East Tennessee State University Engineering Technology, Surveying & Digital Media

Furniture Market Tour


2014 High Point Furniture Market Tour, High Point, NC

Interior design students spent a day exploring the showrooms and interacting with vendors.  A particular highlight of the day was a tour lead by furniture designer Gil Sturtzel, one of the furniture designers for the Steve Silver Company, the largest designer and manufacturer of dining room furniture in the world.  Students learned about international shipping costs, the importance of flat pack, why they have factories that specialize in wood in Vietnam and metal in China.  Trends for the coming years are: brass, gold, silver, hyper-saturated orange/red and teal.  Styles trending include Art Deco, mid-century modern, 1980′s acrylic & chrome.