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Bienenstock Furniture Library Adds John Black Scholarship to Student Awards

Doubling student scholarship awards for its Future Designers Summit initiative, the Bienenstock Furniture Library announces the addition of the John Black Scholarship, honoring the life and work of Black, a renowned furniture designer who passed away in December.


Established by Black’s wife and business partner, Joyce Black, the $5000 student scholarship is funded by the family, and contributions from friends and colleagues. The scholarship will be awarded at the second annual Bienenstock Future Designers Summit for students, this fall.


John Black began his journey as a furniture designer while attending Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the early 70s. Together with his wife, John founded J Black Design in 2000. Black designed iconic furniture collections for leading luxury brands, including Baker, Century, Councill, Ethan Allen, Hancock & Moore, Hickory Chair, Kravet and Vanguard.


Black was a regular visitor to the Bienenstock Furniture Library throughout his career. According to Joyce Black, he was a lifelong student of design, as well as someone eager to open the world of design to more diverse audiences.


Set for September 21-23, the next Bienenstock Future Designers Summit will help to prepare up to 40 students — who will represent a variety of academic design disciplines from colleges and universities located throughout the U.S. — for future careers in the furnishings sector. 


The John Black Scholarship will be awarded to one student at the close of the event, along with The Broyhill Family Foundation Scholarship, established in 2021, to one other student. Each scholarship is worth $5,000, bringing the scholarship awards total to $10,000 in 2022.


Earlier this month, the library kicked off a fundraising campaign to support its growing student learning initiative. The invitation to contribute industry sponsorships and donations is open through March.


Outside of future scholarship funding, contributors making donations for the 2022 summit event will help to offset the costs of travel, accommodations and meals for each student attendee, as well as to cover expenses for program development and marketing.


To learn more, and to make online payments for company sponsorships or individual donations using the library’s PayPal account, visit the Future Designers Summit page located on the Bienenstock Furniture Library website. 


Contributors for the 2022 Bienenstock Future Designers Summit to date include The Earl and Kathryn Congdon Foundation, International Market Centers (IMC), High Point Market Authority, Universal Furniture, Savour Partnership, Otto & Moore, Inc, Davis Furniture, Crypton LLC, 220 Elm, Catherine and Richard Frinier, Century Furniture/Rock House Farm Family of Brands, Gwen Emery, and Nancy Fire Designs.


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 or contact Karla Webb, Library Director at [email protected] or 336-883-4011.


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