Small space living remains a critical trend in the mass market furniture sector, as the evidence of introductions and featured products highlighted at the Spring High Point Market suggest. Product development falls under a broader theme of lifestyle orientation that vendors have adopted to meet the needs of demanding consumers.
Sauder Woodworking, for example, combined popular styles and a scale that could suit apartment and small homes in its Manhattan Gate prototype collection. By mixing rustic finishes and glamorous metals, Sauder essentially blended two popular style trends to facilitate consumers mixing and matching looks to create personal style expressions.
Examples of mixing styles were prevalent. LumiSource, for instance, presented a modern accent chair clad in metal framing to add an industrial element as a decorative enhancement.
In a more direct approach to lifestyle-oriented design, Dorel Industries, in its Ameriwood Home brand, introduced a range of product that targeted college students but also is suitable for first apartments. For example, the company offered a piece that could function as an entryway item or an eclectic storage unit in tight living conditions with basket storage resembling locker fronts.
Given that consumers are trying to put more stuff into smaller quarters, storage was a significant factor throughout the market. For example, South Shore Furniture spotlighted its Avilla platform bed that included open and basket storage.
Of course, adjustable sit/stand desks have become more popular given consumer wellness concerns, and a number of mass-market furniture vendors have begun offering the products in various styles. For example, Twin Star Home featured its ActiveLife adjustable height desks, with work surfaces that range from 29.5 inches to 47 inches in height via three programmable height settings, not only as singular items but also as incorporated into specific collections so consumers can integrate them into home décor.
Z-Line Designs has developed pieces that have a pullout work surface at standing height that can save space and be healthier in use. Blending office and home décor has become such an important consideration that Linon Home Décor has consistently added new seating, essentially accent chairs on casters and, at the show, continued to expand the product line based on demand.
For more coverage of the High Point Market, see the April 16 issue of HOMEWORLD BUSINESS®.