“IMC’s signature TrendWatch program is a key source of trend information for furniture and home décor buyers and suppliers,” said Dorothy Belshaw, executive vice president, chief marketing and digital officer for International Market Centers. “TrendWatch highlights the diversity of product at High Point Market and provides attendees with insight on trends that can influence sales and consumer preferences.”
TrendWatch is curated by 23-year magazine editor and home furnishings forecaster Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media. The trends are influenced by consumer insights and creative intelligence from the interiors, fashion and consumer product arenas.
Animals have been subject matter for painters, illustrators, textile designers and sculptors throughout the centuries, and the “animalier” was known for realistic portrayals. This season, TrendWatch crosses artistry and classical design with a mysterious, colorful jungle landscape for ANIMALIER. Product selections include: Alessandra sofa from JAMES by Jimmy DeLaurentis; “Hermes Serpent” wall decor by Stephen Wilson Studio; Palm area rug by Zuiver; Walter Lamb Collection rocking chair by Brown Jordan; and Vapor chandelier by Jamie Young Co.
Neutrals may reign, but color confidence is always on the rise. Take color-blocking and color drenching, which are proving to be even more compelling in home furnishings. These decorative techniques are especially suited to modestly scaled interiors, which add to their appeal and longevity. Meet DRENCHING, a crash course on sophistication and easy elegance. Product selections include: Morgan credenza by Selamat Desgin; Paillette chandelier by Bliss Studio; Hayden lacquer coffee table by HAD Collection by Heather Ashton Design; assorted wall mirrors by etúHOME; and Lexi pillow by Surya.
Serenity, wellness, well-being and mindfulness – the pursuit of calm, clarity and contentment can be a journey. TrendWatch’s exploration of the process, FOCUS, looks at color, material and nature as a mindset, all against a backdrop of serene, yet powerful, colors. Product selections include: Monterey sofa by Bernhardt; hide-and-linen pillows by Cloud 9; Golden Age wallpaper by Stanton Gray; Agate platter from Abigails; and Lois Selenite Crystal pendant by Bradley.
“This season’s TrendWatch program pinpoints color, pattern and finishing trends that are future-focused, yet also mindful of past themes,” explains Smith Vincenti. “ANIMALIER is exciting, as it builds on both tropical and maximalist trends; FOCUS conveys luxury while centering on wellness; and DRENCHING makes a bold color statement inspired by modern art, runway trends, and more generally, consumer confidence.”
The products, which are selected by Smith Vincenti from IMC High Point Market exhibitors, will be featured in three vignettes, a trend presentation and an at-Market publication. Vignettes will be located in the walkway between IHFC and Showplace near the transportation terminal, in the IHFC Green Lobby and in the Suites at Market Square lobby. The TrendWatch: Fall 2019 seminar will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Suites at Market Square Seminar Room (SAMS-T-1014); and printed copies of the publication will be available at the opening day seminar and digitally via a QR code scannable at each of the displays.
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High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, with more than 2,000 manufacturers in 11.5 million square feet of showroom and exhibit space in multiple buildings in downtown High Point, North Carolina. Each Market attracts tens of thousands of retail home furnishings buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry. International Market Centers owns the vast majority of the prime High Point Market showroom and exhibit real estate, which contain seventy percent of the exhibitors, including the majority of the top 500 manufacturers. Fall 2019 High Point Market runs Oct. 19 – Oct. 23, 2019. For more information, visit http://www.imchighpointmarket.com.
About International Market Centers: International Market Centers (IMC) is the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for furniture, gift, home décor, rug, and apparel industries. International Market Centers owns and operates nearly 20 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furniture, gift, home décor, rug, and apparel industries. For more information on IMC, visit www.imcenters.com.
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