We've been working on this one all year. Working the the Museum's directors and top notch design and install teams from DC have been an educational experience. We made seating out of Alabama's best local hardwoods: Walnut, maple, oak, cherry and sassafras. We departed towing a trailer full of 35 pieces at 3:00am.
To say things were hectic down there is an understatement. They had several large crews working 13 hour days, half hour lunch, 7dpw! It was crunch time, with the Governor's visit planned for the next week.
I look forward to seeing the entire project complete during the upcoming grand opening next month.
I've enjoyed working with the newest of Chiong Chen's hires in the art department this year. Aaron Tennessee Benson is quite amazing, talented, immersed. Aaron's sculpture/certamics students used some of our cut-offs for the assignment of making a piece of functional furniture. Intriguing to see just what the students came up with, their description of their objectives, where they hit and missed, then Aaron's critique.
For many, navigating the High Point Market can be daunting. Over 200 buildings scattered all over town is probably the biggest hurdle. I'm quite sure it's impossible to see it all, possibly even in a lifetime of "markets". And most seasoned designers don't even attempt it.
They have an impressive transportation system, and it all centers at the bus terminal right in front of the IHFC building. Constant bus traffic delivering designers and store owner/buyers from hotels in High Point, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and other neighboring communities.
One thing i've noticed is that if it's raining or bad weather, most buyers seem to congregate here in the IHFC and Showplace buildings. During good weather, they're everywhere, but no question - these two buildings (of the 200+ full of showrooms) get the vast majority of the traffic.
Except for my first year at market, I've always shown in IHFC. Although I'm quite interested in adding a showing in the beautiful Showplace building as well.
We are showing in on the 3rd floor (green wing) of IHFC with ShawLiving, and new to this market on the 8th floor (D-820) with Ekornes/Stressless.
There's no question that rwf design isn't for everyone. For some it's too modern. Other's it might be too rustic. For some it's too expensive. For some stores and designers, it's too custom (they want/need to order via sku numbers, standard products that they can count on every one being exactly alike.
But, it was great to see the response from one of the best high end brands in our industry. We have already begun a few more custom pieces for the upcoming Las Vegas market as well as next Spring's High Point show.
Here are a few pics of one of the pieces showcased in the beautiful Ekornes Showroom yesterday.
It was really exciting to see our work in the beautiful Ekornes showroom in High Point yesterday for the first time. If you don't recognize the name Ekornes, you probably know them by Stressless. Linda's been a huge fan of Ekornes for years (absolutely her favorite piece of furniture (after RWF i hope!)
We've been showing in the ShawLiving showroom in High Point (as well as Atlanta and Las Vegas) for years. And now, in High Point you can find us (or at least our work) in the Ekornes Showroom as well.
I'll only be here in High Point today thru Monday noon. If you'd like to make an appointment, just call my cell 256.394.9868, and I will be happy to meet you in either location.