Furniture Preview: A Peek Inside High Point Market

By Clare Tattersall

Spring has sprung and that means we’re only weeks away from the world’s largest furnishings industry trade show High Point Market.

Next month, upwards of 80,000 people from more than 100 countries will converge on High Point, N.C., to gain insights into upcoming trends and source products.

For five days, April 13-17, approximately 2,000 exhibitors spread across 180 buildings will welcome interior designers, architects, retail buyers and other industry professionals into their show spaces, which, when combined, totals more than 11 million square feet.

Of those exhibiting, approximately 50 are expected to be Canadian companies whose presence at the spring edition of the market will be felt when doors open for the usual five-day run.

Here’s a sampling of furniture products that will be on full display, manufactured by and/or available to Canadian retailers.

Living Room
Headquartered in Montreal, made-to-order contemporary upholstered furniture manufacturer Romano (IHFC-D705, Design Centre, Floor 7) will showcase its Bonaparte collection. The chic European style features a low-profile hardwood frame and steel base that gives the impression the piece is floating. The bolster on the back provides both comfort and support, and is also a distinctive decorative element that makes the furniture look good from all angles. Offered in a choice of different cushion fills and hundreds of fabrics, the line includes a chair, condo-size sofa, sofa, sofa return, corner, chaise, bumper and bumper return to allow for a variety of configurations.

Bonaparte sectional sofa by Romano.

Also located in Montreal, with a second office in Vancouver, is Mobital (IHFC-H724, Hamilton, Floor 7), whose Saba lounge chair in sable bunny fabric, Mochi ottoman in nude knit fabric and Moritz modular sectional in licorice boucle fabric will be exhibited. The sectional has a circular shape and comes in two- and three-piece chaise facing right or left.

Moritz three-piece sectional with chaise in Licorice boucle fabric from Mobital.

Greenington’s showroom (IHFC-H517, Hamilton, Floor 5) will be outfitted with coffee and occasional tables, among other furniture items, like Azara and Zephyr. Minimal and modern, the solid bamboo Azara cube coffee table displays a strikingly contrasting centre accent of ‘exotic tiger’ that waterfalls down each side, cleverly hiding the seam. Inside, silent and smooth sliding glides make opening effortless, revealing discrete storage. Zephyr occasional tables feature an organic flowing design and sculptural details. Crafted in solid caviar or wheat bamboo, Zephyr’s bold asymmetrical shape adds artistic appeal and distinctive style to the modern home.

Azara cube coffee table with accent ‘exotic tiger’ centre from Greenington.

Dining Room
Based in L’Islet, Que., Amisco’s showroom (IHFC-D720, Design Centre, Floor 7) will be brimming with Canadian-made dining and counter height chairs to suit the tastes and needs of all ages. Noteworthy are Carmen, Chase and Tully. Embodying the essence of Scandinavian design, Carmen’s curved and upholstered backrest gracefully extends to form armrests, creating a sense of continuity and elegance. Chase is crafted for those who are looking to add a coastal, farmhouse or transitional touch to their living space. Its distinctive backrest is meticulously handwoven from seagrass and features a gentle curve for optimum style and comfort. Ideal for kitchen islands and home bars, Tully is a swivel ‘stool’ with a thickly upholstered seat and backrest.

Carmen dining chair in Ju Sheep fabric from Amisco.

Another Quebec manufacturer, Canadel (National Furniture Mart-Floor 1, Suite 102), will showcase its expanded Loft collection, which highlights the company’s love and admiration for nature. New pieces include the 5187 chair, whose seat may be replaced with an upholstered one, and a round table paired with a PY base that’s available in 48 or 60 inches. Both combine a rustic finish with sleek, minimalist, modern lines.

Loft collection dining chairs and table from from Canadel.

Toronto-headquartered Xcella (IHFC-M735, Main, Floor 7) will also herald in new arrivals at the market, including its Antonia and Anton chairs, the latter of which would also fit nicely in living spaces. Antonia has a stylish high back, curved, perfectly positioned armrests, and a spacious and thick seat cushion. Anton has a unique barrel design with a curved gold polished stainless steel base. The gold x-leg designed support at the back makes it both sturdy and stable. Offering the ultimate community gathering is space is Harmony, a 48-inch circular dining table with wood top in white or black veneer and flute design solid wood base in corresponding colour.

Anton accent chair with polished gold frame and legs from Xcella.

Vancouver-based wholesaler and distributor LH Home (205 S. Main St.), formerly LH Imports, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a bevy of cocktails and appetizers in its showroom on select days. While elevating the market experience, the main draw will be its new furniture pieces like the Opera bed. Part of a full collection, the reclaimed Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood bed is built with traditional joinery techniques dated back to the 18th century. Intricate joints are used, such as dovetail and mortise and tenon. To add to its uniqueness, the wood is solid and hand-brushed with a unique patina colour.

The Opera bed from LH Home is made from FSC-certified wood.

Another bed of note is Made Goods’ (The Bank on Wrenn-203 N. Wreen St.) Carleen, which evokes a stately presence with its upholstered headboard, side and footboard that is customizable. The platform bed has an oak frame that comes in a cerused white oak and vintage brown wood finish and is available in three sizes.

The Carleen bed from Made Goods has upholstered headboard, side and footboard.

Alden Home (IHFC-IH310, Commerce, Floor 1), formerly Alden Parkes, has some big design ideas when it comes to the bedroom. Its Dakota bed fits most design styles with its softly curved headboard, upholstered footboard and side rails. Santos rosewood heart veneers are the striking feature of Dakota. The focus of the Sierra bed is the diamond-patterned quartered figured walnut veneers framed by a band of the same veneer. The bed is supported by four octagonally shaped posts with a footboard and side rails also featuring quartered figured walnut veneers.

The Sierra bed from Alden Home features diamond-patterned quartered figured walnut veneers on the headboard.

BDI (IHFC-D724, Design Centre, Floor 7) continues to add to its office furniture, which it first launched in 2009. The Linq collection now includes an executive desk and matching credenza, offering a Madmen-era-inspired line for home workspaces. The executive desk boasts a floating desktop aesthetic and features a wealth of functional features like a pull-out keyboard drawer that is lined for use as a mousepad or for charging devices, and includes side compartments to keep smaller items close at hand; locking file drawers; wire management channels to keep cables organized and hidden; integrated power hub that has a power strip with AC and USB outlets; removable inner-access panel; and removable drawer trays. The matching credenza has locking drawers that include a storage drawer and a deep file drawer; pull-out printer tray; and movable shelves to accommodate a range of office needs.

Linq executive desk with floating desktop from BDI.

Moving outdoors, Urbia (Commerce & Design-5A, Floor 5) has introduced counter and bar heights to three of its best-selling tables — Elcor, Circa and Una. All part of the Mixx collection, the tables are crafted of a unique blend of fibre-reinforced concrete for an industrial look. This makes them extremely durable, ensuring longevity in exterior settings.

Elcor dark grey outdoor dining table from Urbia.

Stay tuned for our next pre-market product showcase, which will focus on home decor and accessories.

Products highlighted in this article were received via a Home Goods Online submission request and are either manufactured by or available to Canadian retailers. Home Goods Online reserved the right to feature only select products from those submitted.

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