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 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 is a very curious person with an automatic storymaker for a brain. She became Editor of Designers Today in January 2018, eager to get back to print after a productive and satisfying 14-year career at Country Living, and an interlude as an editorial contributor for various publications, as well as two positions in the technology field. Contact with interior designers convinced Jane that this is an audience with whom she wants to observe and communicate. When the opportunity arose at Designers Today, she immediately embraced the rewarding and focused challenge of building a brand, and has led the publication to a prominent position in design trade media. When she is not working, Jane likes to paint and ramble down backroads.

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 Patty 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 Scholarship Presentation at Universal 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)