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!

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…)