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Design Manager's Guide to High Point Spring Market 2018

I can't believe that Spring Market is almost upon us.  It feels like just yesterday we were resting our legs from an unbelievable Fall Market.  In just a few weeks exhibitors and buyers will be flocking to High Point, NC once again and the lineup of events, new collections and Spring trends will not disappoint. 

High Point, NC has a campus of 180 buildings with close to 11 million square feet of showroom space so it is worth planning out your trip in advance to keep your anxiety level to a minimum.  As you prepare for your trip, we wanted to consolidate some great resources for you.



High Point New Product Picks, a searchable list by vendor and provided by High Point Market Authority directly.

Replacements, Ltd. doing it's first pop-up store with vignettes by key designers  

Hudson Valley Lighting, Dovetail, and over 50 new exhibitors at Market Square

Rue Magazine's Editors' Picks

Adriana Hoyos Furnishings launching Rumba Collection


2018 Barclay Butera Collections for Castelle


The Eland Console designed by Mark McDowell for John-Richard.


A post shared by John-Richard (@johnrichardcollection) on



Each Market, High Point Market Authority chooses design influencers as Style Spotters to forecast the top trends.  Here are some of their previews for Spring Market 2018:

Twitter Chat Preview

Style Spotters Spring Preview

Winter/Spring 2018 Style Report

Style Spotter Trend Predictions



A curated list of events that you don't want to miss during market.


Friday, April 13, 2018

4pm - 6pm  THacos & THequila with THom!

Vanguard Furniture Co Inc.  Shuttle Stop: 18 (Red Line)  301 N Hamilton St

Join us for THacos & THequila with THom as we kick-off High Point Market and preview his newest collection for furniture with Vanguard Furniture.


6pm - 12am  Souk Soiree 

Verellen Inc  Shuttle Stop: 11 (Green Line)

Drinks, food, and music. Party with us!


Saturday, April 14, 2018

9am - 10am 3 Vital Strategies to Boost Your Digital Marketing

HFA Retailer Resource Center- 1st Floor Plaza Suites

Speaker: Isaac Knorr & Kurt Strasser, Knorr Marketing Digital Marketing is a must in today’s retail environment and customer engagement becomes even more challenging. In this seminar, you’ll learn essential strategies to ensure you are digitally targeting your ideal customer and using the most effective ways to communicate your brand messaging to increase your store traffic.


10am - 11am Editor at Large's Guide to High Point Market

The Point (on Commerce Ave next to the Transportation Terminal)

Join Editor at Large’s president Julia Noran Johnston and members of her editorial team as they take a deep dive into their Designer’s Guide to High Point Market. This lively roundtable discussion will overview the events, products and people designers won’t want to miss while in High Point.


11am - 12pm  Passion Sucks! It's All About the Money with Nick May 

Universal Furniture International, Inc.  Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Nick May of the Chaise Lounge Podcast hosts a panel discussion with designers on what makes their businesses go beyond passion. Featuring designers Robin Baron, David Charette, Jay Brito, Sita Montgomery and Angela Harris. RSVP at


1pm - 2pm  What's Your Time Worth? 

Alden Parkes, 200 N. Hamilton St., Floor 1 Shuttle Stop: 18 (Red Line)

Designer Billy Ceglia shares insights and strategies for effective time management for design pros to maximize profits on every job. Learn how to charge correctly for your time and save thousands of dollars by using your time smarter. There will be a Q&A at the end with Billy. Refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by IMC-DesignOnHPMkt and Alden Parkes. (0.1 CEU)


2pm - 3pm  Social Media Mavens Top Tips for Social Media Success in 2018 

Universal Furniture International, Inc. Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Join Adam Japko of Esteem Media as he talks with interior designers Shayla Copas, Natalie Redell, Lori Paragjnape and Erin Valencia about the top social media trends of 2018. Keep abreast of the myriad of changes in social media for 2018 so you won’t get lost in the shuffle. RSVP at  


3pm - 5pm Disruption or Innovation? Navigating the Turmoil of Industry Consolidation

High Point Theatre (located in the Transportation Terminal)

Not all startups are disruptors, and not all disruptions are bad. How do you distinguish progress from predation? How do you navigate the rapid consolidation of online tools and product resources to find the right revenue model for your business? Join a robust and diverse panel of industry thought leaders to discuss all aspects of the rapidly-shifting reality and how you can make it work for you. Led by Nick May of The Chaise Lounge podcast and hosted by Steelyard.


6pm - 8pm Century Furniture Grand Opening Showroom Market Party

Century Furniture, 200 Steele, Floor 2  Shuttle Stop: 17 (Red Line)

Please join Century Furniture in celebrating the grand opening of their new showroom at 200 Steele. An evening of delicious food, drinks, and music.


