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Design Between the Lines

Design Between the Lines is the only Design and Home Furnishings Podcast where we talk with the real game-changers, industry innovators, and lifetime legends of the Home Furnishings Industry. It is here that we sit down with the people who craft the furniture industry into what it is today and to learn a little bit more about life in their world.
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Sep 13, 2021

President and CEO of Century Furniture, Alex Shuford III, sits with John to deliver insight into his career journey as well as his family business which operates 8 factories and employs over 1500 in the United States. Their discussion ranges from the significance of thoughtful design to the uncertainties of a COVID impacted landscape and the tenets of good leadership. 

Aug 23, 2021

As home furnishing trends show "the inside moving out", Uli Tombuelt takes a deep dive with John into the world of outdoor fabrics and specifically what it means to epitomize the word "performance". Their discussion spans Uli's illustrious career and delivers unique insight into what makes a good leader.

Jun 14, 2021

Diving deep into the world of fabric design is Wesley Mancini - an experienced artist whose impact has extended far beyond fabrics and into the Charlotte, North Carolina LGBTQ+ community. He and John look at integral industry topics such as the significance of fabrics in home furnishings and the continued need for diversity in design.  

May 10, 2021

Industry veteran and prolific designer; Shaun Melvin sits with John to discuss his creative background as well as the significance of environment and history in design. Follow along as they dive through the industry's past, present, and future. 

Apr 12, 2021

In this installment of Design Between the Lines, John chats with American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame CEO - Karen McNeill. Their discussion spans the breadth of her distinguished marketing career, leadership roles; while also delivering an insightful glimpse into the highly anticipated Hall of Fame building in High Point, NC 

Sep 21, 2020

As John continues his conversation with Dawn and Christi, they dive into what makes High Point such a special and integral part of the industry, women as leaders, and inspiration for those young professionals and students looking to make an impact in design.

Sep 14, 2020

In the first of two illuminating discussions with Dawn Brinson and Christi Barbour, John takes a deep dive into marketing, the harmony between creativity and business, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the design industry. 

Aug 28, 2020

A Design between the Lines Special Episode "Old Schoo vs. New School" recorded live on April 7th 2019 in what is now Congdon Yards Plant Seven Loft. Featuring an award-winning panel of professional designers: Christopher Sandomenico, Catina Roscoe, Liz Shaver and Aimee Kurzner. Host/Moderator John Conrad and the panel explore the Home furnishings design process from pencil and paper to mouse and screen, technology in manufacturing and designing to appeal to today's millennials, today's consumers and beyond as well as responding to questions from their audience.

Jul 23, 2020

Scott Stevens calls John from British Columbia to discuss his award winning black walnut piece "Little Leafy" - as well as his experience as a woodworking instructor. 

Jul 21, 2020

In the seventh installment of our summer series, award winning designer Kristina McLoud calls John to chat about her process, design, as well as the role her family plays in her career. 

Jul 16, 2020

University of Memphis student Razan Hadidi calls John to chat about her award winning Treasure Tea Box as well her as future plans in the sixth episode of our summer series. 

Jul 14, 2020

In the fifth installment of our summer series, John calls the winner of the dining category, Dave Ringheim; to chat about woodworking and his award winning Equilibrium Dining Table. 

Jul 9, 2020

In the fourth short episode of our summer series, John calls with ISFD award winner Chris Merchant to discuss his Danish inspired design.

Jul 7, 2020

In the third installment of our summer series, John gets a call from Dean Babin to discuss his award winning design. 

Jul 2, 2020

In the second in a series of short chats with industry veterans, John sits down with Bruce Bradford to discuss his foray into design as well what the future may hold. 

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