High Point Market proceeding with revised plan

The High Point Market will take place as scheduled October 13 – 21 following revisions to plans submitted to the North Carolina Governor’s office by the High Point Market Authority (HPMA) in partnership with the Guilford County Health Department and Guilford County Emergency Management Department, Casual Living‘s sister publication Furniture Today has learned.

Consultations between HPMA, Guilford county officials and representatives of Governor Cooper’s office resulted in changes to Market plants that will include, among other things, transitioning educational programming to a virtual format and capacity limitations on buildings and showrooms that correspond to the Stage 2.5 guidelines the governor announced earlier this month.

“They [representatives of the governor’s office] provided comprehensive feedback that included some suggested changes,” Tom Conley, CEO of High Point Market Authority told Furniture Today. “We appreciate the feedback and have altered the plan to take into account these changes. We’re looking forward to a successful October Market.”

While the original plan had accounted for social distancing for educational programming within the High Point Theatre, the potential for attendance to exceed the maximum allowed under the Governor’s most recent executive order resulted in a shift to an entirely virtual educational program for the Market

Big Sky Design opening studio, retail showroom

Wilmington, N.C.-based interior design firm Big Sky Design is opening a new studio and retail showroom in its hometown this fall.

Located in Bradley Creek Station on Oleander Drive, the two-story space will give Big Sky around 4,000 square feet.

The Big Sky Shop + Studio will offer swatch books, wallpaper, and fabric samples; but it will also feature curated vignettes driven by varying themes or color stories — designed to create conversation and to inspire ideas for people’s homes. Each themed vignette will showcase design elements that are otherwise reserved for to-the-trade insiders. The product assortment will include home furnishings, wallpaper, rugs, custom drapery, designer lamps and decorative light fixtures and local artwork. Custom options will be available as well.

The Big Sky Design offices will be on the second floor, where president and principal designer Jennifer Kraner will be located along with the Big Sky Design team. Six designers, two design assistants and the business manager will have a newly designed, branded space, designed entirely by the team. The second floor will feature a library for flooring, wallpaper and fabric samples, workstations for hands-on designing, a conference room and open-concept offices to encourage a creative, collaborative environment.

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