The well recognized artist, Bob Timberlake, gave a talk and slide presentation to over 120 attendees at Market Square in High Point on Wednesday, September 14. Interior Designers came from as far away as Tennessee and Georgia. This was a wonderful opportunity for them to spend the afternoon visiting the many open-to-the-trade showrooms in the area. They were able to buy some samples off the floor at discounted prices to make room for the new pieces in the October market. Company representatives at Capel, Feizy, Safavieh, French Heritage, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Century Furniture, and many others all had ample time to give their undivided attention to the designers and offer special prices.
Bob Timberlake gave a slide presentation and spoke of the joy he has had over the years working with furniture manufacturers including Century Furniture where his signature brand is made–praising them for their incredible ingenuity and creativity. He spoke of the need to build furniture that was totally warm, safe, easy to live with, and comfortable. After 22 years in the business he finds it amazing that he is able to choose from over 2,300 fabrics at Century for his upholstery pieces. He chronicled his and his wife’s American heritage, which both date back to the American Revolution and fighting General Cornwallis. He spoke about the current need to “Buy American,” for this country to recover economically and create more jobs.
Timberlake has traveled extensively around the world with Armand Hammer of Occidental Petroleum and met and visited Andrew Wyeth, who encouraged him to pursue painting. Timberlake invited everyone to please visit his galleries in Lexington and Blowing Rock and to make reservations to celebrate his 75th birthday on September 25 at the Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock.
This Designer Appreciation Day was sponsored by the High Point Design Center and the HPDC showroom members of Market Square. A delicious buffet lunch was served in the Antique & Design Center. This series takes place on the second Wednesday of every month, when the spacious showrooms of the 50 plus members throughout High Point are staffed for drop-in visits. Throughout the year High Point Design Center member showrooms are open for visitation. Some are permanently staffed and open five days a week, and others only by appointment. It is well worth the effort to drive to High Point, N.C., for an “off market” visit. Parking is easy.