During the 1950s, Tomlinson's Gainsborough chair was one of the most popular upholstered chairs in the region. The red one is probably the biggest one ever made. It was used as a throne on a parade float.
Our exhibit takes you behind the scenes and inside a twentieth-century furniture factory.
We have some really fascinating machinery on view.
Furniture has been made in High Point since 1889. In our "furniture showroom" we display examples dating from ca. 1900 to 1955.
Many industries have been established in High Point to serve the furniture industries. Veneer, mirrors, photography, and furniture-finishing technology are a few. Free-lance furniture designers also make up a significant part of the local population. High Point is now the center for furniture design and display.
Photography has been a potent tool for selling furniture. High Point has more studio space for photography than anywhere else in the world. Most of it serves the furniture industry.
Few people know that Tomlinson, a High Point company, originated the idea of displaying furniture for the trade the way it would look in a home. Tomlinson was also the first High Point company to make furniture in suites in antique styles. These three pieces are from a Tomlinson dining room set of the 1920s.
The marketing area of the exhibit features a great insider's look at High Point's furniture market, an industry trade show held twice each year -- the largest in the world. Visitors to the exhibition can pick through Bill Byers' briefcase to see how High Point's furniture market affects the local economy.