What did Tuesday bring? Much adventure. Cassandra & I had the pleasure of attending - and graduating from, I might add - Hickory University today. She and I were among a throng of interior designers invited to the event in picturesque Hickory, North Carolina.
In one day we toured the entire factory, seeing how these amazing pieces are formed, sanded, finished, customized, refined, upholstered, hammered, nailed, tufted and welted to your exact specifications. This is as close to bespoke as you're likely to get in the American furniture market. Nearly every piece of furniture we observed today was accompanied by a custom order ticket. I can barely get my head around the processes they must have in place to keep so many orders and options straight. Watching them work is like seeing an orchestra perform. There's so much synchronicity and fluidity to their motions and such a sense of calm in what seems like such chaos.
And amazingly, every one involved is happy to accommodate even the most intricate detail of personalization. It's late and I have so very much to share, but I'll need to post the juicy details once I'm back at home. Let's just say hotel wireless is not the best friend of the photo-rich blogger.
Tomorrow it's off to High Point for the showroom tours. In the meantime, enjoy these quick snapshots from the day. And before I go let me just assure you, that southern hospitality you've heard so much about is anything but myth. The entire Hickory Chair team has been so welcoming and gracious that I'm almost convinced we could stay all week and be greeted with welcome arms. In just two days I feel like we're family.