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Image: Zpine Lounge Chair, an entrant in the One Good Chair competition co-sponsored by the Sustainable Furnishings Council

There’s no doubt that the State’s furniture manufacturers have been battling tough economic times in recent years. In order to stay competitive, these businesses need to position themselves on the cutting edge of the industry.

The Chapel Hill-based Sustainable Furnishings Council, in collaboration with Elon University, is holding a one-day program entitled “Innovations in Sustainable Furnishings: The Road Ahead”. Taking place on Friday, September 20th, the keynote speaker will be  Dr. Jonathan Chapman from the University of Brighton speaking on “Emotionally Durable Design”.

Other sessions include:

-Mitchell Gold of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams: “Life at the Core of Furnishings”

– Robin Wilson of Robin Wilson Home: “Marketing Sustainaility: The Research and the Story”

– Mike Italiano of Market Transformation to Sustainability: “Forest to Foyer – an overview of Life Cycle Analysis”

Pre- and post-conference events include a Life Cycle Assessment workshop lead by Michael Italiano of MTS, the founder of SMaRT certification and a noted developer of triple bottom line assessments, as well as a tour of sustainable homes in the Chapel Hill area.

Information & registration information here.