Jul 13, 2023
Last Call to Enter ISFD 2023 Pinnacle Awards®
Enter by August 3rd to be considered for both Pinnacle and sustainable Green Leaf Awards
High Point, N.C. July 13, 2023 — Professional and student product designers, mark your calendars to enter your best product designs by July 27th for consideration for the International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) 2023 Pinnacle Awards. Also, qualifying sustainable products can be entered in the Green Leaf Awards subcategory, recognizing the leading eco-friendly designs, in any or all the 24 Pinnacle Awards categories. Known as the industry’s highest design honors, the Pinnacle Awards and Green Leaf Awards are open to all furniture and textile designers, manufacturers and students who are directly involved in designing home furnishings, décor, or textile products available for retail sale in the last year.
“We are excited to see all of the exceptional Pinnacle Awards entries being submitted,” stated David Blair, executive director of ISFD. “Once again, the industry veteran judges will be met with the challenge of selecting the outstanding finalists and then ultimately the extraordinary winning designs. In addition to entering the Pinnacle Awards, we want to make sure that all products that qualify also are also entered in the Green Leaf Awards sub-category for further recognition.”
According to Jason Phillips, vice president of sales & marketing for Phillips Collection, “Winning a Pinnacle Award was a highlight of my career. In an industry where design and craft are celebrated, it is the highest honor and recognition we could hope for as furniture designers. It opened the door to new business relationships, industry friendships, and press coverage. I proudly promoted my Pinnacle wins, as well as those times when I was lucky enough to be a finalist. I look forward to entering for years to come.”
Pedro Sandoval, an Industrial Design graduate from the University of Houston, shared, “For me, receiving a Pinnacle Award meant a great deal because I had dropped out of school during the first semester of my third year. Times were dark, I had no money, my family had fallen apart, and at one point I became homeless, and my chair design school project proved too challenging. After four gap years, I resumed my academic career. I came back and the first project they gave us was the exact same design brief as before–design a chair. This time, I finished the project properly, completing one of the most ambitious projects for that same design brief. I went on to win the Pinnacle Award for it, bringing the story back full circle. This trophy gave me the confidence to continue school and win other awards in different product categories including automotive design–to make the dean’s list throughout my second stint, and graduate among the top in the class.”
The Pinnacle Awards entry categories include:
- Entertainment furniture
- Floor coverings and rugs
- Home office
- Home textiles, woven and print
- Major collections
- Motion upholstery
- Occasional storage
- Wall décor
The following categories will recognize products in both the luxury and broad appeal sectors:
- Leather upholstery
- Occasional tables
- Stationary upholstery
The Student Pinnacle Award in any bedroom, dining, occasional, home office, textiles, seating, or entertainment category will recognize emerging designers from colleges and universities across the country.
ISFD would like to thank the 2023 Pinnacle Awards sponsors: Platinum Sponsor: ANDMORE, Silver Sponsor: High Point Market Authority, Bronze Sponsors: Continental Hardware, Furniture Design Studios, Leggett & Platt and Sherwin-Williams along with partners Elements Studios, and Furniture Today. Also, thanks to the International Textile Alliance (ITA) for their continued support.
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The International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) is an association of professional and student furniture designers in residential and contract furnishings and accessories. Its mission is to promote and advance outstanding design and to elevate and support the furniture designer through networking, mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Its Pinnacle Awards® recognize the very best in furniture design each year, and its INNOVATION + DESIGN awards promote the outstanding work of designer–makers. Visit ISFD.org for more information about the organization and its programs, or follow its activities on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter.