Our Vision and Mission

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.

About the Library

Founded in 1970, The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library is a world-class research facility for information on furniture, interiors, architecture, textiles, finishes and construction. Significant among the Library’s 5,000+ holdings are contemporary acquisitions and a rare books collection of international volumes published since 1640, including a complete collection of original works by 18th century furniture masters Chippendale, Sheraton, Hepplewhite, and a complete set of Diderot’s Encyclopedia.

It is open to the public and devoted to the advancement of knowledge of furniture and design for members of the furniture industry, design professionals, scholars and students. Since 1984, The Library has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to students at 17 colleges throughout the US. It houses a specialty bookstore selling the latest books on design as well as out of print and hard to find texts. It is also used as a venue for professional meetings, seminars, conferences, lectures and art events.

History

Mr. Bienenstock was the owner of Furniture World magazine and had a passion for the furniture industry. Sandy and Bernice Bienenstock founded the Furniture Library Association in 1970. Their vision of a research library for the furniture industry began with their personal collection of books. Originally, the second floor of The Library provided apartment space for Sandy and Bernice, while the first floor housed The Library’s collection. What was once an apartment is now used for meeting rooms and additional library space. After Bernice’s death in 1984, the name was changed to the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library in her memory. Sandy Bienenstock was inducted into the Furniture Hall of Fame in 1991.

The Library is located in the Grayson House which is on the National Register of Historic Places. This colonial revival style house was originally built in 1923 and is constructed of gray granite. It has been updated and renovated to be a state of the art facility.

Learn more about the history of the Beinenstock Furniture Library here.

Library Director

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Karla Jones

Executive Director

Karla Jones, Executive Director, has been associated with the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture for more than 20 years. She met Mr. Bienenstock as an intern in 1987 while selling books during the High Point Furniture market. She is a graduate of Randolph Community College with a degree in Interior Design. Karla serves on the Board of Directors for ISFD (International Society of Furniture Designers) and the Advisory Board for Interior Design at Randolph Community College.

Board of Directors Executive Committee

Christi Spangle

Barbour Spangle Design

Board President

Christi Spangle, Co-CEO of Barbour Spangle Design, leads a dynamic team of designers and visual merchandisers creating award-winning spaces for home furnishings and decor showrooms, retail stores, corporate offices, educational facilities, luxury homes, clubhouses and multi-family properties. Throughout 30 years as an interior design professional, her work illustrates her eye for the creative and a laser focus on the details that drive exceptional results.

Christi is a graduate of Randolph Community College, a professional member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), and a certified member of the prestigious NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification). She is currently the Chair and Lead Judge for the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library Design Competition. She sits on various school’s review committees helping design students develop compelling project portfolios for job interviews and career advancement. Further, Christi passionately works with programs to eradicate food insecurity in her community, and is actively involved with several area non-profits and governmental entities.

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Dudley Moore, Jr.

Otto & Moore, Inc.

Board Vice-President

Dudley Moore, Jr. is president and co-owner of Otto & Moore, Inc. Furniture Designers. Founded in High Point in 1960, Otto & Moore is one of the largest independent furniture design firms in the home furnishings industry, with clients manufacturing product in the United States, and all over the world. Moore is a graduate of NC State University, with an Industrial Engineering degree in Furniture Manufacturing and Management. He has been honored, on numerous occasions, with Pinnacle awards by the American Society of Furniture Designers. The Pinnacle Award is given in recognition of outstanding design in a particular category. In addition to serving on the Bienenstock board of directors, he serves on the board of the American Society of Furniture Designers, where he is past president and current chairman of the board. Moore has also served on the boards of Westchester Country Day School, Developmental Day Care, and has twice served as a vestry member at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Dudley resides in High Point with his wife, Mary-Lynn, and has five children.

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William P. Wood

The Mary & Elliott Wood Foundation

Board Treasurer

William Pennuel (Penn) Wood is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and has had an outstanding career in the furniture industry, serving as Vice President of Woodmark Originals from 1975-1994. Mr. Wood is Chairman of the Mary & Elliott Wood Foundation Organizational Grants Committee. He is a lifelong resident of High Point and serves on the Capitol Foundation Board, High Point Arts Council, and is a NC Shakespeare Festival Board Member. Mr. Wood serves on the financial committee of the Bienenstock Furniture Library Board, as well as the Museum of History Associates, Raleigh, NC and the Davidson College Parents Advisory Council.

