As we embark on our 20th Anniversary, we look back on our first 20 years with the utmost gratitude — and keeping an eye towards the promising future ahead. To honor our longstanding commitments and our culture of giving back, we are proud to announce our Give 2020 initiative.
As a show of our gratitude, every client making a purchase from one of our showrooms throughout the year will be able to select from one of 20 charities, hand-selected by the employees of Resource Furniture, to receive $100 dollars in their name.
Throughout the year, we also will be announcing exciting anniversary events and programs to honor 20 years of innovative design, amazing clients, exceptional team members and invaluable partners. It’s our way of thanking you for supporting us through 20 incredible years in business — because after all, we couldn’t have done it without you.
Cheers to 20 years. And here’s to many, many more years of revolutionizing form and redefining function.
An avid animal lover (and pet parent to two dogs, Phypher and Olivia) it’s easy to understand why Emily endorses the ASPCA. This national organization works to save animals from acts of cruelty and provides vital health care services; their New York City operation provides a wealth of services and resources to the region’s residents and pet parents.
Learn more about the ASPCA NYC: www.aspca.org/nyc
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America provides support, services and education to individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia nationwide. Founded in 2002 by a caregiver whose mother lived with Alzheimer’s disease for over 10 years, the AFA funds research for improved treatment and care, and acts a resource for families in their times of need.
Learn more about the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America : alzfdn.org
AHRC NYC provides free services to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in the New York City area, helping them to lead full lives. Through its grants, AHRC empowers people with disabilities make choices and decisions based on their own aspirations, live independently, fill valued roles, develop a support network, and participate fully in their communities.
Learn more about AHRC NYC: www.ahrcnyc.org
Over 60 percent of people in jail in the US are being detained while they await trial. They have not been found guilty of a crime, but their bail amount far exceeds what they and their families can afford. The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund is committed to challenging the systemic racism, inequality, and injustice that pervades the legal system. This New York State-chartered charitable bail fund has paid bail for nearly 5,000 presumably innocent New Yorkers.
Learn more about the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund: brooklynbailfund.org
The Book Foundation understands the importance of children’s access to books; research shows children growing up in homes with no books are, on average, three years behind children in homes with access to lots of books. This organization works to get new books into the hands of children in underserved areas, promoting literacy and paving the way for a brighter future for children in high-needs communities.
Learn more about The Book Foundation: www.thebookfoundation.org
The Capital Area Food Bank creates access to good, healthy food for those suffering from hunger and food insecurity in the DC Metropolitan area. The organization leads the region’s efforts to address hunger, partnering with over 450 local partners and working diligently to provide services that can create permanent pathways out of food insecurity.
Learn more about the Capital Area Food Bank: www.capitalareafoodbank.org
Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (COIPP) fosters the growth of strong, resilient, hopeful children who are impacted by an incarcerated loved one in the Frederick County region. COIPP provides support, resources and services for children, their caregivers, and present and formerly incarcerated family members.
Learn more about the Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership: www.coipp.org
The Children’s Aid Society provides comprehensive support to children living in poverty in high-needs New York City neighborhoods. CAS understands that poverty cannot be overcome with just one service or program; that is why they support children, youth and families every step of the way, offering services like home visits for expectant parents to prepare for their newborn; high-quality preschool classes; after school programs and camps; and access to social workers.
Learn more about the Children’s Aid Society: www.childrensaidnyc.org
Citizens Housing & Planning Council is a non-profit research and education organization that believes in policy with a purpose. Their mission, since 1937, is to develop and advance public policies that support the housing stock of New York City by better understanding the City’s most pressing housing and neighborhood needs. CHPC conducts critical research into topics that affect all New Yorkers; issues like homelessness, shared housing, basement apartment conversions are among the vast array of topics they investigate.
Learn more about Citizens Housing & Planning Council: chpcny.org
The Cooke School & Institute is a special education school in New York City that provides a continuum of education for students with diverse developmental disabilities and backgrounds, from early childhood through young adulthood. Cooke envisions a world in which all people with special needs are included as valued members of their communities, leading purposeful and independent lives. The Cooke School & Institute also provides internship opportunities for their studies, equipping them with valuable working experience that will help them navigate professional world
Learn more about the Cooke School & Institute: cookeschool.org
DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS raises awareness and grants funds to organizations that provide treatment, direct care services, preventive education programs and advocacy for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS.Mobilizing the resources of the design industry to raise awareness and funds, DIFFA has created legendary programs and events that highlight a cause that has significantly impacted the industry for over three decades.
Learn more about Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS: diffa.org
The International Rescue Committee is an international organization dedicated to helping people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their future. The IRC responds to some of the world’s worst crises, delivering live-saving aid while paving the way for long-term recovery.
Learn more about the International Rescue Committee: www.rescue.org
Melissa selected the New York Writer’s Coalition, one of the largest community-based creative writing programs in the world — and an organization with which she has been actively involved with for many years. The New York Writer’s Coalition provides free and low-cost creative writing workshops throughout New York City for people from groups that have historically been deprived of a voice in society. They strive to achieve social change by providing access and opportunity to all writers, regardless of race, gender, class, age, sexual orientation or physical ability.
Learn more about the New York Writer’s Coalition: nywriterscoalition.org
As a surfing enthusiast, Jay selected Oceana for their extraordinary conservation work. Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Their mission is to protect and restore the world’s oceans on a global scale, running science-based campaigns and seeking policies to protect marine biodiversity.
Learn more about Oceana: oceana.org
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund believes that all people should have equal access to reproductive health care. This action fund is dedicated to protecting informed individual choices regarding reproductive health. PPAF advocates for public policies that guarantee the right to choice, as well as full and non-discriminatory access to reproductive health care for everyone.
