I just returned from a fantastic trip to the Spring Market in High Point. For those of you who are unfamiliar, this event is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, “bringing together over 85,000 people from 110 countries”. This was my third show and I still find myself absolutely breathless as I walk the showrooms filled with some of the most beautiful and cutting edge design – the furnishings and decor that we’ll start seeing in magazines in the coming months.
For many, the show is a place to buy inventory for their retail stores. It’s also a place for small designers to source furniture and decor for their clients from vendors who don’t require minimum orders (i.e. you can buy one lamp or one sofa, and don’t need to stock several items to have an account). Whether you are large or small however, it’s definitely the place to spot new trends…and share them with your loyal blog followers!!!
Here are a few of the latest that caught my eye.
The most important trend to note is one that actually builds on what I saw at the Fall show: Color is making it’s way back. With the rough economy, it seemed like everything went towards safe neutrals. Color started creeping back in with subtle nods in the fall, but this spring they are getting more and more bold. The showroom floor for C.R. Laine was a perfect example.