Honors and awards

Hooker Furnishings Receives NC Governor’s Export Award

Hooker Furnishings has received the 2023 North Carolina Governor’s Export Award for its leadership in developing business globally. Recognized alongside seven North Carolina companies for their sales success in international markets, Hooker Furnishings was honored with the award for the large business category.

ISFD recognizes 18 finalists for 5th Annual INNOVATION+DESIGN™ Awards

ISFD recognizes 18 finalists for 5th Annual INNOVATION+DESIGN™ Awards

ISFD Announces Expert Panel of Judges for 5th Annual INNOVATION + DESIGN ™ Competition 

The INNOVATION + DESIGN competition and exhibition is a furniture industry sponsored juried competition designed to acknowledge professional designer/makers who create their own products, and the next generation of serious woodworking students who are anticipating a career in the custom wood and related home furnishings industries.

Pearl Collective honors 2023 Boardroom winners

Pearl Collective, formerly known as Gail Doby Coaching and Consulting, supports interior design professionals and firms as they achieve transformational growth in profitability, productivity, and professional and personal satisfaction. One of the organization’s mastermind collectives, the Boardroom, takes established design firms and amplifies their business helping them reach financial freedom, joy and happiness. Each year, Pearl Collective recognizes select Boardroom members for outstanding accomplishments within their business over the last year.

Interior designer Lucy Penfield assumes ASID MN presidency with sustainability top of mind

Lucy Penfield, a Minneapolis-based interior and product designer known for imaginative and colorful decor, has assumed the presidency of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Minnesota chapter, effective October 1. With more than 30 years of experience in the design industry, Penfield brings her passion for color, mentoring, and sustainability to lead the chapter during her one-year term.

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ISFD Accepting 2024 Innovation + Design Maker/Designer Juried Competition and Exhibition Entries 

High Point, NC, Nov. 3, 2023 — Attention all professional designer/makers and serious woodworking students. Do you have a project that is exceptional, one that you are extremely proud of? Enter it in the International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) 2024 INNOVATION + DESIGN juried competition. Deadline is Dec. 20, 2023. The exhibit showcasing the finalists’ entries will be open at the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame, 311 S. Hamilton, High Point from April 4-17, in conjunction with Spring High Point Market. The winners will be announced at the Meet the Designers reception on April 14.

“INNOVATION + DESIGN gives professional furniture artisans and woodworking students an excellent opportunity to showcase their work at the High Point Market, the world’s largest and most important home furnishings event,” said David Blair, executive director of ISFD. “Past participants shared that the connections they made at Market—both with other designer-makers and High Point Market attendees—have been invaluable. This year, our exhibit will be held in the Home Furnishings Hall of Fame, a beautiful new facility located right in the heart of the Market district, a convenient location that will get a lot of traffic.”

This highly competitive furniture industry sponsored event is intended for professional makers/designers who create their own product and the next generation of serious woodworking students who are anticipating a career in the custom wood and related home furnishings industries. It is designed to showcase the products and designs of the top independent and student makers in the accessories, dining room furniture, lighting, occasional storage, occasional tables, and seating categories.

Professional and student finalists will receive a certificate of merit and will be entered into the Maker/Designer or student category of the 2024 ISFD Pinnacle Awards. Category winners will receive $250, and the Best of Show winner will receive $1000. All winners will receive free manufacturing time in the Congdon Yards Generator to work on any project of their choice. The entry fee is $50 each, entrants can submit multiple entries in multiple categories.

For the judging, a panel of ISFD board members and trade experts representing various sectors of the industry will review the entries and select the finalists. Once selected, the finalists’ projects will be shipped to High Point for a final round of in-person judging to select winners in each category.

For complete entry details please visit 2024 INNOVATION + DESIGN.

IFDA honors 18 students as 2023 Rising Stars of Design

The Night of Luminaries and Rising Stars is held annually to recognize leadership, innovation, and contribution to the home and design industries as well as highlighting the most outstanding young designers of tomorrow.

ISFD 2023 Pinnacle Awards® Recognizes Top Designers As Winners 

Pinnacle Awards “Untamed Minds” Gala held on Monday, October 16 in the Loft at Congdon Yards in High Point, a slate of industry notables presented professional and student home furnishings and textile designers with the prestigious  2023 Pinnacle Awards.

Barbour Spangle Design selected as 11th annual Luminary Award recipient

High Point, NC, Sept. 26, 2023 ⎯ Barbour Spangle Design, the High Point based full-service…