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Showplace Announces More New Exhibitors For High Point Market

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Article Summary: Northwood Collection and New Pacific Direct join Showplace roster for October High Point Market, Lauren Galleries increases space.


IMC reported that two new exhibitors – Northwood Collection and New Pacific Direct – are showing at Showplace during the Oct. 13-18 High Point Market. And an additional exhibitor – Lauren Galleries – has increased the size of its showroom, further establishing Showplace as a primary destination at High Point Market.

Lauren Galleries, a Sarasota, Fla.-based producer of framed artwork, including canvas paintings, prints, giclées and mirrors, returned to Showplace in April 2012 after a five-year absence. Based on the “tremendous” traffic attracted in April, the company added 40 percent more space to its showroom for this market, said Michelle Glassman, owner and president.

“Showplace has been extremely successful for us,” said Glassman. “It attracts the right mix of furniture stores, national chains and hospitality companies that we’re trying to reach.”

This market, Lauren Galleries is introducing about 300 new pieces of art, including textured prints and fashion-forward pieces with embellished mats. Styles range from traditional to contemporary, including a variety of coastal designs. Many products are exclusives.

The family owned and operated company has been in business for 22 years. It shows in a 1,650-square-foot showroom in space 1628 of Showplace.

New Pacific Direct, an importer of upholstered dining chairs, barstools and accent furniture in rattan and solid wood, is exhibiting this market in a 1,700-square-foot showroom in space 3450 of Showplace. The company last showed at the High Point Market in 2007.

“We stopped showing when the recession hit,” said Henry Limarta, CEO of the 12-year-old company. “Now, the economy has stabilized and new opportunities are emerging. Since we have a strong presence in the West at the Las Vegas Market, we felt the time was right to come back to High Point and reach out to more retailers in the East.”

At market, New Pacific is introducing 150 new items, including a collection of retro-modern accent chairs and dining chairs, colorful metal barstools and dining chairs, and organic wood accents and stools.

“We are looking forward to being back in Showplace,” said Limarta. “It’s a modern, upbeat atmosphere that is easy to shop.”

Based in Union City, Calif., New Pacific ships container-direct from Asia and offers freight programs from its West Coast warehouse.

Showing at the High Point Market for the first time is Northwood Collection, a Toronto-based producer of wall décor. The line includes framed art, canvas art, mirrors, clocks, oil paintings and accessories.

Northwood Collection is exhibiting in a 1,000-square-foot showroom in space 1621 of Showplace.

“We’re looking to expand our base of home décor and furniture retailers,” said David Douglas, vice president of sales, about the company’s decision to exhibit in High Point. “Showplace is large enough to attract the key buyers and small enough that people don’t get lost. There’s a strong mix of vendors here, and the building is easy to get around and friendly.”

At market, Northwood Collection will show a variety of new framed and canvas pieces featuring new techniques and designs.

“We’ll feature a new collection of fresh artwork, new textures and stylized framing designed for the ever-changing wall décor market,” said Douglas. He added that the 28-year-old company is “known for innovative design processing and trendsetting product development.”

Julie Messner, vice president of leasing for International Market Centers, said the addition of these new and expanded exhibitors reflects the dynamic nature of Showplace and the High Point Market. “High Point is where the world comes to shop for the very latest on-trend furnishings.”

About International Market Centers: Showplace is owned by International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC), the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. IMC owns and operates 11.5 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas. IMC buildings in High Point include International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC), Showplace, Showplace West, 200/320/330 N. Hamilton, Market Square & Suites, Market Square Tower, Plaza Suites, Furniture Plaza, National Furniture Mart, Hamilton Market and 300 S. Main Street.

IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. For more information on IMC, visit imcenters.com.

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