Press Releases

The following press releases detail a number of the recent events, changes, and announcements from the Bienenstock Furniture Library. Please contact Karla Webb to obtain additional information or to schedule interviews with Library staff, board members, or those working with us on academic or industry initiatives.

Bienenstock Furniture Library Adds Dudley Moore, Sr. Scholarship to Design Competition

July 14, 2022

The Bienenstock Furniture Library announces another new scholarship for its annual student furniture design competition, reflecting a $7,500 contribution made in memory of legacy furnishings designer Dudley Moore, Sr.

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Bienenstock Furniture Library Adds Barbour Spangle Scholarship to Design Competition

May 11, 2022

The Bienenstock Furniture Library announces a new scholarship and rebranding of its annual student interior design competition to reflect a $7,500 contribution from High Point-based Barbour Spangle Design.

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Bienenstock Library Names Annual Design Competition Winners for 2022

March 7, 2022

The Bienenstock Furniture Library names winners of its annual student design competitions for furniture and interior design in 2022, awarding a total of $15,000 to the top performers and their schools.

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Bienenstock Furniture Library Adds John Black Scholarship to Student Awards

February 16, 2022

Doubling student scholarship awards for its Future Designers Summit initiative, the Bienenstock Furniture Library announces the addition of the John Black Scholarship, honoring the life and work of Black, a renowned furniture designer who passed away in December.

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Bienenstock Furniture Library Fundraises for Next Future Designers Summit Event

February 3, 2022

The Bienenstock Furniture Library kicks off a new fundraising campaign to support student scholarships and event programming for its second annual Bienenstock Future Designers Summit by soliciting industry sponsorships and donations now through March, in preparation for the fall event.

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Bienenstock Furniture Library Adds Patti Carpenter to Board of Directors

December 13, 2021

The Bienenstock Furniture Library announces the addition of home furnishings industry veteran Patti Carpenter, principal of carpenter + company and Trendscope, to its board of directors, according to Executive Director Karla Jones.

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Bienenstock Furniture Library Kicks Off Fundraising for Future Designers Event

December 2, 2021

The Bienenstock Furniture Library launches an industrywide fundraising campaign to support its inaugural Future Designers Summit, scheduled for Sep. 20 – 22. The fall conference is billed as an educational experience for future design leaders focused in
furnishings, textiles, lighting, interiors, architecture and related products.

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Bienenstock Furniture Library Announces Board of Directors Updates for 2021

November 12, 2021

The Bienenstock Furniture Library announces updates to its board of directors effective this month, according to Executive Director Karla Jones. Among its ongoing initiatives as a furniture and design industry resource, the board will serve to support the library’s inaugural Student Design Summit this fall.

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Bienenstock Furniture Library Names Winning Student at Future Designers Summit

September 27, 2021

The Bienenstock Furniture Library concluded its inaugural Future Designers Summit, held Sep. 20 – 22, awarding one student a $5,000 scholarship. Vivian Grace Dudley, a senior at Appalachian State University, was named winner of The Broyhill Family Foundation Scholarship for 2021.

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Bienenstock Furniture Library Hosts Fall Art Exhibit

August 20, 2021

An exclusive art exhibit hosted by the Bienenstock Furniture Library is open to industry visitors throughout October High Point Market dates, from Sat., Oct. 16, through Wed., Oct. 20, at 1009 N. Main St., located in the City’s midtown area. Curated by professional interior designer, educator and library board member Gary Inman, the exhibit pairs the photographic artwork of Stephen Shutts with detailed renderings by Zachary Hodgin.

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Bienenstock Furniture Library Selects Students for Future Designers Event

June 23, 2021

The Bienenstock Furniture Library announces student participants for its inaugural Future Designers Summit, scheduled for Sep. 20 – 22.
The fall conference is billed as an educational experience for future design leaders focused in furnishings, textiles, lighting, interiors, architecture and related products.

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Bienenstock Library Names Annual Design Competition Winners for 2021

March 1, 2021

For this year’s furniture challenge, students submitted an original design for a chair that is suitable for marketing to either or both residential and contract trade industry segments. The competition criteria states that designs should be aesthetically pleasing and also suitable for manufacturing within the financial and technical constraints of mass production.

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BFL Announces Board of Directors Updates for 2021

January 13, 2021

The Bienenstock Furniture Library announces updates to its board of directors effective this month, according to Executive Director Karla Jones. Among its ongoing initiatives as a furniture and design industry resource, the board will serve to support the library’s inaugural Student Design Summit this fall. Christi Spangle, co-ceo at High Point-based interior design firm Barbour Spangle Design, assumes the role of board President for a two-year term beginning in 2021. She served as a board member since 2013.

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BFL Announces 2019 Design Competition Winners

March 8, 2019

Last week the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library Board of Directors announced the winners of two design competitions, awarding $5,000 scholarships to distinguished scholars to continue their studies in Interior Design and Furniture Design. In addition to $5,000 awards, recipients were given memberships in the ISFD and ASID professional associations. Their schools will receive an additional $1,000 to fund academic programs.

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BFL Announces 2018 Design Competition Winners

March 13, 2018

Last week the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library Board of Directors announced the winners of design competitions that awarded two $5,000 scholarships to distinguished scholars to continue studies in their respective fields of Interior and Furniture Design. In addition to the $5,000 awards, each has been given memberships in the ASFD and ASID professional associations and their schools will receive $1,000 to use in their academic programs.

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BFL Announces 2015 Design Competition Winners

March 8, 2015

Last week the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library Board of Directors announced the winners of design competitions that awarded two $5,000 scholarships to distinguished scholars to continue studies in their respective fields of Interior Design and Furniture Design. In addition to the $5,000 awards, each has been given memberships in the ASFD and ASID professional associations and their schools will receive $1,000 to use in their academic programs.

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BFL Announces Pat Plaxico Gardens

July 1, 2013

Final plans are underway to break ground on Plaxico Gardens, named in honor of Pat Plaxico, a long-time Library board member who has a distinguished history of service to the furnishings community. Work will begin on the gardens this fall and be ready for dedication in the spring of 2014. Charles Sutton, President of the Library’s Board of Directors commented: “It is our way of saying thank you to Pat for her efforts and to celebrate her contributions in a way that is relevant and meaningful.”

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BFL Announces Design Competition Winners

March 8, 2013

Last week the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library Board of Directors announced the winners of design competitions that awarded two $10,000 scholarships to distinguished scholars to continue studies in their respective fields of Interior Design and Furniture Design. In addition to the $10,000 awards, they have been given memberships in the ASFD and ASID professional associations.

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Leslie Carothers Joins BFL Board

January 14, 2013

Industry veteran Leslie Carothers has joined the Board of Directors of the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library. She will lead social media efforts for the non-profit organization. In making the appointment, Charlie Sutton, President of the Board said: “Leslie is the preeminent expert on social media in our industry.”

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