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Finalists Announced for ASFD 2011 Pinnacle Awards

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ASFD reported that the Pinnacle  judges met at High Point University's Norton Hall last week to select the finalists for the 16th Annual ASFD Pinnacle™ Design Achievement Awards. 

“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 2011 judges were Dr. Richard Bennington, High Point University; Mary Brehm, Norwalk Furniture & Design, Raleigh, NC; Kenneth Fonville, EcoSelect Furniture, High Point, NC; Jackie Hirschhaut, American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA); Michael Lennon, City Furniture, Tamarac, FL;  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, SC; Thomas Russell, Furniture/Today; Shane Spiller, Spiller Furniture, Tuscaloosa, AL; and Rhonda Wolf, Havertys Furniture, Atlanta, GA.
 “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".

Furniture/Today serves as the major underwriter of the Pinnacle™ Awards. Other sponsors include AF Lighting, Continental Brass, EarthCare Inside, Furniture Design Studios, High Point Market Authority, Hickory Springs Mfg. Co., Home Furnishings Business, IHFC, Leggett & Platt Inc., Market Square & Suites and The Sherwin-Williams Co.

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 by email: info@asfd.com.

The Pinnacle category finalists are shown below in alphabetical order. 

Occasional Tables
Arro Cocktail Table      Desmond Miller, Jerry Cmehil for Design Institute American (DIA)
Lille Cocktail Table       Shaun Melvin, ASFD for Baker Furniture
Rafferty Console      Cindy Hall, Erica Wingo for Hooker Furniture Corporation

Occasional Storage
Avery Avenue Cabinet      Jesse Schopmeyer, ASFD; Les Killian, Gary Huffstetler for Broyhill Home Furnishings
Classique Scroll Chest      Cindy Hall, Erica Wingo for Hooker Furniture Corp.
Formation Credenza/Buffet      Rick Berry, ASFD for Design Institute America (DIA)

Juvenile Furniture
Ava      Matthew Hurley, ASFD for Hooker Furniture Corporation
MIX Young America    Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD for Stanley Furniture
The Overachiever Crib        Jonsara Ruth, ASFD; Robert Peavey for Q Collection Junior

Casual Dining
Latitude      Charles Harris, Legacy Classic Furniture, Inc.
Mirren Point/Harbor         Les Killian, Jesse Schopmeyer, ASFD; Gary Huffstetler for Broyhill Home Furnishings
Pompadour Table      Steven Shell, ASFD for Steven Shell

Formal Dining
Artisan      Dave Clark, ASFD for Planum/Mobil Fresno
New Lou      Mike Warren, ASFD; Shannon Lookabill for Universal Furniture
Perspectives      Jesse Schopmeyer, ASFD; Les Killian, Gary Huffstetler for Broyhill Home Furnishings

Motion Upholstery
Comfort Recliner      Tom Garland for American Leather
Ellie Recliner Sofa      Albert Choy for Moroni, Inc.
Pilot Recliner      Michael F. Galardo, ASFD for Elite Leather Company

Stationary Upholstery
Evasion Sectional      Normand Couture, ASFD for Couture International
Moore      Goodman Charlton for American Leather
Uno Accent Chair Stanley Jay Friedman for Moroni, Inc.

Leather Upholstery
Fonte II      Kelvin Ng for KELVIN GIORMANI by Planum
Fleetwood      Stefanie Lucas for Rowe Furniture
Strada II      Kelvin Ng for KELVIN GIORMANI by Planum

Lighting
Chatham LED Table Lamp      Bret Curtain for Woodard Furniture
Flair Linear Pendant            Ron Henderson for Varaluz
Gallery Collection                  David Kitts, ASFD; David Martin, ASFD for Hubbardton Forge

Accessories
Brass Ostrich Figure             Mary Garvin, Basilio Silawan for Maitland-Smith
Copenhagen Bench         Shaun Melvin, ASFD for Baker Furniture
DOTZ Screen            Carl Muller, ASFD for Elite Manufacturing Corp.

Home Office
European Farmhouse  Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD; Gary Hokanson for Stanley Furniture
Reede's Landing       aspenhome Design Team for aspenhome
Serenity Collection            Joe McCambridge, ASFD for Sligh Furniture Co.

Home Entertainment
Grove Imagination Home Theatre        Curt Christian, ASFD for Martin Home Furnishings
Louis Phillippe Credenza      D. Scott Coley, ASFD; Tommy McDaniel, ASFD for Bassett Furniture
Northport           Mike Warren, ASFD; Shannon Lookabill for Sligh Furniture Co.

Summer/Casual
Cloud Nine       Richard Frinier, ASFD for Brown Jordan
Embrace Sectional            Normand Couture, ASFD for Couture Jardin
Flight            John Caldwell, ASFD for Brown Jordan

Bedroom
Artisan         Dave Clark, ASFD for Planum/Mobil Fresno
Felton             Matt Hurley, ASFD for Hooker Furniture Corp.
Perspectives                   Jesse Schopmeyer, ASFD, Les Killian, Gary Huffstetler for Broyhill Home Furnishings

Major Collections
Coastal Living Resort    Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD; Gary Hokanson for Stanley Furniture
Marbella        Pride Sasser for Century Furniture
Vintage Patina            Chris Bergelin, ASFD; Thad Bergelin for Bernhardt Furniture

Green Leaf Award
Gallery Collection                  David Kitts, ASFD; David Martin, ASFD for Hubbardton Forge
Homecoming Vintage Pine      Tim Annas, ASFD for Kincaid Furniture
MIX Young America                    Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD for Stanley Furniture
 
ABOUT ASFD:
Founded in 1981, the American Society of Furniture Designers (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.

The Pinnacle 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.

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