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Pinnacle Entries Grow as ASFD President’s Award Added

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”We are seeing a substantial increase in Pinnacle entries a full month before the deadline,” claims Karl D. Felperin, ASFD Pinnacle Chairman. “This reflects the ongoing branding of the Pinnacle Awards as a mark of excellence in product design within the industry.” For the tenth annual ASFD Pinnacles, a new prize has been added—the ASFD President’s Award. The new Award, which was created to honor the memories of the late David Kline, Roger Schneeman and Alan Friedman--all professional furniture designers and former ASFD presidents since 1997, is intended to honor talented young furniture designers 35 and younger. With the deadline fast approaching, it is recommended that entries be express mailed to ASFD by August 31. Entry kits for both the 2005 ASFD Pinnacles and the President’s Award can be downloaded at www.asfdpinnacle.com/news.php. Or for a free poster and entry form, call Christine Evans at 910/576-1273 or by email at info@asfd.com. All entries must be received by September 2, 2005 at the latest. This year’s sponsors include APA-The Engineered Wood Association, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Composite Panel Association, Elmo Leather, FurnitureFan.com, Furniture Style Magazine, Hafele America, Co., Hickory Springs Mfg. Co., Home Lighting & Accessories Magazine, InFurniture Magazine, Las Vegas World Market Center, Leggett & Platt Inc., MGM Transport, The October Company, Weyerhaeuser, and Wiseway Transportation Services. Entries may be made in 15 categories which includes Formal Dining, Summer/Casual Furniture, Casual Dining, Major Collections, Stationary Upholstery, Home Lighting, Home Office, Home Entertainment Centers, Motion Upholstery, Occasional Tables, Bedroom, Occasional Storage, Juvenile Furniture, Accessories, and Leather Upholstery. The 2005 Pinnacle Judges include Leslie Fishbein, Kacey Fine Furniture; Julie Smith, Furniture Style Magazine, Larry Chilton, Wood Armfield Furniture; Ray Allegrezza, Furniture/Today, Seth Stem, Rhode Island School of Design, Jackie Hirschhaut, American Home Furnishings Alliance; Sheila Long O'Mara, InFurniture magazine; Rhonda Wolf, Havertys Furniture; Richard Bennington, High Point University; Jeremy Ruff, Furniture Enterprise Office/N.C. Dept. of Commerce; Max Shangle, Kendall College of Art & Design; and Steve Walker, NC State University/Furniture Manufacturing and Management Center. Awards for winners and up to three finalists in each category will be made at the Fall 2005 International Home Furnishings Market on Friday, October 21st at the IHFC Ballroom in High Point, NC.

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