Learn more about the Planned Parenthood Action Fund: www.plannedparenthoodaction.org
Based in the Ramapo Mountains in Mahwah, New Jersey, Pony Power Therapies uses horses and their accessible farms to enhance the physical, social, and emotional well being of children and adults in need of extra support. Founded and operated by Dana Spett, Pony Power offers individual and group equine therapy programs to people with a broad range of developmental and physical disabilities, as well as people struggling with emotional trauma.
Learn more about Pony Power Therapies: www.ponypowernj.org
The Public-Private Alliance Foundation promotes innovations through collaborative efforts. Most Haitian families depend on charcoal for daily cooking, leading to respiratory disease and massive deforestation. Working with a Haitian university, the team supports the first college course on solar cooking and bio-digesters for biogas and fertilizer for a tree nursery. At a center for low income children, PPAF supports classes that build employable skills. PPAF advocates for clean cooking, climate action, renewable energy and empowerment of women and girls through presentations and seminars at the United Nations and elsewhere.
Learn more about the Public-Private Alliance Foundation: www.ppafoundation.org
Sociedad De Educacion Y Rehabilitacion de Puerto Rico (SER de Puerto Rico) provides essential rehabilitative medical services for people with disabilities and autism, allowing them to become active, educated and successful members of their communities. With a wide array of services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, specialized education services, and community engagement programs, SER de Puerto Rico ensures that people with disabilities have equal opportunities to thrive.
Learn more about SER de Puerto Rico: www.ser.pr
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. The organization monitors hate groups to expose their activities to the public, the media and law enforcement; helps educators teach tolerance; and provides civil rights and public interest litigation.
Learn more about the Southern Poverty Law Center: www.splcenter.org
A nature lover (and a seasoned rainforest explorer herself!) Maria Claudia endorsed the Rainforest Alliance for their incredible conservation work. This international non-profit organization works to build stronger forests, healthy agricultural landscapes and thriving communities across the world through creative, pragmatic collaboration.
Learn more about the Rainforest Alliance: www.rainforest-alliance.org
Every client making a purchase from one of our Canadian showrooms can select from one of 20 Canadian-based charities to receive a $100 donation in their name. Thank you for taking part in the Give 2020 initiative — together we can, and will, make a difference. For more information, please contact your nearest Canadian showroom.
Like most success stories, it all began with the kernel of a great idea…Well, that, and a chair.
The year was 2000 — the Y2K bug didn’t bite, but the design bug certainly did. After working together at the Pace Collection on New York’s Upper East Side, furniture industry veterans Ron Barth and Steve Spett decided to start their own furniture company — one that would supply top-of-the-line European pieces that exhibited exceptional design and functionality.
After scouring Europe for the highest-quality furniture manufacturers — visiting factories, testing product, and turning countless cabinets upside-down — the partners started Resource Furniture with nothing but a single room, a chair, and a highly curated catalog featuring the best of the best European designs (98% of which came from Italy). But while the operation may not have looked like much from the outside, Resource Furniture offered space-starved urbanites something that few other companies could: furniture that didn’t just save space, but actually created it.
Ron Barth and Steve Spett recognized a new pattern beginning to take shape in the way that people live and work; they understood that, as the planet undergoes rapid urbanization and cities become increasingly denser, every square foot of space needs to function with greater usability. That would necessitate furniture that can be put to use 24 hours a day, seven days a week — queen beds that transform by day into a fully equipped home office and shelving system; sleek, low-profile coffee tables that lift and extend into a banquet table for 10; and storage systems that disappear seamlessly into your wall when not in use.
The concept took off like wildfire. Within a few years, Resource moved to its current showroom location at 969 3rd Avenue, where they continued to scour the European market for products that fulfilled their mission — curating an impressive collection of transforming and space-optimizing products the likes of which most American consumers had never encountered before. What began as a primarily Italian product catalog expanded to include products from Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and other European design houses that adhere to the same stringent environmental and human rights standards.
Over the last 20 years Resource has continued to grow, opening eight showrooms across the US, Canada and Mexico. The need for thoughtful, space-efficient design has spread far outside the boundaries of the 5 boroughs; everyone from micro-apartment dwellers to suburbanites with large, single-family homes can benefit enormously from multifunctional design. Now with a full-service space-planning and design team; a dedicated shipping and logistics department; and a Contract Division providing products and services to a wide range of real estate development, hospitality and education clients, we’re proud to say that we offer our life-changing design services to every state in the US and provide worldwide shipping.
But Resource has always been more than just the furniture. Resource is about holistically changing the way we live and interact with our spaces for the better. (And by holistic, we mean comprehensively — because enabling change requires us all to examine each intimately interconnected piece of the puzzle.)
Resource is about providing products that are not only manufactured according to the strictest environmental standards in the world, but that are built to last a lifetime — so they won’t end up in a landfill in just a few short years, like 99.99% of fast furniture sold on the market today.
It’s about fundamentally changing the way we think about the items we furnish our homes with, at every level of the supply chain — where it comes from, where it ends up, and how it can vastly improve our lives.
It’s about full supply chain transparency, protecting the human rights of factory workers, and protecting the rights of our employees to lead healthy, happy lives.
It’s about supporting educational and non-profit initiatives that promote more flexible, more efficient housing typologies for all, so that everyone can live in homes that fully meet their needs.
These were the guiding principles that helped form Resource two decades ago, back when our company was just a one-room showroom…And they remain our guiding principles to this day. As Resource Furniture has evolved into the global thought leader in transformative design, continually strengthening and honoring these commitments has become our highest priority. And that’s precisely what we intend to do with Give 2020.
Please join us as together, we can — and will — make a difference.