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Industry Buzz – Do you have anything in your store that looks like this?

The popularity of retro home furniture comes and goes, but the continued e-comm and social media focus on vintage products keeps the spirit of second-hand for many consumers.

In a recent article in Architectural Digest, e-commerce retailer 1stdibs reported that the top-selling vintage and antique categories with significant volume for the first quarter of 2022 include iconic dining chairs and lighting. Additionally, major searches on the 1stdibs website bring up several household names such as Thonet, Eames, Knoll, and Noguchi, among others.

Although referencing specific vintage items, the first quarter results reported by 1stdibs correlate with several lifestyle trends that have emerged over the past 18-24 months, many of which were referenced by High Point Market Style Spotters in the semi-annual report published this week. In addition to globally inspired and handcrafted items, the products featured in the Trends Report include numerous references to iconic designs, as well as a strong focus on eco-friendly materials and the stories behind the brand.

“Today’s designers are reusing and reinventing materials once considered useless, and in the process are developing innovative ways to create beautiful objects,” noted Style Spotters advisers Shay Geyer and Gary Inman. “We couldn’t be more proud of this team for all of their hard work, astute observations, and for blowing us all away with their organization of the Spring 2022 High Point Market.”

In each market, a select group of leading design professionals are chosen as Style Spotters to curate products and introductions through print, digital and live content. Spring Market 2022 Style Spotters include: Kelly Collier-Clark, Kurt Jacob Miller, Kelly Finley, Monika Nessbach, Jacob Laws, Lucy Penfield, Jennifer Mabley, Jana Platina Phipps, Rachel Mautner and Duval Reynolds.

I’m Cindy Hodnett, brand development editor for BridgeTower Media’s Home Furnishings division. Most recently, I worked in a marketing content development role, and now I’m putting my editor hat on for Furniture Today, Home Accents Today, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Designers Today, Home Textiles Today, and Home Furnishings News. My first introduction to the business side of furniture was as editor for FT in 2012 and founding editor of Designers Today in 2015, and now I’m once again working alongside some of the industry’s most dedicated professionals to keep our readers informed about the events, people and companies that impact their business.