photo courtesy of FourHands
IHFC Market 2010 – International Home Furnishings Center
Every year I try to take a trip out to High Point, North Carolina, to go to the IHFC Market. It is an event that happens twice a year, generally in October and April. It is the largest home furnishings show in the US, approximately 80,000 buyers, designers, manufacturers and sales reps come to meet, see and place orders. It’s a huge show; basically all of downtown High Point is “market”. Much different than a Vegas trade show, it’s a conglomeration of a multitude of buildings and showrooms. Needless to say, my feet were killing me by the end of the first day! I like to visit so I can see what the new trends are for the season and to scope out new merchandise for my clients. The trends this season consisted of clean lines, exposed wood frames, neutral colors and lots of nail heads. Raw, natural (unstained) wood was prominent with the trendier furniture lines, keeping along the lines of sustainability. Those who know me are fully aware of what a seasoned “internet shopper” I am (my life is basically planned online…) so the furniture market is a fabulous opportunity for me to see the furniture/showrooms in person. One of my favorite dealers is Four Hands, Inc. They carry some of the most amazing pieces, both aesthetically and of the highest quality. Their furniture is sustainable, functional and fashionable. You really can’t have it better than that! They launched their new Esquire magazine home line which consisted of very (as you can imagine) masculine furniture. It consisted of dark, sumptuous leathers, plaids – very Sinatra-esque. I wanted to own every piece of that line. Some of the other showrooms I visited were Pearson, Bungalow 5, Arteriors Home, I even bumped into Jane Seymour at a showroom! She is debuting a line with Aico furniture. Overall, it was definitely a worthwhile trip and I am looking forward to going back in October.