ISFD 2020 Pinnacle Awards Competition Opens

The deadline for entries is July 31, 2020.

03/16/2020
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2020 Pinnacle Awards

Entries are now being accepted for the International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) 2020 Pinnacle Awards competition. Enter by July 31, 2020 to be considered.

This year’s winners will be announced at the annual ISFD Pinnacle Awards Gala, Monday, October 19 at High Point University’s Congdon School of Health Sciences from 6-9 p.m. Tickets will go on sale in September.

“We are looking forward to seeing this year’s creative and innovative design entries,” stated John Conrad, executive director. “Every year the designers never cease to amaze us with their interpretation of home furnishings reflecting latest design trends and each year the judging is more challenging as the number of entries grow and talent intensifies.”

The Pinnacle Awards are intended to celebrate designs that are produced mostly in larger numbers for sale to consumers. Submissions are open to all furniture designers, manufacturers and design students. The recipient of the highly coveted Pinnacle Award is the designer or designers who were directly involved in the "design craft" of the products(s). 

This year’s Pinnacle Award entry categories are:

  • Wall Decor - Home furnishings that attach to or hang on the wall. Does not include wall art, painting or prints
  • Floor Coverings - Rugs
  • Accessories - Any home furnishings accessories that are floor standing
  • Bedroom Luxury - Entry can be bedroom piece or group. A four-piece suggested retail must be above $3000
  • Bedroom Broad Appeal - Entry can be bedroom piece or group. A four-piece suggested retail must be below $3,000
  • Dining Luxury - Entry must be a group of table and chairs with a suggested retail for a table and 4 chairs of above $3,000
  • Dining Broad Appeal - Entry must be a group of table and chairs with a suggested retail for a table and 4 chairs below $3,000
  • Entertainment Furniture - Entries in this category include individual or multiple units (groupings) that accommodate audio/video components
  • Home Office - Combines office functionality with style and sizing suitable for home use. Entry can be a piece or a group. 
  • Leather Upholstery - Luxury - Includes furniture, either motion or stationary, predominantly covered in leather. Suggested retail price must be above $5,000 
  • Leather Upholstery - Broad Appeal- Includes furniture, either motion or stationary, predominantly covered in leather. Suggested retail price must be below $5,000 
  • Maker/Designer - This category is for builders/makers creating one-of-a-kind pieces for sale in galleries, stores and or client specific products.
  • Lighting - Includes incandescent or LED fixed lighting intended for indoor home use, including table lamps, floor lamps, pendants and chandeliers. Entry can be a piece or a group. 
  • Major Collections - Entry must be a whole home collection of at least 18 unique pieces. Upholstery, lighting or accessories can be included only as part of the collection. 
  • Motion Upholstery - Includes pieces whose motion changes the posture and comfort of the person seated. Entry can be made by piece or group. 
  • Occasional Storage -Includes occasional furniture whose primary function is storage. Entry can be by piece or group. It does not include entertainment or home theater furniture. 
  • Occasional Tables - Luxury - An open piece of furniture with a flat top and one or more legs or supports providing a level surface on which objects may be placed. Suggested retail price must be above $500
  • Occasional Tables – Broad Appeal - An open piece of furniture with a flat top and one or more legs or supports providing a level surface on which objects may be placed. Suggested retail price must be below $500
  • Stationary Upholstery – Luxury - Includes upholstered pieces with moving trays, shelves, etc., as long as the movement does not affect the posture of the person seated. Entry can be individual pieces or group. Suggested retail price must be above $2,000 
  • Stationary Upholstery – Broad Appeal -Includes upholstered pieces with moving trays, shelves, etc., as long as the movement does not affect the posture of the person seated. Entry can be individual pieces or group. Suggested retail price must be below $2,000 
  • Outdoor - Includes furniture designed primarily for outdoor or leisure-time settings such as sunrooms, porches, patios or atriums
  • Youth - Includes furniture for infants and juvenile bedrooms including beds, children's room accessories, and storage. Entry can be an individual piece or a group
  • The Green Leaf Award Subcategory - Products that meet the most discerning design standards while also meeting a legitimately eco-friendly profile
  • Student Pinnacle Award – Any bedroom, dining, occasional, home office, seating or entertainment category piece selected from the student’s body of work.

To see last year’s winners please visit the ISFD websiteEntry deadline is July 31, 2020.

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