Sarah Stevenson

Secretary, Executive Committee

Inspired by the organization’s mission, Sarah Stevenson joined the Bienenstock Furniture Library board and executive committee in January 2021. Sarah believes great design makes High Point an industry leader worldwide. A two-time graduate of High Point University, Sarah credits her extraordinary education for a successful career launch. In 2015, upon completion of the University’s BA to MA program in Strategic Communications, Sarah was hired by the High Point Chamber of Commerce, where she spent five years building community relationships and helping local businesses. Today, Sarah is the newest addition to a team of Communications Specialists for the City of High Point, where her role focuses on marketing the City’s Theatre, Library, Museum and more. Across the community, she serves on the board for Communities in Schools of High Point and is a member to High Point University’s Nido Qubein School of Communication Advisory Board and Young Alumni Council. Additionally, Sarah enjoys contributing to the marketing committees for Forward High Point and Visit High Point. Last fall, Sarah married her true love and High Point-native, Andrew Stevenson. Together, they proudly call High Point “home.”

Board Members

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Russell Bienenstock

President

Russell Bienenstock is Editorial Director and CEO of Furniture World Magazine. Founded in 1870, Furniture World along with its website www.furninfo.com provide hands on, in-depth retail marketing, finance, operations, sales management and sales education information to retail home furnishings executives. He is the author of 25 educational guides that cover furniture product knowledge, styles/interior design topics and has edited books on furniture sales. Bienenstock earned an undergraduate degree at Cornell University and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School. He serves as the current president of the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library, is Vice President of the Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Association, is on City of Hope’s NHFI Board, and is a member of the Legacy Board/ Nominating Committee for the Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation. He’s received awards for his contributions from City of Hope, WithIt (Women In the Home Furnishings Industry), the International Home Furnishings Representatives Association and the Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Association.

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June Anderson

ASID

June Anderson is a graduate of Greensboro College with a B. A. degree in art. She majored in Interior Architecture at Virginia Commonwealth University and completed graduate courses in museum procedures at the New School for Social Research in New York. Anderson founded her own architectural interior design company, June Anderson & Associates, which she’s led for over 30 years. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Her clients include a list of national and international companies in nine foreign countries. She was the first American designer chosen to design a retail store for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Paris. Her domestic clients include: Delta Airlines, Equifax, Karastan, Gloria Vanderbilt and GE Credit Corp. In 1987, she was voted as one of Atlanta’s Top Self Made Women. She later served as a delegate for Atlanta’s mayor, Andrew Young’s business mission to Paris and was a design contractor for the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta. June has been recognized in many national publications for her innovative, yet practical approach to interior design and space planning. Along with serving on the board at the Bienenstock Furniture Library, she serves as a decade representative on the Greensboro College Alumni Board, a board member of the High Point Shakespeare Festival, and active member of the Greensboro Choral Society and a Hospice Volunteer.

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Leslie Carothers

The Kaleidoscope Partnership

Leslie Carothers is the founder and CEO of The Kaleidoscope Partnership – a strategic consultancy and social media agency, primarily for the furniture and interior design industry. She has been in business for 13 years and her past and current social media clients have included Cargill’s BiOH Polyols division, Gardner White Furniture, Olioboard, The Meredith Corporation, The Curtain Exchange, Hadley Court, The New Traditionalists, Shine by SHO, Mitzi Beach and many others. Ms. Carothers is a well known speaker and writer on subjects relating to social media and innovation within the furniture and interior design industry. She has keynoted High Point University’s Social Media Symposium and the Interior Design Society’s National Conference, spoken at High Point Market many times and at the Design Bloggers Conference, was the writer of Furniture Today’s *Retail Ideas* blog for 9 years, has written many articles for Furniture World magazine about social media and is frequently quoted and interviewed about social media by national print and online publications. She’s also a well known interior design and furniture micro-blogger on Twitter at @tkpleslie, where her micro-blog was named one of the 100 most influential in the world. She’s a long time member of WITHIT, and in 2009 was given their President’s award for her service to the organization and to the furniture industry. Currently, she helps the library with all aspects of their social media outreach.

