To Market, To Market

This past week I had the opportunity to visit High Point Spring Market. I have lived in North Carolina for 30+ years, and I can tell you that being able to attend or even work at High Point Market is gold. Two years ago, a good friend offered me the opportunity to attend the Spring Market for the first time. I was hooked. If you’ve never been to High Point Market, it is best described as imposing for newcomers and a reunion for alumni. A combination of high-stakes business meeting and fashion show. It’s all anticipation and thrill.

High Point Market was founded in 1909 in High Point, N.C., and was originally named the Southern Furniture Market. The market was formed to provide the region’s furniture makers and retailers with a convenient venue to conduct business. The Market has grown to encompass more than 10 million square feet of exhibit space located in 108 buildings and serves an average of 80,000 attendees each spring and fall. High Point Market will make your feet hurt.

What makes all the foot blisters and tired legs worth it? High Point Market provides an opportunity to see what home furnishing manufacturers are making and what home furnishing retailers will be buying. Walking through the miles and miles of temporary and permanent showrooms you start to get a feel for what’s trendy. Colors start repeating. You begin to see similar fabric texture and patterns. Styles begin to emerge. Accessories begin to have a familiarity about them.

After two long days and who knows how many miles on foot, here’s my analysis of decorative glass trends at High Point Market.

Antique mirror was the most prominent decorative glass shown. Both dark antique and bronze antique mirror was found in practically every showroom I visited. Antique mirror was spotted on furniture, walls, and lighting. It was universal in traditional and contemporary settings. The majority of the clear mirror shown was cut and reassembled into decorative wall art pieces. Visualize puzzle pieces and you’ve got the idea.

Here’s something you haven’t heard in a long time – flaws are a good thing! To be more specific, glass that appears to be crafted by hand, whether blown, cast, or fused. Buyers want decorative glass that looks handmade and one-of-a-kind when it comes to decorative glass accessories.

As for color, many shades of blue were dominant, followed closely by orange and green. Bold, graphic colors filled the showrooms. Large geometric, interlocking patterns were very popular for fabrics.

Most encouraging was the overall popularity of decorative glass in the home furnishings market. Regrets? Having only two days at High Point Spring Market. Maybe for Fall Market I will splurge and stay the whole week. By the way, if you need me I’ll be out shopping for a good pair of shoes.