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Bienenstock Furniture Library Announces Board Members. Christi Spangle is New Board President

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The Bienenstock Furniture Library announces 2021 Board of Directors updates; Clockwise, from L to R: Christi Spangle, Caroline Hipple, Nancy Fire, Leslie Newby, Elizabeth Scruggs, and Sarah Stevenson.

The Bienenstock Furniture Library announces updates to its board of directors effective this month, according to Executive Director Karla Jones. Among its ongoing initiatives as a furniture and design industry resource, the board will serve to support the library’s inaugural Student Design Summit this fall.

Christi Spangle, co-ceo at High Point-based interior design firm Barbour Spangle Design, assumes the role of board President for a two-year term beginning in 2021. She served as a board member since 2013.

Four new board members serving one-year terms include Caroline Hipple, president of Ohio-based, upholstered furniture specialist Norwalk Furniture; Nancy Fire, design industry consultant and owner of NYC-based Design Works International; Leslie Newby, president of North Carolina-based WorkTheBrand, a full-service PR and marketing communications agency; and Elizabeth Scruggs, founder and principal of design-build firm Superior Construction and Design, based in the Nashville Metropolitan area.

Sarah Stevenson is part of the Communications Specialists team for the City of High Point, and is named to the board position of Secretary, Executive Committee.

Two new Student Representative Board Members are Ethan Barbour, currently a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), earning his BFA in Interior Design and minor degrees in Architectural History and Business Management; and Dylan Timoney, an industrial design student at Appalachian State University where he is pursuing double majors in Furniture and Product Design.

“The Bienenstock Furniture Library Board of Directors reflects the individual strengths and leadership skills needed to have a successful, working board,” says Jones. “The library is well positioned to continue serving the furniture and design industries through their collaborative efforts.”

Long-time board member Dudley Moore, president of High Point-based Otto & Moore Furniture, will serve a two-year term as Vice President of the library’s board of directors.



About the Bienenstock Furniture Library: The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library is a worldwide center for research, design, and collaboration.  It holds the world's largest collection of rare and significant books on the history and design of furniture, with more than 5,000 volumes.

The Library is located in High Point, NC and is open to members of the home furnishings industry, students and the general public. The Library was founded in 1970 with an endowment from Furniture World Magazine and the Bienenstock family. It is supported by a board of directors from nearly every facet of the home furnishings industry. It is devoted to the advancement of knowledge about design, furniture, interiors, architecture, textiles, finishes, and constructions.

The Library's rare book collection contains volumes published since 1543. A special climate-controlled room houses these rare volumes. It is a treasure trove of inspiration for anyone interested in home furnishings and interior design.  

The Library's facilities include the Vuncannon Seminar Room, the high-tech Hadley Court Center for Design Collaboration and the Pat Plaxico Sculpture Gardens.  These areas are available for seminars, classes, events, meetings, design collaborations, networking and design retreats for a small honorarium.

For more information visit www.furniturelibrary.com or contact Karla Webb, Library Director at info@furniturelibrary.com or 336-883-4011.

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