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    IMC Webinar Previews Spring 2021 High Point TrendWatch Product Selections

    Spring 2021 Trends Include MÉLANGE, MIXTAPE and RESILIENCE & RESOLVE

    HIGH POINT, N.C. – (May 10, 2021) – International Market Centers (IMC) announced today that its exclusive TrendWatch program will highlight 70 products from nearly 50 exhibitors through a webinar, in a free digital “flip book” and in a product display at Spring 2021 High Point Market, June 5 – June 9, 2021.

    “IMC is committed to providing retailers and designers with content that improves pre-market planning and makes at-market sourcing easier than ever,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC’s chief customer and marketing officer. “These defining trends will play a more important role than ever in helping buyers and suppliers plan now and throughout 2021.”

    TrendWatch is curated by 25-year magazine editor and home furnishings trends forecaster Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media and the trends are influenced by consumer insights and creative intelligence from the interiors, fashion and consumer product arenas. The TrendWatch Spring 2021 webinar will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. To register for the webinars and for more information, please visit: http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/trendwatch.

    “This season’s themes — MÉLANGE, RESILIENCE & RESOLVE, and MIXTAPE — combine seamlessly to showcase top-performing colors, patterns, styles, and forms with inspiration that spans multiple decades of design, including 1980s-era influences that convey a vintage urban vibe,” explains Smith Vincenti. “We’re also excited to welcome the return of the at-market TrendWatch experience with the addition of a product vignette located in the Suites at Market Square entrance.”


    Designers and skillful home enthusiasts confidently mix unpredictable styles, colors and patterns to create signature interiors. It’s home curation that surprises and inspires; new examples are like a 20th Century master class. Enter MÉLANGE, a home furnishings mix in a range that draws from Brutalism and Abstract Expressionism to Postmodernism and even Art Deco. Look for rounded forms and silhouettes, especially in upholstery and case goods; fluidity; sketched lines (think: crosshatch, stippled dots, speckles and dashes); bas relief surfaces; elegant patterns; romantic flourishes; and crowd-pleasing accents that create visual harmony, livable elegance and joy. Corresponding exhibitor products include: Metropolitan Ceramic Barcelona platter from Abigails; “Entanglement No. 4” wall decor from Benson-Cobb; SoBe dichroic glass table lamp from Fine Art Handcrafted Lighting; Strata accent table from Union Home; and Naranjos wallpaper from Vahallan.


    TrendWatch is totally tuned in to 1980s redux, and MIXTAPE epitomizes the vibe. Dubbed “art for and by the masses,” mixtapes celebrated individualism and creativity. In this eponymous presentation, 80s-era icons and influences are synthesized together… expect neon lights that radiate rad; black and white pairings that pop; new wave compositions; patterns as catchy as hip-hop beats; and — wham! —lively pastels. Corresponding exhibitor products include: Choose to Shine hair-on hide area rug from Be OUTSPOKEN; “Black Balls” print from Lotus Photography; Melange Westland accent chest from Hooker Furniture; Prismatic multicolor area rug from Nourison; and “Mystic Visions III” wall decor by Cookie Ashton for RFA Decor.


    Purples and purple-cast neutrals — from lilac, thistle and African violet to plum, mulberry and fig — are leaders in RESILIENCE & RESOLVE, TrendWatch’s timely color showcase for 2021. There’s plenty of prose to describe purple’s significance: introspection, compromise, intuition, spirituality, luxury, grandeur, awakening and harmony. TrendWatch examines purple’s many facets this season and, in the process, gives context to current colors of the year. Corresponding exhibitor products include: Creative Touch’s Corcovado area rugs; “Entangled Chemistry I” by Leftbank Art; Mina Victory Home Accents pillows from Nourison; and Whistler sofa from Norwalk Furniture.

    The free digital “flip-book” highlighting each trend and all 70 corresponding IMC exhibitor product selections will be available following the May 26 webinar at http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/trendwatch.

    High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, with more than 2,000 manufacturers in 11.5 million square feet of showroom and exhibit space in multiple buildings in downtown High Point, North Carolina. Each Market attracts tens of thousands of retail home furnishings buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry. International Market Centers (IMC) owns 17 prime High Point Market showroom buildings, which contain 70 percent of the exhibitors, including the majority of the top 500 manufacturers. Spring 2021 Market is scheduled for June 5 – June 9, 2021. For more information, visit www.imchighointmarket.com.

    About International Market Centers: International Market Centers (IMC) serves as the center of commerce for the wholesale furniture, gift, home decor and apparel industries. With more than 20 million square feet of premium wholesale showroom space in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta, IMC has more than 60 years of relationships and experience creating scalable business platforms for wholesale commerce. With the launch of IMC’s Digital Innovations division and the Juniper suite of digital sales and marketing solutions and B2B ecommerce marketplace, IMC now provides the only omnichannel sales and marketing platform that seamlessly connects physical and digital wholesale commerce. For more information, visit www.imcenters.com.

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