Must See Showrooms at Highpoint Market

 

Last week, I took a much-anticipated trip to Highpoint Market. This market happens twice per year and I have visited 3 times now. The first time I went was with Anthropologie, as a buyer for rugs and lighting. It’s exciting to go back now on my own terms, as an interior designer and business owner.

Every season, I make a list of must-see showrooms. It changes each time, but I have a handful that I stick to for each visit. Each designer has their own reasons why they shop certain places. For me, I choose my top showrooms based of of style first and foremost. I want to select items for clients that are true to my brand and give them something elevated and unexpected - something they can’t source on their own. The second consideration is price point. There are some showrooms I see that serve more as inspiration. I may not choose to shop there often, but if I can bring even just one of their special pieces into a room then I do.

It’s important to visit market to get a sense of an item’s quality and scale in person. I touch all the coffee tables. I open all the dresser drawers. I sit on all the sofas. I do this all so I can confidently recommend pieces to clients that I have personally tried myself. So if, for example, a client loves the look of a sofa I suggested, but is unsure of how comfortable it is, I can say I tested it out and approve the piece.

 
Michelle Gage // Must See Showrooms at Highpoint

The Baker Showroom never disappoints. They are the golden standard when it comes to high end furniture design.

Michelle Gage // Must See Showrooms at Highpoint

The Arteriors Showroom displays the most amazing lighting. Their designs are always innovative and unexpected.

Michelle Gage // Must See Showrooms at Highpoint

Bobo Intriguing Objects is a vintage lovers delight! Their furniture is has a touch of nostalgia, which I and my clients love.

Michelle Gage // Must See Showrooms at Highpoint

Made Goods is a staple when it comes to my designs. Their selection is truly unique, using a variety of high end materials in unexpected ways.

Michelle Gage // Must See Showrooms at Highpoint

Selamat is a boho lovers dream. Their fresh take on furniture makes it easy to create a bohemian paradise for my clients.

If you’re interested in seeing more from my Highpoint travels, I have a highlight on Instagram. While at market, I am always scouting amazing finds for existing and future client projects. I also go to build relationships with vendors and sales reps. What some may see as easy - picking out a coffee table for a living room - actually involves a lot of behind the scenes work. Luckily for me, I enjoy my work and feel grateful to have a job in a field that really interests me. That said, it’s still my job - and I always want to do my job to the best of my abilities. I aim to bring interesting elements into each space I design, create a one of a kind experience for my clients.