As you all know, my day job is a home accessories buyer for a home furnishings retailer in CT. We currently went to High Point, North Carolina for the fall furniture market. High Point is the center of the furniture world here in the US. Most of the big manufacturers have permanent showrooms, as well one main building that houses booths from smaller furniture & accessory vendors.
I saw a prominent Moroccan theme throughout market. Lots of bold colors- yellows, greens & turquoise blue hues. I also saw a lot of texture mixing- pillows with linen, felt & velvets combined. A lot of pattern & bold prints- I saw this in both fabrics & artwork.
There were also a lot of feminine accents & features carried throughout each showroom. Curved lines appeared in upholstery pieces paired with elegant fabrics and tapered thin legs.
Some other strong statements I saw were oversized pieces, deep seating and brass. Geometric and 3D elements were also huge in casegood pieces such as cabinets & dressers. One bar cabinet from John Richard stood out to me because of the architectural & sculptural door fronts. This piece is elegant & simple, yet would make a stunning addition to any living space.
Overall this market was quiet. I didn’t see a ton of innovation, however I saw amazing textiles which brought familiar frames to a new level. Textiles have come such a long way- especially Sunbrella and performance fabrics as a whole. These fabrics are now super fashion forward, have a great hand to them & are perfect for families who have little kids or pets. I was very impressed with Valdese Weavers. Their showroom was full of color, pattern & high quality fabrics plus they were the nicest people ever. And everything is made in the USA! Here is my favorite pattern I saw in their showroom:
Of course I had to have some fun & stop by one of my favorite vendors- Tourmaline Home. Not only do they have amazing pillows & textiles- but they make the most fashionable jewelry! I had to grab a few pieces to round out my fall wardrobe!!