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ISFD Announces 12 Winners in the 2nd Annual INNOVATION + DESIGN Competition

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Thirty-one professional and student finalists competed for the Best of Show and Category Winner distinctions in the International  Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) 2nd annual INNOVATION + DESIGN  2021 home furnishings design competition. The twelve winners were recognized at the “Meet the Designers” reception hosted by Business High Point- Chamber of Commerce at The Loft at Congdon Yards, 400 W. English Rd. in High Point on Sept. 21.


“I want to thank all of the designers for sharing their very imaginative creations with us and the judges who were tasked with the challenging job of selecting just 12 incredible winners,” stated John Conrad, executive director of ISFD. “It is our plan to continue to grow this juried competition each year to help recognize High Point as the design capital in not only the industry and our community but also worldwide.”


Best of Show winners:


  • Professional Best of Show - Joseph Holmes, Bohls Collapsible Table
  • Student Best of Show - Dotan Appelbaum, Abulafia Lectern

Category winners:


  • Professional Accessories - Dennis Daigle, Tri-Mirror
  • Professional Occasional Storage - Jeremy Kamiya, Penbox Knockdown Desk
  • Professional Seating – Scott Stevens, Lil’ Betsy
  • Professional Lighting – Mike Scribner, Theater Pendant
  • Student Accessories - Rebecca Juliette-Duex, Tea Towel Cart
  • Student Dining Room Furniture - Derek Hill, Record Cabinet
  • Student Occasional Storage -Aleasha Carr, Mandala Nouveau Cabinet
  • Student Occasional Tables - Diep Le, Torii Console Table
  • Student Lighting - Dylan Timoney, Helix E.26
  • Student Seating - Jinsoo Kim, Singing Bench

The 2nd annual INNOVATION + DESIGN competition and exhibition is a juried home furnishings industry sponsored competition intended for professional maker/designers and the next generation of serious woodworking students who are anticipating a career in the custom wood and related home furnishings industries. The winners of the INNOVATION + DESIGN competition received cash prizes of $250-$1000 for professional and student levels based their level of creativity, originality, and craftsmanship. The design categories included seating, occasional tables, occasional storage, lighting, accessories, and dining room furniture. Plus, as an added bonus, winners will gain access to The Generator at Congdon Yards to help them take their furniture designs to the next level.


INNOVATION + DESIGN 2021 is hosted by Business High Point — Chamber of Commerce and supported by ISFD, International Market Centers, the High Point Market Authority, Furniture  Today, Congdon Yards, Alderman Company, Phillips Collection, Bienenstock Furniture Library,  IFDA, HPXD, Drive High Point Foundation and Steelyard.


Winning project photos can be downloaded by visiting ISFD Innovation + Design Winners.




About ISFD 

 The International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) is an association advocating for outstanding design and the furniture designers whose creativity drives the industry’s engine. They seek to elevate the role of design and designer through networking, mentorship, and professional development opportunities, and continuously promote, advance, and support the profession of furniture design and its positive impact.


With professional and student  members  around the world and across the country, their diverse professional membership specializes in residential and contract furnishings and accessories. More information about ISFD and their awards programs, please visit their website, ISFD.org. You can also follow them on Instagram, Facebook,  YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter.


About Business High Point

 Business High Point- Chamber of Commerce (BHP-CC) mission is to initiate, inspire and accelerate the kind of change that propels members to success and High Point to prominence. As a driving force behind the city’s downtown revitalization, BHP-CC spearheaded the development of Congdon Yards, which fuels innovation and business growth across our community. The International Society of Furniture Designers Competition and Exhibit at The Loft at Congdon Yards furthers the Chamber’s efforts to encourage entrepreneurship, design, education, and workforce development in downtown High Point.


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