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Paula Fogarty

Paula Scott Unlimited

Paula Fogarty has had a professional career has focused on upper-level management in marketing, design, finance, and operations. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wofford College and an art history M.A. graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design. As President of Kindel Furniture Company, Paula innovated product lines through competitive analysis and understanding of the marketplace; consolidated and streamlined operations for greater profitability; and expanded markets worldwide. As owner of her own marketing and strategic consulting firm, Paula Scott Unlimited, Fogarty and her team assisted both established brands and start-ups in creating consistent communications across all channels, and within their internal cultures. She currently serves as Managing Editor for South Magazine. As a freelance writer, Paula’s blog for Metropolis Magazine follows her book research on the role of women in the American furniture industry. She has also written for Chair Culture, Connect Savannah, and other publications. She has served on several boards of directors and as Board Chair of the Irish Georgian Society, The Center for Environmental Study, and The David Wolcott Kendall Memorial Foundation. She currently serves as a board member of the American Society of Furniture Designers, Emergent Structures, and the Rape Crisis Center of Savannah.

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Danny Davis

Davis Furniture Industries

Danny Davis is a third generation family member at Davis Furniture. He joined the company in 1975, with a major focus on Manufacturing and Product Development. He served as Vice President of Manufacturing until 1996 when he became President of Davis Furniture. Davis graduated from Wingate College with an Associate Degree in 1973 and attended NC State University in 1975, receiving a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design. He is married to Karen Davis and they have two children, Ashley and Brian, who have now become the fourth generation of the Davis family to join the company. Danny is an active board member of the Small Manufacturer’s Round Table and participates in many local business and charitable organizations. Presently, he serves on several local boards: Trustee of Wingate University, High Point YMCA, Salvation Army of High Point, and the Board of Directors of High Point Bank and Trust.

Libby Langdon

Libby Interiors, Inc.

Libby Langdon is an Interior designer, author, product designer and makeover television personality, as well as the creative force behind New York City-based design firm, Libby Interiors, Inc. She is fast becoming known for her growing collections of branded home furnishings for Crystorama Lighting, Bradburn Home accessories, outdoor furniture for North Cape and indoor/ outdoor rugs for KAS Rugs. Libby’s interior designs and home products have been featured in leading shelter magazines: Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens, Hampton’s Cottages and Gardens and is a contributing editor to House Beautiful magazine. Langdon has been a regular makeover design expert on NBC’s TODAY Show, HGTV’s Small Space – Big Style, The View, The Rachael Ray Show, FOX’s Design Invasion and NBC’s Open House. She’s written a book, Libby Langdon’s Small Space Solutions, and travels across the country presenting informative seminars to consumers, designers, and retailers about all things design.

For more information go to www.libbylangdon.com

For press inquiries contact LibbyPR@libbylangdon.com – 212-501-0785

Gary Inman

Gary Inman

Designer

Gary Inman devotes his career to advancing the art of fine living in the design of luxury resorts, hotels, homes, and furnishings. As president of Gary Inman Interior Design, his work for clients such as the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Pinehurst Resort, Duke University, Elm Court, the Emily Thorn Vanderbilt Estate, Hilton Hotels, and many of today’s most respected corporate leaders has been recognized with 18 ASID-IIDA awards, and the Elevate Award as the Top Luxury Hospitality Designer.

A lifelong student of the traditions of design, Gary holds an MA in Art History from The School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, and completed his coursework and exams for a PhD in architectural history at the University of Virginia. This academic aspect of his education was enhanced by two hands-on experiences. Studying the architecture and decorative arts of the Victorian Era at the Victorian Society London Summer School on a Forbes Foundation Scholarship, he learned that the best design reaches beyond the building and the shape and furnishing of its spaces to embrace the artwork, textiles, finishes, decorations, and even the utilitarian items of everyday life, before moving outward to the garden and the landscape, leaving no detail unconsidered in its quest to realize a cohesive vision. Attending the Attingham Summer School on a Royal Oak Foundation Fellowship, he met with the owners, head gardeners, and curatorial staff of some of the finest English country houses and seats to see how an enduring design intertwines with and supports the lives of the people who enjoy and maintain it. From these experiences he gained the belief that great design is not the work of a single author but the result of an ongoing, multidisciplinary creative collaboration.

Convinced of the foundational value of the traditions and history of design, Gary participates on the board of the Bienenstock Furniture Library to preserve and expand its position as the place where working designers and students of design can draw inspiration from the greatest minds to have graced our field.

