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April 7, 2011

April 2nd to the 7th marked the spring High Point Market, a tradeshow that takes place in the heart of American furniture country. One of the oldest furniture fairs in the United States, the Market traces its roots back to 1909 when it was called the "Southern Furniture Expo." Twice a year in April and October, an estimated 80,000 people convene to get the scoop on some of the newest and soon-to-be-released interior design wares. The Market slants to the traditional and "transitional," but the contemporary held its ground (though it took some sifting for me to find). In the following slideshow, have a look at what was brought to Market by a handful of the 2,000+ exhibitors, make a pit stop at the world's largest chest of drawers, and take in the color du jour (hint: it was NOT Pantone's Honeysuckle).

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<a href="http://www.domitalia.it/">DOMITALIA</a> presented an eye-catching group of day-glo outdoor seating, which included the Baba armchairs and coffee table designed by Radice & Orlandini in the foreground and the Foryou2 by Dual Design in the backgrou
DOMITALIA presented an eye-catching group of day-glo outdoor seating, which included the Baba armchairs and coffee table designed by Radice & Orlandini in the foreground and the Foryou2 by Dual Design in the background.
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A trio of toy robots on display at DOMITALIA.
A trio of toy robots on display at DOMITALIA.
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The Star chair, designed by Adriano Balutto for <a href="http://www.domitalia.it/">DOMITALIA</a>.
The Star chair, designed by Adriano Balutto for DOMITALIA.
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In their Seorita armchair, <a hrer="http://www.italsofa.com/en/">Italsofa</a> creates a "grown-up" bean bag chair (a favorite of mine as a child). I particularly liked the wool version and leather is available.
In their Seorita armchair, Italsofa creates a "grown-up" bean bag chair (a favorite of mine as a child). I particularly liked the wool version and leather is available.
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The Shanghai armchair by <a href="http://www.italsofa.com/en/">Italsofa</a> boasts cherry-red fabric and seemingly delicate metal base.
The Shanghai armchair by Italsofa boasts cherry-red fabric and seemingly delicate metal base.
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The color of the season? Grey (not Honeysuckle). From the contemporary brands to the more traditional, grey was ubiquitous. Shown here is Italsofa's Spades model.
The color of the season? Grey (not Honeysuckle). From the contemporary brands to the more traditional, grey was ubiquitous. Shown here is Italsofa's Spades model.
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Charcoal grey over at <a href="http://www.calligaris.com/">Calligaris</a>. This is their small-space-friendly <a href="http://www.calligaris.com/code/20920?backUrl=L2NvZGUvMTkyMjM%2fc2tpcEl0ZW1zPTEw">Timeless</a> two-seater sofa.
Charcoal grey over at Calligaris. This is their small-space-friendly Timeless two-seater sofa.
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Italian design house Calligaris delved into lighting design this year, and their recent foray proved to be quite fruitful. The Evo nightstand lamp designed by Armando D'Andrea features a ring-shaped base, which is meant to be a place to stash a phone, key
Italian design house Calligaris delved into lighting design this year, and their recent foray proved to be quite fruitful. The Evo nightstand lamp designed by Armando D'Andrea features a ring-shaped base, which is meant to be a place to stash a phone, keys, or other small items that easily become misplaced.
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An arrangement of Penta lamps illuminate the <a href="http://www.leifpetersenfurniture.com/">Leif Petersen</a> showroom.
An arrangement of Penta lamps illuminate the Leif Petersen showroom.
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Shin Azumi's Kite chair for <a href="http://www.fornasarig.it/#m=Home">Fornasarig</a> was among the most handsome designs on view at the Market.
Shin Azumi's Kite chair for Fornasarig was among the most handsome designs on view at the Market.
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Though it appears to be dense and heavy, the Ditadidama dining chair by Fornasarig has a foam core veneered in richly-grained walnut for portability. For more information, contact <a href="http://www.leifpetersenfurniture.com/index.htm">Leif Petersen Inc.
Though it appears to be dense and heavy, the Ditadidama dining chair by Fornasarig has a foam core veneered in richly-grained walnut for portability. For more information, contact Leif Petersen Inc.
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Karim Rashid's designs for Cierre.
Karim Rashid's designs for Cierre.
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Another "deceptive" design is this Karim Rashid carpet that looks like a sea of thousands of metal springs (it's actually quite soft).
Another "deceptive" design is this Karim Rashid carpet that looks like a sea of thousands of metal springs (it's actually quite soft).
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<a href="http://www.sunbrella.com/landing/asidinterior/">Sunbrella</a>, long known for their durable outdoor textiles, is making a name for themselves with fabrics designed for interiors. Gina Wicker introduced a new bright pink color, which took around 5
