Skip to main content

Furniture Society readies for San Francisco conference


The Furniture Society will hold its 2018 conference June 13-16 at Dog Patch Studios in San Francisco. The agenda is firming up with a long list of speakers and day presentations, awards and exhibits, as well as local museum and business tours.

Society president Forest Dickey says the biennial conference typically draws 300 to 350 attendees. Given this year’s location and programming, he thinks the turnout will exceed the average.

The conference theme is Nexus: Perspectives on Art, Design, Craftsmanship and Technology.

“What we’re trying to do with this conference is focus on new technologies, new ways that we’re making things, and new ways that people think about those things they’re making. That covers everything from people using 3D printing and CNC technologies in small manufacturing to how one-off makers are using these technologies as well,” says Dickey.

Emily Pilloton, founder and executive director of Project H Design/Girls Garage and a lecturer at University of California at Berkeley’s Department of Architecture, will be the keynote speaker. She will share her social activist philosophy on design and making in underserved communities around the world.

Attendees will be encouraged to explore San Francisco’s Dog Patch neighborhood, a transitional area of residential and light industrial properties featuring many small businesses of craft items.

“We’re excited about the venue,” says Dickey. “We have a lot of local events going on around the Dog Patch neighborhood like gallery visits and curated tours of the Museum of Craft and Design.”

Autodesk, maker of AutoCad software and the conference’s lead sponsor, will provide tours at its nearby Pier 9 research and development facility. Other sponsors include Shaper Tools and the American Craft Council.

For information, visit

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue.

Related Articles


Furniture Society hosts a throwback conference

Furniture Society hosts a throwback conference.

Furniture Society

Furniture Society to host virtual conference in June

The Furniture Society has opened registration for its first virtual conference, FS22: Working Together, taking place June 8-11.

F) Work by JulietteDuexR

Furniture Society awards five education grants

Furniture Society announces recipients of its 2022 Educational Grants Program