Hooker Furnishings sets Spring events schedule

MARTINSVILLE, VA – April 2024 – Hooker Furnishings has released its schedule of educational and social events for the Spring 2024 High Point Market. Kicking off Friday, April 12 with its highly anticipated 100th Anniversary Party – A Century of Home – the events range from educational panels on Science in Design, technology for the design industry, and brand collaborations, to social happy hours and giveaways. 

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Hosted in Hooker Furnishings’ showrooms, located on the third floor of Showplace and at 220 Elm, the full schedule of events can be found below:

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 

5:30pm – 9pm Hooker Furnishings’ 100th Anniversary: ‘A Century of Home’ Party 

Location: Hooker Furnishings Showroom | Showplace | 3rd Floor 

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 

10am Science in Design Presents Biophilia: The Human Need for Nature 

Speaker: Mike Peterson (Founder of Science in Design) 

Description: We are nature. We were born in nature but now surround ourselves with an unnatural environment. Biophilic design is our opportunity to reconnect to what is natural to us as a people. The session explores the origin of biophilia, biophilic design worldwide, applying biophilic design, as well as studies documenting the health benefits of biophilic design. 

Location: HF Designer’s Theatre | Showplace | 3rd Floor 

1:30pm Implementing Science in Design 

Panelists: Lisa Kahn & Kristen Bartone (Bartone Interiors) 

Moderated by: Mike Peterson (Founder of Science in Design) 

Description: The session includes an in-depth discussion of how to implement the new science in design. Case studies from Lisa Kahn and Kristin Bartone, specialists in neuroaesthetics and biophilia, will provide a roadmap for fellow interior designers. We’ll explore multiple media and text usage for websites, print, and social media. The session discusses using science and biophilic design elements to connect personally with clients. 

Location: HF Designer’s Theatre | Showplace | 3rd Floor 

10am – 4pm Mélange: Jewelry for Your Home x Jewelry for YOU 

First 100 customers win a complimentary permanent jewelry bracelet. All others will be available to purchase on-site. 

Location: Mélange area | Showplace | 3rd Floor 

3pm Happy Hour @ Showplace + 220 Elm 

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 

10am Transformative Tech: How designers are using technology for new revenue streams  

Panelists: Nile Johnson (Nile Johnson Design), John McLain (Founder, John McLain Design), & Jenna Gaidusek (Founder of AI for Interior Designers)

Moderated by: IDS | Co-sponsored by: Mydoma Studio 

Description: The interior design industry is undergoing a significant transformation due to the rapid evolution of technology. Designers now have the opportunity to capitalize on these advancements in their own businesses. Join the Interior Design Society, Mydoma Studio, and Hooker Furnishings for a panel discussion to discover how you can create new revenue streams for your design business by harnessing technology. From AI to innovative design packages, this conversation will leave you inspired to take proactive steps in your business.

Location: Designer’s Theatre | Showplace | 3rd Floor 

3pm: Happy Hour @ Showplace + 220 Elm 

MONDAY, APRIL 15 

9am: Mastering Brand Collaborations That Pay Off  

Panelists: Ursula Carmona (Founder Home Made by Carmona), Beth Diana Smith (Founder, Beth Diana Smith Design) & Kenzi Reddick (VP of Creative Marketing, Interior Design and Events for Hooker Furnishings)

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Moderated by: Ericka Saurit, Saurit Creative + Marketing School for Creatives 

Description: Take a deep dive into the world of brand partnerships from pros in the know! We’ll explore all the innovative ways designers can work with brands – from product placements to sponsored content to long-term ambassadorships to landing magazine features – and discuss how you can tailor these opportunities to your unique brand and style. Engage directly with industry-leading influencers in the home industry and gain personalized insights for how to grow your own brand through partnerships.  

Location: Designer’s Theatre | Showplace | 3rd Floor 

3pm: Design Business Blueprint: Best Ways to Pivot Your Design Business in Times of Uncertainty 

Speakers: Yudi Kaufman (YKD Associates) & Courtney Porter (Editor-in-Chief of Design News Now)

Description: From embracing digital transformation to fostering adaptive leadership – and everything in between – Yudi Kaufman and Courtney Porter will provide actionable insights for design professionals looking to thrive in unpredictable environments. Join us for a drink and bring your questions, as we delve into practical strategies to empower your business in the face of uncertainty.

Location: Designer’s Theatre | Showplace | 3rd Floor 

3pm: Happy Hour @ Showplace + 220 Elm 

TUESDAY, APRIL 16 

3pm: Happy Hour @ Showplace + 220 Elm 

About Hooker Furnishings


Headquartered in Martinsville, VA, Hooker Furnishings is ranked among the nation’s largest publicly traded furniture sources and encompasses 12 operating businesses. These brands include: Hooker Furniture, Bradington-Young, HF Custom, Shenandoah Furniture, H Contract, M, BOBO Intriguing Objects, Pulaski Furniture, Samuel Lawrence Furniture, Prime Resource International, Samuel Lawrence Hospitality, and Sunset WestHooker Furnishings Corporation’s corporate offices and upholstery manufacturing facilities are located throughout Virginia and North Carolina, and the company has showrooms in High Point, North Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Hooker Furnishings operates distribution centers in the United States, China, and Vietnam. The company’s stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol HOFT.

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