Fundamentally, furniture exists to ready a space for occupancy or use. Its mere presence can signal the purpose of a space or invite a particular action. Its material, form, and surface design reveals a lot about how it is meant to be used, who made it, as well as provide a connection with the past, a culture, or idea. Recognizing the essential role that furniture fulfills in daily life and in society-at-large, the field of furniture wields tremendous potential to have a positive impact worldwide.
This year’s conference is centered around how furniture can be used to foster communities, locally and globally, as well as strengthen the community of furniture making by recognizing a diverse selection of perspectives, cultural backgrounds, and ideas.