The Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina, is not only the oldest in the U.S., but also the largest. It is also happens to be the largest show of its kind anywhere in the world.
Just how big is it? For starters, the show space comprises 180 buildings on around 12 million square feet. This space accommodates more than 2000 exhibitors who represent over a hundred countries.
Even if you are not a furniture professional, the Market is important to you, because this is where new directions for the home furnishings industry are discussed and established. What happens at these events not only determines home fashions and interior design, but also the development of new designs and materials. In short, the Market has a great bearing on how you furnish within your home.
The Market is now over a hundred years old, as it was originally founded in 1909 in High Point, North Carolina. The region was rich with furniture manufacturing operations, and the Market provided furniture makers and retailers an opportunity to connect in one place for business.
At that time it was known as the Southern Furniture Market. Since it filled a very real need, it grew quickly, and by 1921 it had become an important event for the American home furnishings industry. That year the event took place at a new facility, the Southern Furniture Exposition Building
The uncertain economic times with the Great Depression, recovery and then finally World War II also saw its fortunes fluctuate. The early post-war years saw it rise in importance again.
The 1940s saw a great a great resurgence in building and home construction, giving rise to a greater demand for home furnishings. As a result, the Market expanded in size and importance, and by the 1980s it had realized its ambition of becoming "the furniture capital of the world." In 1989 it went from being the Southern Furniture Market to becoming the International Home Furnishings Market. That year it welcomed attendees from over 100 countries.
High Point Market Today
Today, the Market is officially known as the High Point Market. The exhibits and showrooms cover an area that has expanded to over 11 million square feet. 180 buildings make up the venue. An average of 80,000 attendees congregate there two times a year in spring and fall to show and look at the latest home furnishings products from U.S. and international manufacturers.
It is open to the trade only. Manufacturers, furniture and interior designers, along with furniture retailers, dealers and professionals attend to show, network, look at and buy the latest home furnishings products.
In addition to exhibits, special events and seminars, lectures are also held to discuss, educate and train.
The Market is held twice a year for Spring and Fall in April and October.
Location: 164 S. Main St. Suite 700
High Point, NC 27260