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New Programming and Partnerships Expand IMC's Offerings at Fall 2022 High Point Market Pre-Market Webinars Kick Off October 12

Furniture World News Desk on 10/7/2022

Interactive Color Exploration with Sherwin-Williams.
Interactive Color Exploration with Sherwin-Williams.

International Market Centers’ (IMC) Fall 2022 DesignOnHPMKT by IMC programming is the ultimate business-building resource with some 22 webinars, seminars, tours and events before and during the October 22-26, 2022 market. Expanded trend identification presented in partnership with Sherwin-Williams and new lighting-focused education augment IMC’s signature seminar series which also explores business coaching, hiring, design inspiration and more in 14 CEU-eligible sessions.

“Through our DesignOnHPMKT by IMC programming, we provide the industry an invaluable guide for new ideas prior to and during market,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC executive vice president, chief customer and marketing officer. “The expansion of our proprietary trend programming – including the multi-faceted TrendWatch and Suite Spot tours – with new Sherwin-Williams color exploration and a new educational track focused on lighting, offers even more resources for buyers exploring product innovations in our 17 High Point properties.”

Paint brand Sherwin-Williams uses IMC’s High Point Market to amplify its color education this Fall through a series of three webinars and seminars plus the creation of a Designer Lounge and branded exhibit space in the Suites at Market Square (SAMS).

Sherwin-Williams kicks off its High Point presence with a free, one-hour webinar “Evolving Color,” on Thursday, October 13, at 1 p.m. EDT. The online session is an exclusive presentation that goes behind the scenes of the color trend selection process with Sherwin-Williams Director of Color Marketing and color expert Sue Wadden. Advance registration is required (1 CEU).

At Market, Sherwin-Williams offers two seminars. Sue Wadden presents “Sherwin-Williams 2023 Colormix® Forecast 2023: TERRA,” with the inspiration, factual statistics and research that support the 2023 color forecast on Sunday, October 23, at 11 a.m. (1 CEU). In “How Do Cultures Influence Color?” Designer Account Executive and ASID Chapter Support Chair Advisor Shane Jones and Designer Marketing Manager Sabina Jahic discuss how color is perceived across multicultural environments and identify the historical significance of color families on Monday, October 24, at 1 p.m. (1 CEU). 

The Sherwin-Williams Designer Lounge and Seminar Space are gathering spaces on the Top floor of the SAMS featuring furnishings in the palette of the TERRA color forecast. Also on the floor is an exhibit space staffed by designer-focused color experts presenting the Colormix® Forecast plus other Sherwin-Williams shades and a showcase of its products and services. 

IMC Exclusive Trend Identification

IMC offers attendees multiple experiences to interact with new home furnishings trends through its proprietary TrendWatch program and guided tours. 

For Fall 2022, IMC’s TrendWatch explores three new trends via a pre-market webinar and at-market seminar, tour and guide. Home furnishings trend forecaster, creative director and curator Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media has identified three themes for the Fall 2022 programming: Entwine is an homage to casual comfort, quiet moments and favorite spaces; Midnight is a showcase of deep and moody hues, earthy neutrals, burnished metals, stone accents and organic shapes; and Modernity is the latest expression of pastels as go-to hues for confident, playful interiors. The official TrendWatch guide with product images will be available on campus as a quick resource guide.

The “TrendWatch: Fall 2022 Webinar” is a fast-paced, image-rich webinar presented by Vincenti to arm buyers with trend information before arrival at High Point Market. The free, one-hour webinar is Wednesday, October 12, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Advance registration is required (1 CEU). 

Smith Vincenti also leads IMC’s at-Market TrendWatch programming. She repeats her pre-Market webinar in-person in “TrendWatch: Fall 2022 - LIVE at Market!” on Saturday, October 22, at noon (1 CEU). She leads a 90-minute tour of themed trend displays at the Suites at Market Square (SAMS), the Showplace Walkway and the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC) Green Lobby plus multiple points in between. “TrendWatch Tour” is on Monday, October 24, 2:30-4 p.m. (registration required).

New product trends are identified in three one-hour Suite Spot tours through the three-floor at SAMS, the largest collection of temporary exhibits at High Point Market. Guides include international TV personality, writer and designer Glen Peloso on Saturday, October 22, at 2:30 p.m.; architectural designer Christian Daw on Sunday, October 23, at 12:30 p.m.; and business coach and designer Veronica Solomon on Monday, October 24, at 11:30 a.m. Registrations are required. 

New Lighting-Focused Programming

DesignOnHPMKT by IMC taps into a topic that is top-of-mind for designers with a programming series focused on innovations in lighting. 

Two seminars explore lighting innovations designers need to know about now. “FLD: Lighting Industry Insights” is a panel discussion on how lighting is changing and what lies ahead on Sunday, October 23, at 1:30pm. Diane Falvey, editor in chief of Furniture, Lighting & Décor, moderates a panel discussion with lighting experts Robin Baron of Robin Baron Design Inc. in New York; John McClain of John McClain Design in Los Angeles and Orlando; Megan Molten of the Megan Molten design firm and retail store in Charleston, SC.; and Charles Pavarini III of Pavarini Design Inc. in New York (1 CEU). “Embrace the LED Lighting Revolution” gives designers a basic understanding of LED functionality and teaches about various lighting products and techniques and how to integrate them creatively in the home on Tuesday, October 25 at 1 p.m. The informative lecture is presented by lighting experts Charles Pavarini III and J. Randall Tarasuk of Pavarini Design Inc. in New York (1 CEU). 

