I made my first trip to High Point Market this weekend, and....it. was. SO. awesome. I can't even describe it! Let's just say I hope it was the first of many, many trips to Market to come.
If you don't know what the High Point Market is, it's the largest furnishings industry trade show in the WORLD. So if you're from North Carolina, you need to know about this. It's something to boast about! People come from over 100 countries to little High Point, NC twice a year for it. I didn't know this while I was there, but it covers 11.5 MILLION square feet of showspace! I was there for one day, so I saw only a tiny piece of it. I don't know if you could see everything there is to see even if you were there all day for all six days of Market!
All the big-name furniture lines are at Market, of course (Lee Industries, Hickory Chair, Century), but lots of others I had never heard of. And it's not just furniture, either - there are lighting and accessories companies, too. It's all for the trade only, though. So you pretty much have to be a designer, work for a designer, or work for a trade showroom to go. I started working at one of the two trade showrooms in Raleigh, A. Hoke Ltd., just a few weeks ago. (I'm so glad I started in time for Market!) The showroom managers graciously let me tag along this Saturday.
My pictures follow the order of showrooms we went to, but like I said, I saw only a small piece of what was there. I also took photos only of things that really caught my eye because that alone kept my constantly busy and drained my battery. There were lots of other styles represented that I didn't capture. After my husband saw a photo his friend (who went to Market with his interior designer mom) posted of a really industrial showroom, he said something along the lines of "I didn't know they had cool stuff like that there! None of your pictures looked like that!" Which made me feel like I should tell you how biased my pictures are, I guess??
I am super interested to know what everyone else likes from these photos. It's really interesting to me how people's styles differ. If you have a second, would you please leave a comment letting me know what catches your eye?
I really wish I had taken more pictures at Hickory Chair. I remember so many beautiful scenes I didn't capture :(
These companies sell only to the trade, so you won't be able to go to their websites and order something or even see pricing. But if you see anything on here that seriously interests you, let me know!