Highlights From Fall 2012 High Point Furniture Market

Posted on | October 21, 2012 | 5 Comments

Back in the spring, Charlotte interior designer Anita Holland shared with readers of NC Design her findings at the High Point Market. She is kind enough to continue to be our eyes, reporting in to us what she found to be of interest at the Fall 2012 High Point Market.

It was a perfect day to head to High Point – a sunny and breezy day which proved to be one of our most resourceful and stimulating trips ever to this International Furniture Market. My first stop of the day was Acquisitions, Ltd., from Raleigh, checking in with owners Ben Everett and Ross Spain who always have a wealth of beautiful and unique antiques, including one-of-kind painted furniture, porcelains, mirrors, art and collectibles. It was a visual delight.

All Images Courtesy of Anita Holland Interiors unless otherwise noted. ©

After Acquisitions, it was time to move on to Botanica, even though the Charlotte showroom is within walking distance of my design studio. Bryan McRae is a master of arrangements, using the most exquisite preserved foliage and flowers available. He has an amazing eye for design and his wide selection of containers takes preserved foliage to an entirely new level. I very much enjoyed seeing Bryan’s arrangements and listening to him elaborate in another venue.

We only needed to check out one lighting showroom. Visual Comfort continues to impress me with their versatile range of ceiling fixtures, lamps, bath and kitchen fixtures – in three or more finishes. Even a twelve arm crystal chandelier has a “twist” that lends itself to traditional or transitional design.

Image Courtesy of Hickory Chair ©

Don, Boyd and I took the Red Line to make our 11:00 appointment with Nathan Copeland at Hickory Chair. Not only does Hickory Chair serve the best lunch, but their upholstered furniture and case-goods are some of the best at Market, in my opinion. The large showroom features room after room of furniture, window and bed treatments, accessories and floor coverings. Two of my favorite collections were by Suzanne Kasler and Thomas O’Brien. We must have taken a hundred photos!

Image Courtesy of Hickory Chair ©

I always want to explore new resources while we are at Market. Clubcu took us off the beaten track but it was well worth the hike. Clubcu specializes in reclaimed natural wood for tables, consoles, buffets, lighting and more. I was thrilled to see a double pedestal dining room table similar to one I have on order for a client.

Our last showroom to check out was Oly, which was recommended by Amy Vermillion and Donna Livingston at our last Peer Group meeting. Oly was founded in Berkeley, California by two Bay Area designers who incorporated reclaimed materials in a totally different way. The settings, furniture, mirrors, chandeliers and ceramics all blended traditional with contemporary that will work well in a wide range of environments.

The day was complete. We covered a lot of ground and saw everything that was on our list. Thank goodness, I was not driving home!

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5 Responses to “Highlights From Fall 2012 High Point Furniture Market”

  1. Laura Holland
    October 22nd, 2012 @ 5:18 PM

    Thank you for featuring Hickory Chair in your market review! We are very honored to be included in your blog post and hope that these rooms from the Alexa Hampton and Mariette Himes Gomez collections excite your readers! All of us here in Hickory, North Carolina who choose the craft of furniture making as our vocation appreciate your wonderful support!

  2. Donna
    October 22nd, 2012 @ 5:39 PM

    Thanks for the mention Anita Holland & North Carolina Design! Looks like you had great success at High Point Market!

  3. Liz Hughes
    October 23rd, 2012 @ 3:43 AM

    Thanks, Donna. Looks like Oly was a great resource to share.


  4. Liz Hughes
    October 23rd, 2012 @ 3:55 AM

    Hello Laura,

    NC Design is a BIG fan of Hickory Chair as are so many of our designers on the site and readers. Anita shared numerous pictures with us. It was hard to just pick just a few to show in the article. Hickory Chair definitely represents the finer side in NC Craftsmanship!!


  5. Marsha Koch, Picture Pretty Interiors
    October 23rd, 2012 @ 7:45 PM

    I enjoyed your mini tour of Market. It has been several years since I have been there and I know how inspiring it can be. I loved everything you shared. Thanks!

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