Hannah Pedigo Receives ISFD’s Foundation Scholarship

  •    Author: Mike Jasfer

Hannah Pedigo, a student at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), has been selected to receive the International Society of Furniture Designers’ Foundation Scholarship (previously called the Touching Lives by Design scholarship) for the upcoming academic year.  The scholarship will help offset tuition and other fees for the senior majoring in furniture design.Pedigo focused her winning entry on smartly designed, safe and affordable furnishings for families.  Her work has been informed by her active volunteerism with pre-school-age children.  Those ongoing interactions helped her develop fresh but practical design ideas and solutions—a departure from some of the more theoretical or conceptual notions she saw in the academic realm.   “People who purchase furniture have to rely on the designer,” Pedigo says. “They want peace of mind and to know they made a good investment.”  She believes that her practice as a furniture designer must bridge the span between pragmatism and ardor. “The passion, quality, design, and research must all be present to create something amazing.”The ISFD Pinnacle Scholarship was established in 2010 by the ASFD Board of Directors with the instrumental help of long-time members Richard and Catherine Frinier to support gifted student designers from schools all across the country.  Currently, the scholarship pays $2,500 and is awarded in advance of the fall semester.  Pedigo, who hails from Batavia, IL., will be honored at the 2019 Night of Luminaries gala on November 6.  During that event, she, along with Rising Star undergraduate students from schools across the southeast, will display their design projects and discuss their aspirations with top industry leaders and notables.  The Night of Luminaries is co-sponsored by ISFD and International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA).About the ISFD: The International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) is an association advocating for outstanding design and the furniture designers whose creativity drives the industry’s engine. They seek to elevate the role of design and designer through networking, mentorship and professional development opportunities, and continuously promote, advance and support the profession of furniture design and its positive impact.

With professional and student members around the world and across the country, their diverse professional membership specializes in residential and contract furnishings and accessories. More information about ISFD and their awards programs, please visit their website, ISFD.org.

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