News is a place to check in and see what's happening within The Furniture Society.  We post updates here for members and the public to let you all know what we're doing!

Garry & Sylvia Bennett in ACM

Congratulations to Sylvia and Garry Knox Bennett on being featured in the most recent American Craft Magazine issue. The article “Relationship Goals” appears in the magazine’s MASTER issue on pages 72-79 and showcases the Bennetts’ beautiful living quarters and art collection in Oakland, CA, as well as their signature brand of humor.


The couple was interviewed by Brigitte Martin, The Furniture Society‘s executive director and American Craft Magazine’s Editor at Large.

Thomas Hucker – ACC Fellow

The Furniture Society is proud to announce that Thomas Hucker, our 2016 Award Of Distinction recipient, has been elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council. Congratulations!

Since 1975, the ACC has recognized individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the craft field in the United States by awarding the distinction of Fellow of the Council, known collectively as the College of Fellows. Nominated and selected by a committee of their peers, the College of Fellows is one of the ACC's highest honors.

The award ceremony will take place October 6, 2018, at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, MN.

Click here for tickets to the event


On August 6, 2018, Furniture Society Executive Director Brigitte Martin announced the start of EFASO (Exhibiting Furniture and Sculptural Objects), a new Furniture Society membership benefit.

The Furniture Society’s goal is to emphasize and encourage exhibitions of quality furniture at
the national level in furtherance of the organization’s mission to “foster an understanding of the artform and its place in society.” EFASO aims to directly address one of the biggest hurdles furniture-makers and exhibition venues face, the high cost of shipping, which effectively prevents the exhibition of furniture in many, if not most cases.

In 2018-2020 EFASO will:

● Defray transportation costs for 15 individual US-based furniture artists,
● Defray transportation costs for three major US-based exhibiting organizations,
● Create an independent jurying committee to oversee the selection of artists and venues
for the EFASO program,
● Create a new paid internship position at the Furniture Society to help oversee and
manage the EFASO program under the direction of the Education Director.

Outcomes of the EFASO initiative will include: increased numbers of furniture exhibitions,
furthering The Furniture Society’s national advocacy role, growing the organization’s
membership numbers, and raising the next generation of qualified art administrators who have an understanding of furniture art and its specific exhibition needs.

The Furniture Society gratefully acknowledges the John and Robyn Horn Foundation for important financial support for the EFASO program.

If you would like more information about the EFASO program, please contact Monica Hampton, Director of Education, via

Furniture Society seeks EFASO intern

The Furniture Society seeks to hire a paid intern to work with the Director of Education to
administer the EFASO (Exhibiting Furniture and Sculptural Objects) program initiative in
2018 and 2019. See the position posting here.

Interview With Forest Dickey

Geoff McKonly, of the Furniture Society Communications Team, spoke recently with outgoing Furniture Society President Forest Dickey about his work, his company (Varian Designs) and his involvement with The Furniture Society. The following is a transcript of their conversation.

GM: How long have you been a member of The Furniture Society?

FD: My involvement with The Furniture Society started a while ago. I was a student representative to the board about 10 years ago. I served a term in that capacity, 2006-2007, and then took some time off from board duties and was a participant in several committees, and then was asked to come on to the board about six years ago. I’m approaching the end of my second of two three-year terms. (more…)

The Wood Artist: Creating Art Through Wood

The Wood Artist: Creating Art Through Wood

A new book by Furniture Society member Norman Pirollo. “I have been a Furniture Society member for years and have been greatly inspired by fellow makers in the Furniture Society. So it is my turn to share my journey and experience and hopefully inspire other makers.”


Brigitte Martin Named New Executive Director at The Furniture Society

Brigitte Martin Named New Executive Director at The Furniture Society

The Furniture Society is pleased to announce the hiring of Brigitte Martin as its new Executive Director. She will officially assume the position on November 1, 2017, and joins at an exciting time as the Society embarks on a new era of growth and renewal.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead this interesting, vital organization,” said Martin. “I am excited to support The Furniture Society’s mission to advance and promote the art of furniture making. I look forward to working with the board to create exciting new programs for our members, and to revitalize and energize the organization overall.”

Martin is Founder and Editor or crafthaus, an online social media network since 2008. Prior to that she has worked for the auction house Sotheby’s as well as run her own brick-and-mortar gallery in Pittsburgh, PA. She has served as Chair of Fundraising and Development on the Board of Directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths since 2012, culminating her service as the organization’s president. Martin is a regularly contributing writer for American Craft Magazine and has recently been named the publication’s Editor at large. Martin founded a national Craft Think Tank in 2012 and has co-organized the event together with the American Craft Council since 2013. Martin was named one of the 5 “Best Art Curators in Pittsburgh” by CBS, as well as one of “9 People to Watch in 2013” by The Crafts Report. Martin has authored the multiple awards winning book “Humor in Craft.” She was featured on the NPR radio show “Radio Times” in May 2012 and by American Craft Magazine (2010, 2015.) Martin is a national public speaker on aspects related to running a business in the craft field, a communications expert, and a sought-after juror for craft shows and competitions. A goldsmith by training, Martin is a prominent, national advocate for art and craft, someone who supports and champions all craft media and artists working in the field today.

“It’s an exciting time for The Furniture Society. All the more so with Brigitte coming on board at this juncture,” says Furniture Society Board President Forest Dickey. “We, the Trustees, are looking forward to welcoming her and are eager to begin the important work of growing our organization into the vital nexus of furniture design, craftsmanship, education, and inspiration we envision it to be. Brigitte is an established, experienced, thoughtful, energetic, and passionate leader. We can’t think of anyone more committed or prepared than Brigitte to lead The Furniture Society.”

Vivian Beer Wins Ellen’s Design Challenge!

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images
Photo By: Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images
Furniture Society member and former Board of Trustee member, Vivian Beer, has won Ellen’s Design Challenge. We are so proud that one of our own has made a wave in the large arena of HGTV and the furniture design world. (more…)

Green Furniture: An Assessment of Furniture Society Member Work

This article, written by Furniture Society Board of Trustees President Steffi Dotson, was reprinted with permission from the Journal of Green Building.

Wendell Castle Remastered

Wendell Castle Closeup Crop
The Furniture Society is proud to help promote the following exhibition at the MAD Museum in NYC. Wendell Castle is a 2001 Award of Distinction honoree, and we're ecstatic to share his continued accomplishments:

News from Pritam & Eames


PRITAM & EAMES, the East Hampton gallery specializing in American studio furniture, will close the “bricks and mortar” part of their business by the end of October, but will create an Internet presence to represent the artist-craftsmen associated with the gallery for sales and commissions.  (more…)