September 20-22, 2021

An educational experience for the next generation of designers

Participants will meet, discuss ideas, and make connections with leaders in the furniture, textile, lighting, interior design, architecture, and product design professions. Through special seminars and design events, students will be empowered to reach the full height of their creative potential and learn from other creative genres in the industry. Plus, a $5000 Scholarship from the Broyhill Family Foundation, Inc. will be awarded to one attending student based on parameters set forth by the Bienenstock Furniture Library Student Summit Committee.

A maximum of 50 students will be invited. Students must complete the application form to be considered. Students will be selected by the Bienenstock Furniture Library Student Summit Committee. More than one student per school CAN be chosen to attend. The Summit is free but students will need to provide their own transportation to and from the event.

Our Mission

The Future Designers Summit introduces the brightest young creative minds in college and university design programs to the people, brands, and processes that are creating tomorrow’s homes. It is a set of educational and networking opportunities designed to create an experience that inspires innovation in interior, furniture, and product design that draws from the rich legacy of these disciplines to shape a more beautiful, functional, and fulfilling future.

Our Keynote Speakers

Young Huh

Young Huh

Founder of a full-service interior design firm that specializes in residential and commercial interiors, Young is recognized as one of today’s most innovative and imaginative designers. She is included on Elle Decor’s prestigious A-List, named one of Vogue’s five interior designers on the rise, included in the Andrew Martin Interior Design Review. Her work can be seen in the pages of Architectural Digest, Domino, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Luxe, The New York Times, Real Simple, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as many other trade and regional publications. Young actively bolsters the local and global design community, participating in speaking engagements and charitable events including, among others, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, NKBA Board of Directors, and Bienenstock Future Designers Summit.

The work of her firm, Young Huh Interior Design (YHID) expresses the interplay of harmony and dynamism through the application of classic and modern design principles. Thoughtful architectural details provide the groundwork for warm and welcoming interiors, each animated by sophisticated surface treatments, a singular play of pattern and color, and a touch of wanderlust. YHID continues to expand beyond its original repertoire to include large commercial and hospitality projects, as well as a growing line of licensed collections.

Jane Dagmi

Editor In Chief, Designers Today

‘How architecture, interior design, furniture design, product design, manufacturing and photography all work together and depend on each other in this industry’

Jane Dagmi is editor-in-chief of Designers Today and host of the brand’s SAID podcast. Since taking over in January 2018, her grassroots approach and desire to be in the trenches has helped grow readership and the magazine’s reputation for insightful, useful, and heartwarming content. Jane launched her editorial career at Hearst Magazines, and became one of Country Living’s most visible editors, writing columns, producing photoshoots across the country, and hitting all the trade shows and markets. Lots of freelance writing assignments followed as well as content development design-focused technology platforms. She graduated from Parsons with an AAS in Interior Design and has a B.A. in American Studies from Tufts University. A frequent panelist and moderator at industry events, Jane is also a High Point Market Authority board member.

Jane Dagmi

Patti Carpenter

Global Trend Ambassador

Trend Forecasting

Patti is Principal of carpenter + company/Trendscope and an award winning Creative Director in globally sourced home décor, personal accessories, fragrance and gifts. In her extensive experience in product design and development, she has designed, sourced and created strong Private Label collections for brands including Bloomingdales, Sferra, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel. The Phillips Collection, ABC Carpet and Home, Yankee Candle, Donna Karan Urban Zen and Ralph Lauren. As a Micro-Enterprise specialist with U.S. presidential recognition for domestic and international expertise in artisan development, small producer and entrepreneurial training and economic development, Patti achieved success in international sourcing and wholesale, creating innovative products for her eponymous international home textile brand, carpenter + company. As a merchandising and color + trend forecasting expert, she has traveled and worked in fifty-seven countries and has spoken and written on Color + Trend and Design around the globe. In addition, Patti works as a trend consultant with Pantone and is the Global Trend Ambassador for Maison & Objet in America and Paris. She is an active board member of SERRV International.

