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High Point Market 2011

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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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    Photo by: Diana Budds

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  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.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    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.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  A trio of toy robots on display at DOMITALIA.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    A trio of toy robots on display at DOMITALIA.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  The Star chair, designed by Adriano Balutto for DOMITALIA.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    The Star chair, designed by Adriano Balutto for DOMITALIA.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  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.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    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.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  The Shanghai armchair by Italsofa boasts cherry-red fabric and seemingly delicate metal base.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    The Shanghai armchair by Italsofa boasts cherry-red fabric and seemingly delicate metal base.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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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.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    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.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Charcoal grey over at Calligaris. This is their small-space-friendly Timeless two-seater sofa.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Charcoal grey over at Calligaris. This is their small-space-friendly Timeless two-seater sofa.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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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, keys, or other small items that easily become misplaced.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    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.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  An arrangement of Penta lamps illuminate the Leif Petersen showroom.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    An arrangement of Penta lamps illuminate the Leif Petersen showroom.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Shin Azumi's Kite chair for Fornasarig was among the most handsome designs on view at the Market.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Shin Azumi's Kite chair for Fornasarig was among the most handsome designs on view at the Market.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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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 Leif Petersen Inc.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    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.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Karim Rashid's designs for Cierre.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Karim Rashid's designs for Cierre.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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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).  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Another "deceptive" design is this Karim Rashid carpet that looks like a sea of thousands of metal springs (it's actually quite soft).

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  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.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    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.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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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, look out for their Reclaimed History line, the retro-inspired Martin sofa, and the Morris cocktail table and console.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    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.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  A charming children's bedroom by Gautier.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    A charming children's bedroom by Gautier.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Pieces from the Calypso bedroom by Gautier.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Pieces from the Calypso bedroom by Gautier.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  The headboard of the Riade bed by Gautier features a slide-out bookshelf.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    The headboard of the Riade bed by Gautier features a slide-out bookshelf.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  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.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    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.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Based in Mexico, PolArt took traditional pieces and updated them with bright colors.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Based in Mexico, PolArt took traditional pieces and updated them with bright colors.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  A very 1980s credenza at PolArt.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    A very 1980s credenza at PolArt.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Though known for their sleeper sofas, Denmark-based Innovation Living's tangerine "Endless" sofa caught my eye.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Though known for their sleeper sofas, Denmark-based Innovation Living's tangerine "Endless" sofa caught my eye.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Over at home theater specialists BDI, the Eras collection was prominently displayed in the showroom window.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Over at home theater specialists BDI, the Eras collection was prominently displayed in the showroom window.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  These dining chairs by the Phillips Collection are created by hand-weaving remnants of industrial seat belt material.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    These dining chairs by the Phillips Collection are created by hand-weaving remnants of industrial seat belt material.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  A Clockwork Orange theme reigned supreme at the Halo showroom, which is located in what was originally a firehouse.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    A Clockwork Orange theme reigned supreme at the Halo showroom, which is located in what was originally a firehouse.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  The piece of furniture most associated with North Carolina: the rocking chair.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    The piece of furniture most associated with North Carolina: the rocking chair.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  A selection of pendant lamps at Nuevo.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    A selection of pendant lamps at Nuevo.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Fine Art Lamps, known for their very traditional chandeliers, dipped their toes into the contemporary with the Catalyst collection, illuminated by LEDs.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Fine Art Lamps, known for their very traditional chandeliers, dipped their toes into the contemporary with the Catalyst collection, illuminated by LEDs.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Quite the warm ethereal glow emanating from this lighting showroom.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Quite the warm ethereal glow emanating from this lighting showroom.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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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). Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!   Photo by: Diana Budds
    And perhaps the most famous piece of "furniture" in High Point, the world's largest chest of drawers (which happens to be for sale).

    Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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