pillows, mirrors, ceramics, almost anything you can imagine, are all on plentiful display. Retailers, boutique owners and interior designers shop for their stores and clients’ projects from this huge array of offerings. Editors, bloggers, journalists, and media outlets new and old, traditional and social, identify and report on trends, new products and innovations.
I’ve been attending market since 2004 and this show still surprises me every time! There is always something new to see while in the “The Old North State“. We had a wonderful time approaching the show with a new perspective.
We had the privilege of being hosted by Ginna of Marc Phillips Rugs. Her wonderful hospitality in Winston-Salem was home base for our Los Angeles-based contingency including myself, Tracy, Tyler, Alex and Shirley. Though market makes for some long days and nights, spending those days with friends in a comfortable locale made it feel like a home away from home. Thanks Ginna!!
A highlight for me on this trip was Stanley Furniture. Their newly built-out location at 200 N. Hamilton was a treat. Their re-branded offering focused on the heritage of the Stanley brand, founded in 1924, while updating it with a new merchandising style. Friends Woodson & Rummerfield were enlisted to help with the transformation. Combining their High Style approach with Stanley’s refreshed vision, Ron & Jaime unveiled “Charleston Regency” to a capacity crowd at Stanley’s grand opening event. Congratulations to Randy Wells and the entire Stanley Furniture team on a successful launch.
A visit to Central Station, a short ride out of downtown, was another favorite destination. Our friend Dawn of Notre Monde has designed beautiful lighting, trays, mirrors, and furniture for years, but I was blown away by her new charcoal mirrored-glass dressers with drawer handles cast in bronze from twiggy branches. All of these beautiful wares are made here in the USA. Notre Monde has partnered with Central Station (makers of cool, contemporary furniture and groovy lighting) creating a new American-made brand, Aura. Handsome, smart, of-the-moment furnishings crafted from elegant wood species with simple finishes and upholstered in supple leathers add another layer to the experience within the showroom. I would be remiss if I neglected to mention the roaring indoor fireplace, Stella Artois on tap and the chocolate-dipped, hulled-strawberry shot ‘glasses’ filled with chocolate liqueur, all backdropped by a rather competitive ping-pong tournament.
Other notables include Natural Curiosities, Wilcox, Dransfield & Ross, and Worlds Away in InterHall, a new collection by Celerie Kemble for Henredon, this golden Art Deco excellence at Vintage Print Gallery, this Dove chandelier by Laura Kirar for Arteriors Home, and this excellent new Shepard Fairey rug by Marc Phillips.
It was especially great seeing and re-connecting with friends, bloggers and tweeters from all over including Thom, Christiane, Tobi, Jill, Christian, Michelle, Ashlina, Ray, Christina, Stacey, Holly, Michelle, Alix, and so many more…. Sometimes it feels like a family reunion, but other times everyone is going a million miles an hour, rushing to their next appointment at the showroom you just visited. It’s good to spend even just a few moments together, say hi and compare notes before running along to what’s next on your list to see or do.
There are more things I wished I had seen, but there’s always next time. Just one more thing before we go. There was one strategically placed food truck (tacos, I think, maybe?) outside and between two of the main buildings. Not a lot of options food-wise during the day. I’m still waiting for someone to open a mail-order juice cleanse stand and run a healthy business for two weeks a year. Imagine signing up for a post-market cleanse – delivered to your door – upon your arrival at home. After almost a week of southern comfort food, sweet tea, and grazing on showroom snacks almost any market attendee could benefit from a post-show caloric deficit and healthy system reset. Pressed Juicery, are you listening? Set up kiosks in the Greensboro and Charlotte airports and print money!
All in, we are looking forward to doing it all again in the fall. Perhaps that will overtake the moniker given to this trip: Best High Point Ever!!!