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High Point Market ready for kick-off

Overall mood is upbeat, optimistic

Buyers are already arriving for the High Point Market, and though the weather is a bit gloomy, the overall mood is upbeat and optimistic.

Here’s another look at news from the upcoming show:

Chelsea House promotes Rudy Stowe
Rudy Stowe has been promoted to executive vice president of Chelsea House. He was previously vice president/general manager

Stowe is in charge of daily operations and technology for Chelsea House. He oversees both the Gastonia facility as well as the company’s finishing plant in Hickory, N.C.

“Rudy has been with the company for more than 11 years and has become such a critical part of our operation,” said Bill Cain, president. “We have known each other all our lives. As Chelsea House begins a new and bright future, I am blessed to have someone with Rudy’s unique and varied skills to help carry the company forward. Rudy has great people skills and is a true asset to our company.”

Chelsea House shows in 200 N. Hamilton

Safavieh hosts Suzanne Kasler, David Easton
Retailers and designers will have the opportunity to meet Safavieh Couture licensing partners Suzanne Kasler and David Easton as they introduce new carpets for Safavieh Couture, and attend special events on Monday and Tuesday at the Safavieh showroom, Market Square120.

On Monday, Kasler will hold a book signing at the Safavieh showroom from noon to 1:30 p.m. The event celebrates the official launch of her new book, Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors. Buffet lunch will be served during the event.

On Tuesday, Safavieh toasts designer David Easton and his new African collection of sheared Peshawar rugs for Safavieh Couture from 2-3 p.m. South African wines and hors d’ouevres will be served as Easton presents his new carpets, and discusses the influence of his travels to Africa on the designs.

Safavieh will serve breakfast and lunch daily at the High Point Showroom from Saturday to Wednesday.


Celebrity designers to speak at SFC public press conference
The Sustainable Furnishings Council will be announcing a major trade and consumer print campaign featuring a host of famous interior and product designers to increase awareness and purchase interest in eco-friendly home furnishings. A public press conference and round table discussion with several of the participating designers on Monday at 9:30 am on the 11th floor of IHFC Green Wing, Ballroom B.

The campaign centers on a new DESIGNINGreen Leadership Team of prominent interior and product designers committed to promoting more sustainable practices throughout the industry.

The launch group includes legendary fashion designer Alexander Julian with a line for Vaughan-Bassett; Thom Filicia of the Style network’s “Dress My Nest” with a line for Vanguard; Vladimir Kagan, award-winning product designer with designs for American Leather; Angelo Surmelis of HGTV’s “Rate My Space” with his angelo:HOME line for Handy Living; and leading brand icon Kathy Ireland with an upholstery line for Omnia Leather among many others. Julian, Filicia and Kagan will all be part of the round table discussion of their efforts and announcing the campaign on Monday.

Payne Street hosting artist Marty Kalb
Payne Street & The Breece Collection is exhibiting the works of well-known artist Marty Kalb from Delaware Ohio.

Kalb’s works are color filled landscape abstractions, waterfalls, figurative and geometric abstractions. His works can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other noted museums across the country.

Meet the artist on Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Payne Street/Breece Collection Showroom, 330 N. Hamilton 2nd floor.

Linon celebrating 40th anniversary
Linon Home Decor Products has expanded and redesigned its showroom at 220 Elm, Suite 202, to more than 11,000 square feet.

It will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a Greek party on Monday at 5:30 p.m. Stop by for Greek food, wine and even extra plates for breaking. Derick Belden III, senior editor of Southern Living Magazine, will speak at the beginning of the evening about the Linon collection of licensed rugs


AFD hosts The Commodores Monday
AFD is hosting “A Celebration of Life” – an auction and concert by The Commodores – from 5-10 p.m. Monday night.

Proceeds from the event will support One Million Meals program of Kids Against Hunger, an international food relief program dedicated toward reducing hunger in the United States and throughout the world.

Admission to the auction and catered concert is free to all registered members. The event is being held at the AFD Design Center their 45,000-sq.-ft. showroom at 122 N. Hamilton Ave. (on the corner of Hamilton and Kivett) in the Hamilton Wrenn district.

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