The Upcoming High Point Market: Why It’s so Exciting

The High Point Market will return in October for its 2016 fall show. Leading up to the occasion, there have been a number announcements that have piqued the interest of those waiting for the big day. The following are some of the more exciting announcements:

The Return of Abbyson Living

Abbyson Living logoAbbyson Living made an official announcement that it will return to the High Point Market for the upcoming fall event after an almost 10-year absence. The lifestyle home furnishings supplier will occupy space 1156 in the International Home Furnishings Center’s Commerce Wing on the 11th floor. The 22,000-square-foot showroom will include eight full-home collections and 300 new product designs. Taking advantage of the growth in e-commerce business, the vendor will launch a digital selling program and service that will benefit designers and retailers. The company’s president stated the digital feature is expected to grow business because it will help Abbyson Living reach new audiences. On October 22nd, the first day of the market, the company will celebrate its return with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

A Captivating Design Series

In August 2016, Furniture Today released an article outlining the design series that will help market attendees increase their industry expertise. Dubbed the Design Viewpoint Series, it consists of four sessions, all of which will take place in the High Point Theatre. The High Point Market Authority and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) focused all the classes on the growing “aging-in-place” movement, which refers to older adults (aged 50


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and up) who are choosing to stay in their homes and communities for the remainder of their lives.

The choice creates a new challenge for designers, who must develop a strategy that targets their services to this demographic. Based on the Oxford Journal’s projection, the number of people in this group is expected to increase by 135 percent between 2000 and 2050. For this reason, the series will be of utmost importance to professionals seeking success in the future.

The first class begins on day one of the event at noon. It includes a panel discussion and a preview of the Public Broadcasting documentary Thriving in Place: Designing Your Best Life, Now & Later. On Sunday, the market will have two classes: Color & Paint in Environments for the Aging and Livable Design: The evolution of the Home Environment. Both courses are one hour long. The final class, Where We Choose to Thrive: A Discussion of Aging-in-Place Communities, starts at 9 am on Monday, October 24. It will be led by an award-winning interior designer specializing in senior living. A complimentary breakfast buffet will be available 30 minutes before the class. All courses offer continuing education units.

An Abundance of Exhibitors

As of August 2016, more than 40 home furnishings companies have signed up to participate in the High Point Premarket, which occurs a little more than a month prior to the actual event. The premarket gives interested parties a sneak peek at what brands will be at the October event. Among the participating vendors  are Ashley Furniture, Lane Home Furnishings, Bassett Furniture, Prime Resources International, and Stanley Furniture.

New Collections

Thanks to a partnership with Biltmore, Capel Rugs will be unveiling three new collections at the upcoming market. The duo currently promotes 11 collections of licensed rugs. The latest collections, while keeping true to the brand’s traditional design, will reflect trending colors in celebration of the partnership’s 11th anniversary. More specifically, the Capel’s Biltmore Palisade collection will highlight subdued stone hues, the Estate collection will focus on vibrant reds and blues that are balanced with neutral grays and ivories, and the Century collection will contain greens, reds, creams, and mushroom tones. Customers can purchase rugs as small as 4 x 6 and as large as 10 x 14.

Along the same lines, Hancock & Moore will introduce its newest division, Urban Logic. This brand will offer a variety of seating options that cater to city dwellers. The Urban Logic collection will contain products that suit the needs of individuals living in tight quarters, such as lofts, studios, and guest homes. The collection is expected to be modern and edgy and will integrate natural materials, such as leather. The simplistic line, with its neutral hues and earth tones, will allow the company to price items more affordably. On October 23, Hancock & Moore intends to host a “Best of N.C.” launch party on the 3rd floor of 200 Steele, where the company has reserved its showroom. The celebration will span two hours.