With more than 5,000 furniture and design specific volumes, The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library is the largest furniture specialty library in the world. The rare book collection contains volumes published since 1640 and includes a collection of the original works of 18th century furniture masters Chippendale, Sheraton and Hepplewhite, as well as a complete 26 volume set of Diderot’s Encyclopedia published in 1776.

This is one of the few, if not the only place in the world where design professionals, scholars, students, and the public can don a pair of white gloves and examine the original works of the pioneer designers in our industry.

The library also contains rare drawings and furniture details. It is a treasure trove of inspiration, information and illustration for anyone interested in design.

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The History of Mirror: Through A Glass, Darkly

The mirror has been in existence almost as long as humankind.

By legend, the first mirror was formed in the ancient Himalayas when a little brook tarried to rest itself, as if to ponder and reflect upon its course. Thereby, in time, the first woman walked and looking down into the pool was surprised by­—another girl!—which she slowly came to understand as a reflection of herself.

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Library Director’s Update

Forsyth Tech Architecture Students

It is always exciting when a college group comes to the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library. Recently, I welcomed students from Forsyth Technical Community College. Todd Shoaf, licensed architect and Architectural Studies Coordinator at Forsyth Technical Community College and his students explored the wonderful resources at the Library.

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IFDA Libby Langdon and Rising Stars

Libby Langdon, a successful furniture and interior designer, HGTV design show host, author and judge for the Bienenstock Design Competition was honored at IFDA’s 2012 Night of Luminaries. Robin Gainey, Carolina’s Chapter IFDA President and Karla Webb, Carolina’s Chapter IFDA Secretary presented Libby with an engraved vase for her contributions to the design and home furnishings industry.

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Paul Sanow Federal Table

By day, Paul Sanow is a Theatre Consultant and by night a period furniture maker whose passion for detail shines through in his exquisite work. In June 2012, Paul visited The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library to research Federal Card Tables. He spent several hours combing through the many titles available to him and found a wealth of information to begin his next project.

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