Furniture Society Annual Conference

About the Event:

The Furniture Society conference is now open. The non-profit organization representing, promoting, and connecting furniture makers, designers, collectors, curators, educators, and manufacturers from around the world, is presenting the conference June 8 - 10 in New Orleans.

After hosting a virtual event in 2022, the conference will feature live presen­ta­tions and demonstrations in the morning, professional development in the afternoons including presentations by the Craft for a Greater Good with the Society's partner YAYA, and curated tours.  

This year, the FS23 focuses on: Making Spaces: How Place Shapes Production, Living, and Community

Speakers include:
Main Stage Presenters:
Rosanne Somer­son — member of the Amer­i­can Craft Council’s College of Fellows, furni­ture designer/​maker, educa­tor, and former Pres­i­dent of RISD Michael Puryear — 2023 Award of Distinc­tion recip­i­ent, furni­ture maker, educator.

Lolis Eric Elie — writer and film­maker
Mardi Gras Indians: Chief Howard Miller — Pres­i­dent of the Indian Council & Eleanora (Rukiya) Brown — masking Indian Queen and Mixed-Media artist

Addi­tional Presenters Include:

Aspen Golann — Furni­ture maker, educa­tor, Mineck Award recip­i­ent, Founder of The Chair­mak­ers Toolbox
Don MIller — TFS Board member, wood­worker, instru­ment maker, educator
Chelsea Van Voorhis — Wood­worker, veneer artist, shop manager at Commu­nity Workshop NOLA
Lydia Black­more — Curator at The Historic New Orleans Collection
Amy Cantrell — Founder of BeLoved Ashville and so much more!
Ponkho Bermejo — Co-direc­tor, BeLoved Asheville
YAYA, Inc — creative and entre­pre­neur­ial programs for youth devel­op­ment, 2023 FS partner for Craft for a Greater Good

Thurs­day, June 8:
Meet & Greet, curated museum tour, dinner on your own, networking opportunities

Friday, June 9 & Satur­day, June 10:
Presen­ta­tions, demon­stra­tions, profes­sional devel­op­ment, mentor­ships, network­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, Craft for a Greater Good with our partner YAYA, museum tours, and studio visits.

Friday, June 9:
Member’s exhi­bi­tion and reception

Satur­day June 10:
Award of Distinc­tion luncheon to honor Michael Puryear

Confer­ence pricing is $325 for members, $425 for non-members and $100 for students.

To register, click here


$325 members, $425 nonmembers, $100 students


June 8, 2023 | 8:00 am CDT to June 10, 2023 | 5:00 pm CDT