We love to share resources and sources with our Soft Design community, so from time to time we’ll choose one and give you more in-depth info on the companies, services and platforms we love. Today we’d like to introduce you to a one-of-a-kind insider resource, the Bienenstock Furniture Library. The Furniture Library exists to further knowledge and preserve the history of furniture, interior design and the decorative arts.
With 5,000+ furniture and design specific volumes, it is the largest furniture specialty library in the world and holds the world’s largest such collection that is open and free to all. The Furniture Library’s rare book room houses 350+ volumes published since 1543, including original works of 18th century furniture masters Chippendale, Sheraton and Hepplewhite, and a complete 26-volume set of Diderot Encyclopedia c.1776. This is one of the few places, if not the only, in the world where—by appointment— design professionals, scholars, students, and the public can don a pair of white gloves and examine the original works of the pioneer designers.
The Library’s open stacks—available any time you choose to drop by— include 5000+ texts, catalogs and magazines (such as 100 years of Antiques Magazine issues), covering international design history from ancient Greece until present day. Topics include art, architecture, furniture design, style, history, all significant design periods, wood and wood working, interior design, scaled drawings, window treatments, paint and paint finishes, textiles, clocks, porcelain, glass and much more. [Included in the Library’s collection: Design Directory of Window Treatments, by our own Jackie Von Tobel.]
Simply open a book on the Library’s shelves, and you can find rare drawings, furniture details, historic color swatches, international design specialties—a treasure trove of inspiration, information, and illustration for anyone interested in design. And, though little known outside the industry, the Furniture Library is located right in the heart of High Point Market. In fact, the HP Market Authority itself describes the Library as: “Like No Other Place On Earth, a truly unique resource for working designers.” Read more about what the Market has to say about Furniture Library, here.
As a non-profit organization, the Bienenstock Furniture Library provides most all of it’s services at no charge. The Library’s staff will be happy to answer any of your questions by email, phone, or in person. An Advisory Board of professional interior designers, college professors and design industry members assist in answering questions on selected topics. For instance, the Library can help you determine the style or period design of a piece of furniture.
Each year, a number of interior design and furniture design students are awarded scholarships through the The Bienenstock Furniture and Interior Design Competition. To date, the Library has awarded more than $450,000 in scholarships.
The Bienenstock Interior Design Scholarship is awarded by juried competition in a residential/commercial based project, directed and sponsored in partnership with ASID. Entrants complete a project to a set of provided instructions and commercial specifications. 1st place winner receives $5000, 2nd place $1500, and the 1st place winner’s school receives $1000 for it’s design department. 2017 judges are: Christi Spangle, June Anderson, Bri Verstat, Rose Dotal, Kara Cox, Gwen Emery, Jessica Alpert and Marilyn Russell.
The Bienenstock Furniture Design Scholarship is awarded by a juried chair design competition, judged in partnership with ASFD. 1st place winner receives $5000, 2nd place $1500, and the 1st place winner’s school receives a $1000 for it’s design department. 2017 judges are: Dudley Moore, Jr.; Richard Frinier, Scott Coley, Danny Davis, Rick Schroeder, Royale Wiggin and Paul Brayton.
2017 Bienenstock Furniture Library Scholars will be announced in March. Any junior/senior or graduate student majoring in any design related field and attending a United States school or university is eligible to compete in the annual Bienenstock scholarship competition. If you or someone you know is eligible, the Library invites you to enter during the next competition. Details here.
RARE BOOKS Preservation
The Library’s rare books are housed in a climate and humidity controlled environment with monitored usage and white glove only access. The Library is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of it’s rare books in their original format, and has begun a Sponsor-A-Book effort to repair and rebind every volume, as appropriate, through grants and private donations. Rare and important books are awaiting funds for rebinding conservation and preservation.
If you, or an organization of which you are a member, share the passion to preserve design knowledge and artifacts, the Library invites you to sponsor a book.
A PLACE OF RESPITE
While in High Point, and especially amid the 12-hours fast-paced days of High Point Market, the Bienenstock Furniture Library invites you to use the Library’s facilities—and it’s beautifully planted sculpture garden—as a place of rest and respite. You can hop onto a “Go-Anywhere Shuttle” and be delivered to the Library within five minutes.
Should you or your organization have a meeting or special event to host during High Point Market, the Library invites you to use its high-tech Hadley Court Center for Design Collaboration, conference rooms, or its beautiful Pat Plaxico Sculpture Gardens sculpture garden and cottage house for alfresco dinners and gatherings.
YOU MIGHT ENJOY A VIDEO TOUR OF THE LIBRARY, here
FOR QUESTIONS + DETAI LS, the Library invites you to contact director Karla Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.furniturelibrary.com, or join the conversation at: