High Point Market mattered, for many reasons.
Besides being a “love fest,” in the words of Designers Today Editor-in-Chief Jane Dagmi, the show was infused with enthusiasm, mutual support and collaboration for both attendees and exhibitors, and made clear some of the design and business directions the home furnishings industry will take over the next several months.
Design and trend experts, editors and other industry influencers had a lively discussion about their market impressions in a Market Matters Update webinar presented by Springboard Futures and Home Accents Today, and sponsored by the Accessories Resource Team.
They discussed the “sea of white” products, the continuation of the warm color palette (bring on the brown!) and the range of jewel tones that are breaking up those neutrals (not to mention the performance fabrics that are making all that light-colored seating possible in a stay-at-home environment). Texture was also a big cause for discussion (boucle, yes, but also faux fur, “slubby, nubby” fabrics and plaster finishes on lighting and furniture). In upholstery, there was “notice me” piping, the return of skirted looks and lots and lots of curves.
Observers also celebrated the power of prints—bold, beautiful, large scale and graphic.
On the business side of things, there was enthusiasm over the rise of one-of-a-kind assortments, the thriving antiques business, the growth of cash and carry and the thrill of the hunt. The evolution of the home office and the expansion of certain product categories were also points of discussion.
You can tune in here for more design and business intel, as well as The Trend Curve’s Michelle Lamb’s “what’s in” list (here’s a starter: expect more metal legs in furniture and less Lucite; more biophilic greens and less oranges and rusts), as well as Nancy Fire’s take on more sustainable raw material options.