A new creative hub in North Carolina opens as co-working space, exhibition gallery and more

New Plant Seven Interior
Inside Plant Seven in High Point, North Carolina.
(Image credit: Keith Isaacs)

High Point, North Carolina may be best known amongst the design circles for its biannual High Point Market, where designers and buyers look for the latest fancies to wow their clients, but this month, it becomes home to another creative entity – Plant Seven, a centre for culture and innovation that is set to breathe new life into the city.

Occupying a 90-year old former textile mill, Plant Seven is a 100,000 sq ft redevelopment project spearheaded by developer Tim Branscome, who recruited the Raleigh-based architecture firm Louis Cherry Architecture and the Brooklyn-based design agency Standard Issue to oversee its direction. The goal is to transform the building into a creative hub, not only through the co-working space that resides within it, but also the bevy of design resources, photo studios, exhibition galleries and public café and retail spaces that it will soon encompass. Home to the HP365 initiative, a non-profit organisation that has backed the creation of experiences and programs on premises, Plant Seven is a welcome new addition that is set to speak to the 75,000 visitors who travel to the city for the trade fair.

The ‘This is Not A Chair’ exhibition at Plant Seven

Stacked leather chair by Fort Standard as part of the ‘This is Not A Chair’ exhibition at Plant Seven

(Image credit: Keith Isaacs)

Although the overhaul of the space will be unveiled in phases, Plant Seven is currently celebrating its soft opening with an exhibition in its newly renovated project space, ‘This is Not A Chair’. Bringing together seating from over 40 designers from around the world, including Philippe Malouin, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Gabriel Tan, Fort Standard, MOS Architects and Kim Markel, the exhibition surveys the chair as a means of creative expression with examples that bend the ideas of function and aesthetics.

The exhibition, which is on view until January, is accompanied by the unveiling of several permanent fixtures in the complex, including a materials library from Material Connexion, a design book shop and a curated design shop.

This Is Not A Chair exhibition at Plant Seven in North Carolina

Installation view of ‘This Is Not A Chair’ at Plant Seven.

(Image credit: Keith Isaacs)

Plant Seven This Is Not A Chair

Installation view of ‘This Is Not A Chair’ at Plant Seven.

(Image credit: Keith Isaacs)

Plant Seven that is furnished with Arper and Buzzispace furniture

The co-working space in Plant Seven that is furnished with Arper and Buzzispace furniture.

(Image credit: Keith Isaacs)

Ladies Gentlemen Studio

Ladies & Gentlemen woven stool

(Image credit: Keith Isaacs)

New York studio Visibility

Poolside chair by New York studio Visibility

(Image credit: Keith Isaacs)

‘This is Not A Chair’ is on view from 12-17 October. For more information, visit the Plant Seven website


410 West English Road
High Point
NC 27262


Pei-Ru Keh is a former US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru held various titles at Wallpaper* between 2007 and 2023. She reports on design, tech, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru took a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars, actively seeking out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.