How Social Media is Changing the High Point Market Experience

I'm sure by now, you've heard all the excitement surrounding the spring installment of Furniture Market at High Point.

I received a tweet today from my friend, Jenner Stoner, exclaiming how excited she is about this particular market.  It's all the tweets of excitement that have me and several other designers from the African-American Top 20 rearranging our schedules so we can  make a stop in North Carolina.  

Looking at the market guide, I've noticed things have changed quite a bit since the last time I was at  market in 2009. Back then we had no way of organizing things and often found ourselves  going from building to building  trying to make appointments.  I would leave worn out.  Thankfully, social media has completely revolutionized how Market is experienced.  I for one, am looking forward to the resources and interactive guides designed to make the whole thing easier to navigate.  I'll be able to keep up with my friends and fellow designers via Twitter and see in real time, what they are finding in the showrooms.   

Every year, I fall in love with a piece only to misplace the order form or forget where I saw it altogether.  Technology and social media will change all that.  Take for example these items from Emerson Et Cie. In the past I would see them at market and pick up a catalogue for later use.  Now, I can look up the company's website on my iPhone, store that information in Evernote, pin the items to my market Pin board, and later show my client how the item can be used in their space via Olioboard.


Sample tear sheets of  items available at High Point and represented on our

Market Pintrest Board

Sample Olioboard 

Not attending market?  Don't worry.  You'll be able to see all of our great finds via Pintrest here

Joan Goodwin, Michel Boyd and I will be pinning items there starting Saturday, April 20.  And of course I'll be tweeting and posting on Instagram so you won't miss a thing. I plan to attend lectures, events, and take in all that North Carolina has to offer.  I've received many invitations to visit showrooms.  I'm especially excited to visit brands I've only recently been introduced to.  Just check out these images from Caraccole.  Amazing right?  I can't wait to see them all in person!

If you have any suggestions of showrooms to visit or things to do, please leave a comment below.  I'll do my best to check them out.  In the meantime, follow along on your favorite platform and I'll meet you back here after market to share my market finds and event details.

Until then!