High Point Market Trends: Clear is Here
Twice a year, buyers from around the world come to High Point Market to see beautifully designed showrooms and exhibits. Buyers come to High Point to see the most innovative new products, see the trends as they happen, and experience the vision and excitement of this incredible industry.
High Point Market features an amazing 12.2 million square feet of showroom and exhibit space and 2,000 manufacturers in multiple buildings in downtown High Point, making it by far the world’s largest home furnishings market. Each Market attracts more than 75,000 industry professionals who come to buy, learn, and network with thought-leaders, trend-setters, and industry experts providing an abundance of products and fresh ideas.
The Rise of Clear Furniture
A huge trend we saw at High Point last week was the predominance of clear furniture. By “clear,” we mean transparent, or invisible, like Wonder Woman’s plane. Not really, but you get the point. Think lucite, acrylic, plexiglass and, of course, glass.
There were many types of furniture being made in these transparent materials: bar carts, cocktail tables, martini tables, dining tables, dining chairs, bar stools, benches and foot stools, and the list goes on. Why are they so popular? The most obvious reason is because transparent furniture, inherently void of any color, goes with anything and everything. There are no metal or wood finishes to coordinate. Clear is universal, it goes with everything.
Another reason why people love clear furniture is these transparent furnishings add a feeling of modernity to any interior, even though they have been around for over 80 years. Plexiglass, created by Rohm & Haas, was trademarked in 1933, and Lucite, by DuPont, was trademarked in 1936. Yet these clear materials look modern and fresh in every way possible, making us confident that clear is classic and here to stay.
Pictured here are some of our favorite clear pieces from the High Point market.