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2005 Pinnacle Design Achievement Award Winners Named

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The American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) announced the winners of the 2005 Pinnacle Awards at the Tenth Annual Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards ceremony held Friday evening at the High Point International Home Furnishings Center Ballroom. Nearly 300 industry guests were present for the event which was kicked off with a cocktail reception sponsored by Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company. Fifty-nine finalists in fifteen categories were recognized and the glass Pinnacle statue was presented to one winner in each category by representatives from the Pinnacle co-sponsors. The participating 2005 Pinnacle judges were Dr. Richard Bennington, Director, Home Furnishings Programs, High Point University; Larry Chilton, General Manager & Merchandise Manager, Wood-Armfield Furniture, Michael Delgaudio, Vice President & Creative Director, Boyles Home Furnishings, Gary Evans, Senior Editor, Furniture/Today; Jackie Hirschhaut, Vice President, Public Relations & Marketing, American Home Furnishings Alliance, Jeremy Ruff, NC Department of Commerce, Furniture Enterprise Office; Max Shangle, Professor, Furniture & Industrial Design, Kendall College of Art & Design; Julie Smith, Editor, Furniture Style and its supplements, Home Fashion Forecast, The Retail Experience and Connected; Seth Stem, Professor, Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Cheminne Taylor-Smith, Editor-in-chief, InFurniture; Steve Walker, Furniture Manufacturing & Management Center, NC State University; and Rhonda Wolf, Assistant Vice President, Marketing, Havertys Furniture. The 2005 Pinnacle sponsors include APA-The Engineered Wood Association, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Composite Panel Association, Elmo Leather, FurnitureFan, Inc., FurnitureStyle, Hafele America Co., Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co., Home Lighting & Accessories, InFurniture, World Market Center Las Vegas; Leggett & Platt, MGM Transport, The October Company and Weyerhaeuser. More information is available on the ASFD website, www.asfdpinnacle.com. High resolution images of all finalists are available in the Press section. An access code and password are no longer required. The 2005 Press Book is available in the Downloads section. You can browse descriptions of the finalists in the Finalists section. The 2005 Pinnacle Award winners including a comment from the Pinnacle Judges follows: Occasional Tables: SPATS by Dean Maltz for Allan Copley Designs - "Depth and drama with striking contrast of materials. Trays add versatility and function at a competitive price." Occasional Storage: Tachi Server by Frank M. Spano, ASFD and Thom O'Leary, ASFD for Polidor - "Exquisite sculptural design with storage available and visually active form—luxury all over." Juvenile: Teen Bungalow by Michael Warren, ASFD and Shannon Lookabill for Stanley Furniture - "Sophisticated style and rich surfaces that acknowledges the adult side of the teen." Casual Dining: Tropez Dining Chair by Allan Palecek for PALECEK - "Clean design rich in materials and texture, with refined detailing-- casual dining with atmosphere." Formal Dining: Visage by Frank M. Spano, ASFD and Thom O'Leary, ASFD for Polidor - "Strong, classic elegance with contemporary flair; nice interplay of volumetric form and fine lines." Motion Upholstery: Caméléon Slideshow by Normand Couture for Sofas International - "Sophisticated contemporary design and engaging forms, incorporating multiple seating configurations." Stationary Upholstery: Nicole Chair by Goodman Charlton LLC for John Charles Designs - "Generous proportions with a balance of curves and angles—a marvelous blend of retro feel with contemporary update." Leather Upholstery: Dylan's Chair by Kathy Imes, ASFD/Lauren Brooks for Vanguard Furniture - "Beautiful traditional styling, sophisticated, refined and great proportions with expert tailoring." Accessories: Antique Brass Hurricane & Crystal Bowl Holder by John T. Burke, ASFD for Decorative Crafts, Inc., "Elegant traditional design, a touch of luxury at a good value." Lighting: Stasis Floor & Table Lamps by George Chandler, ASFD for Hubbardton Forge - "Sculpural minimalism with an Asian flair; comfortable in a variety of settings." Home Office: Shakespeare Home Office Collection by Cale Knopf for Century Furniture - "Manifold opportunities for hardware and finish customization; space and function at the users service." Home Entertainment: Library Style INNERtainment™ Center by Joe McCambridge, ASFD for Sligh Furniture - "Strong traditional character. Appropriate for office or home settings, cleverly camouflaged with faux books." Summer Casual: Gulf Stream by Richard Frinier, ASFD for Century Furniture - "Sleek and evocative retro styling with generous supple cushioning at home on deck or dock side." Bedroom: Napoleon Bed by Bill Faber for Century Furniture - "Opulent and romantic; generously scaled with luxurious surfaces—a place where dreams are made." Major Collections: Origins by Berry & Clark Design Associates for Bernhardt Furniture - "A textural blend of wood, wicker and leather that exudes earthiness and harmony of finish."