The scene at premarket

Home News Now spent a few days downtown at premarket earlier this week to get a look at some of the latest product introductions in case goods and upholstery. But there was much more happening in addition to new product, including social events such as the traditional premarket party at Grandover, which is always a highlight of the event.

In addition, being downtown gave us a look at some major projects either well underway or nearing completion, including the new headquarters for Furniture First and the new headquarters of the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame, which opens at the start of the April High Point Market.

Scroll down to get a look at some of these and other highlights we captured leading into the big event next month.

The Wallburg bedroom by FD Home features this casual contemporary wall bed, which retails at $1,299 as shown with the two nightstands. It is made with white oak solids and veneers.

Vaughan-Bassett showed this bed which is part of its Yosemite bedroom made with solid white oak. The company showcased a detail of the curved corbel that serves as a decorative element on either side of the headboard. The bed retails at $1,599 in queen.

The Mav sectional by Omnia features top-grain leather.

This contemporary dining table by 31/21 extends to 116 inches with two leaves, seating 10 comfortably. A companion shelter bed is seen in the background.

Geniemode showed its line of product sourced from India and other countries in the region.

This chest is part of Hekman Furniture’s Organic Living collection. It is made with solid mango in a mossy, wood-tone finish and features hand-carved wavelike details on the face of various case pieces.

Whole home resource Furniture of America was also open at premarket, showing a variety of categories ranging from bedroom, dining room and occasional furniture to its full line of upholstery, including sofas and sectionals as seen here.

Avalon Furniture’s B00516 bedroom is made with oak veneers in a Washed Oak finish. A five-piece set retails at $2,999.

Bauhaus Furniture showed its No. 19 upholstery group in an Emerald Green fabric. The sofa, shown with Tootsie Roll-inspired side pillows, retails around $999.

And here are some of the people we saw at premarket:

Neill Robinson, left, Bernhardt; and Chris Pelcher, T. Dock Johnson and Scott Sullens, Legacy Classic/Modern

Rick Harrison, left, Home News Now; Christa Albrecht, Magnussen Home Furnishings; Ryan Mahoney, International Market Centers; and Chris De Lisa and Josh Carter, Magnussen Home.

Mike Herschel, left, Furniture Marketing Group; Linda Martin and Cindy Baker, Furniture Fair; and Mike Herschel, Furniture Marketing Group.

Page Wilson, left, Pulaski Furniture; H. Kelly and Fred Henjes, Riverside Furniture; Jeremy Hoff, Hooker Furnishings; and Paul Hanlin, Pulaski.

Larry Mark, left, Robyn Mark and Melissa Haas, all of FWDG, Beaufort, South Carolina.

John Matter, left, Matter Bros Furniture, Sarasota, Florida; John Pigg, Vanguard Furniture; Jeremy Hoff, Hooker Furnishings; and Alan Kramer and Jerry Baer, Baers Furniture, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

And the building projects continue …

The Furniture First building is well under construction at the corner of Russell Avenue and South Main Street in downtown High Point. In addition to office space for the buying group, it will also have space for furniture showrooms.

The new home of the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame at 311 S. Hamilton St. downtown is nearly complete. A grand opening will be held just before the April High Point Market.

Thomas Russell

Home News Now Editor-in-Chief Thomas Russell has covered the furniture industry for 25 years at various daily and weekly consumer and trade publications. He can be reached at and at 336-508-4616.

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