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Exclusive Designer Pop-Up Workspace Launches at HP Market

Steelyard and Universal To The Trade have partnered to host the first designer-only lounge for interior designers to work, meet and relax during High Point Market.

The inaugural HPMKT Designer’s Lounge will be hosted by Universal in its beautifully renovated building at 101 South Hamilton St., located next to Showplace and across from the IHFC.

“Designers are an important part of our business. It’s one of the key reasons we made the move to downtown High Point, so signing on as host for the Designer’s Lounge was a natural fit for us,” said Neil MacKenzie, Universal’s director of marketing.

“Whether they simply need a space with comfortable seating to get off their feet, relax, recharge and visit with colleagues, or if they’ve got work and planning to do, they’ll have everything they need at the Designer’s Lounge at Universal.”

The Designer’s Lounge will be filled with various amenities designers need to survive long Market days: coffee, organic juices, snacks, bag checks, ample lounge and work spaces, charging stations, computers, tablets, Wi-Fi and a printer. In addition, a Steelyard concierge will be on hand throughout the week to assist with any other needs designers may have.

“We created the Lounge to provide designers a space equipped for all their needs at Market,” said Steelyard Founder Stacey Tiveron. “Universal is the perfect host. Its building is gorgeous and its dedication to the interior designer is felt from the moment you walk through the front door.”

The Steelyard Designer’s Lounge at Universal will be open Oct. 22 - Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s free to designers but registration is required in advance of Market online at, or in person at the Lounge during Market hours.

Those designers that RSVP online by Oct. 14 will be entered to win their choice of select Universal To The Trade accent tables during Market. Winners will be announced Sunday and Monday at Market via Instagram @universaltothetrade.

Designers are also invited to attend Universal’s Semi-Annual Soiree for cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres and live music beginning on Monday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.

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