Confections, Immersion and Studio
HIGH POINT, NC – February 9, 2023 – TrendWatch, International Market Centers’ (IMC) proprietary trend forecast explores three all-new trends at the Spring 2023 High Point Market: Confections, Immersion and Studio. The semi-annual report showcases product available at the April 22-26, 2023 High Point Market in IMC’s 17 properties in a pre-market webinar, a digital flipbook, an onsite seminar and tour, and in three onsite product displays
“The Spring 2023 TrendWatch looks to the future and is influenced by the past as it explores the trends that are shaping home furnishings for the upcoming season,” said Dorothy Belshaw, International Market Centers (IMC) executive vice president, chief customer officer. “This unique report synthesizes the elements that are impacting design trends as an actionable buying guide for the largest concentration of exhibits at High Point Market.”
The Spring 2023 TrendWatch trends are:
CONFECTIONS is a veritable sweet shop of satisfying neutrals. Inviting, livable and confident, the colors are irresistible: sugary nougat, crisp meringue, soft caramel, syrupy butterscotch and brown sugar. The recipe isn’t complete without layered-in accents: woven materials and comforting textiles. Add some crunch with accent colors such as chopped hazelnut and roasted chestnut. Bursts of greens — like spring seedlings — and red-cast pinks and purples are the cherry on top. Matte finishes are the finishing touch just like a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.
IMMERSION takes off the headset and enters a different sort of virtual experience: multi-sensory immersive shows that stir emotions, evoke place and travel back in time. Open space installations migrate to home furnishings by way of vibrant color and asymmetrical patterns. Immersion dazzles with energetic hues – including PANTONE®’s 2023 it-color Viva Magenta 18-1750 – white accents, edgy florals in especially abstract variations, wall coverings with kaleidoscopic effects, curved and/or elongated forms and lustrous finishes.
STUDIO opens the time capsule to the 1990s with a color-forward story featuring denim blues paired with casual neutrals. Like a favorite pair of jeans, Studio is casual, comfortable and youthful. The range of blues spans light washes to dark rinses, furniture is smaller in scale and handcrafted accessories add charm.
TrendWatch curator Julie Smith Vincenti, a design expert with more than 25 years of experience in magazine editing and home furnishings trends forecasting added, "TrendWatch mirrors the excitement of retailers and interior designers who are ready for new: new trends, new products, new vendor partners and new ways of connecting with consumers who are surrounded by visual inspiration at all turns. This season is about range — range of hues, patterns, textures, and styles — and excitement. Expect warm neutrals to vibrant brights; asymmetrical florals to casual linear patterns; modern forms to casual shapes; and matte finishes to lustrous topcoats."
Confections, Immersion and Studio are explored through the digital flipbook plus a series of online and in-person events presented as part of the comprehensive programming presented by DesignOnHPMKT by IMC, the voice of IMC’s High Point Market. The pre-market webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12; the onsite seminar is Saturday, April 22; and the TrendWatch Tour of the at-market vignettes in the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC) Green lobby, the Suites at Market Square (SAMS) entrance and the Showplace walkway is Monday, April 24.
Exhibitors in IMC’s 17 High Point properties are invited to submit new product to be considered for the TrendWatch presentations, vignette and tour. Submissions are due March 8, 2023. Programming and submission information is available at IMCHighPointMarket.com/trendwatch-program.
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. DesignOnHPMKT by IMC is the official voice for IMC’s High Point Market representing a wealth of industry knowledge and connections. Spring 2023 Market is scheduled for April 22-26, 2023. Registration for the Spring 2023 High Point Market is open now at HighPointMarket.org. For more information, visit IMCHighPointMarket.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. IMC has more than 60 years of relationships and experience creating scalable business platforms for wholesale commerce. Our premium showroom spaces spanning more than 20 million square feet in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta, paired with our digital tools connect the wholesale industries we serve. IMCenters.com.
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