Highpoint Furniture Market – Day 2

My second day at the Highpoint furniture market was equally as exciting as the first, and perhaps even more so. After touring several more showrooms, I met up with my friends Julian and Klari – the owners of one of my favorite Calgary furniture stores, Maria Tomas. They took me on an insider’s tour of some incredible furniture showrooms and gave me a sneak peek into the pieces they are considering for their shop. They also asked my opinion on furniture that I thought Calgarians would like. I was thrilled and honoured that they wanted my opinion, and the day just got better after that!

Now, I don’t want to give away any secrets of exactly what they are going to order, but let me just say that it will be stunning!  There were upholstered headboards and side tables accented with patterns of shiny chrome tacks. There were handcrafted chairs featuring dressmakers details like dropped skirts with accent borders so comfortable you could just melt into them. Art deco-styled club chairs with wood arms in taupe leather that the gents will love. Classic side tables and ottomans sporting whimsical, animal-like feet that would be the conversation piece of any room. Customizable case goods with an incredible array of stain and finish options. My head was swirling! I was elated seeing these collections, picturing what is in store for us in the coming months, and picturing where I could use them in my Calgary interior design projects.


While we were touring the Hickory Chair showroom something amazing happened. In between my “oohs” and “aahhs” and regularly stopping dead in my tracks just to soak in the beauty of the furniture, Julian and Klari introduced me to one of interior design’s greatest stars – Alexa Hampton! She has designed a collection of furniture for Hickory Chair and was in the showroom signing copies of her book “The Language of Interior Design”. I was beyond thrilled to meet her and taken aback by her warm character and quick wit. Her charm and effervescent personality was delightful and she kindly posed for a photo with me. Alexa and I joked about the fact that I look so short (in my defense, she was wearing killer stilletos) and we had a nice chat before continuing on through the showroom.

5479_40RMFurniture designed by Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair

5407_86RMFurniture designed by Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair

5487_10RMFurniture designed by Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair

At the end of the day, Klari, Julian and I had a great meal at the Print Works Bistro in the Proximity Hotel. The evening was spent reminiscing about all of the exciting furniture pieces we saw and noshing on very tasty food. The day couldn’t have been better, and it was the perfect way to cap off my trip to the Highpoint furniture market.



4 Comments on Highpoint Furniture Market – Day 2

  1. TLC_Designs
    October 23, 2010 at 10:33 pm (9 years ago)

    This furniture is stunning – congrats, Alexa Hampton. I would seriously consider selling my soul to devil in exchange for the table in that last image (gorgeous lines! and I love the little casters). Kudos to whoever styled these spaces. The entourage looks so great with the furniture, it really amplifies the furniture’s best features.

  2. jennifer@nicolejanehome
    October 26, 2010 at 1:09 am (9 years ago)

    It sounds like a fabulous time!! Hopefully one of these days I’ll get down to Highpoint!

  3. Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi
    October 26, 2010 at 12:46 pm (9 years ago)

    How fun you got to meet Alexa Hampton! Love those first chairs.

  4. Nyla
    October 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow Jacqueline sounds like one amazing trip! How great that you met up with Klari and Julian…familiar faces in a sea of people! The photo of you and Alexa Hampton is adorable ~ love it! Thanks for sharing about your trip. Maybe I’ll join you in the spring??!

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