6:30pm - 11pm Sunpan Garden Party

Sunpan Modern Home, Showplace, Floor 1  Shuttle Stop: 1 (Transportation Terminal)

Join us for an enchanted evening in the gardens, with cocktails and conversations, divine hors d'oeuvres and desserts, and live entertainment. All Buyers welcome. Space is limited. RSVP | 


Sunday, April 15, 2018

10am - 11am Trend Talk with Fashion Snoops - A Look Ahead

The Point (on Commerce Ave next to the Transportation Terminal)

 Shop with confidence knowing that the products you’re purchasing this Spring Market will still be on-trend for years to come with this interactive roundtable discussion with Fashion Snoops’ Home Interiors Director, Jaye Anna Mize. Discuss the macro and micro trends influencing home furnishings, and what’s on the horizon for 2019.


10:30am - 11:30am Fresh to Follow: Angelo Adamo

Suites at Market Square Seminar Room (SAMS T-1014)

Join Angelo Adamo, of Angelo Adamo Design, and Cindy Hodnett for a discussion about the intersect of architecture and design. As an expert in interior branding, they will examine how architecture can transform and elevate commercial and hospitality design and spaces. Sponsored by IMC-DesignOnHPMkt. (0.1 CEU)


11am - 1pm Mimosas with Robin Baron

Robin Baron, Suites at Market Square, G-6000A

Celebrity interior designer, lifestyle expert and luxury home-furnishings designer Robin Baron invites you to her showroom to celebrate her expanding and eponymous line of home furnishings. With mimosas in hand, mix and mingle with Robin as you preview her new collections of upholstery, case goods, hardware and rugs. Robin brings a sense of style and her fun-loving spirit to all that she does, and if history is any indication, you’re sure to have a good time.


12pm - 1pm How to Manage Clients and Cultivate New Business

High Point Theatre (located in the Transportation Terminal

In the constant pressure of day-to-day client management, firm leaders must balance the cultivation of new business with the effective management of current projects. In this panel discussion, Jennifer Quail, editor-in-chief, i+D magazine, will invite our panel of design leaders including John Cialone, ASID, NCIDQ, Courtney McLeod, and Robert Passal to share their strategies to maintain existing clients and gain new ones. You will walk away from this panel discussion with new ideas to help you successfully and sustainably expand your practice. Complimentary boxed lunch provided. 0.1 IDCEC-Approved CEU. Presented by the High Point Market Authority and ASID.


12:30pm - 2pm Interior Design for Real Life - Solutions that Boost Client Satisfaction

Kas Rugs & Home, IHFC, Green, Floor 2  Shuttle Stop: 1 (Transportation Terminal)

Join Libby Langdon as she shares insights on embracing the personality of clients and consumers and creating stylish spaces that are truly livable. A light lunch will be served – RSVP to


2pm - 3pm How to Connect with the Media and Get your Own Press with Amy Flurry and Laura Thurman

Mill Village Collective, Union Square, Floor 1 Shuttle Stop: 27 (Red Line)

A candid conversation with Amy Flurry, author of the new Recipe for Press: Designer Edition and Laura Thurman, founder of Thurman Designs in Nashville, on the possibilities and perils of DIY PR.  Followed by a Q&A and book signing.


3pm - 5pm Crypton Pooch Pop-Up

The Point (on Commerce Ave next to the Transportation Terminal)

A peaceful pack of comfort dogs from Fostering Friendships will be on hand at the lounge in The Point to meet and greet Market-goers needing a quick break. Be sure to stop by to rest and recharge with a furry friend before heading out to the evening's social events. Snap a selfie with a #poochpopup dog and tag Crypton for a donation to be made to support this great cause.


4pm - 6pm Kravet Furniture Cocktail Party 

Kravet, Lee Jofa, Brunschwig & Fils,Kravet Furniture & Kravet Fabrics

Market Square, Floor 2  Shuttle Stop: 29 (Red Line)

Celebrate Kravet's 100th Anniversary at High Point Market and view the latest furniture introductions launching this spring.


7pm - 9pm Stars Under the Stars Featuring Lee Ann Womack

Center Stage at the Transportation Terminal 

Complimentary food and beverage will be served. Sponsored by the High Point Market Authority. *NOTE: 6:45pm early entry for Market guests issued a Buyer pass.



ON-AIR: Nick May of the Chaise Lounge Podcast will be hosting a morning wake-up show every morning from 9am-10am at Universal.  If you are interested in being on the show there are a few spots left.  

RECHARGE: Need a place to call your homebase?  A place to recharge your phone and yourself?  Steelyard's Designer Lounge at Universal is a perfect escape from the hustle.


It is that time of the year again to pull out the comfortable shoes and trendy accessories.  The new products and events that High Point Market has in store this Spring are amazing.  Janna and I are really looking forward to Spring Market and will be on social media bringing you live updates.  Please come out and meet with us! 

We will be filming video testimonials with a select group of Design Manager designers and in-between filming we will be attending the above events.  Please drop us a note about your High Point schedule below or by emailing  We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Lindsay Paoli
Lindsay Paoli
Lindsay is in charge of the Sales and Marketing team at Design Manager and has enjoyed growing the DM company for the past 10 years. In her spare time though, you can find her taking care of her two adorably demanding little rugrats, traveling, enjoying new restaurants or cheering on her beloved Philadelphia sports teams with her friends and family.

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