Samantha and I (we missed you, Laura!) headed off to High Point Market earlier this month for our semi-annual pilgrimage to the most substantial industry event of the year. The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, with over 2,000 unique exhibitors showing to-the-trade only furnishings, decor, lighting, textiles and wallpapers. After a year off from trade shows due to Covid-19, we were particularly eager to experience new product designs first hand.
Why We Attend Market
Market is an invaluable experience for our team, which immediately passes benefit on to our clients. Our Procurement Manager, Samantha, and I flew into North Carolina to scout for the newest and best items for our clients. Our primary goal of High Point Market is to physically inspect, test, sit in and touch the products we source first hand. Consider it the first step in our quality control process. Because our clients don’t get to sit on furniture before purchasing, we take our role as designers very seriously and sit on EVERY SINGLE PIECE we’re interested in. You could say, we do a lot of squats at Market.
Additionally, we attend High Point Market for the chance to find one of a kind pieces to take home to our client project. Not only are we always looking for new items produced by our trade vendors, we’re able to shop incredible vintage and antique furniture alongside original artworks. Incorporating unexpected elements into our designs is a true signature of j miller interiors, and being able to source a few at a time is an incredible advantage to our clients.
Another significant advantage of attending High Point is our ability to find, establish and nurture strong relationships with our vendors and their sales representatives. Especially after a pandemic year, with all the shipping and manufacturing delays, it’s imperative that we have strong, close connections with our field reps. Attending Market puts a name to a face and significantly impacts the quality of our customer service experience, which helps us ensure a smoother design process for our clients.
Photography: Amanda Birnie
What We Actually Bought at High Point
After three entire days of shopping the 12 million square feet of vendors, we came home with a carefully curated collection of vintage furniture, handmade art and decor, and hand thrown earthenware. One of the pieces I’m most excited about was a beautiful set of vintage French art deco chairs. We’ll gladly hold on to them until we create their perfect forever home in one of our client projects. Beautiful, hand crafted, and unexpected accessories were definitely the key player in our Market haul. The truth is, however many accessories you think you need for a project install - double it. Those custom built-ins can hold so much!
Project Elliot Avenue by j miller interiors | Photography: Amanda Marie Studio
Our Favorite Vendors at High Point Market
214 Modern Vintage
The Antique and Design Center (all the vendors!)
Bobo Intriguing Objects
Upon reflection after Samantha and I returned from High Point, we were relieved to agree that Market reaffirmed our commitment to small makers, vintage items, and custom furnishings. The common thread so carefully woven throughout j miller interiors is our unique finds from expert craftspeople. While we’ll continue to visit Market in the future, we’re excited to take our inspiration from the trip and transform it into entirely bespoke pieces tailor made for our clients and their unique homes.