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31st Annual ARTS Awards Recipients Announced

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Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, have announced the recipients of the 31st Annual ARTS Awards. Following a judging process guided by a panel of industry experts, category winners were announced at a black-tie gala on Friday, January 10 at the Hilton Anatole hotel co-hosted by Thom Filicia and Carson Kressley. In addition, the Academy of Achievement honor was awarded to Michael Amini, founder, chairman, and CEO of AICO (Amini Innovation Corporation).


“Congratulations to this year’s ARTS Awards recipients and to our special honorees,” said Cindy Morris president and CEO of Dallas Market Center said. “It was an amazing evening of celebrating entrepreneurs and artists, sales leaders and legendary figures.”

31st ARTS Awards Recipients

Retail Categories


Lighting Showroom

East/Atlantic: Chloe Winston Lighting Design, Norwalk, Connecticut

Midwest/Southwest: Idlewood Electric Supply, Highland Park, Illinois

West: Western Montana Lighting, Missoula, Montana


Home Accents Store

East/Atlantic: Dixon Rye, Atlanta, Georgia

Midwest/Southwest: Fleurish Home, Hamilton, Ohio

West: Maker & Moss, San Francisco, California


Furniture Store—Single LocationIBB Design Fine Furnishings, Frisco, Texas

Furniture Store—Multiple Location:  Mecox Gardens, Southampton, New York

International Retailer: Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada



Special Awards

Academy of Achievement Award: Michael Amini, AICO

Product DesignerSean Lavin, Visual Comfort & Co.

Interior Designer: Laura Umansky, Laura U. Interior Design


Sales Representatives

East/Atlantic: Rush Muzekari, Global Views/Studio | A Home

Midwest/Southwest: Stacy Coulter, Stacy Coulter and Associates

WestLeslie Taglio, Taglio and Co.


Manufacturer Categories

Green Award:  Currey & Co.

Area Rugs: Jaipur Living

Home Accents: Howard Elliott Collection

Accent Furniture: Revelation by Uttermost

Home Textiles: Lili Alessandra

Tabletop: Caskata Artisanal Home

Outdoor Living: POLYWOOD

Wall Décor: Phillips Collection

Lamps: Visual Comfort & Co.

Lighting Fixtures: Currey & Company


For more information visit the ARTS Awards website.

About the ARTS Awards: The ARTS Awards is the premier international awards program dedicated to the home industry. Up to 28 categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Interior Designer, Sales Representative, Green Award, and other specialty honors. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants, and other industry officials. Companies that have won an ARTS Award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Current Hall of Fame members are: Arteriors Home, Beatriz Ball, Bella Casa, BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Elements at Home, Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, HW Home, Loloi Rugs, Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon, Phillips Collection, Robb & Stucky, Schonbek Worldwide Lighting, Seasonal Living, and Vietri.


About ART: ART is the creative home furnishings network representing manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other individuals and companies interested in promoting and enhancing the market position of the home furnishings industry. Each year ART sponsors programs such as the ART conference, regional educational seminars, the ART card, and the ARTS Awards. For more information, visit www.accessoriesresourceteam.org.

About Dallas Market Center: Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion for women, men, and children. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus near downtown Dallas, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participating in trade events held throughout the year. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com.

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