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New Carolina, a curated showcase of contemporary furniture and textile design in North Carolina


A note from Port of Raleigh owner, Ana Maria: 


Through Port of Raleigh I’ve had the opportunity to connect with local designers who are creating fresh, beautiful, and exciting things. All right here in the Triangle.

It’s been a goal to share local work like theirs since Port of Raleigh opened but it’s also been a challenge to create the proper presentations for them within the store’s four walls. 

It was time to think beyond our own box. Since these designers are emerging, they do not currently have permanent customer-facing opportunities like showrooms or full brick & mortar retail representation. It was time to create a dedicated space where these designers could showcase their work and our community could engage with them, even if just for a day or two. The vision for the event was an intimate trade show feel but be free and open to the public so that anyone interested in discovering and supporting local designers would be welcome. 

And it’s happening. This weekend we’ll transform the beautiful event space at Junction West in Downtown Raleigh into a curated, fun, and engaging celebration of contemporary design from our own backyard. 

It brings me so much joy to say that New Carolina has a range of incredible options for those seeking locally made modern home furnishings. 

When my husband and I moved to Raleigh over five years ago - knowing a bit about North Carolina’s rich history in furniture making - we set out to find locally made modern furniture. It wasn’t easy. New Carolina aims to ease the hunt, create an opportunity to personally engage with the designs and the designers themselves, and help you find that perfect-something for your home. 

But the goals don’t stop there. A very high-level, long-term goal of the event is to put our area’s emerging contemporary design community on the map. There is great talent in our region. Genuine, passionate, and worthy-of-so-much-attention talent and this first and very small event is just the beginning. 

To learn more about the event and the designers, please visit

I hope you’ll join us if you’re near, and thank you for your support from afar! 

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