Everything you need to know before you plan your trip
Trust us when we say, planning a trip to High Point Market can be overwhelming. After years of attending Market, we think we've finally figured it out — and we're not one to keep secrets. So we're here to share everything you need to know about High Point Market and how to prepare for your trip.
What is High Point Market and Why Should You Go?
High Point Market is a must-attend event for interior designers for several reasons. First and foremost, it is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, showcasing the latest and greatest in furniture, lighting, décor, and other home furnishings. Attending High Point Market allows designers to stay on top of the latest trends, discover new products, and build relationships with manufacturers and suppliers.
Secondly, High Point Market is a hub for networking and professional development. Designers can attend seminars and workshops on a wide range of topics, from design trends to business strategies, and connect with other professionals in the industry. This can help designers stay current with industry developments, expand their knowledge and skills, and build relationships that can lead to new business opportunities.
Lastly, High Point Market offers a unique opportunity for designers to gain inspiration and explore new ideas. The event attracts top design professionals from around the world, offering designers a chance to see how their peers are working and to discover new approaches to design challenges. This can help designers stay creative and innovative, bringing new perspectives to their work.
When it comes to packing for High Point, less is often more. While it’s important to have all of the essentials with you, such as a notebook, pen, business cards, and comfortable shoes, you don't want to be weighed down by a lot of unnecessary items.
One way to streamline your packing is to plan your outfits in advance. Look at the weather forecast for the week and choose outfits that are comfortable and appropriate for the climate. Consider packing versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched, which will help you pack fewer items overall.
Another way to reduce the amount of stuff you bring with you is to take advantage of the shipping services offered by High Point Market. Many exhibitors offer shipping directly from the show, which can be a huge help when it comes to getting your purchases back home.
Organize, Organize, Organize
With so much to see and do at High Point Market, it’s essential to have a plan in place to make the most of your time there. Start by looking at the official event schedule, which will give you a sense of the different events, seminars, and parties taking place throughout the week.
Once you have a sense of the official schedule, start to research the different exhibitors that will be at the event. Create a list of the ones you’re most interested in seeing and prioritize them based on their location and importance to your business.
As you’re organizing your schedule, be sure to leave some free time for networking and exploring the event. One of the best things about High Point Market is the opportunity to connect with other designers, see new trends, and discover new products.
Who's at High Point Market?
55+ CF Vendors have showrooms at High Point Market including Bernhardt, Currey & Co, Dovetail, Eilersen, Ethnicraft, Four Hands, Jaipur, Lee Industries, Loloi, Sunpan, Union Home, and Verellen.
To view a complete list of CF Vendors at High Point including their showroom locations please contact your Account Manager.
Take it All In
While it’s important to be productive and efficient during your time at High Point Market, it’s also important to take a moment to enjoy the experience. After all, attending High Point Market is an opportunity to be inspired and to connect with others in the industry.
One way to enjoy the experience is to take advantage of the social events and parties that take place throughout the week. These events are a great opportunity to network with other designers, as well as to get a sense of the broader design community.
Another way to enjoy the experience is to be open to new ideas and to embrace the unexpected. High Point Market is a place where new trends are often born, and being open to new ideas can help you stay ahead of the curve in your own design work.
From new sofa silhouettes to playful animal themes, we thoroughly enjoyed our latest trip to High Point, North Carolina! These upcoming trends of texture, pattern and hints of vintage will continue to be seen in spaces for a while, and we can’t wait to see how you incorporate them into your projects!