Seen at April High Point Market

The team at Home News Now took a cue from some retailers who come into town early for market and showed up as early as Tuesday before opening day to start visiting showrooms. Over the course of the next week, we collectively hit as many places and parties as possible, seeing the product and people that make this one of the industry’s biggest weeks of the year.

Below is a glimpse at some of the product highlights we saw not to mention the old friends and industry associates we ran into during the week.

The Products

Norwalk Furniture showed this sofa along with one of several new screens sporting some of its latest fabric selections. The fabric shown on the screen is also seen on two of the pillows on the sofa.

Urban Design Collective, which recently was formed through the merger of Urban Roads and DesignWorks, showed a mix of its new living room and case goods collections together for the first time in its showroom in CenterPoint at Centennial.

Standard Furniture showed its Kinsale sectional at market. Featuring three full recliners, it retails at $1,499.

Austin Group showed its Sophia bedroom at market. Made with mindi veneers in a dark cherry brown finish, the bed also features panels upholstered in boucle fabric.

Furniture of America’s 7147 bedroom is shown in a silver finish and features LED lights in the headboard and around the mirror frame.

Napa Furniture’s Irish Cottage bedroom is made with solid mahogany. The bed retails at $1,495 and a four-piece group retails around $2,900.

The Meadowbrook dining set by American Woodcrafters is made with pine veneers and mahogany solids. A table and four chairs retails at $1,999.

Best Chair showed this new line of zero-gravity chairs. Available in all fabrics in the line, these models offer six different seating configurations including full recline and lift positions.

The Oslo bedroom by Copeland Furniture is made with Northern red oak and shown in a natural finish. The bed retails at $1,700.

The 8673D dining set by Lifestyle Enterprise is made with oak veneers. A table and six chairs retails at $999.

The 2348 sofa by Decor-Rest features sinuous spring construction and has a loose-back box seat with a leather-fiber blend encased in a 100% poly-twill fabric. It retails at $1,899.

The Versatilis dining table by Sarreid Ltd. has a solid mango base and frame and an inset marble top.

This room scene at Hooker Furnishings’ new showroom on the third floor of Showplace shows Hooker Furniture’s new Retreat collection. It is made with flat cut cathedral oak veneers shown here in a light sand-tone finish called Dune. It also is available in a darker finish called Black Sand, which was inspired by the black silk sands found on the shorelines of exotic beaches of Maui and Tahiti.

This seating group at American Leather showcases the color story available in the American-made line. A portion of the extensive color palette is seen on the walls and behind the chair display in the background.

This is one of several outdoor furniture collections that Spectra Home introduced this market. The Calabasas group includes this sectional and ottoman in a solid ivory fabric. It is shown with the Pebble Beach slipcovered swivel chair.

This buffet is part of the new Tommy Bahama Home collection, Sunset Key, at Lexington Home Brands. It is made with white oak veneers in a light sand-tone finish. Retailing at $5,279, it also features a glass-top surface that was designed to mimic the movement of water.

Sligh showed this home office group called Silverstone. It is made with sandblasted white oak veneers in a natural finish. The desk retails at $1,729.

Featured in this seating group by Aria Designs is the Harper sofa. Retailing at $1,499, it is shown in a tufted chenille fabric alongside two chairs in a boucle fabric on the left and a striped zebra fabric on the right.

The Augusta dining set by Winners Only is made with pine veneers and is shown in a two-tone brown and antique-white finish.

The Santos sofa, part of the Carrara collection by Bellini Modern Living, is made in Canada and features wide track arms and high-density-foam construction. It retails at $2,799.

This chest of drawers is part of the Linq collection by BDI. It is made with walnut veneers in a dark walnut finish.

The 4269 power motion sectional by Nice Link Home Furnishings offers dual power functionality and features an extendable footrest. It is shown here in a neutral fabric.

The Skyline dining collection by Martin Svensson Home is among the solid wood pieces the company has introduced at recent markets. It features a solid acacia live-edge top and a solid acacia base in a Dyed Gray finish.

Flexsteel showed its Sky upholstery line featuring Cloudlux premium down-alternative materials. It features different seating options including sofa, chair and sectionals with slope arm, track arm and flared arm designs.

The People

Seen at the Planned Furniture Promotions bourbon and wine tasting party and auction, which raised $8,500 for the City of Hope from the sale of just five items: JoAnne Staltari-Wiley, left, J.B. Hunt; Larry Furiani, Coaster Fine Furniture; Martin Ploy, AICO; and Tom Liddell, Planned Furniture Promotions.

More from the PFP bourbon and wine tasting party: Rob Rosenberg, left, Planned Furniture Promotions; Kian Amini and Michael Amini, AICO; Erin Berg, Flex2 Communicate, Greensboro, North Carolina; and Martin Ploy, AICO.

From FurnitureDealer.Net’s market kickoff party: Rodney Moen, left, Gail Sather, Matthew Sather and Jim Sather, Furniture Superstore, Rochester, Minnesota; and Andy Bernstein, FurnitureDealer.Net, and Kim Bernstein.

The International Home Furnishings Representatives Association honored four outstanding IHFRA reps during market. They are: Mike Root, left, who received the Innovator Award; Denise White, who received the Trailblazer Award; Todd Weinstein, who received the Ambassador Award; and Ted Weisbach, who received the Mentor Award. Congratulations to all for these well-deserved honors!

Also at the IHFRA Awards event were Frank Lorenzo, left, AICO; Mike Root; Bob Bruns, Cozzia USA; and Tommy Leflein, A.R.T. Furniture.

Attending a memorial service for recently deceased industry veteran Bill Benton were: Tom Liddell, left, Planned Furniture Promotions; Connie Post, Connie Post Affordable Design Solutions; Jani Poole, (one of the Benton daughters); Barbara Benton, holding a photo of Bill Benton; Sean Slack, UMA Home Decor; and Katie Benton (another of the Benton daughters).

Among those attending the dinner party at Terry Seitz’s High Point home on Friday were: Bob Wo, left, and Velvet Lettner of C.S. Wo & Sons, Honolulu, Hawaii; Michael and Julianne McGiffin, Woodbrook Designs; Damian Pherigo and Daphne Oliveros, both of C.S. Wo & Sons; and Terry Seitz, Woodbrook Designs.

Attending the Legends Home party at market were: Tim Donk, left, and Sam Curtis, Legends Home; and Rene Green and Jake Jabs, American Furniture Warehouse, Engelwood, Colorado.

The Places

This is a portion of the Lexington Home Brands showroom where visitors are seen admiring the company’s new Sunset Key collection, part of its Tommy Bahama licensed furniture line.

Flexsteel had a major fabric introduction this market with 166 brand new covers aimed at providing retailers more selection than ever in the upholstery line. Typically it shows 20 to 40 new covers.

This is the product display at the front entrance of the Bradington-Young showroom, part of the new showroom opened by parent company Hooker Furnishings on the third floor of Showplace.

This is a scene from the party at the new Hooker Furnishings showroom on Saturday evening at market.

This is a view of the HF Custom showroom at Hooker Furnishings at market. The company was formerly known as Sam Moore.

Karastan had this colorful vignette on display along the common walkway area between Showplace and the International Home Furnishings Center.

This is part of the Martin Svensson Home showroom that showcases some of its solid wood furniture that includes occasional, home entertainment and home office products shown here.

Buyers check out some of the new power motion recliners at the Palliser showroom on Sunday morning of market.

And last but not least…the new home of the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame in downtown High Point. The building officially opened at market, hosting many events that allowed the industry to see its expansive displays and meeting spaces.

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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