The Bienenstock Furniture Library empowers designers to reach the full height of their creative potential. We do this by preserving, deepening, enriching, and expanding the pool of knowledge from which the next great design ideas will emerge.
Providing a place where the next generation of designers can encounter and interact with the creative geniuses of the past, as well as the present masters of architecture, ornament and interior design, we spark inspiration, encourage collaboration, and unite a community of creative people across time and distance.
Our collection of more than 5,000 curated volumes, periodicals and original materials spans 600 years of design history, placing the full spectrum of design ideas – from the greatest movements to the smallest details – in the hands of tomorrow’s innovators and creators. In addition to endowing the next generation of designers with this rich array of resources, we create ideal conditions for the discovery and nurturing of the new design visions and ideologies that will transform the way we work and live. Beautiful workspaces invite students and professionals to become fully immersed in our materials. The sculpture garden surrounding the Library provides a place for quiet reflection. Meeting spaces and a multi-media seminar room provide space for professionals and organizations to speak about design, share information, solve industry challenges, and discuss the ideas that will shape tomorrow’s spaces. By serving as North America’s premier repository of design ideas, and creating a platform for study, reflection, collaboration, and outreach, the Bienenstock Furniture Library is the place where creative minds can touch history and design the future.