High Point Market Preview

03/22/2016
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Buyers attending the Spring 2016 High Point Market, April 17-20, in search of the new and noteworthy will discover a host of new resources and collections throughout the sprawling #HPMkt campus.

The action starts at centrally located InterHall, regarded by many as ground zero for high design. InterHall celebrates its 25th anniversary this spring with a significant facelift as well as the addition of 14 new tenants, including Galerias Arther, IH-311; Ave Home, IH-501; New Craft Associates® Furniture, IH-200; Duralee, IH-102; E.M. Soberon, IH-301; Etienne Design, IH-502; Gilded Home by John McClain, IH-203; Lunares, IH-601; Moe’s Home Collection, IH-305; Sika Design, IH-207; Summer Classics, IH-106; Tempaper, IH-202; and Tommy Mitchell, IH-206.

Duralee will unveil the new John Robshaw licensed furniture collection, which builds on his eponymous fabric collection for the company. It features 18 upholstered pieces, from the ornate four-poster Sinan bed to the tailored yet graceful Majal sofa. Robshaw’s furniture designs were born from the study of palace architecture, seating in traditional tea houses, and his deep-seated passion for exotic design.

The new brand Gilded Home by John McClain makes its national launch in High Point with 75 products ranging from bespoke upholstery and casegoods to lighting and accessories. Aesthetically, Gilded Home designs span a range of styles, from the luxe sophistication of Hollywood Regency and Art Deco to the clean lines of Mid-Century Modern and the bold styling of the Brutalism genre.

Across campus at 319 N. Hamilton, Baker Furniture makes news this spring with the long-awaited debut of the collection by French architect Jean-Louis Deniot. Known for interiors that brilliantly combine history with contemporary flourishes, Deniot is the newest addition to Baker’s Guest Designer lineup; he joins the ranks of such design notables as Thomas Pheasant, Barbara Barry, Jacques Garcia, Laura Kirar, Bill Sofield and Michael S Smith. 

Another high-profile must-see collection at the spring 2016 event is the Anthony Baratta Modern Cottage Collection for Thomasville, IHFC C-603. With more than 50 SKUs, the collection is based on Baratta’s iconic designs and will be merchandised in a Baratta-inspired setting. Baratta is known for the colorful and luxurious interiors he created with William Diamond for Diamond Baratta Design. Together, they captured more than 40 magazine covers and many editorial placements in luxury shelter and lifestyle publications.

Caracole, IHFC C-500, will feature the work of Los Angeles-based interior designer Charles Neal, who is known for his baroque modern style of décor. Neal is launching his first whole-home furniture collection called The Everly, which is designed to make a statement of grandeur in modernized settings. Neal’s collection is part of a revitalization that is occurring within Caracole’s Compositions to bring a fresh, new perspective to its design portfolio.

Legacy Classic, 2622 Uwharrie Rd., is partnering with celebrity Rachael Ray for the launch of three different collections at the spring market. Soho, Upstate and Highline collections comprise more than 300 pieces, including a dog bed, kitchen island and a storage cabinet that functions as a mini mudroom. Styles range from relaxed Americana to streamlined modern designs with gray and taupe wood finishes.

Buyers also will want to check out new exhibitors in the Antique & Design Center of High Point in Historic Market Square, where everything that’s old is new again. The inclusion of preowned furniture and accessories is a growing trend at market centers nationwide, reflecting designers’ need for one-of-a kind pieces that can’t be replicated, as well as Millennials’ interest in affordable resale furniture. Answering those needs will be some 65 dealers who will convene at the spring market, offering everything from high-end European finds to Mid-Century Modern. New exhibitors include Artifacts, G-63; Baileywyck Antiques, M-68; Knock on Wood Again, G-36; and La Vene Antiques & Fabrics, M-67.