Collection by Diana Budds

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).

DOMITALIA presented an eye-catching group of day-glo outdoor seating, which included the Baba armchairs and coffee...
A trio of toy robots on display at DOMITALIA.
The Star chair, designed by Adriano Balutto for DOMITALIA.
In their Seorita armchair, Italsofa creates a "grown-up" bean bag chair (a favorite of mine as a child).
The Shanghai armchair by Italsofa boasts cherry-red fabric and seemingly delicate metal base.
The color of the season? Grey (not Honeysuckle).
Charcoal grey over at Calligaris.
Italian design house Calligaris delved into lighting design this year, and their recent foray proved to be quite...
An arrangement of Penta lamps illuminate the Leif Petersen showroom.
Shin Azumi's Kite chair for Fornasarig was among the most handsome designs on view at the Market.
Though it appears to be dense and heavy, the Ditadidama dining chair by Fornasarig has a foam core veneered in...
Karim Rashid's designs for Cierre.
Another "deceptive" design is this Karim Rashid carpet that looks like a sea of thousands of metal springs (it's...
Sunbrella, long known for their durable outdoor textiles, is making a name for themselves with fabrics designed for...
North Carolina-based Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (whose showroom is located in what was once an old toy factory) had a...
A charming children's bedroom by Gautier.
Pieces from the Calypso bedroom by Gautier.
The headboard of the Riade bed by Gautier features a slide-out bookshelf.
The recently-released Drift Collection by Brown Jordan features plantation-grown teak frames that will weather with...
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