It’s that time of year again! Yes, fall is in the air, but what I am referring to is the semi-annual premarket, held in High Point, North Carolina.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Premarket is an event held twice a year, about a month before the April and October High Point Furniture Markets. While the actual Furniture Market draws up to 85,000 attendees twice a year, Premarket is a much smaller, more casual event. Some of the world’s largest retailers attend Premarket to enjoy a more relaxed setting in which to view the season’s hottest upcoming products. If dealers find products that they love, they often place an order at this time, to get a head start on products getting to their showrooms.
As a North Carolina native and a recent graduate of High Point University’s Home Furnishings Marketing program, I consider myself fortunate to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the world where ideas become reality. A week ago, I toured Hooker Furniture’s Premarket showroom. As their newest blog contributor, I was dazzled by all the beautiful and stylish introductions on display for the coming October Market.
This first piece that absolutely took my breath away was the Primrose Hill lattice sleigh bed.
Inspired by 19th century European antiques, Primrose Hill captures traditional London style, spiced with an urban vintage twist. The collection is available in two main finishes, and two specialty finishes. This allows easy mixing and matching for those who desire a more eclectic feel in their home. The lattice design on the headboard and footboard provide texture and pattern to an otherwise simple design.
By stark contrast, the Ludlow bed provides a striking dark walnut finish and a Macintosh-inspired intricate fretwork headboard. The collection pairs wood fretwork with the clean lines of glass to create a modern, stylish feel. The inlay work on the headboard and nightstand of this piece provides just enough pattern for a modern, hip room setting.
One of my favorite motifs of the season is the use of repeated circles. Also popular in ladies’ clothing, this pattern creates an open feel for any room. The geometric circle design on the Kinsey entertainment center is not only beautiful, but architectural in function. Boasting plenty of storage space for components, this entertainment wall offers a more streamlined look than the traditional wall unit.
Taking advantage of this pattern craze doesn’t have to be costly!! The Marquette bed, newest to Hooker Furniture’s Envision lineup, offers a transitional feel for the young adult crowd. The egg-shaped inlay pattern keeps the eye moving through the room in a fluid motion. The petite nightstand mimics the curves in the bed and ties the whole room together.
The use of patterns, circles, and other architectural details can transform any boring room into a masterpiece of texture and form! These details were inspiring to me on my tour of Hooker Furniture.