Décor Rest, Amisco among 2019 Pinnacle Award finalists
HIGH POINT, North Carolina – Stationary upholstery house Décor Rest and metal furniture specialist Amisco are the only two Canadian furniture manufacturers who have made it to the finals of the 2019 Pinnacle Awards, organised by the International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) and set to be presented during the upcoming fall edition of the High Point Market.
In a statement, ISFD noted this year’s design competition received a record number of entries and with the addition of new luxury categories, the stage is set for what could likely be the most compelling event in the awards’ long and storied history.
The finalists will be fêted and the winners announced at the 24th annual Pinnacle Awards Gala, set for Monday, October 21 at High Point University’s Congdon School of Health Sciences, beginning at 6pm.
“Now in its 24th year, the annual Pinnacle Awards competition continually attracts more and more talented designers and innovative design concepts each year,” ISFD executive director John Conrad said. “This year we expanded the competition to include 20 furniture, accessory and lighting categories. Plus, we received a record number of entries for the major collections category along with the new luxury dining and luxury bedroom categories.”
Conrad noted this year’s judging panel was an influential mix of high-profile industry leaders encompassing manufacturing, retailing, education, journalists, designers and home fashion forecasters. The panel includes Christi Barbour, Barbour Spangle Design; John Gill, Haverty’s; Diane Falvey, Furniture, Lighting & Décor; Jackie Hirschhaut, American Home Furnishings Association; Gary Inman, Baskerville; Adam Kessler, Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers; Greg Kincaid, Sherwin Williams; Kaitlin Peterson, Business of Home; June Sedlak, Studio J; Dorian Stacy Sims, Stacy Furniture & Design and Patrizia Torelli, Australasian Furniture Association.
“The 2019 finalists, all professional product and furniture designers, envision and create the designs that ultimately become some of the most sought-after home furnishings items around the world,” said in announcing the finalists. “Their works are produced and marketed by companies large and small, but with a common denominator to proudly illustrate that artistry, craft, and innovation are important and quite saleable to the consumer marketplace.”
The Toronto-based Décor Rest was named a Pinnacle Award finalist for the first time in two of the upholstery categories: in the motion upholstery category for its 2903 sectional with power recliner, storage and drawer; and in the stationary upholstery (broad appeal) category for its Marco Connections sofa. Both were designed by the team of Angelo Marzilli, Sr.; Christina Marzilli; and, JR Marzilli.
Also named an award finalist for the first time was metal furniture specialist Amisco in the occasional table category for the Malloy rectangular coffee table designed by ISFD member Marc Boudreau.
A list of all the finalists for the 2019 Pinnacle Awards can be found here.
The last Canadian designer to win a Pinnacle Award was James Culleton of Winnipeg who took home the award in 2015 in the motion upholstery category for the M1, a collection he designed for Palliser Furniture.
The award gala’s keynote speaker and co-host will be Canadian industry veteran – and past Pinnacle Award winner – Christiane Lemieux, co-founder and CEO of The Inside.
Lemieux, whose address will be themed Design Matters, is considered one of North America’s leading design entrepreneurs and experts in home décor and furnishings. She also operates and designs her namesake brand Lemieux et Cie. The first company Lemieux founded, DwellStudio, was bought by Wayfair and she served as Wayfair’s creative director until 2016. Lemieux is the author of Undecorate and The Finer Things, and is a frequent contributor to Architectural Digest, Apartment Therapy and other design media. She was also the co-host and a judge on Ellen DeGeneres’s HGTV furniture design competition show Ellen’s Design Challenge.
Listed as one of Fortune’s 2012 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Lemieux is also a passionate philanthropist. As a board member for Christy Turlington-Burns’ foundation, Every Mother Counts, she regularly travels the world to participate in initiatives aimed at providing maternal health for all mothers. Lemieux is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and Queen’s University and currently resides in New York City.
Awards will be presented in 20 home furnishings categories, with finalists and winning designs promoted to retailers in the U.S. and around the world. Winning products will also have the right to feature the 2019 Pinnacle Award logo on all related media, collateral and packaging.
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