Market Report: High Point Trends

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Several Indiana Design Center (IDC) showroom owners and designers attended High Point Market in North Carolina this past fall. The semi-annual furniture and home goods market is a vast and expansive resource, with up to 2,000 brands represented. Not only is High Point Market an opportunity for designers and showroom owners to form brand relationships for product sourcing, it is also an impressive destination for design inspiration. Designers can see what is trending and get inspired to create their own client designs.

Designer and showroom owner, Stephanie Wiott of Stephanie Wiott Designs, attended the event and found a wealth of insight.

“A lot of what we saw was very comfortable and livable with natural elements and small doses of fun colors,” she said.

This is in keeping with the biophilic design concept, which embraces natural materials and textures, organic curves and bringing the outside indoors. Though it could have become a pandemic fad, it has become a style that people have fully embraced, making their homes a healthy, cozy refuge.

Wiott added, “We saw a consistent use of textured whites and creams with pops of jewel tones.”

Natural materials like marble are trending in home design, as with this oval fluted dining table by Four Hands.

The use of saturated colors seems to be an indication that though biophilic principles remain strong, some trends might be steering away from the all-neutral color palettes that have been so popular in recent years.

IDC’s Director of Design Community Relations, Tom Vriesman, also attended High Point. He observed that texture and natural materials were still important, as well as noting the use of jewel tones used on curvy pieces like sofas and chairs.

“I saw lots of streamlined forms inspired by the Roaring 20s, upholstered in ivory boucle and jewel-toned velvets trending everywhere throughout market,” he said.

Rounded shapes are another hallmark of the biophilic design concept, but they also hearken back to, as Vriesman mentioned, the design of the 1920s, which was characterized by stylized shapes, clean lines and bold color accents. The combination of biophilic design concepts with throwback Art Deco inspiration embraces the best of each ideology to create fresh inspiration for your home in 2023.

Soft rounded chairs in jewel tones like this one from Eicholtz USA evoke the 1920s Art Deco era.

 To learn more about styles and trends for 2023, visit the shops and showrooms at the Indiana Design Center.