HIGHLIGHT – The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame will host a groundbreaking event on October 15 at 8 a.m. at 311 S. Hamilton St., where the 17,500 square foot building will be expanded to 23,500 feet squares.
“This is as much a step forward for the industry as it is for the Hall of Fame,” said Caroline Hipple, Chair of the Hall of Fame Board of Directors and President of Norwalk Furniture. “With this innovation, we are delivering on the vision of a leadership center to celebrate the leaders who inspire us and to show our gratitude to the industry that has given so much to each of us.”
She noted that the new facility will be designed to be inspiring both in design and purpose, as a place where members of the industry and consumers can learn about all facets of the industry. furnishings.
“We have assembled a team of world-class architects and exhibition designers to help us create a home worthy of our $ 150 billion industry that will serve our industry,” said Larry Rogers, Chairman of the Board. construction and retired President and CEO of Sealy Inc., adding: “We are delighted to move forward with construction.”
The building committee, chaired by Rogers, includes Hipple; David Gebhart, Global Views; Mark Phillips, Phillips Collection; Mike Herschel, Furniture Marketing Group; Kyle Hughes, Hall of Fame Historian; and Karen McNeill, Hall of Fame.
Designed by Freeman Kennett Architects, the new space will incorporate a dynamic two-sided story wall, a digital array of interwoven LED screens visible from the street on one side and throughout the interior on the other, which will be used to tell the many stories of the large-scale furniture industry.
Exhibits are designed by Roto, an international exhibition design, manufacture and installation company. Organized around four themes, the exhibits will be presented such as industry, people, process and products, with interactive displays designed to teach and entertain.
The creative exhibits team for the new building is made up of Gebhart, Hipple, Hughes, McNeill and Lauren Estep, Executive Vice President of the Hall of Fame.
Fundraising donors include: The Wanek family and Ashley Furniture Inds .; Bill and Carolyn Hinks, Furniture Mart USA; Surya; American furniture; International market centers; Lacquer Craft USA; Manwah Holdings; Neil and Robin Goldberg, Raymour & Flanigan Furniture; Take-out rooms; Karen McNeill and Stephen Pond; The Broyhill Family Foundation; Bill and Candy Fenn; Roger and Martha Bland; Michael Amini, AICO; Keith Koenig, Street furniture; Chad Spencer, Dufresne Spencer Group; Hooker Furnishings Corp. ; Amini Audi, L. & J.G. Stickley; Palecek; Bill and Julia Wittenberg; Schwarz Properties; Jake Jabs, American Furniture Warehouse; Bernhardt furniture company; Hassell Franklin, Franklin Corp. ; Patrick Cory, Joseph Cory Holdings; Markor International Furniture; Nebraska Furniture Market; Ind. by Nourison; Furniture first; The BB&T Foundation; the DRIVE Foundation; Mickey Holliman, five stars; The Furniture Foundation; David Gebhart and Frederick Rayner, Global Views; Havertys Furniture Co.; Skipper Holliman Jr., HomeStretch; Jofran Inc .; Amir Loloi, Loloi Rugs; Phillips Collection; Planned furniture promotions; Martin and Mary Ann Ploy; Prestigious arts / Artistic trends; Jeff Child, RC Willey Home Furnishings; RHF companies; John Bray, Vanguard Furniture Co.; Lyle Harris, this is the house; Laurent Rogers; J. Don Coleman, Coleman Consulting; Bruce and Kena Cohenour; Andrew Bernstein, FurnitureDealer.Net; Bill and Sue Kimbrell; Norwalk Furniture; Jim Sneed, Affordable Furniture; Bobby Bush; Randy Coconis, Meubles Coconis; Russell Bienenstock, Furniture World; Julius M. Feinblum Real Estate, Inc .; The Ina Mae Kaplan Historical Preservation Fund; Don Belgrade; Jerry Epperson; Gill Bro’s Furniture; Infinger furniture; Furnishings Michael Alan; New Atlantic construction; Furniture by Slone Bro; Will Somers; Stegar Furniture; Commuter furniture; Imogene Zimmerman; and Guardian protection products.