High Point Market is like the mecca of furniture. This little town in North Carolina sees action only twice a year. Kinda weird, right?! The shop lined streets are nearly deserted for about 50 weeks a year. And then BAM! Tens of thousands of designers and buyers inundate the streets killing ourselves (and our feet) trying to hustle through 2000 exhibitors in a mere 5 days. Don’t get me wrong-it is invigorating, inspiring, and oddly exhausting and rejuvenating at the same time.
So, after a year holed up at home and perfecting my discerning online eye, it was certainly refreshing to see the latest trends in real life! And boy, those trends read strong through and through from showroom to showroom. So what were the common denominators? Keep reading.
Nature is the new neutral.
There was a time not so long ago when grey was the neutral color of choice. Light grey, dark grey, warm grey, cool grey. And natural meant boho and house plants. Well, my friends, those times are no more. Natural was the “color” of choice again and again.
A year behind closed doors, beating boredom, and re-connecting with family was abundantly clear with the selection of none other than…drum roll…games! Yup, games. I have never seen such a selection of beautifully crafted games at market, but clearly the makers have had fun and games on the top of their minds. Check out some of my finds that will surely never make their way to your local Facebook sale page.
She’s got legs.
Legs were all the rage. Bye-bye boring. While unique table legs stole the show, I found a gem of a bed and as always, chairs make an appearance.
Inlay is a method of embedding different materials on a surface to create a pattern. The technique is nothing new and inlaid pieces have always caught my eye. A couple months back I was scouring my sources for some special items and really couldn’t find much. Then BAM! Inlay was everywhere. Suddenly I couldn’t decide what I wanted and had to convince myself that yes, there is such a thing as too much inlay.
Not just wall decor. Its ART.
Oversized is IN. Ceiling to floor. Floor to ceiling. Dripping beads. Large. Making a statement. I loved every minute of it. While I never got around to honing my weaving skills during lockdown, I can definitely appreciate the artistry in the stunning fiber art just about everywhere I turned. And did I mention natural? Natural materials were used throughout and not just wool for weaving and macrame, but wood remnants cast from case goods, and wood beads for these jumbo necklaces.
Want more eye candy? You can head over to my IG takeover on @HighPointMarket to see my Hot + Healthy picks or stay tuned for more through a different lens.