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Jason Phillips

Phillips Collection

Jason Phillips is internationally renowned in the furniture industry for his fresh contemporary designs. His work has been published in dozens of design and lifestyle magazines as well as hundreds of blogs. Most recently, he was honored at the 21st Annual ARTS Awards as Product Designer of the Year, the youngest ever recipient of this prestigious award. In late 2009 he won the VERANDA magazine’s inaugural ‘The Art of Design’ Award for his body of work in the ‘Trade Secrets’ category. Jason if VP/Creative Director for The Phillips Collection in High Point, North Carolina. In 2007 he founded Jason Phillips Designs, a brand that serves as a conduit for his out-of-the-box design concepts and freelance work. He is an ASFD board.

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Brian Simpson

Alderman Company

Brian Simpson is Vice President – Creative Director for Alderman Company. He develops brands, campaigns, ads, and websites for a variety of clients ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to household brand names. Alderman’s unique selling proposition is its ability to take projects from concept to final media with in-house resources. This approach means that Simpson is involved with clients throughout the entire creative process necessitating a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to build a brand. He manages a strong team of art directors, graphic designers, programmers, and imaging professionals. Before he was Creative Director, Simpson founded the company’s digital imaging and web development departments, critical links in Alderman’s full-service continuum of services. Prior to joining the company, he worked in advertising production and high-end digital retouching; positions which he credits with instilling an acute attention to detail as well as the blending of the technology and artistry involved in creating strong advertising images and layouts. He holds a Bachelor’s in Communication Arts from East Carolina University where he developed a love of all things design oriented, and a specific interest in mid-century modern architecture and furniture design.

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John Turpin

High Point University

John Turpin is the founding Dean of the School of Art and Design and Professor of Interior Design at High Point University. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses in interior design. Before coming to HPU, he was chair of the Department of Interior Design at Washington State University, where he participated in a number of interdisciplinary courses and activities at the Interdisciplinary Design Institute in Spokane. Turpin has a Ph.D. in Design History, Theory, Criticism from Arizona State University. His research focuses on women and the development of the interior design profession and has been published in numerous journals and books. He is a member of the Interior Design Educators Council’s College of Fellows, a founding editor of Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture and the current editor-in-chief of the Journal of Interior Design. He is currently serving on North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction advisory board to provide guidance on the interior design curriculum for public schools and on the international editorial board of a new book series, “Designing Interiors,” to be published by Lund Humphries, a British publishing company that specializes in art and design resources.

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Chip Wright II

Leggett & Platt

Felix E. (Chip) Wright II is a graduate of William Jewell College where he earned a BS in Business Management. Wright began working at Leggett & Platt in a training program and has worked his way up to Group VP Sales, overseeing several product lines, handling national accounts and the upper Midwest for the Home Furniture Group. He serves on the Jasper County Sheltered Facilities Board – helping disabled people. Chip also serves on the board of directors at the Bienenstock Furniture Library.

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Comer Wear

Rock House Farm Family of Brands

Comer Shuford Wear is a third-generation family member at Rock House Farms Family of Brands which includes Century Furniture, Highland House, Hancock & Moore, Jessica Charles, Maitland Smith, Cabot Wrenn, Hickory Chair and Pearson. Having grown up in the furniture industry, Comer first joined the company as a Sales Representative for Century, growing the territory consistently for five years. In 2009 she came back in house as Director of Marketing and was promoted to VP of Marketing in 2013. Comer graduated from Princeton University with a BA in English and Certificate in Russian Language and Literature. There she was also co-captain for the Princeton women’s rugby team and selected as a first team All American. Comer is on the Board of Directors for Rock House Farm Family of Brands, RHF Steele, Bienenstock Furniture Library, and the Hamilton Wrenn Design District Association. She is actively involved in the Princeton Alumni Schools Committee interviewing area applicants as well as her children’s schools Greensboro Day School and The Piedmont School fundraising efforts. Comer is a Girl Scout Troop leader and member of the Greensboro Children’s Museums Development Committee. She lives in Greensboro with her husband, Ralph, and three children.

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David Blair

Emisare, Inc.

David Blair works with the Greensboro, NC based advertising agency, Emisare, where he devotes most of his time to helping the firm’s clients figure out what to say, who to say it to, and how to say it. In his 25-plus year career in marketing, he has worked in brand development, strategic development, marketing planning, research, copywriting, and content management. His extensive work in the furnishings industry includes strategy development, planning, and content management and creation for the High Point Market Authority, as well as a portfolio of contract and residential furniture manufacturers, design firms, and industry associations. He has also worked with clients in the consumer packaged goods, financial services, business consulting, automotive services, and higher education sectors.

