Dudley Moore, Sr., the grandson of a prominent chair manufacturer from the mountains of North Carolina, was one of the early freelance furniture designers to set up shop in the High Point area. In 1960, he co-founded Otto & Moore, which continues to be one of the leading furniture design firms in the home furnishings industry. While Dudley was a very talented designer, he had a gift for teaching and mentoring, bringing young designers into the firm, and cultivating their talents. It is that spirit that his children Dudley Moore, Jr and Carolyn Moore Shaw choose to honor him as the sponsors of the Dudley Moore, Sr. Furniture Design Competition. It is their hope that the scholarship will encourage talented young designers to bring their talents to the furniture industry.
The firm, Otto & Moore, specializes in designing residential furniture, both for indoors and outdoors. They take pride in having developed long-term working relationships with some of the most notable companies in the industry, and their efforts have been recognized by being awarded more than a dozen ISFD Pinnacle awards for design excellence.
“Our firm, Otto & Moore has been involved with the library’s student design competition since its inception, as we are committed to supporting young designers, and encouraging them to pursue careers in our industry,” said Moore, Jr. “Our father was a talented designer, who very much enjoyed hiring young designers, and teaching them the skills they would need to be successful,” added Shaw. She added, “we can think of no better way to recognize our dad’s contributions to the industry, than to continue his tradition of mentorship by sponsoring the Bienenstock Furniture Design Competition in his honor.”