Monthly Archives: April 2014



It’s Market Week this week in High Point, NC and the Market is open for business, April 5th-12th!

Factory tour,  Edward Ferrel + Lewis Mittman

April 7, 2014

Remember the Scottish town, Brigadoon?  It appeared out of the mist every 100 years, made famous in the 1954 classic movie musical.  High Point, springs to life almost as miraculously but unlike Brigadoon, it springs to life to dramatically connect with the outside world, #hpmkt, definitely NOT the other way around!

This season there are more than 2000 exhibitors, they will have over 70,000 visitors, and many are International buyers.  The market spreads over 11 million sq. ft. of exhibitor space and runs through 180 buildings. can give you the sense of the scope of the market and for a jaw dropping list of back to back events and up to the minute video reports, go to, “The Editor At Large”,  There you will find “The Essential Guide to Spring High Point Market” an exhaustive description of all the educational and social events with pictures of dozens of style mavins, taste makers, and industry leaders.

Last Tuesday, as thousands of cartons were being trucked, lifted and dropped on  respective curbs in sunny, downtown High Point, I had the privilege of a VIP tour of the Edward Ferrel+Lewis Mittman facilities and observed as they prepped for market.  EF+LM is a premium, American, furniture manufacturer.

Crans Baldwin. President of EF+LM is one of the opening speakers and will be speaking about the Interior Design Industry today and will point to, “What’s Next?”, trends, ideas and business opportunities.

The industry is changing so fast and it is so global, yet the hub remains in High Point.  America’s role in design is strong but the production of furnishings is in flux. So much production has gone overseas and now some of it is coming back. It is a fascinating story of global economics.

I had the opportunity to see the market just begin to materialize, you can follow at #hpmkt and

Enjoy, Patti O