High Point Furniture Market Trip in April 2013

What an exciting trip!!  High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world.  With over 2,000 exhibitors and 75,000 attendees, it’s almost impossible to see it all. There were tens of thousands of new product introductions and I was going non-stop for 4 days taking it all in. If you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.

FAMOUS PEOPLE SIGHTINGS: At the market parties there were delicious, delectable cocktails galore. I had the pleasure of meeting Alexander Julian at the Jonathan Charles showroom and Jane Seymour was promoting her new furniture line a collaboration with Amini.

Newest Interior Design Trends

It was so thrilling seeing the new trends, design ideas, furniture, accessories and much more.

What was hot? Using reclaimed wood furniture, mixing old with new, combining materials like a wooden slab top console with stainless steel legs and incorporating industrial parts into pieces.


Introduced last market and still going strong is Alexander Julian furniture line which creates a unique collection of case goods inspired by his famous menswear designs. Translating his signature vision of rich textiles and dynamic colors into his furniture collection, each item from the 12-piece collection utilizes elements from bow ties to custom-made blazer buttons for drawer pulls. His collection includes a whimsical inlaid “oversized button” occasional table creatively supported by 3 faux sewing needles.  Some of his case good pieces have “shirting stripe” inlay fronts and crotch walnut sides, signature horn button pulls, and classic paisley drawer linings.  Also, extremely unique are his satinwood necktie and bow tie coffee tables.


Alexander Julian Launches Menswear-Inspired Collection for Jonathan Charles

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Alexander Julian Launches Menswear-Inspired Collection for Jonathan Charles

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Alexander Julian Launches Menswear-Inspired Collection for Jonathan Charles

More Design Trends

Trends also include utilizing vintage fur coats to create pillows and bed throws.  Rugs made from animal hides mixed with the rustic furnishings. One exhibitor displayed furniture made from reclaimed boat timber, generally hardwoods such as teak, ulin (iron) and intaran (mahogany).  These boats were found on the exotic Indonesian islands.

Dressing rooms that are fabulous and functional are a very popular interior design trend at the High Point Market.  Some showrooms were complete with a coffee station, flat screen TV, lounge chair, and gorgeous custom cabinetry for their mock dressing rooms.  You don’t need a 10,000 sq. ft. home to have this dream room.  Many empty nesters are utilizing an empty bedroom and transforming it into the dressing room they always dreamed of.  Check out this beautiful dressing room.

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