ISFD Now Accepting Entries for 2020 Pinnacle Awards® Competition

  •    Author: Mike Jasfer

Who will this year’s Pinnacle Award winners be? Enter by July 31, 2020 to be considered for the 2020 Pinnacle Awards, the industry’s highest design honor. This year’s winners will be announced at the annual International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) Pinnacle Awards Gala, Monday, October 19 at High Point University’s Congdon School of Health Sciences from 6-9 pm. 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 Décor – 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 $3000
 
Dining Luxury – Entry must be a group of table and chairs with a suggested retail for a table and 4 chairs of above $3000
Dining Broad Appeal – Entry must be a group of table and chairs with a suggested retail for a table and 4 chairs below $3000
 
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 $500Occasional 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 $500Stationary 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 atriumsYouth – Includes furniture for infants and juvenile bedrooms including beds, children’s room accessories, and storage. Entry can be an individual piece or a groupThe 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.
Submission details can be found at Pinnacle Awards. To see last year’s winners please visit 2019 ISFD Pinnacle Award Winners.  Entry deadline is July 31, 2020.
 
About The International Society of Furniture Designers: The 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, visit their website, ISFD.org.

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