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Sunpan Hosts Brunch on Gen Z Home Decorating Mindset During HPMKT

A Mimosa Brunch and Trend Spotter seminar at the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame and hosted by Sunpan will explore the home decorating mindset of Gen Z on April 14, 10:30 to Noon, 311 S. Hamilton St.

“Muse,” the latest Trend Spotter exhibit created by FS features more than a dozen new products inspired by key new lifestyle trends as interpreted in products ranging from upholstery and case goods to lighting and rugs.

“Muse is a warm, funky and eclectic curation that speaks to the Gen Z mindset,” says Jaye Anna Mize, vice president of advisory for Fashion Snoops (FS), who is moderating the panel discussion.

“An assemblage of old and new design, Muse reflects the collector's mentality. What feels obvious to the design world becomes a new zeitgeist for the younger consumer. Their interiors are not tied down to one time or place, often representing many different eras and artistic movements.”

According to the latest trend analysis by FS, “Gen Zers especially crave sentimental pieces for their homes that evoke feelings of heritage, interpersonal connection and thoughtful artistry,” Mize adds.

“At SUNPAN, we always strive to be a part of important discussions revolving around emerging trends and innovation,” says Katherine Kalen, chief marketing officer at SUNPAN. “We are thrilled to host this seminar, which aims to inform and educate the design community of relevant consumer sentiments.”

“The trend seminar each High Point Market is part of our education initiative and is a collaboration between the Hall of Fame, FS, Interwoven and the High Point Market Authority,” says Karen McNeill, CEO and chairman of the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

“These in-depth discussions with creative thinkers from across the industry provide a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights into what’s coming next in the ever-changing world of home furnishings.”

The panel of three speakers, moderated by Mize, will introduce unique perspectives and views on design directions embraced by Generation Z.

• Emily Keane, interior designer with Design Bar, a commercial interior design firm in Charlotte, NC. An interior designer and emerging design creative, Keane is a 2023 graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design. Originally from outside Boston, Keane has a passion for designing interior spaces that positively impact people and their communities through experiential design.

• Parker Heath, founder of PAR KER Made, San Diego. Parker Heath is an interdisciplinary artist creating work in a variety of media such as painting, ceramics, textiles and home accessories. Heath received his Studio Arts BFA degree in 2022 from San Diego State University. In 2021, he founded PAR KER Made, a lifestyle brand that focuses on hand-crafted functional art collections for home and living.

• Virginia Chamlee, author of “Big Thrift Energy.” Virginia Chamlee is a Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida based writer, artist and author of the best-selling book “Big Thrift Energy.” An expert at shopping high end vintage home décor and other treasures, Chamlee has been featured on NBC News and in Architectural Digest, The Washington Post and Elle magazine.

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