Palliser wins 1st Pinnacle
WINNIPEG (10 November 2015) - Furniture designer James Culleton was awarded the 2015 Pinnacle Award in the motion upholstery category for the M1, a collection he designed for Palliser Furniture. It was the first win for both designer and manufacturer.
The award was presented by the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) at the recent fall edition of the High Point Market.
"It was an honour to be nominated and to win the Pinnacle Award in the category of motion from the ASFD," Culleton said in a statement. "Special thanks to the all the talented people at Palliser who made it happen and to the DeFehr family for supporting me throughout my design career."
The M1 is part of Palliser's Pinnacle Seating Studio (the name is unrelated) assortment. It offers powerful independent head and footrests that are engineered to function without disrupting the integrity of the product profile. "The M1 radiates luxury in its handcrafted tailoring and true design," Palliser marketing manager Jessica Smithson said.
An M1 sofa with two power recliners in leather would have an opening retail price of $3,999 while a sectional, depending on configuration, covered in leather and will power would open at $5,999 retail. It is currently available for shipping.
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"We are very proud of James and this exciting achievement," Smithson said, adding, "James has made several design contributions to the Pinnacle Seating Studio offering as well as the Palliser line over the years. His talents have always been clear to us here at Palliser, and we're happy he's been recognized in such a prestigious way by the industry itself."
Seven furniture pieces either designed by Canadians or created for Canadian furniture resources were selected as finalists in this year's Pinnacle Awards. For example, Palliser had three finalists including the Bari - another motion set created by Culleton - and Tangente, designed by Normand Couture in stationary upholstery.
Casana Furniture was a finalist in the bedroom category for Casablanca, which was created for them by the design team of Frederic Spector and Alan Antonelli. The well-known Canadian designer and television personality Candice Olsen was named a finalist in the summer/casual furniture category for her first collection of outdoor furniture, which was created for the high-end U.S. producer, Century Furniture.
One other Canadian won a Pinnacle Award in this year's competition: Christiane Lemieux won in the home entertainment category for Drake, produced for DwellStudio by Magnussen Home. Lemieux is the Canadian designer and entrepreneur who founded DwellStudio, now part of e-commerce powerhouse Wayfair.