Hear trend experts dish on 2024 in seminar at Hall of Fame

HIGH POINT — A panel of trend experts will share their insights on trends for 2024 at the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame during the High Point Market.

The panel will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, at the Hall headquarters at 311 S. Hamilton St. Sponsored by Sunpan, the seminar will feature four panelists who will share their views on the key design influences that will be top of mind in the coming year in home furnishings. The seminar will include a discussion of the emerging Divine trend, which is being previewed for the first time this market in the Four Hands Trend Spotter exhibit in the new Hall of Fame building.

The Trend 2024 panel discussion will be led by Aurora Hinz, a home and lifestyle strategist with Fashion Snoops.

“With this panel, we aim to explore how the consumer value system is shifting – to quality over quantity, and for items to have meaning/roots versus just looking beautiful,” said Hinz, adding that the emerging Divine trend exemplifies this new style direction. “Divine centers around consumers finding deeper meaning with their products. It has a modern monastic feel; however, it really speaks to creating a more purposeful connection with our home goods.”

The four featured speakers at the High Point Market seminar include:

  • Dixon Bartlett, chief creative officer of Norwalk Furniture: Well-recognized for his trend-forward aesthetic, he has led several successful companies in sales, merchandising, visual merchandising, store construction, marketing and distribution functions.
  • Elaine Markoutsas, global trend correspondent, syndicated design writer and editor, stylist and home design consultant.
  • Don Ricardo Massenburg, principal and founder of the interior design company Design Inkredible: Based in Durham, N.C., Massenburg is recognized for creating bold and soothing interiors through his use of lush, layered textiles, upholstery and rich color.
  • Franca Panetta, product manager with Sunpan, a Toronto-based, global furniture company specializing in the design and manufacturing of transitional and contemporary furnishings.

“We are excited to be hosting this highly anticipated look at the key design trends that will be shaping the home furnishings arena in the coming year,” said Karen McNeill, president and CEO of the Hall of Fame board of directors. “The seminar’s moderator — Aurora Hinz — is well-versed in consumer lifestyle shifts and how these shifts can lead to actionable business opportunities within the design community. And our new Hall of Fame building is the perfect venue for this type of discussion.”

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