The 2018 Furniture Society Conference Hits San Francisco June 14-16


Ready to get your craft knowledge on? The Furniture Society (a.k.a. the industry’s top educational organization), will host its next conference “NEXUS: Perspectives on Art, Design, Craftsmanship, and Technology“ at Dogpatch Studios in San Francisco from June 14-16, 2018.

The event is intended for anyone interested in buiding their knowledge on, well, built goods: designers, makers, artists, gallerists, collectors, retailers, and students are all invited to discover what’s next for the industry in an increasingly digital world. Through presentations, panels, interactive workshops, tours, and informal social events, the conference will cover topics including the role of women in the craft, technology and design; sustainability; advanced materials; collaboration between designers and makers; shifting consumption patterns; and global craft. Featured speakers include artist/architect/designer Allan Wexler (capstone speaker) and designer/builder/educator and founder of Project H Design and Girls Garage Emily Pilloton (keynote presenter).

Papay Designs


NEXUS will also feature three exhibits: NEXUS: The Exhibition, taking place at ShopFloor Design in Dogpatch, is a juried exhibit of work by members of the Furniture Society, including Justin Bailey, Chance Coalter, San Francisco’s Fyrn, The Krenov School, Po Shun Leong, Marcus Papay of Papay Designs, and Jordan Waraksa of Fiddle and Hammer. This exhibit is curated by Derek Chen of Council Design, Jennifer Jones of Niche Interiors, independent curator Jennifer Navva-Milliken and independent curator/art consultant Julie Muniz. The second exhibit, entitled Thinking Through Making, takes place at CCA Hubbell Street Galleries, features work by the students, faculty, and alumni from California College of the Arts. The third exhibit, entitled RAW DESIGN features work by Dominic Di Mare and Judy Kensley McKie, and is at the Museum of Craft and Design.

Justin Bailey

The events take place at Dogpatch Studios, 991 Tennessee Street in San Francisco. Dates are below:

Thursday, June 14, 2018: 9 am – 5 pm
Friday, June 15, 2018: 9 am – 8 pm
Saturday, June 16, 2018: 10 am – 10 pm (Closing party from 7 pm – 10 pm)

3-day tickets range from $225-$500, and 1-day tickets range from $110-$250. Buy your tickets online here (tours, luncheons, and closing celebration tickets available for sale separately). 

There are also a series of free related exhibits that might tickle your fancy:

NEXUS: The Exhibition
Thursday, June 14 Opening Reception for the Exhibit, 7pm-9 pm.
Friday, June 15, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m
Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
ShopFloor Design, 1426 Minnesota Street, San Francisco

June 7-June 29, 2018
Opening Reception: June 14, 2018 at CCA Hubbell Street Galleries
CCA Hubbell Street Galleries, 161 Hubbell Street, San Francisco

June 2 – October 28, 2018
Opening Reception: June 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Anchors in Time: Dominic Di Mare
Judy Kensley McKie: Cast of Characters
Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 3rd St, San Francisco

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