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Furniture Library Opens Collaborative Design Center

The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library has announced the creation of a new resource for global design collaboration and education for the furniture industry.

The library has completed the Hadley Court Center For Design Collaboration, a new high-tech meeting center on the ground floor of its Main Street library open for use by designers, students, manufacturers, academics and civic/cultural organizations from all over the world.

The state-of-the-art equipment allows all participants to connect with anyone, anywhere in the world, to share a collaborative experience via LiveStream video and state of the art audio. The new center will be dedicated at a special talk Oct. 17 at 4 p.m., "Collaboration In Design," delivered by esteemed international designer Mary Douglas Drysdale.

"It is our intention to make the Furniture Library accessible to anyone who has an interest in design, collaboration and connection regardless of where they live or work," said Russell Bienenstock, president of the Board of Directors of the library. "The Hadley Court Center for Design Collaboration is a high tech meeting room that makes this possible.

"The center is intended to be used for moderated events, design meetings, seminars, product launches, livestream webinars, the library's new Speaker Series and brainstorming sessions. It can also be used as a satellite meeting room for furniture companies or community groups that need a place to congregate in High Point during or between markets and that need to be in instant visual contact with their national or global customers or internal employees. The library's director, Karla Teague Webb, has been trained in how to use the center's state of the art audio and video equipment, making this a seamless and stress free experience for anyone wishing to use the center."

The center was made possible by the generous donation of Leslie Hendrix Wood, an interior decorator who resides in Midland, Texas, and the founder of the award winning lifestyle and interior design blog, Hadley Court, whose content focuses on designing, celebrating, entertaining, organizing, traveling and giving. Hadley Court won the prestigious Design Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame award for "Best New Design Blog 2013" and was selected by TripAdvisor's sister site, vacation rental portal, FLIPKEY, as one of their Top 25 Home Design Blogs to Follow for 2014. 

"The furniture and design industries are fortunate to have an invaluable resource like the Bienenstock Furniture Library," Wood said. "The Library is an integral part of preserving the history of furniture design for future generations. Hadley Court is honored to be able to be a part of making the library accessible to anyone and offering technology where collaborative efforts can be fostered."   

"The best designs are practical and come from the heart. What's most important are relationships and new technological tools that have the potential to connect like-minded souls across the world," Wood said,

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