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2016 Annual Appeal
Dear Furniture Aficionado:
As you know furniture is integral to our lives. We use it and, when it is designed and made well, we marvel at its ability to functionally and aesthetically enrich our existence.
We are inviting you to help support The Furniture Society, the premier non-profit organization that brings together furniture designers, makers, collectors, curators, educators, manufacturers, and scholars from around the world to fulfill our important mission:
Advancing the art of furniture making by inspiring creativity, promoting excellence, & fostering an understanding of this art & its place in society
By sponsoring a variety of programs and projects that contribute to the education and enrichment of members and the public, The Furniture Society champions excellence, refinement, responsibility, and craftsmanship in furniture.
The Furniture Society connects all types of furniture designers and makers around the world through conferences, symposia, exhibitions, trade shows, publication, member exchange, awards, social media, and collaborations with like-missioned organizations.
Please consider a tax-deductible financial contribution to help us fulfill our worthy mission. Your donation will help us leverage others’ support, and together we can continue to encourage and promote the very finest furniture design and construction.
You can do this rather easily at our web site – www.furnituresociety.org. Click on DONATE and complete the simple form. You may pay by credit card, debit card, or PayPal. And you can always mail us a check. You also may pledge your support for payment(s) at a later date.
Every gift matters, and we appreciate your thoughtful consideration of our request.
Annual Appeal Chair
Rooted: Creating a Sense of Place: Contemporary Studio Furniture$35.00
The movement to buy locally, which has gained momentum in the areas of produce and food, is now spreading to arts and crafts. Through the work of over seventy contemporary furniture makers, the role of place in the creative process is explored and celebrated. Whether in terms of materials, inspiration, or the interaction with customers, these artists are rooted in their surroundings. What springs from these roots is usually unique, often edgy, and always beautiful furniture and accessories. Over 150 examples of their work are shown in full color, with ample detail photographs so the reader gets an intimate look at the skill and artistic instincts of these makers. Essays by furniture makers and leaders in the craft world amplify the visual feast and help the reader understand the vision, motivation, and inspiration that give impetus to the artists and inform their work.
ICFF 2017: APPLICATION FEE$45.00
WestEdge Design Fair, application fee$15.00
WestEdge Design Fair
This shared-exhibition space will be an opportunity for FS members to present their work at the WestEdge Design Fair in Santa Monica, CA November 3 – 6, 2016.
The fee is $15 and open to Furniture Society members only. You may check your membership status and/or become a member at http://furnsoc.org/memberships/
Craft-Facturing: Objects and Their Stories Application Fee$20.00–$35.00
The Furniture Society welcomes submissions for our headline exhibition at the 2016 Phildelphia Conference: Craft-Facturing, Objects and Their Stories.
Work will be on display at University of the Arts in Philadelphia for one month, June 5-30, concurrent with the FS annual conference June 23-26.
All media and all types of functional objects will be considered. We acknowledge that Makers do what they can to create a sustainable living, this exhibition is at least in part hoping to shed light on the variety and creativity involved in that process and will not be limited to furniture alone. The future of the small shop depends upon making things that consumers will support, let’s see how you do it!
The fee is $20 for members of The Furniture Society or The Center for Art in Wood and $35 for non-members.
You may check your FS membership status and/or become a member at http://furnsoc.org/memberships/
Contribution – Award of Distinction program
The Furniture Society's Award of Distinction program names and celebrates its aesthetic and intellectual leaders. As a volunteer driven organization, FS is dependent on donor funding to support its programs. Award funds received in excess of the direct program costs will be made available to the Furniture Society’s Educational Grants program. We will be grateful for your tax-deductible contribution to the Awards program.
Contribution – Educational Grants program
The Furniture Society's Educational Grants program was established as an extension of the Society’s Awards of Distinction. We will be very grateful for your tax-deductible contribution to the Awards program, which makes these grants possible.
Your donation to The Furniture Society helps to support our mission to promote the art of furniture making, and is very much appreciated!
The Maker’s Hand: American Studio Furniture 1940 – 1990$60.00
The Maker’s Hand is one of the first books about the studio furniture movement, and no doubt the most authoritative. Written by two leading experts in the field, it details the history and development of studio furniture, from its origins in post-World War II America through its explosion in the “back-to-nature” sixties, metamorphosis in the “techno” seventies, and professional emergence in the eighties. Along the way, the authors show how changes in American tastes, technology, and culture have influenced these pieces. Also included are extensive biographies of some forty furniture makers, as well as guides to the main exhibitions, schools, and galleries. Profusely illustrated with works by Castle, Maloof, Mary Gregory, John Cederquist, Judy Kensley McKie, and many others, this is an indispensable guide to the inventive, often witty, always surprising world of studio furniture.
Mind & Hand: Contemporary Studio Furniture$29.99
Mind & Hand: Contemporary Studio Furniture
This book demonstrates the beautiful contemporary furniture that is designed and made by furniture makers who are members of The Furniture Society. The Society's conference, Fusions: Minds & Hands Shaping Our Future, convened June 16-19, 2010, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge.
Furniture Studio: The Meaning of Craft$30.00
Furniture Studio book 5
The Meaning of Craft
Making any kind of furniture relies upon careful design, fine materials, and exacting craftsmanship. Scale, function, and detailing are critically important. Yes the current interest in Minimalism has turned away from craft, igniting fierce debate about its role and meaning in art and interiors. Studio furniture makers wrestle with this dilemma even as they infuse their work with meaning and value. Readers interested in current trends in art, interiors, and architecture will be enlightened and entertained by the essays and photos in this book.
Furniture Studio: Focus on Materials$30.00
Furniture Studio book 4
Furniture Studio: Focus on Materials builds on the success of Furniture Studio book 3: Furniture Makers Exploring Digital Technologies and continues The Furniture Society’s support for critical writing in the field of studio furniture.
Although today’s studio furniture makers continue to favor wood as their primary material, many also work with a large variety of new and old materials including metal, glass, leather, plastic, stone, and concrete.
Furniture Studio: Furniture Makers Exploring Digital Technologies$30.00
Furniture Studio book 3
Essays and photos in this book show and discuss imaginative, beautifully made pieces of extraordinary contemporary furniture. Some of the featured artists have made the most of digital tools and techniques, while others have hardly begun. But as in past eras of rapid technological change, good work only gets better as it integrates new tools, new materials, new processes, and new ways of thinking.
Furniture Studio: Tradition in Contemporary Furniture$30.00
Furniture Studio book 2
Studio furniture speaks in many ways. Through colors, textures, forms, functions, images, and ideas, great furniture enriches daily life. It contributes ease and order as well as energy and depth to contemporary interiors. Evolving from traditions cultivated through centuries of craftsmanship, and advancing today’s important art movements, studio furniture makers build subtle and complex meaning into their designs. With a beautiful color photos and thought-provoking essays, this book celebrates the best in studio furniture.
Furniture Studio: The Heart of the Functional Arts$100.00
Furniture Studio book 1
Who says furniture has to be ordinary?
Not this exciting collection of essays and photos about today’s studio furniture movement. The art and craft of making fine furniture has regained its place at the heart of the functional arts. This richly layered collection of provocative essays, inquisitive articles, and gorgeous images shows today’s studio furniture at its very best. You’ll learn what studio furniture is, what’s so compelling about it, how to buy it, and how it will enhance your home.