Published on : Thursday, October 11, 2018
Plant Seven, a new center for design, culture and innovation, will be launched during this week’s High Point Market.
The 100,000-square-foot redevelopment project is located in the former Union Square showroom building at 410 W. English Rd.
With an ambitious plan to roll out over the coming years, Plant Seven will preview with a soft opening celebration in conjunction with High Point Market. Plant Seven is home to the HP365 initiative, a non-profit that has created a range of new programs and experiences in the building, which ultimately aims to revitalize the English Road area of High Point’s downtown.
CEO and developer of the project Tim Branscome is working with the Raleigh-based firm Louis Cherry Architecture under the creative direction of Brooklyn-based Standard Issue Design to transform the 90-year-old former textile mill into a modern multi-use creative hub. Created with entrepreneurs, designers and makers in mind, the space will house a collaborative co-working space, design resources, photo studios and numerous public spaces, including a café, retail, exhibition galleries and event venues.
“Plant Seven represents a new approach for the city,” said Branscome. “It will allow for talent to emerge from the grassroots, and our programming will speak to the next generation with a blend of art and design that will resonate internationally.” Branscome added further.
At market, Plant Seven will bring design oriented exhibitors and range of cultural projects designed to engage the local community and visitors. Plant Seven will also preview offerings coming in 2019. Those include:
• This Is Not A Chair
With the rise of the independent maker, the traditional furniture world is being challenged. “This Is Not A Chair” is intended to spark a dialog about the idea of furniture and its role in our lives. It will feature curated works by artists and designers practicing in a range of media and techniques whose work redefines furniture and function.
• Design Shop Curated by Dezeen
The editors of Dezeen, a leading international architecture and design online magazine, offer their favorite design finds the world and the South, featuring shoppable gifts from Southernmakers, including, accessories and décor.
• Draw Down Bookshop
An assortment of design books about photography, graphics, architecture and interiors from Draw Down, the independent publisher and distributor.
• Mill Collective
The fourth edition of the biannual design and craftsmanship fair Mill Collective. Local exhibitors include Skram, Enkle Designs, Elijah Leed, BuzziSpace and more.
• Material ConneXion
The leading materials resource by Sandow has opened at Plant Seven, featuring new materials and innovative solutions for interior design.
• The Loft at Plant Seven
The Loft is a versatile event space at the top of Plant Seven.
• Plant Seven CoWork
A preview Plant Seven’s future co-working space with a temporary lounge outfitted with products from Arper and BuzziSpace for Market.
Source: Furniture Today