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ASFD Digitally Preserves Furniture Design Assets

In a move to protect thirty-five years of historic furniture industry design assets, the ASFD has digitized its print and video archives, making them available now, through the ASFD website. 

“With a huge thank you to past ASFD president, Arto Szabo, who created and organized our print and video archives for many years, we have now taken the next step in their protection by digitizing them. Thirty-five years of ASFD historical archives are now available and searchable through our web site under the archive tab on the navigation bar” said John Conrad, ASFD’s Executive Director.

Jason Phillips, ASFD President said, “It is with great excitement that we announce the archiving of the past 35 years of ASFD and Pinnacle Awards history. This is a landmark achievement by our organization and was spearheaded by our Executive Director, John Conrad. The archive includes clippings, articles, photos and videos of past and current industry design icons. For those of you with a little more gray hair, you may appreciate a trip down memory lane.” 

The accomplishment was achieved through the help of The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, who works with cultural heritage institutions throughout North Carolina, helping them digitize and share history online.

The collection includes many print articles and interviews on the subjects of furniture design, home furnishings design and designers that are not available anywhere else.

The physical ASFD archives will be located at The Bienenstock Furniture Library, the largest furniture specialty library in the world.

On Thursday, Oct. 20th from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., board members of both the Bienenstock Library and ASFD along with a representative from the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center and DigitalNC will take part in “The Big Furniture Design Handover” at the library located at 1009 North Main St. in High Point, N.C. Members of the press are invited to this big event.  For the first time in many years the complete physical archives will be on display.

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