Linda and I stopped by first thing Monday morning to open a new account. Kinda fun being the newest bank's first customer (in new building). And at $35 a year we had to have the first safety deposit box. Not sure what we'll put in there, but my first thought is some fragrant sassafras shavings.
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7:10 am Stopped by to do final inspection of several beautiful custom pieces we made for Progress Bank. Adjusted some feet to level a piece, wiped a little dust here and there. I found Bank President Andy Mann shining Apples in prep for the banks first day to be open.
In addition to some beautiful local walnut benches, coffee and side tables, there's an amazing walnut check writing console and a 14' long single slab conference table. Hopefully posting pics soon.
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.