Two Canadians among Pinnacle finalists
LAS VEGAS (21 August 2014) - Normand Couture and David Tonnizo are the only two Canadians among the finalists in the 2014 edition of the Pinnacle Awards competition, organised by the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD).
ASFD announced the finalists during the summer edition of the Las Vegas Market, held here earlier this month.
The Montreal-based Couture is one of three finalists in the stationary upholstery category for Party, which he created for the Pinnacle collection by Palliser Furniture.
In 2011, Couture won the Pinnacle in two separate categories-for Evasion in stationary upholstery category, a sofa group he designed for Couture International; and, Embrace in the outdoor furniture category, a seating set created for Couture Jardin.
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Couture is perhaps the reigning grand master of Canadian furniture design, having won numerous awards over his career including Pinnacle Awards in 2011, 2010 and 2007. He also won the Grand Medallion at the old Canadian Home Furnishings Awards at least five times. In addition to designing for outdoor furniture specialist Couture Jardin, he signed an agreement earlier this year with the Winnipeg-based Palliser to design product for this new high-end upholstery initiative.
He also created award-winning designs for both Shermag and Brentwood Classics.
Party is one of the five groups in Palliser's Pinnacle collection. Each seat features a combination of leather and fabric, and because it's modular, the consumer has the option of mixing and matching contrasting colours.
Also making it to the final judging round is the Toronto-based Davide Tonizzo, designer of the Esquilino, created for Buhler Furniture's Midtown collection.
Entered in the home entertainment, Esquilino is a fireplace unit that combines the warmth of a hearth with practical storage. It uses a safe, virtual flame that allows the hearth area to be in close proximity to wooden furniture elements which otherwise would be at risk of incinerating. This also allows the piece to perform double duty as a storage unit.
Palliser also has two motion upholstery models in this year's finals, both designed for them by the San Francisco-based Rick Lee. Both are also from the company's My Comfort collection: the Buena Vista and the Central Park.
The winners of the 2014 Pinnacle Awards competition will be announced on October 20, during the fall edition of the High Point Market.
For more information about the American Society of Furniture Designers and its awards program, visit its web site at: www.asfd.com