The High Point Market

During the mid to late 1800’s, cabinetry and furniture were important industries in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania and New York. With that in mind, have you ever wondered why High Point in North Carolina? Why did the largest home furnishings trade show in the world locate in High Point?

Over 10 Million Square Feet in Showroom Space

With 75,000 + Twice Yearly Visitors

Discover the Early History of the Furniture Industry and Marketing Practices

Understand the Importance of Location, Location, Location

Bienenstock Furniture Library

1009 North Main Street
High Point, NC 27262
Phone: 336-883-4011

Open Monday thru Friday 9 am to 5 pm (Closed 12 pm to 1 pm Lunch)

A Portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book goes to benefit the library

The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library contains the world’s largest collection of books and publications on the history and design of furniture, interiors, architecture, textiles, finishes and construction. Significant among the Library’s more than 5,000 holdings are contemporary acquisitions and a rare books collection of international volumes published since 1543, including a complete collection of original works by 18th century furniture masters Chippendale, Sheraton, Hepplewhite, and a complete set of Diderot’s Encyclopedia.

About

Founded in 1970, The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library is a center for design, research and collaboration. It is a world-class research facility for information on design, furniture, interiors, architecture, textiles, finishes and construction.

The Library is open to the public. It is devoted to the advancement of knowledge of furniture and design. It exists to serve the design and furniture community – professionals, scholars, students, and all those who recognize the importance of design thinking. Most services are free, thanks to a generous endowment from the Bienenstock family and contributions from Friends of the Library, like you.

About the Building

The Library is located in the Grayson House in High Point 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.

Design Competitions

The Bienenstock Furniture Library’s passion for education has enabled the Scholarship Program to reach hundreds of students and encourage education within the design and furniture industries. It is our desire to promote the best scholarship competition each year. The Furniture Design Competition design goal will be to complete a chair of original design to a set of requirements and specifications provided below.  The Furniture Design category first place winner will be awarded a $5000.00 scholarship and receive national publicity for themselves and their school.  The furniture design category second place winner will receive a $1,500.00 scholarship.  The first place winner’s design school or department will receive a check for $1000.00.

This national competition is open to all junior, senior, or graduate students enrolled in a design school in the United States. The interior design competition design goal will be to complete a residential and commercial project to a set of specifications that are provided. The interior design category first place winner will be awarded a $5,000.00 scholarship and receive national publicity for themselves and their school. The interior design category second place winner will receive a $1,500.00 scholarship. The first place winner’s design school or department will receive a check for $1000.00.

About the Director

Karla Webb, Library 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. She is the Secretary for the Carolina’s Chapter of IFDA (International Furnishings and Design Association) and a member of WithIt (Women in the Home Furnishing’s Industry.)