As we continue to pursue excellence in the area of interior design, we would like to share with you some of the themes we saw at the Fall Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina. We attended this amazing interior design show last month. Here are a few of the themes we noticed.
- Mixing of colors and designing your own furniture. The personalization of furniture was a major theme for this year’s market. Selecting details, fabrics, etc. for pieces of furniture creates lots of options for making pieces your own. Providing homeowners with more choice and the ability to be sure their room design and furnishings will not be like their friend’s or neighbor’s was a common theme in showrooms and in discussions with home furnishings representatives. Consumers also now have the ability to select furniture fabric, arm styles, legs, back styles, tailoring, dimensions, and other features and benefits.
- Desire for American-made and eco-friendly products. Many people seeking to purchase furniture and invest in interior design also seek out environmentally friendly materials and furniture and pieces made in the United States.
The High Point Market is made up of 11.5 million square feet in 180 buildings and draws some 75,000 exhibitors and buyers. I covered a lot of territory in five long days!
The benefits of American-made were clearly evident in my visit to the Kincaid Furniture facilities in Hudson and Taylorsville, N.C. Seeing the care and individual expertise used to make these case-goods and upholstered furniture was eye-opening. As two employees were setting up their machine for the next products to be made, I asked one how they measured for the different settings. “It comes from 24 years of experience,” he said, “with a proud smile on his face.” I was told that these craftsmen and women know their own tape measure intimately—they know exactly whether the precise measurement is on the line or to the left or right.
Buyers at the market were clearly interested in knowing what products were American made so they can definitively inform consumers. It was wonderful to see that some manufacturers have persisted and others are returning to our shores for production.