High Point Market 2019 is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point, North Carolina, every six months
Serious retail home furnishings buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.
// April 6 – Saturday
Beyond The Mask: Storytelling in Black Art + Design
From the consciousness of the Black Artists + Designers Guild, an assemblage established in 2018 to raise the visibility of diverse design practitioners, “Beyond the Mask” seeks to overturn the myths, stereotypes, and romance language historically used to undervalue BLACK-ness in art and design. Spanning disciplines from textiles to ceramics, this exhibition traces the impact of Black aesthetics and identity on the world of design, exploring the enduring influences of Black pre-colonial African empires to the rebellion that birthed the Diaspora.
Art & Design
A presentation of the paintings of Peter F Saloom as well as a talk about how art and design converge in the creative process.
DESIGN VIEWPOINTS SERIES – Lessons from A Well-Designed Business®
As host of the podcast, A Well-Designed Business®, LuAnn Nigara helps interior design professionals operate a profitable & productive business by providing useful & understandable insights through conversations with industry leaders. Including an overview of critical topics for running an interior design business plus straight talk & actionable lessons to take back to your practice.
TrendWatch: Spring 2019
IMC’s popular TrendWatch program returns to High Point Market this spring with an inside look at leading trends shaping the home furnishings industry. TrendWatch, both an opening-day seminar and three on-site trend displays, is directed by home furnishings trend forecaster, editor and curator Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media.
European Style in the American Home: An Interview with Nina Magon
Sleek yet simple, glamorous but still practical, modern European design has found favor in residences and businesses stateside. Join Houston interior designer Nina Magon as she discusses elements of continental design in the American home.
Morris & Co: 150 Years of Iconic British Design
Discussing the legacy of William Morris, the 19th century British designer regarded as one of the most influential figures of the Arts and Crafts movement. Hosted by Michael Parry from Style Library (the official home of six iconic British brands: Morris & Co, Sanderson, Zoffany, Harlequin, Scion and Anthology), discuss how Morris’s beliefs and aesthetics are of growing importance to the current design community.
// April 7 – Sunday
The Designers’ State of the Industry
Join interior design and business expert, ASID, CVO & Co-Founder of Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting, as she provides research from a host of sources illustrating and explaining the current state of the design industry; beyond where we have been and where we are, what are the markers pointing to the future; ways design firms can advantage themselves by adjusting their vision forward with smart forecasting; a futurist’s look with the reality check of pragmatic business planning and much more.
Altruism by Design – Building Better Businesses
Presented by business advisor and sustainability ambassador Gretchen Jones, Altruism by Design is a methodology that seeks congruence between our intentions and behaviors as leaders. Aiming to empower us all to feel more pride in our work and create more meaning within our lives, through the lens of holistic sustainability.
DESIGN VIEWPOINTS SERIES – Tech Tools: Reviews from the Designers Who Use Them
Back by popular demand, this session will discuss the technology tools peer designers use to both make their businesses more productive and effectively manage clients. Phyllis Harbinger, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, will ask our panel of design leaders to provide their approach to evaluating the best software options for their businesses. Panelists include design experts Corey Damen Jenkins, Darla Powell, Laura Thurman, and Jarret Yoshida.
Exterior Design – How to Achieve a Curated Look – Lunch N Learn
An expert-packed panel of professional exterior designers will respond to questions from moderator Jennifer Bringle, Editor-In-Chief, Casual Living. Panel participants include Libby Langdon, designer, author, and product designer; Christopher Grubb, designer to the stars, author, and product designer; and Stephanie James, award-winning designer and co-owner of Allen and James Interior Design, High Point.
How to Add Staging to Your Design Business – An Insiders Look
Join home staging industry veterans, Jennie Norris, Sandra Holmes, and Blair Hamaty, for an honest, insightful and energetic roundtable discussion about the home staging industry, how to add this service to your design business, and why you should to bolster your bottom line. With a collective 37 years of experience, get your questions answered by three of the industry’s top 1% of Home Staging Business owners worldwide.
Common Ground: Finding Synergy among Architects, Builders and Designers
How do designers, architects and custom builders leverage each other’s expertise when building or renovating a home? Furniture, Lighting & Decor Editor-in-Chief Diane Falvey will lead a lively panel discussion about the synergies and challenges when working together and why it’s so important.
// April 8 – Monday
It’s About the People, Not the Furniture
If you think your business is all about furniture, you may be missing a vital ingredient: people! This workshop covers relationships between you and your employees and between your employees and your customers. Are your customers motivated to sell? Are they motivating your customers to buy? There are companies that have figured this out. In a single hour, you can learn how to be one of them. Speaker: Joe Milevsky, JRM Sales & Management, Inc.
Mixing Decades and Decor
Noir Co-Founders, George Baehler & Stephanie Lu, invite you to their expanded CFC showroom for a discussion about mixing and matching decor styles. Join Noir’s Greg Baugh as well as top designers Kelli Ellis, Christopher Kennedy and Michel Boyd for a discussion moderated by Anne Sage about the latest trends in design and how to blend seemingly conflicting design styles together to create a melting pot of decor.
Demystifying Performance in Design: Residential, Resimercial and Hospitality
Designers Denise Wenacur, Jessica Duce and Gary Inman will share what role performance, in materials and textiles, plays in their current design projects. An expert panel discussion moderated by Trim Queen Jana Platina Phipps.
// April 9 – Tuesday
Suite Spot Tour with House of Funk
Get a first-hand look at what award winning designer Sandra Funk, Founder and principal designer of House of Funk, thinks are the leading trends at High Point Market this spring, spend an hour on an intimate guided tour with her. Join Sandra as she introduces you to her favorite finds through all three floors of The Suites at Market Square – the largest and only presentation of temporary exhibits and a must-see for every designer and retailer looking for what’s new and innovative.
You Are What You Wear: Building Your Brand with Personal Style
As an interior designer, your personal style is closely tied to your business brand – which means that what you wear says as much about your brand as your logo does. Traci Zeller of Traci Zeller Interiors and Whitley Adkins Hamlin, professional stylist and owner of Queen City Style, share how you can curate a unique style that sends strategic, well-crafted messages about your brand, regardless of trends on the runway.
// April 10 – Wednesday
Happy Hour at The Antique & Design Center
Make the last few hours of the day the best, with a taste of Whiskey made right here in North Carolina, compliments of Troy & Sons Distillers, to accompany your Happy Hour shopping at The Antique & Design Center.
Wine and Cheese with Hurtado Furniture
Enjoy exclusive designs with delectable wine and cheese with Hurtado Furniture. We look forward to your visit to our showroom.
Live Drawing of the Winner of the Hermes Scarf from Wexel Art
Drop off your business card before 11:45AM on Wednesday, April 10 to enter to win a free Hermes scarf! Stop by our booth on Wednesday to see if you’re the lucky winner and collect your scarf! If you can’t make it we will also be going live on Facebook (@wexelart).