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ASFD announces furniture design annual award finalists
Jul 5, 2011

The 16th Annual American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards were created in April 1995 by the ASFD board of directors to promote design quality and encourage the recognition of furniture designers within the retail home furnishings industry.
The 2011 judges included Dr. Richard Bennington, High Point University; Mary Brehm, Norwalk Furniture & Design; Kenneth Fonville, EcoSelect Furniture; Jackie Hirschhaut, American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA); Michael Lennon, City Furniture Bruce Mulder, Kendall College of Art & Design, Sheila Long O’Mara, Home Furnishings Business; Connie Post, Connie Post Global Media; Dianne Ray, Garden City Furniture; Thomas Russell, Furniture/Today; Shane Spiller, Spiller Furniture; and Rhonda Wolf, Havertys Furniture.
“The judges were impressed by the quantity and quality of entries for this year’s competition and they did an outstanding job in the process,” said Steve Hodges, chairman of ASFD’s Pinnacle Committee. "We  appreciate and thank them for their participation."
The finalists included:
Occasional Tables:
Arro Cocktail Table by Desmond Miller, Jerry Cmehil for Design Institute American (DIA)
Lille Cocktail Table by Shaun Melvin, ASFD for Baker Furniture
Rafferty Console by Cindy Hall, Erica Wingo for Hooker Furniture Corporation
Occasional Storage:
Avery Avenue Cabinet by Jesse Schopmeyer, ASFD; Les Killian, Gary Huffstetler for Broyhill Home Furnishings
Classique Scroll Chest by Cindy Hall, Erica Wingo for Hooker Furniture Corp.
Formation Credenza/Buffet by Rick Berry, ASFD for Design Institute America (DIA)
Juvenile Furniture:
Ava by Matthew Hurley, ASFD for Hooker Furniture Corporation
MIX Young America by  Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD for Stanley Furniture
The Overachiever Crib by Jonsara Ruth, ASFD; Robert Peavey for Q Collection Junior
Casual Dining:
Latitude by Charles Harris, Legacy Classic Furniture, Inc.
Mirren Point/Harbor by Les Killian, Jesse Schopmeyer, ASFD; Gary Huffstetler for Broyhill Home Furnishings
Pompadour Table by Steven Shell, ASFD for Steven Shell
Formal Dining:
Artisan by Dave Clark, ASFD for Planum/Mobil Fresno
New Lou by Mike Warren, ASFD; Shannon Lookabill for Universal Furniture
Perspectives by Jesse Schopmeyer, ASFD; Les Killian, Gary Huffstetler for Broyhill Home Furnishings
Stationary Upholstery:
Evasion Sectional by Normand Couture, ASFD for Couture International
Moore by Goodman Charlton for American Leather
Uno Accent Chair by Stanley Jay Friedman for Moroni
Accessories:
Brass Ostrich Figure by Mary Garvin, Basilio Silawan for Maitland-Smith
Copenhagen Bench by Shaun Melvin, ASFD for Baker Furniture
DOTZ Screen by Carl Muller, ASFD for Elite Manufacturing
Summer/Casual:
Cloud Nine by Richard Frinier, ASFD for Brown Jordan
Embrace Sectional by Normand Couture, ASFD for Couture Jardin
Flight by John Caldwell, ASFD for Brown Jordan
Bedroom
:
Artisan by Dave Clark, ASFD for Planum/Mobil Fresno
Felton by Matt Hurley, ASFD for Hooker Furniture Corp.
Perspectives by Jesse Schopmeyer, ASFD, Les Killian, Gary Huffstetler for Broyhill Home Furnishings
Major Collections:
Coastal Living Resort by Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD; Gary Hokanson for Stanley Furniture
Marbella by Pride Sasser for Century Furniture
Vintage Patina by Chris Bergelin, ASFD; Thad Bergelin for Bernhardt Furniture
“The annual Pinnacle Awards provide us the opportunity of recognizing the work of talented designers, and are a great way for our industry to honor companies which support and encourage originality of thought and design innovation", says ASFD president, Dudley Moore, Jr., of Otto & Moore, Inc. in High Point. "We wish to acknowledge and express our sincere gratitude for the continued support of our great Pinnacle sponsors and supporters".
Founded in 1981, ASFD is dedicated to excellence, innovation, education and originality in the practice of furniture design.  ASFD serves as the unified voice of the furniture design community, advocating professional practice and integrity at all times.  ASFD seeks to demonstrate the value of design to the furnishings industry.
Finalists will be presented and the winners announced during Market on October 24 at the IHFC in High Point.  For tickets, contact Christine Evans, ASFD executive director at 910.576.1273 or at info@asfd.com.

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