First, let me apologize for taking so long to continue this blog but as some of you may not be aware, our entire showroom was flooded on Halloween night. What ensued was a day-after-day process of cleaning, repairing, rebuilding, repainting and restocking. The mess is finally over and the showroom now looks better than ever. It’s now time to get back to work and bring you up to speed on what’s going on in the market.
The 2011 Fall Furniture Market in High Point showed continued growth in the abundance of natural products coming into the marketplace as demand for casual and relaxed interiors takes an even stronger foothold. This trend, due in part to the largely successful transformation of Restoration Hardware under the guidance of Gary Friedman and Carlos Alberini, their executive officers, continues to influence the market in a direction with such a force that even the stodgiest of companies are succumbing to the pressure.
While previous market trends were based on limited time fashions, this trend will probably see a much longer lifespan because it is based on something a little more important…sustainability and the future of our planet. Sustainable products such as reclaimed or recycled wood and materials not only add interest and texture, they make a statement of what we want for our future. And companies are able to bring us these products in a way that ensures durability, quality and affordability.
Market attendance appeared to be lower this year, however, those who did attend were buying as if the economy is making a strong rebound. Some older showrooms have disappeared and some of the new ones are bringing new products and new blood into the business. So without further jibber, let’s take a look at some of the new items that I found interesting.
“Vintage” seems to be popping up as a look by itself and also as an accent to tone down the contemporary. I also noticed some occasional “industrial” themed pieces that showroom salespeople said were selling like hotcakes to the designers. The pictures, although I’m an amateur, speak for themselves. Feel free to browse through the following images and get your insider access to the furniture market. In my next blog, I’ll cover some of the more interesting contemporary introductions as this style is still dominating the market.