Annual Conferences

The Furniture Society convenes annually in locations across North America. Shaker Bench TalkDistinguished makers, educators, and scholars are brought together to offer presentations and panel discussions on a wide range of subjects related to the field. Expert makers demonstrate a variety of skills and techniques. Numerous exhibitions of fine furniture are on display, and the local culture and furniture making tradition always play a prominent role in the conference.

Furniture Society conferences are an assortment of down-to-earth technical workshops, stimulating discussions, invaluable tips and tricks, member and juried exhibitions, camaraderie, and FUN.  No matter if you are a furniture maker, curator, collector, educator, writer, gallery director, professional, amateur or just plain enthusiast, the conference is the event to network with others in the furniture field.  Join us for a celebration of the art of furniture making.  There will be plenty to inform, energize and inspire you.

FS17: A Joint Symposium

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) and The Furniture Society (FS) are parallel professional societies, each with a mission to help promote and educate their members and the public about object design and making, and associated tools and techniques.

FS and AAW are pleased to announce a pilot project – a joint symposium June 22 – 25, 2017, in Kansas City, Missouri. Program sessions, demonstrations, exhibitions, keynote and award presentations, silent auction, and trade show are in the Kansas City Convention Center, across the street from the conference hotel, Marriott Downtown.



Furniture Society Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Craft-facturing addresses a contemporary community of Makers who are socially engaged, collaborative and digitally savvy. New paradigms for making and production, sharing and distribution are emerging that both support and challenge the more traditional role of the craftsperson in our culture. The 2016 FS conference will frame this moment in Philadelphia's rich environment as a unique and vital site of past and future crafts activity.

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The Furniture Society is proud to present the FS15 Symposium at the American Tobacco Historic District (ATC) in Durham, NC June 25th - 27th.

The Symposium kicks off on Thursday evening with dinner and a Durham Bulls Game. At the same time, across the street in the American Tobacco Amphitheater, The Gravy Boys will be performing as part of the Back Porch Music on the Lawn, a free concert series at American Tobacco.

FS14: ROOTED: Creating a Sense of Place

Reconnecting the craftsman with the community
Our 18th annual conference gathering, FS14, will take place in Port Townsend, Washington.  We are being hosted by the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. Conference dates are June 19 - 21, 2014.

Local craftsmen and local materials have been at the heart of furniture making for most of its existence. With exploration of the globe came access to new materials, new techniques and new inspiration.

FS13: L.A. Symposium

fs13The Furniture Society's 2013 annual gathering convened June 21-23, 2013, in Los Angeles, CA.

FS13: L.A. Symposium was a four-day event uniting leading furniture makers, design thinkers and curators from across the country for an ambitious roster of lectures, tours and exhibitions. A departure from the Furniture Society’s typical conference format, FS13: L.A. Symposium harnessed the energy of L.A.’s design culture to explore issues critical to designer-makers today: serial production, sustainability, innovation and creative business practices.

FS12: Design, Community & Sublime

The 2012 Furniture Society Conference, "Design, Community & Sublime", convened June 14-16 at the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME.

FS10: FUSIONS: Minds & Hands Shaping Our Future

The 2010 Furniture Society Conference, Fusions: Minds & Hands Shaping Our Future, convened June 16-19 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.

FS05: THE OTHER SIDE: A Tradition of Alternatives

The ninth annual Furniture Society conference was held June 8th-11th, 2005, at San Diego State University,San Diego, California.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA has always been a hothouse of alternative design ever since the architect brothers of Greene and
Greene first developed the “California Bungalow” in 1910. A warm temperate climate and the enchantment of the Pacific
Ocean have lured artists and designers from around the world for over a century.  It was in this context, a tradition of alternative thinking, that the organizers of the Ninth Furniture Society conference created programming and events.

FS07: CULTURAL MOSAIC: Reflections from the Coastal Rainforest

Furniture 2007, "Cultural Mosaic: Reflections from the Coastal Rain Forest," took place June 20-23, 2007, in Victoria, BC, Canada, hosted by the University of Victoria.