The Little Things That Count
High Point, N.C. - Often, it is the smaller exhibitors who bring newness to so large a show with so many big players. They also serve retailers not looking to invest in major collections but to add spice to their existing inventory or because they represent a segment of the home business geared more to accessories and occasional pieces.
It's what has made "Interhall" in the IHFC Building so popular over the last few years. Exhibitors united here in a defined area often have unique products to offer. These may be one of a kind, limited editions, handmade or all of the above. They also often bear the seeds of new trends and attract a decidedly younger and more adventurous professional shopper looking beyond the predictable.
Perhaps this motivated some of the big industry players on whom the success of Interhall is not lost to set up what amounts to pop-up displays of small satellite settings within Interhall to tease visitors to this "hot" area into broader exploration of their more extensive collections housed in their large permanent showrooms. Bernhardt, The Lane Company and Lane Venture are among such subversive interlopers at this Market.
Newness is provided by exhibitors such as Natural Curiosities offering a diverse and high quality selection of wall decor ranging from large scale photo images of Horses to a portfolio of radiant watercolors inspired by Nature as well as smaller works and printed wisdom texts. Barbara Cosgrove for several seasons now has shown some of the best looking and imaginative lamps and lighting, Artesia displays some of the most compelling objects shaped by nature, including some pieces in marble hollowed by water into sponge like designs. Also, some very beautiful cabinets in white or natural washed wood. French Laundry concentrates on the popular laundry linens it uses for bedding and on upholstered pieces and Jamie Young has a colorful display of textile items in its Harem Collection, drawing, as the name implies, on Middle Eastern designs.
On the more serious side, there is the exquisite Art Deco collection by Japan based Matsuoka. Highly polished and meticulously constructed, the pieces feature very rare woods including the now banned Celebese Ebony the company still had in inventory.
Snug, on the other hand, astounds with undulating seating pieces made of polished resin and inlaid with coconut twigs and rattan. A Matrix table painted with thousands of multi colored dots resembles African textiles. All are made in the Philippines.
The show stopper is Una Bella with a mysterious and wild over-the top mix of baroque furnishings, lighting and accessories that seem to be of another era and another world.
Don't miss shopping for the smaller things with big imagination.