High Point, North Carolina: population 105,000. Home of Biscuitville, the All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm, and the mecca of U.S. furniture manufacturing. Each spring and autumn, furniture makers and retailers gather to exhaust their limbs and expand their product horizons. If you’ve never been to a trade show, try to imagine walking so much that you consider thieving a wheelchair as opposed to taking another painful step. Several of us from Smart Furniture headed out to feast our eyes on potential new lines and new products from our existing partners. Here are some highlights:
Smart Furniture Rocks High Point Market
I was most excited about Nine6, Saloom, and Roguewood. These folks are all made in the USA and embody the mid century look we so love at Smart Furniture. Nine6 makes these neat magnetic/dry erase hexagons that can either attach to the wall or be used as a table skin. “What is a table skin,” you ask? Well, imagine the ability to take a beat up vintage table and put a cover over the top to revitalize it. So cool!
Saloom is made in Massachusets and Roguewood in Oregon. Both were gorgeous and I have furniture envy. We also looked into expanding our home decor offering and found a gold mine. Check back with us for lots more in this realm soon!
Younger Furniture’s Avenue 62 was in full swing in all its retro glory. I wanted to end the day right there and live in their showroom. Copeland‘s showroom boasted new buffets, tables, and occasional furniture. We will be working with them to present a new “Table by the Inch” project where you pick your length, depth, and height to the nearest inch. Design on Demand, baby. BDI had lots of new occasional tables, media stands to accommodate sound bars, and a bookshelf for Format Office. Gus Modern was touting a new bisectional called “Jarvis” that is very mod and sleek, a new version of the Thompson Chair that is all wood, a Wire Frame End Table, and (drum roll please) the Jane Bisectional in Totem Pebble. Previously Totem Pebble was only available on the Spencer line and the light grey has been coveted by many for Gus Modern’s other seating. Thanks, Gus!
Summary: I love Smart Furniture. We had a blast together, essentially working the entire weekend. Matt (Merchandising), Leslie (our Studio boss) and I were a great trio. We were effective and efficient shoppers. I’d tell you all the fun stuff we did, but “What happens at High Point stays at High Point.” A long weekend trip with coworkers you don’t particularly care for would be a beastly excursion. We spent 12 hours in a car, 2 nights in shared hotel rooms, and every second without solo time for 48 hours … and we didn’t get on each others’ nerves once. I love my job.