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Nancy Fire

Design Works International

An avid globetrotter, Nancy calls New York City and East Quogue NY home, but always keeps her finger on the pulse of global trends through her design company, Design Works International, a lifestyle company in NYC, that serves as both a design think tank and a working studio where textiles, home furnishings, and fashion come to life. She has 30-plus years of experience, was formerly the Design Director for HGTV and HGTV HOME, and recently launched her latest endeavor, Nancyfire.com Nancy offers her creative and strategic services to brands in the industry including innovative assistance to companies by creatively growing their business through various design/product practices. For 2020 I have the honor of being a part of The High Point Market Style Spotters, home fashion leaders who showcase the top new styles of each Market where my focus is sustainability. I am a certified GREEN leader of the Sustainable Furnishings Council in all aspects of sustainable home furnishings including environmental concerns, consumer understanding, components, design principles, and store operations. Sustainable Council is a non-profit that supports sustainable practices by raising awareness of the sustainability issue, assisting companies with adopting practices and providing a symbol of insurance for consumers.

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Caroline Hipple

Norwalk Furniture

Caroline is a born Virginian, an owner of a long career bringing beautiful things to the world in a business fashion. Atlanta, Georgia is now her home, though she commutes for her role as President of Norwalk Furniture to Ohio weekly. Prior to the role as President of Norwalk, Caroline founded HB2 Resources with a long-time partner to provide start-up, turn-around and brand advisory consulting to the home furnishings industry. Two previous leadership roles, as President of 72 store retail chain, Storehouse Furniture and EVP of 250 store This End Up furniture prepared Caroline and her partner to provide these consulting services. Caroline and 3 co-workers in both those companies chronicled their experiences promoting a “Culture of Caring” in their 2014 book, A Pathway to Profit (Amazon) which shares tangible methods for success in business by putting people first in the profit picture. Creating cultures that empower people while growing businesses has been a lifelong passion for Caroline. In addition, fostering opportunities for women and girls to learn leadership skills has been a focus of Caroline’s board work and philanthropy. Board service for Caroline includes 7 years on the Board of Governors at St. Catherine’s school in Richmond , Virginia (the only non-alumni, non-parent board member ever in the 100 year old school history), 4 years at the Atlanta Girls School, 20 years (And Founding board member)  at WithIt (Women in the Home Industries Today), the first female board member on the Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation board, and the Cathedral Counseling Center at St. Philip, For profit board service includes Guildmaster , a former home accents supplier to the home furnishings industry. Caroline’s education includes a BA in the History of Art from Hollins University, Executive studies at Wharton Evening School, various ongoing development business coursed, and is a graduate of the Education for Ministry program (Sewanee Seminary through the Episcopal Church). Caroline is devoted to her 6 Godchildren and three nieces and loves nature, golf, labs and swimming and adventuring around the world.

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Leslie Newby

WorkTheBrand™

Focused in the furnishings industry since 1999, Leslie Newby and her team help businesses and entities to reach and engage with their target audiences. Originally conceived as a tagline, and the name for which her company is now known, WorkTheBrand™ expresses a commitment to optimizing the power within each organization to achieve goals and other positive marketing outcomes.

Strategic communications planning, press releases, media pitching, copywriting, video content, social media and event marketing are some of the tools employed for a wide range of clients including the High Point Market Authority, Toray Ultrasuede®, Nathan Anthony Furniture, Mill Collective and the Sustainable Furnishings Council, as well as for past clients Badgley Mischka Home, Florence Broadhurst and Cargill BiOH®.

Leslie enjoys annual travel to New York, and to visit family in Hawaii and The Netherlands, where she explores the local dining and design scenes with equal enthusiasm.

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Elizabeth Scruggs

Superior Construction and Design

As the mid-state area’s only female general contractor who is also an interior designer, Elizabeth’s design + build firm, Superior Construction and Design, has been in business since 2000. Elizabeth and her staff provide complete home project management for busy working professionals with their 15- step process in new construction, remodeling, and design.

An award- winning builder and designer, Elizabeth has been a member of the High Point Market Blog Tour, a speaker at both KBIS and High Point Market, a guest on several industry podcasts, a top Designhound member, and is a published author.

