Product Launches, Donation Point The Way To High Point

New products and collections will be popping up all over High Point, NC, for the upcoming fall furniture market, noted International Market Centers, operator of the key core show buildings, even as it announced a major donation in town.

Highlights include 125 introductions from the partnership between Dorel Home and designers Cortney and Robert Novogratz. Dorel also will highlight its CosmoLiving by Cosmopolitan brand debut for the Fall High Point Market, to be held October 13 to 18, and the expansion of Ameriwood Home into new product segments including pet.

Other planned previews include Surya’s launch of Surya Spaces, a collaborative resource that features credited designer products and original content from the vendor.

“New collections will be on display in every building at October Market, bringing a wealth of options for every buyer, designer and consumer,” said Scott Eckman, IMC president of furniture and home décor leasing. “From the main IHFC buildings to C&D, Showplace, Hamilton-Wrenn showrooms and Suites at Market Square, there are exciting, fresh product options around every corner.”

In addition, IMC has donated its property located at 101 S. Main Street, also known as Showplace West, to Forward High Point for use in a downtown revitalization project.

Officials from the organizations stated that the Showplace West building, which was recently appraised for $3.2 million, represents a strategic location for year-round downtown development. Showplace West is a nine-story building between Main and Hamilton Streets in downtown High Point that has been vacant since 2011 due to code and occupancy issues. The donation to Forward High Point, a not-for-profit membership organization funded by the City of High Point, grants and other contributions, will allow the organization to secure investments toward renovating and refurbishing the building to current building codes.

FHP executive director Ray Gibbs said the organization would work with engineers, city officials and architects to determine what renovations need to take place in preparing the building for mixed-use development.