Chris Goddard, founder of Goddard Design Group in Springdale, Ark. and star of HGTV's Design Star: Next Gen. presents highlights from IMC’s nearly 170 lighting resources in a new 90-minute tour, “Lighting Highlights Tour with Chris Goddard” presented in partnership with Furniture, Lighting & Décor on Sunday, October 23, at 2:30 p.m. In addition to showcasing new product, Goddard will share best practices for choosing and installing fixtures and teach about LED color and temperature, smart apps and more (1 CEU). Registration is required.

Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with these lighting design experts at two book signings. John McClain signs The Designer Within and Charles Pavarini III and J. Randall Tarasuk sign Lighting Beyond Edison: Brilliant Residential Lighting Techniques in the Age of LEDs on Sunday, October 23, at 2:30 p.m. Pavarini and Tarasuk again sign their book on Tuesday, October 25, at 2:00 p.m.

Business-Building Education

DesignOnHPMKT complements its new programming with a solid seminar series packed with design inspiration and actionable business-building topics. All programming is presented in the Sherwin-Williams Seminar Room (SAMS T-1022).

Programming kicks off with the opening of High Point Market on Saturday, October 22.“Business Coaches, Finding your Perfect Match!” is a panel discussion featuring designers and coaches Traci Connell of Traci Connell Interiors in Dallas, Gail Doby, of Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting for Interior Designers in Denver and Veronica Solomon of Casa Vilora Interiors in Houston moderated by Andrea Lillo, executive editor of Designers Today at 10:00 a.m. (1 CEU).In “Hiring Terrific Talent: Attracting and Keeping a Top Design Team,” Gail Doby and career matchmaker Ken Roberts of Interior Talent reveal the results from a just-completed design industry survey on hiring, salaries, benefits and fees at 1:30 p.m. (1 CEU). “The Iconic Home with Architectural Digest” is an exploration of the industry’s premier digital showhouse which elevates black design talent with four of its designers – Tiffany Cobb of TIFFANY René in Atlanta; Keia McSwain of Kimberly + Cameron in Denver and president of the Black Interior Designers Network; DuVäl Reynolds of DuVäl Design in Fairfax, VA; and Alvin Wayne of Alvin Wayne in New York – in conversation with Lila Allen, Senior Editor of AD PRO and Architectural Digest at 3:30 p.m. (1 CEU). 

The Sunday, October 23, panel discussion “Design from an Architect’s Eye” features Kathleen Glynn of Katherine Elizabeth Designs in Barrington, IL; Barry Goralnick of Goralnick Architecture Design Studio in New York; and Robert Ventolo of Crain and Ventolo Associates in New York. Speakers share their passion and appreciation for both architecture and interior design and how architects and interior designs can best work together in conversation with Lauren Iverson, editor in chief of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles at 3:30 p.m. (1 CEU).

On Monday, October 24, at 10:30 a.m., “A Return to Gracious Living: Designing Homes for Collecting, Entertaining, and Hospitality” features designer Kathryn Crisp Greeley, author of new book The Collected Cottage: Gardening, Gatherings and Collecting at Chestnut Cottagesharing design tips, secrets to collecting and tablescapes, entertaining and gardening ideas with top tabletop and entertaining experts. Joining her in conversation are Wendy Kvalheim, president of fine china brand Mottahedeh & Company; Julie Robbins, product specialist for Replacements, Ltd, the world's largest retailer of china, crystal and silverware located in Greensboro, NC; and Lynn Terry, editor of Southern Home Magazine. Panel discussion is presented in partnership with The Media Matters (1 CEU). Greeley signs The Collected Cottage: Gardening, Gatherings and Collecting at Chestnut Cottage at 11:30 a.m. immediately following the presentation

Tuesday, October 25, programming includes interior designer, business coach and marketing consultant Melissa Galt leading a timely presentation, “How to Thrive in Times of Crisis!” about pivoting to digital and turning connections into profit at 11 a.m. (1 CEU). Galt signs her bookMarketing Luxury Design: Attracting Affluent Clients following the presentation at noon.

A full list of DesignOnHPMKT by IMC events and programming is at IMCHighPointMarket.com/webinars-and-events. RSVPs are required for all DesignOnHPMKT by IMC tours.

IMC’s 17 properties in High Point include: 300 E. Green St.; 300 S. Main St.; Commerce & Design Building (C&D); Furniture Plaza; Historic Market Square; International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC); Klaussner on Hamilton; Market Square Textile Tower; National Furniture Mart; Plaza Suites; Showplace; the Suites at Market Square (SAMS); and five on Hamilton Street – 121, 200, 320 and 330 N. Hamilton St., and 129 S. Hamilton St. A full list of IMC’s High Point resources is available at IMCHighPointMarket.com/exhibitor-directory.


About High Point Market
High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the work, 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 exhibitors, including the majority of the top 500 manufacturers. DesignOnHPMKT by IMC is the official voice for IMC's High Point Market programming and at-market-activities representing a wealth of industry knowledge and connections. Fall 2022 Market is scheduled for October 22-26,2022. For more information about events and exhibits presented by IMC, visit IMCHighPointMarket.com. Registration for the Fall 2022 High Point Market is open now at HighPointMarket.org.

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 Juniper, a fully integrated omnichannel B2B commerce solution and multiline B2B e-commerce marketplace empowering buyers and sellers to better manage and grow their business at markets and year-round, 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.