About the Summit

An educational experience for the next generation of designers

Participants will meet, discuss ideas, and make connections with leaders in the furniture, textile, 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. This is an opportunity to be equipped and prepared to enter the industry’s workforce and gain insight not obtainable in the classroom.

A maximum of 40 students will be invited. Students must complete the application form to be considered. Applications are due by April 1, 2024. 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.

Highlights from the 2023 Summit

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.

“My time (at the Summit) opened up my eyes to the possibilities into the world of design. Things I could have never seen in the classroom have now been exposed to me.”

– Hope Purcell, 2022 Summit Participant

Our 2024 Keynote Speakers


Hilary Farr

Hilary Farr is an internationally renowned designer, co-host of Love It or List It, which airs on W Network in Canada and HGTV in the USA, and president of Hilary Farr Design, a thriving interior design company founded over 15 years ago.

She is credited as the first designer to stage properties for sale in Toronto where she currently resides. The internationally-known design sensation has also lived in Australia, England, California, and New York.

Much of Farr’s success is attributed to her ability to anticipate industry trends, understand the personalities of her many unique clients, and to respond with distinctive designs that suit their needs and lifestyles. Drama, timeless glamour and functionality are Farr’s trademarks.


Gala Magrina

Gala Magriñá is a Holistic Interior Design expert and industry leader that has given numerous talks for venerable groups such as Business of Home, Goop and Ralph Lauren. She challenges audiences with A-Z out of the box thinking, helps expand guest awareness, raises the energy in the room and inspires people with her insight. Her goal is to change the world one space and conversation at a time. Gala’s belief is that if we create mindful environments that have the power to heal and push us to be better versions of ourselves, in doing so we are elevating individual consciousness and in turn, the collective conscious.

Mike Peterson

President, Visionary Design Marketing
Founder, Science in Design

Mike’s experience is rooted in years as a leading advertising executive at Hearst Magazines including House Beautiful and Country Living, working with leading national advertisers. Mike’s experience in the home furnishings industry include President/CEO of LaBarge Furnishings and as Vice President of Corporate Marketing for such companies as Henredon, Lexington, Drexel Heritage, and more.

As Publisher at LUXE Magazine for nearly a decade, the LUXE brand exploded both in popularity, brand recognition, and increased sales. In this capacity, Mike developed close relationships with luxury design firms, design centers and interior designers in helping them grow their businesses.

Today, Mike helps to educate designers on their ability to improve the health of their clients. Studies from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, the United Kingdom and more, are an integral part of Mike’s effort to help designers realize their value proposition goes beyond aesthetics to include health at home.

Mike is a regular keynote speaker and panel moderator at High Point furniture market, the Dallas Market Center, The Las Vegas Surfaces Expo, the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, IWCE, and at numerous IFDA and ASID events around the country.


Tammy Nagem

President and CEO, High Point Market Authority

‘My best ideas come after a long exhausting day at market when our team gathers to wrap up the day. When we are knee-deep in the event and we are already excited about planning the next one, ideas flow like a faucet.’

Having worked for the High Point Market Authority for more than 20 years, current Chief Operating Officer Tammy Nagem is preparing to assume the role of president and CEO of the organization effective on Jan. 1, 2023, when current President Tom Conley retires.

Hired as only the second employee at the Market Authority, Nagem has acted as the organization’s COO since 2011. She said she believes furniture is in her blood since she grew up in nearby Martinsville, Va., a long-time furniture manufacturing town.

During the past 10 years, Nagem has worked closely with Conley and the rest of the team to continue to innovate, keeping up with the changing demands placed on the High Point Market. Here, she talks about her new role and how she plans to continue to move the Market Authority forward.

Tammy Nagem

Participant Opportunities

  • Manufacturing Tours

  • Mentoring Sessions with Industry Professionals

  • Finishing Plant Tours

  • Textile Presentations

  • Opportunities for Networking

  • Architecture & Interior Design Seminars

  • Industry Trends Keynote

  • Manufacturing Keynote

  • Design Charrette/Team Building

Highlights From Previous Summits

In The Press

How You Can Be Selected to Attend

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

  • Completed application form
  • Provided portfolio examples
  • Essay of What makes you an excellent candidate for the Summit

Sponsorship Request

We Need Your Help

The Bienenstock Furniture Library Student Summit Committee will select 40 students to attend the Summit. A $500.00 donation will allow one student to attend the Summit free of charge. We encourage you to invest in the future of the home furnishings industry by allowing these top design students to gain knowledge of our industry that can not be obtained in the classroom. Anyone sponsoring $2500.00 or more will be invited to attend our opening night dinner, featuring Hilary Farr.

We prefer to be contacted directly for sponsorships and payed by check so we can provide an invoice.  Please contact: Karla Jones at 336-883-4011 or executive-director@furniturelibrary.com  We find this method preferable for tracking charitable donations.

If you prefer, you can also 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.

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