Patti Carpenter


Sept. 20th 2021
Arrive and check-in at Courtyard Marriot by 1:00 PM Receive welcome gift bag sponsored by Visit High Point
2:00 – 3:30 Bienenstock Furniture Library, Opening Meeting
Presentation by Jane Dagmi, Editor In Chief, Designers Today
‘The Complementarity And Interdependency of Architecture, Interior Design, Furniture, And Photography In The Home Industry’
4:00 – 6:00 PM Transported to Phillips Collection for Design Charrette
6:30 – 8:00 PM Opening Reception and Dinner Networking event with industry professionals
8:00 PM Return to Marriott Courtyard

Sept. 21st 2021
7:30 AM Students transported from Marriott Courtyard to High Point Theatre
8:00 AM Light Breakfast sponsored by Phillips Collection
8:45 AM Keynote Speaker: Young Huh
10:15 – 10:30 AM Students transported to Morning Breakout Sessions
10:30 AM – 1 PM Morning Breakout Sessions

  1. Davis Furniture Tour, Lunch provided by Davis Furniture
  2. Plant 7 Tour with Justin Staab & Taylor West, Lunch provided by Congdon Yards
  3. Verellen Factory Tour with Tom Verellen, Lunch provided by Verellen

1:00 – 1:30 PM Students transported to Afternoon Breakout Sessions
1:30 – 3:45 PM Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  1. Alderman Company Tour
  2. Thayer Coggin Tour and Upholstery Presentation
  3. Portfolio Development Presentation with Holly Woodward at Bienenstock Furniture Library
  4. AKZO Tour and Color Trends Discussion

3:45 PM Students transported to Marriott Courtyard In-room snacks provided by sponsor
6:00 PM Students transported to COHAB.SPACE for a BBQ dinner, networking with industry professionals and mentorship
8:00 PM – Outdoor activity at Congdon Yards and/or High Point Festival
Return to Marriott Courtyard

Sept. 22nd 2021
8:00 AM Students transported from Marriott Courtyard to Eichholtz
8:30 – 9:15 AM Breakfast sponsored by Eichholtz
9:15 – 10 AM Presentation by Trend Forecaster Patti Carpenter
10:00 – 12:45 PM Breakout Sessions

  1. AKZO finishing tour/color & finishing trends. Lunch for students provided by AKZO
  2. Podcast Interviews – Participants chosen by Bienenstock Furniture Library and interviewed by John Conrad of ISFD
  3. Architecture Presentation: Freeman & Kennett
    Options 2 and 3 will be held at Bienenstock Furniture Library. Lunch for students provided.
  4. Davis Furniture Tour, Lunch provided by Davis Furniture

1:00 Awards and The Broyhill Family Scholarship provided by the Broyhill Family Foundation, Inc. Presentation at Universal Furniture Showroom
Return to Marriott Courtyard for departure

How You Can Be Selected to Attend

Attendees will be chosen by student summit committee based on your:

  • Completed application form
  • Provided portfolio examples
  • Professor recommendation
  • Essay of ‘Why I Should Be Chosen To Attend” (My Future In Design / My Role In Designing The Future)

Sponsorship Request

We need your Support. Together, we will empower students to reach the full height of their creative potential and learn from other creative genres from the industry.

DIDEROT – $10,000 and above

  • 4 invites to Congdon Yards event for team members
  • Image of CEO + website and all social media site icons listed on website
  • Logo will be presented first at the largest size
  • Blog post written by BFL about sponsor and their history in industry
  • An Ad on the Library’s Instagram feed and story + Facebook thanking for participation as a DIDEROT sponsor

CHIPPENDALE – $5,000.00

  • 2 invites to Congdon Yards event for team members
  • Website + 2 social media sites listed on event website
  • Logo presented second at a smaller size.
  • Special call out on the Library’s Instagram feed, Instagram Story and Facebook page thanks for participation as a CHIPPENDALE sponsor.

SHERATON – $2500.00

  • 2 invites to Congdon Yards event for team members
  • Website + 1 social media site listed on event website
  • Logo presented third at a smaller size
  • Call out on Library’s Instagram and Facebook pages thanking for participation as a SHERATON sponsor.

HEPPLEWHITE – $1000.00

  • One invite to the Congdon Yards event for a team member
  • Website link only on the website Logo presented fourth at a smaller size.
  • Special call out on the Library’s Facebook page thanking them for their participation as a HEPPLEWHITE sponsor.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY – all donations under $1000.00

  • Name or Company Name listed on website, alphabetically

Here’s How

You can use our PayPal account to sponsor at any level.  For levels above $1,000 you will have to choose “Other” in the PayPal selection.  When using PayPal please add your information during checkout so we can acknowledge your continued support.

If you would like to pay by check, need an invoice, or have any other questions, please contact: Karla Jones at 336-883-4011 or