New Experiences Highlight IMC’s High Point Market Offerings

Fresh resources, programming and amenities are set to welcome retailers and designers to International Market Centers’ (IMC) 17 High Point properties for the Fall 2022 High Point Market. Significant reorganization in the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC) leads some 45 updates among IMC’s 1,000+ showrooms, while 60+ first-time brands bring new resources to 310+ temporary exhibits.

IMC’s signature trend education is expanded for the October market, along with a buying event featuring a new class of Market Pros sharing product discoveries live on social media, a new Trend Watch forecast, new color-focused programming with Sherwin-Williams, and a new series focused on lighting.

“Improved shopability and new brands make IMC’s properties – which present approximately 70% of all resources at High Point Market – key buying destinations this fall,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “Combined with a topnotch calendar of events and programming, IMC’s offerings are not to be missed during the Fall 2022 Market.”

Resource Reorganization

IMC’s reimaging of its showroom properties is bringing a new energy and enhanced buying experience to High Point Market. The first phase of the strategic reorganization of IHFC – the gateway to High Point Market – debuts this Fall with 35 updates. A new design-driven collection on Floor 5 tops a contiguous five-floor décor offering (Floors 1-5). A refresh of the contiguous seven-floor furniture resources (Floors 6-12) includes significant updates on Floors 6 and 7. Adding to the cross-campus growth is another 11 updates in Showplace, the C& D Building, and Market Square Tower.

Among the Fall 2022 IMC High Point Market updates are a new showroom space for Park Hill Collection (IHFC C-403) and expanded and relocated showrooms for: Butler Specialty Group (C&D 5L), Jaipur rugs (C&D 4B/4N/4P), Rizzy Home (IHFC C-550), Viz Glass Inc (IHFC D-411), and ZUO (IHFC H-543/W-548), among others.

New Temporary Exhibits

IMC’s temporary exhibits – the only trade show offerings at High Point Market – are a showcase of new brands and styles this fall. InterHall, on the first floor of IHFC, features 10 updates among its 50+ temporary exhibits. The Suites at Market Square (SAMS) features nearly 50 new brands among its 310+ whole home and lifestyle temporary exhibitors including the design-focused SALON collection. Additionally, some 15+ furniture exhibitors are offered in Plaza Suites.

Trend Tracking With Market Pros

The celebrated DesignOnHPMKT by IMC Market Pros return with five new design and retail experts who will take over the @DesignOnHPMkt Instagram channel to share favorite market finds and moments. Additionally, they have shared some market tips, available now at IMCHighPointMarket.com/market-pros.

The Fall 2022 Market Pros are:

Saturday, October 22 – Tula Summerford of Design by Tula in Raleigh, NC, enjoys coordinating modern elements in classic designs. Covering SAMS, Historic Market Square and 129 S. Hamilton (@designbytula).

Sunday, October 23 – Christian Daw of Christian Daw Design in Washington, DC, focuses on spaces that are both comfortable and luxurious. Covering C&D, SAMS, Showplace & IHFC (@christiandawdesign).

Monday, October 24  – Vanessa Deleon of Vanessa Deleon Associates in New York is inspired by her Cuban roots which influence her art deco style. Covering IHFC, National Furniture Mart & Interhall. (@vda_designs)

Tuesday, October 25 – Leah Atkins of Leah Atkins Design in Atlanta is fond of furnishings that feel well-traveled with a sense of history, mixed with modern and contemporary pieces. Covering Historic Market Square, SAMS & Showplace. (@leahatkinsdesign).

Wednesday, October 26 – Charmaine Wynter of Charmaine Wynter Interiors & Bespoke in Dallas has shared design advice on television, in print and online in the US and Canada. Covering Hamilton Place (117/119/121 North Hamilton Street), Hamilton Wrenn and C&D. (@charmaine_wynter).

New Programming

IMC presents a full roster of DesignOnHPMKT by IMC programming with 20 seminars, tours, and events offering 14 CEUs during the Fall 2022 High Point Market.

New expanded trend identification presented in partnership with Sherwin-Williams includes two color-focused seminars, plus the creation of a Designer Lounge and branded exhibit space in the Suites at Market Square (SAMS). A new lighting education track features two educational seminars led by lighting experts, a tour of lighting resources with star of HGTV’s Design Star: Next Gen Chris Goddard and meet and greets with industry leaders. IMC’s proprietary Trend Watch forecast of three new trends – Entwine, Midnight, and Modernity – is explored via an in-person seminar and tour of three trend vignettes led by curator Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media. Three one-hour Suite Spot tours of the Suites at Market Square (SAMS) identify new product trends. Additional seminars cover business coaching, hiring, design inspiration and more. The full schedule of events is here.

JuniperMarket, the 24/7/365 online sourcing tool powered by IMC, will have a presence at High Point Market. Buyers and brands can learn more about the tool at a series of happy hours hosted at the JuniperMarket Experience Center in the walkway between IHFC and Showplace. JuniperMarket also will host free buyers’ breakfasts on IHFC Floors 2-5 from Saturday, October 22, through Tuesday, October 24.

IMC also presents full calendar of amenities and services including breakfasts, happy hours, refreshments and more. A full list of onsite services can be found here.

Market Preparation Tools

IMC offers a variety of planning tools for the Fall High Point Market.

Home décor and furnishings products trends are showcased via the Fall 2022 edition of IMC’s Market Snapshot. Buyers can view product images from the 40 finalists on the DesignOnHPMKT by IMC social media channels and at I. “People’s Choice” winners – as selected via online voting – will be announced on the first day of market.

IMC’s comprehensive High Point Market site features a wealth of information about its 17 properties including a robust product search tool, virtual showroom tours and interactive editions of the Market Preview and Market Resource Guide. From the site, buyers also can access JuniperMarket for shopping before, during and after market.

IMC’s 17 properties in High Point include: 300 E. Green St.; 300 S. Main St.; Commerce & Design Building (C&D); Furniture Plaza; Historic Market Square; International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC); Klaussner on Hamilton; Market Square Textile Tower; National Furniture Mart; Plaza Suites; Showplace; the Suites at Market Square (SAMS); and five on Hamilton Street – 121, 200, 320 and 330 N. Hamilton St., and 129 S. Hamilton St. IMC presents the only temporary exhibits at High Point Market in InterHall in IHFC, the Suites at Market Square (SAMS) and Plaza Suites. A full list of IMC’s High Point resources is here 

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