Just this past fall, we at Hadley Court shared with you the opening of the Hadley Court Center For Design Collaboration Center at the Bienenstock Furniture Library – and there is no slowing down for this historic treasure located in High Point, North Carolina – named the #1 small craft research collection in the United States by the American Craft Council.
The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library Board of Directors has just announced the winner of their annual Interior Design student scholarship competition and we want to congratulate the first place winner, Erica Brooks of Virginia Tech who will receive a $5,000 scholarship to continue her studies in interior design!
The second place winner, Tung Nguyen from Winthrop University, will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Congratulations, Tung! In addition to the awards, both students have been given memberships in the ASFD and ASID professional associations and their schools will also receive $1,000 to use in their academic programs.
These competitions are a collaborative effort between the ASID and the Furniture Library. The ASID sponsors the interior design competition by providing actual projects, and the submissions are then judged by a jury of design professionals in the home furnishings industry. The library hosts the competition and funds the scholarships. This is an annual competition and 2016’s scholarship contest submission process will be announced in May of this year.
You can read more about Erica’s winning design in this article on Furniture World magazine’s website.
ABOUT ERICA’s WINNING DESIGN
Entrants were asked to design a project to create an art gallery that encompassed two floors with a third floor being a residential space and to create a design plan for the entire complex. Erica named her project “LineUp”. For her, “LineUp was a play on words that references the linear movement, both through and up the space.”
The fictional couple who resides here wants a cutting-edge, connected space that reflects both the inspiration of artists and the comfort of home. The residence is cohesive with the display space, using strong movement, distinctive textures, and an edgy appearance.” Below is Erica’s winning entry…
Congratulations to you, Erica on your award winning design – and we hope you, Hadley Court friends going to High Point Market, too, will be on the look-out for this rising design star if you are attending and wish her well in her career. Erica will be shown around High Point by the library’s executive director, Karla Teague Webb.
Although High Point Market is an event for buyers and designers, many visitors to High Point add a 5 minute trip over to the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library to their plans as a quiet, peaceful respite from the busyness of market- not only to see the library, full of original, iconic pieces of furniture….
but also to take in a little research time on period styles for their own projects using America’s largest collection of extremely rare books on furniture, and furniture history, and thousands more interior design books, shelter periodicals, and antique auction catalogs, going all the way back to the last century, including an original copy of this rare treasure.
And , exciting news! The Bienenstock Furniture Library will be hosting the #HPMKT Kickoff Dinner to welcome all High Point Market attendees who are at market by Tuesday to set up their showroom displays and would like to have a great meal after a long day – an old fashioned Southern barbecue, full of comfort food!
At this dinner, open to everyone at High Point Market who is there at that time, those who attend will also be able to meet the designers of the Junior League of High Point’s Designer Showhouse , sponsored by Traditional Home magazine, who have been doing some of their design research for their room designs at the historic Randall Terry estate in the rare book room at the library.
In addition, for anyone that would like to have their name be part of the historical record of the library for future generations, they will be given the opportunity to ADOPT A RARE BOOK for rescue and restoration!
To give you a flavor of what’s coming, see this post by Leslie’s fellow volunteer board member, Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage – which includes a shout out for the library by Christi Spangle of Barbour Spangle Design, also designing a room in the showhouse, and whose partner, Christi Barbour, is also a volunteer on the board of the library and who designed, pro bono, the Hadley Court Center For Design Collaboration!
What a great way to greet & meet so many people who not only make #HPMKT happen, but are putting High Point back on the map! I’m still relatively new to the area, and being a decorative arts and book lover, I personally am looking forward to spending an afternoon at the library – and may even need to bring my mom to see this historic, beautiful place when she comes to town to visit in a few days! I think she would love the library’s gracious entry, shown below.
Just like I love doing in our new home in North Carolina, 15 minutes from High Point, the library combines the best of the old and the new. Stay tuned for more #HPMKT Happenings and as always, thank you for reading Hadley Court. We appreciate YOU.
Leslie Hendrix Wood
Founder, Editor In Chief
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