On April 1, at the Culp Innovation Center at Congdon Yards during High Point Market, the Sustainable Furnishings Council invited members and designers to toast to the organization’s 15th anniversary. With food and fun, emcees Libby Langdon and Thom Filicia—both of whom are SFC ambassadors and members of the organization’s board of directors—celebrated the council’s continued success, making introductions and sharing its vision to ensure a healthy future for all.
Incoming executive director Scarlette Tapp was formally welcomed to the helm of the organization. “I am delighted to be handing her the reins, and we’re thrilled to welcome her at our celebration in High Point,” said outgoing executive director Susan Inglis. During the event, Inglis was also presented the American Sustainable Business Network’s Presidential Proclamation by Steven Salsberg.
On hand to celebrate were many members of SFC’s board of directors, including Gat Caperton, Phantila Phataraprasit, Business of Home’s Julia Noran Johnston, Nancy Fire, Abi Sood, Jonsara Ruth, Michael Hirschhorn and Jennifer Harmon. Designers and industry insiders Lisa and Everick Brown, Breegan Jane, Patti Carpenter, Barry Goralnick, Brita Muller of Chairish, Michael Bauer of Dallas Market Center, and Dennis Scully of Business of Home were also in attendance at the anniversary fete.
As the SFC builds on the foundation of its first 15 years, it’s looking to bring the furnishings industry into the circular economy. “Circularity is really where all the interrelated aspects of sustainability come together,” said Inglis. “It is clear that we cannot truly sustain a healthy future without considering durability, repairability and end of life, as well as the impact of manufacturing and distribution.”
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