back to highpoint…

My experience at the Highpoint Market was spectacular.  I was completely in my element and loved every minute of it.  Exhausted, yes, but adoring every second of that exhaustion.  Being on my feet from 8 in the morning to 8 at night was hardly noticeable except for my constant efforts to move around the showroom of Tritter Feefer and around our section of the InterHall.   The women for the most part were quite glamorous and the men were all quite sophisticated.   Getting all dolled up to work everyday was at the other end of the spectrum for me and my normal plaster pouring attire.  I had such fun interacting with the people involved with this show….from the other vendors and the workers of the IHFC to potential clients and interested designers.  Of course showcasing Tritter Feefer’s line of work was extremely easy because of the exceptional quality of their designs and their finished products.  But to be immersed in that type of atmosphere, surrounded by such intriguing individuals who were all as passionate and intrigued by the design realm was truly a special experience.  There was an excitement to the show that was present and seeped through all aspects of the days…but not only an excitement but an intensity of excitement, as if everyone realized the opportunity to see and experience some of the most innovative designs of the season was fleeting and they only had a week to discover, divide, and conquer the prodigiousness of the show. I felt very lucky to be apart of a team of one of the 2,000 vendors amidst the throng of 80,000 attendees.  The market itself consisted of 180 buildings composing over 10 million square feet of showspace with more than 2,000 exhibitors showcasing over tens of thousands of new product introductions.  Of the 80,000 attendees, 10% were foreign…representing 106 countries.   It is difficult to express the grandeur of this show…from the size of the venue both in mass and numbers to the level of the design pieces being showcased.  What causes this show to have an even greater impact and cause a more heightened reaction is the juxtaposition of the Market to the surrounding community of Highpoint.  It is a sleepy little southern town that seems to burst to life with such a degree of intensity in such a short span of time.  It almost seems as though the town violently awakens, but is awakening to a grand party being held to celebrate its distinctiveness that suggests how much it has been missed the past few months…

Visit Highpoint, the furniture capital of America and the world for a time.  But expect a lovely little quiet town with only glimpses of the furniture production and the potential intensity it reaches twice a year…the next market is at the end of October.  And until then…http://www.highpointmarket.org/default.aspx

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