Tuesday, November 3, 2015

New XOXO: The Furniture Library


I XO libraries. I XO design. Therefore I XOXO The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library.


Just north of Krispy Kreme on Main Street in High Point, and housed in a c. 1923 former doctor's residence, The Furniture Library is filled with books and periodicals that serve interior designers, furniture makers, antiquarians, patent lawyers, students, and decorative arts nerds of which I am one. This industry-specific resource is the largest furniture specialty library in the world, and includes a climate-controlled Rare Book Room with 350 specimens dating back to 1543.  "Yale and Harvard have the same books, but they're not accessible like ours," says Library Director Karla Webb contentedly.

The library is an aesthetic study and gathering space. It has a number of  rooms, equipped with tech and other amenities, that can be rented for business, educational and social events and the garden, with it's landscaping and sculpture collection, is also inviting.With two floors and plenty of tables and chairs, the library is homey and quiet with room to spread out and delve.

A quick tour...


The interior was refreshed about 4 years ago by High Point interior designer Pat Plaxico.
The burning question I had for Karla ...
"What is this white paint?"
Edelweiss by Martin Senour.

 I've always liked these Phillips Collection wire figures and one greeted me in the foyer.
Flor carpet tiles add a zippy vibe to the studious libes. (found on Aphrochic)
I am totally crushing on these leather mid-century chairs that belonged to the Bienenstocks.
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Karla Webb points out an unexpectedly colorful 1843 Victorian-era book filled with fabric samples.


I love looking through old magazines.  "House Beautiful" and "House & Garden" date back almost 100 years.
The Vuncannon Room, formerly a two bedroom suite. can be reserved for meetings, seminars, and study groups...

as can the Hadley Court Center for Design Collaboration with its 80" TV screen and live streaming ability.
This shot doesn't capture the beautiful outdoor setting so you must see it for yourself!
If I lived closer, I'd be here all the time.

2 comments:

StephanieLowder said...

"If I lived closer, I'd be here all the time." - Me, too, Jane :) Fortunately, I am only 3 hours away AND have client business in High Point…so I stop in the Furniture Library regularly. My favorite thing is to pull Any Random Book from the open shelves, and I always learn something amazing.

As I'm also a volunteer member of the Library's board of directors, let me also say, on behalf of everyone at the Bienenstock--thank you for favoring and honoring the Library. So glad you were able to visit, and do come again!

Jane Dagmi said...

Stephanie, thanks for reading my blog and for all you do in helping to make the libes an amazing place.
xoxo,
Jane