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2008 Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards Winners

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The American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) announced that it celebrated the 2008 13th Annual Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards on Monday evening at the iconic Natuzzi Showroom, showcased for the evening's event by Martin Roberts and Grid 2 International. Following Prosecco served on the gangplank, and jazz and Italian antipasti sponsored by Hickory Springs Manufacturing, a major sponsor for ASFD, the almost 300 guests began an evening honoring great design, in a setting that was an homage to design aesthetics. Jack Lewis, President, welcomed guests, designers, and sponsors who included, our major underwriter, Furniture Today, AzkoNobel and High Point Market Authority as major sponsors, and Appalachian Hardwoods, Elmo Leather, Furniture Style, Hafele America Co., Hickory Springs Mfg., Home Furnishings Business, Home Lighting and Accessories Lighting and, International Home Furnishings Center, Leggett and Platt, Merchandise Mart Properties, Showplace, and 220 Elm. Steve Hodges, Pinnacle Chair and future president introduced the 2008 Pinnacle Judges who were, Dr. Richard Bennington, High Point University, Clint Engel, Furniture Today, Terry Allen, Industry Consultant, Steve Walker, Consultant to NC State University, Julie Smith, Editor in chief, Furniture Style, Jo Flesicher, Editor Home Furnishing Business, Daren Koenig Cronin, Manager Diane Davant Design Center, Jackie Hirchhaut, VP with AHFA, Rhonda Wolf, Asst VP Haverty's, Max Shangle, professor at Kendall School of Design, and Judith Z. Cushman, Adjunct professor at UNCG's Architecture and Design program. Nancy Glass, noted host of HGTV and head of Nancy Glass Productions co hosted with Ray Allegrezza Editor in Chief of Furniture Today. Lelie Fishbein was honored for her contributions to ASFD, and presenters sharing the stage with Mr. Allegrezza were Tom Inman, Appalachian Hardwoods; Pam Martin, AzkoNobel; Joe Bograd, Bograds; Cary Benson, Natuzzi; Carol Greg, Red Egg; Jay Howard, I. O. Metro, Tracy Bulla, Home Accents; Jenny Heinzen York Editor, Home Accent; and Barclay Butera of Barclay Butera Home. The 2008 Pinnacle Award Winners and Judges Comments Accessories The Phillips Collection River Rock Planters - Jason Phillips Done in a grand scale. Earthy and serene. Judges loved the Zen quality and excellent use of materials. Bedroom Lexington Home Brands Zacara Collection - Troy Hollis We found the collection clean lined and understated. The use of fabric in the headboard was ingenious! Casual Dining The Phillips Collection Origins Tables - Nuttapon Potaton The Origins Table Collection redefines the category! It has an exotic look and makes an eco-friendly statement! Home Entertainment aspenhome Adagio - Ken Levi Andy Nielson Judges noted the sculptural quality, richness of materials, and thoughtful modern lines. Formal Dining Scott Thomas New Vienna - Scott Hamed New Vienna projects a rich look, a new traditionalism with exquisite elements of formality. Its' unique environmental finish was a winner! Home Office Maitland Smith Map Desk - Glenn Yelvington This beautiful piece celebrates the craft of inlay. A remarkable piece of work in todays' world! Juvenile Q Collection Jr Stella Stackables - Jonsara Ruth An eco friendly, all natural design, with a fresh sassy look. The Stackables engaged us all, and appeal not only to a children's market. Leather Upholstery Century Furniture Stilletto Chair - Joe Mallison We loved it! Rock Star presence! Motion American Leather Spinnaker - Louis Lara This piece was futuristic with dynamic form and beautiful lines. Stunning to see such absolute function and elegance in a recliner Occasional Tables Ethan Allen WireForm Table - Paul Rosebrock/Craig Stout Judges responded to the contrast in metal and glass, beautiful scale and proportion, and stellar execution! Stationary Upholstery Cadden Cutaway Martha Stewart Living with Bernhardt -Paul Galli Jason Culler, Marissa Brown The use of materials and textures was clean and graceful, with anabsolutely timeless appeal. Lighting Hubbardton Forge Dyad Lamps - Charles Camacho, George Chandler, David Martin This Collection exhibited strong architectural style softened by relevant materials Summer Casual Selamat Stratus - Jarrod Lim Uncommonly clean and forward thinking, with a nod to Mid Century Modern Occasional Storage Brastilo 6 Drawer Console - Katie Hatch Incredible. Achieves a lightness that belies such a substantial piece. A real value for an eco -friendly product Major Collections Ethan Allen New Horizons - Paul Rosebrock/Craig Stout Classic clean lines, style, and substance. A cohesive collection with thoughtful contrast in texture and finish that represents today's lifestyle.

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