Elizabeth lives in the Nashville area with her husband, twin girls, and young son. When not on a job site or around the planning table in her office, Elizabeth can be found reading, gardening, or traveling with her family.

Student Representatives

Dylan Timoney

Dylan Timoney

Student Representative Board Member

Dylan Timoney is an Industrial Design student at Appalachian State University where he double majors in Furniture and Product Design. Looking towards the future, Dylan is interested in exploring sustainable design and personally wants to design product that brings people and nature closer together. Aside from being the Student Representative on the Bienenstock Board of Directors, Dylan is the Appalachian State Applied Design Wood Shop Technician where he provides help and insight to peers while maintaining the order and safety of the shop. Dylan also serves on the Appalachian State ISFD Club Board, is an active student member of ISFD, and is a member of the Appalachian State IDSA Club. Dylan will be graduating in the spring of 2022..

Ethan Barbour

Ethan Barbour

Student Representative Board Member

Ethan Barbour is a current student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, earning his BFA in Interior Design with Minors in Architectural History and Business Management. Outside of his studies, he is a Visuals Assistant at Pottery Barn as well as a member of Tau Sigma Delta –an honors society for The Building Arts. Born and raised in High Point, Ethan has always looked for opportunities to give back to the community, leading him to work for High Point Discovered and now to serve on the Board of the Bienenstock Furniture Library.

Legacy Board Members

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Rod Lambeth

Tomlinson Companies

Rod Lambeth is owner and president of Tomlinson companies. A native of Thomasville, NC, Lambeth grew up with ‘sawdust in his blood’. In 1901, The Lambeth family started The Standard Chair Company in Thomasville, North Carolina and over the next century the family continued to be a driving force in the furniture industry. Rod Lambeth has experienced furniture from a variety of viewpoints. After growing up in the industry, he graduated from college and began his career as a sales representative. Later he was vice president of the largest independent trade showroom west of the Mississippi and then the president of design services for the largest independent hotelier in the world. In 1987, Lambeth and his business partner purchased Tomlinson Furniture. Two years later they purchased Erwin-Lambeth and merged the two companies under one roof in Thomasville. They purchased Directional in 2001 and in 2009 purchased Carter Furniture. In the fall of 2014, the four companies were branded under the Tomlinson name. Lambeth is on the board of directors of the Bienenstock Furniture Library, the Thomasville Chamber of Commerce, the Davidson County Community College Foundation, High Point Design Center and the Hamilton Wrenn Design District Association. Married with two children and one grandchild, Lambeth makes his home in Thomasville, NC.

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Barton Bienenstock

Furniture World

Barton Bienenstock joined Furniture World Magazine, the oldest, continuously published trade magazine in the United States, in 1956. Throughout his career as publisher, Barton focused the magazine on providing practical retail tools and techniques that have helped a whole generation of furniture retailer readers to survive and thrive. Widely respected in the industry, he is the recipient of many awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater New York Home Furnishings Association, Meadoff Award for Sportsmanship and the NCCJ Brotherhood Award. Barton is knowledgeable in furniture production, home furnishings marketing and magazine publishing. He is past president of the American Furniture Hall of Fame and a founding director of the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library.

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Ed Tashjian

Tashjian Marketing

Ed Tashjian owns Tashjian Marketing providing results oriented marketing strategy and tactical execution on an outsourced basis. With 30+ years of marketing experience at senior levels, he has a deep base of industry knowledge, channels and resources for realizing opportunities and solving problems. Tashjian served as CMO for $200M Home Meridian International. As Vice President of Marketing for Century Furniture, he directed strategic planning, brand management, media and public relations, advertising and promotion, for the retail and design channels worldwide. Tashjian is a classically trained marketer, advancing through the ranks of brand management at Sara Lee to become Director of Planning and Development for the $5B consumer personal products division. He is currently an adjunct Professor of Marketing at Lenoir Rhyne University teaching Graduate and Undergraduate classes in Marketing Principles, Marketing Management and Sports Marketing. He served as an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Southern California where he taught marketing and advertising classes. He served on the American Home Furniture Association Public Relations Committee and testified before congress in 2003 on Chinese currency manipulation and its impact on the home furnishings industry. In 2008 he was selected for the Home Furnishings Industry’s Mentoring Award. He earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota in 1977, and a B.A. in Psychology with Distinction from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.