Sunbrella, long known for their durable outdoor textiles, is making a name for themselves with fabrics designed for interiors. Gina Wicker introduced a new bright pink color, which took around 5 years to develop, and their Renaissance collection (the neutral shades to the right) made of 50 percent recycled fibers. Most of their fabrics are produced a hop skip and jump from High Point in their 1,000,000-square-foot Anderson, South Carolina plant.
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North Carolina-based Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (whose showroom is located in what was once an old toy factory) had a very nice selection of furnishings on display that will soon be released to the public. Though we can't show the designs until then, lo
North Carolina-based Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (whose showroom is located in what was once an old toy factory) had a very nice selection of furnishings on display that will soon be released to the public. Though we can't show the designs until then, look out for their Reclaimed History line, the retro-inspired Martin sofa, and the Morris cocktail table and console.
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A charming children's bedroom by <a href="http://www.gautierusa.com/">Gautier</a>.
A charming children's bedroom by Gautier.
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Pieces from the Calypso bedroom by Gautier.
Pieces from the Calypso bedroom by Gautier.
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The headboard of the Riade bed by Gautier features a slide-out bookshelf.
The headboard of the Riade bed by Gautier features a slide-out bookshelf.
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The recently-released <a href="http://www.brownjordan.com/products/collections.php?by=1&val=Drift">Drift Collection</a> by Brown Jordan features plantation-grown teak frames that will weather with time. Shown here are the lounge chair and ottoman.
The recently-released Drift Collection by Brown Jordan features plantation-grown teak frames that will weather with time. Shown here are the lounge chair and ottoman.
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Based in Mexico, <a href="http://www.polart.com.mx/">PolArt</a> took traditional pieces and updated them with bright colors.
Based in Mexico, PolArt took traditional pieces and updated them with bright colors.
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A very 1980s credenza at <a href="http://www.polart.com.mx/">PolArt</a>.
A very 1980s credenza at PolArt.
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Though known for their sleeper sofas, Denmark-based <a href="http://www.innovationliving.com/">Innovation Living</a>'s tangerine "Endless" sofa caught my eye.
Though known for their sleeper sofas, Denmark-based Innovation Living's tangerine "Endless" sofa caught my eye.
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Over at home theater specialists BDI, the <a href="http://www.bdiusa.com/furnishings/tables/eras_table.shtml">Eras</a> collection was prominently displayed in the showroom window.
Over at home theater specialists BDI, the Eras collection was prominently displayed in the showroom window.
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These dining chairs by the <a href="http://www.phillipscollection.com/">Phillips Collection</a> are created by hand-weaving remnants of industrial seat belt material.
These dining chairs by the Phillips Collection are created by hand-weaving remnants of industrial seat belt material.
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A Clockwork Orange theme reigned supreme at the <a href="http://halo-home.com/">Halo</a> showroom, which is located in what was originally a firehouse.
A Clockwork Orange theme reigned supreme at the Halo showroom, which is located in what was originally a firehouse.
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The piece of furniture most associated with North Carolina: the rocking chair.
The piece of furniture most associated with North Carolina: the rocking chair.
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A selection of pendant lamps at <a href="http://nuevo-furniture.com/">Nuevo</a>.
A selection of pendant lamps at Nuevo.
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<a href="http://www.fineartlamps.com/">Fine Art Lamps</a>, known for their very traditional chandeliers, dipped their toes into the contemporary with the <a href="http://www.fineartlamps.com/collections.asp?collection=Catalyst">Catalyst collection</a>, il
Fine Art Lamps, known for their very traditional chandeliers, dipped their toes into the contemporary with the Catalyst collection, illuminated by LEDs.
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Quite the warm ethereal glow emanating from this lighting showroom.
Quite the warm ethereal glow emanating from this lighting showroom.
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And perhaps the most famous piece of "furniture" in High Point, the world's largest chest of drawers (which happens to be for sale). <br /><br /><p><em><strong>Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our </strong></em><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/
And perhaps the most famous piece of "furniture" in High Point, the world's largest chest of drawers (which happens to be for sale).

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