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Editor’s Corner

Furniture World Magazine


Editor's Corner


History will be made in April 2023 at the spring High Point Market. I’m referring to the debut of the impressive, educational and entertaining American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame building. It will be a focal point for events and a welcoming home for our industry—a place to celebrate innovation, pay homage to our past, experience the future of home furnishings and meet up with friends for conversation, coffee or cocktails. Consumers will visit and a new generation of talent and leadership will be engaged.

As part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 21, the Hall of Fame will place objects inside a time capsule to be opened in 50 years. Another kind of time capsule inside the building will be on display.

As I write this, 100 leather-bound volumes of Furniture World Magazine from 1904 through 1981 are on an Ashley Furniture truck en route to their new home in the Pond Library space in the new building. Over 150,000 pages of furniture journalism chronicle the emergence of furniture retailing and post industrial revolution furniture manufacturing. Within the volumes are familiar names mixed in with the stories of companies and people long forgotten. These Furniture World editions include minutes of retail and manufacturing association board meetings and tell stories about the rise and fall of furniture retailers, manufacturers, furniture markets and industry associations. The volumes will allow Hall of Fame researchers to read reporting on the furniture industry during the great depression and through two world wars, see vintage brand advertising and follow the evolution of furniture styles, materials, attitudes and marketing.

We are proud to be a tiny part of this very large industry effort and hope that you will have the opportunity to visit 311 S. Hamilton Street during the show. For more information on what this new initiative can do for your company and for our industry visit ww.homefurnishingshalloffame.com or “Meet me at the Hall!”


Russell Bienenstock is Editor-in-Chief of Furniture World Magazine, founded 1870. Comments can be directed to him at editor@furninfo.com.