High Point Market Fall 2019 Design Bloggers Tour Recap

High Point Market is exciting, inspiring, thought-provoking, dramatic, hectic, exhausting and exhilarating! … I spent four plus days at the largest home furnishings industry show in the world and was a part of Esteem Media’s Design Blogger’s Tour, which offered me the opportunity to tour some of the most beautiful showrooms with a team of designers from across the country. 

Day 1 took us to Jaipur Living, Norwalk Furniture & Crypton, Huntington House, Hudson Valley Lighting Group , Lloyd Flanders, James by Jimmy DeLaurentis, Dome Deco, Blue Print Collection, and Four Hands

Day 2 had us touring Hooker Furniture, Hubbardton Forge, Daniel Stuart Studio, SIFAS, Windy O’Connor Art & Home, Dorel Home, SmithHonig, Cisco Brothers. 

I’m going to dive a little deeper into each of these showrooms in upcoming blogs, but here I’d like to share some of the trends that I noticed and get you excited for what’s down the road in the world of furnishings and design. 

  • Natural Materials and Textural Elements – Jute, rattan, teak, mango wood and other sustainable, eco-friendly products were everywhere.
  • Mixed Materials – We saw many manufacturers incorporating leather, wood, and steel within the same piece. 
  • Green Love – Green is back in a big way! … Dark, rich forest green, saturated teals and evergreen, and even seafoams. Maybe it’s our desire to better connect with the outdoors? 
  • More Metals – As an accent piece on a chest or sideboard, or a base on a table, metals are being incorporated, and colors mixed, everywhere. 
  • Patterns Galore – Mixing animal prints with florals, and bold colors with stripes! Wallpapers, fabrics, and accessories were bursting with patterns and color. 

High Point is truly an experience unlike any other! … I discovered new lines that I want to bring into our showroom and specify for our clients, and I had the pleasure of getting to know some fantastic people that I certainly intend to stay connected to! 

Comments 18

    1. Donna Mancini

      Thank you for following along Shelby! The tour was exhilarating and it was made even better by the relationships I built with the other designers and hearing about their perspectives. I’ll share more detail in the next posts.

  1. Leslie Carothers

    Hi Donna! What a whirlwind of a tour with so many great exhibitors to see in just a few days. Thanks for sharing what you noticed as top trends. I love the trend towards all things natural materials. I will look forward to reading the next posts in this series!

    1. Donna Mancini

      Leslie, it was a busy couple of days but it’s such an honor to see market through the eyes of the other designers on the tour. I agree with you on the natural materials … accessories, lighting, furniture … loved it. I’m excited to share more detail about the showrooms in the next posts.

    1. Donna Mancini

      Carla, I’m confident that we will get an opportunity to meet in person one day soon! The tours are great for so many reasons … building relationships with other designers from across the country and seeing market through their eyes is a privilege.

  2. Janet R Lorusso

    As I have yet to get to High Point Market, I love seeing these glimpses of the trends! I’m excited to see the natural materials and the trend toward greens and teals…all personal favorites of mine! Thanks for sharing what you’ve found and I look forward to this series!

    1. Donna Mancini

      Janet, you must make a point to get there one day. High Point is unlike anything else, not only for the vastness but for the energy and excitement as well. I’m looking forward to sharing more detail of our tours in the next couple of posts. Thank you again for following along!

  3. Julie S Lampe

    I had a great first time experience at HPMKT this year. I wrote up some trends that I saw as well. One thing that stood out big time was Vern Yip’s “antelope” fabric pattern for Fabricut. It was everywhere!

    1. Donna Mancini

      Julie, the first trip to High Point is quite overwhelming but in such an exciting way! Fabricut was one showroom that I really wanted to get to, but time ran out. We use their fabrics and their workroom for many of our projects. I must check out the “antelope” fabric. Thanks so much for letting me know about it!

    1. Donna Mancini

      Mary Ann, I love to hear that too! I’m excited to share more detail about each of the showrooms. What a wonderful tour!

    1. Donna Mancini

      Lisa, you’re so right! There are so many ways to soak in the inspiration and each one of us appreciates it in different ways!

    1. Donna Mancini

      High Point is so exciting that I don’t feel tired until I’ve been back for a few days. I’m looking forward to sharing more detail about the gorgeous showrooms we toured. Thank you Sheri!

  4. Adrienne

    I’m excited to see all of the new trends you’ve described. They are all ones that I personally love. Nice to see a departure from boring.

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