How to be nominated for ISFD’s 2022 Pinnacle Awards

HIGH POINT – Entries have opened for the International Society of Furniture Designers 2022 Pinnacle Awards, the juried competition being open to all furniture and textile designers, manufacturers and students who were directly involved in designing home furnishings, décor or textile products available for retail sale in the last year.

The Pinnacle Awards are intended to celebrate designs that are produced mostly in larger numbers for sale to consumers. ISFD will have the 36 finalists for the International Furnishings and Design Assn. Select Awards from the April 2022 High Point Market enter this year’s Pinnacle Awards competition, continuing efforts to broaden the designers and companies whose products are nominated.

“When we asked designers and manufacturers why they look forward to entering the Pinnacle Awards many said it is the opportunity to have exceptional designs recognized and lauded,” said John Conrad, ISFD executive director. “For many designers, winning a Pinnacle Award helped launch their design careers and it has definitely elevated manufacturers to new levels in the industry.

“The Pinnacle Awards honor product designers, either individuals or teams — the ones whose imagination, artistry and technical abilities create fresh and desirable home products — and the companies that bring those designs to life,” Conrad continued. “Through their combined efforts consumers are offered engaging, inviting and innovative products that enliven their homes and, as an extension, it uplifts our industry’s reputation and cache.”

Submissions are open to all furniture and textile designers, manufactures and design students.  The items or collections entered must be in current production and must have been shown and sold at one of the major home furnishings or fabric markets worldwide. Winners will be announced at the Pinnacle Awards Gala, Oct. 24, at the Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center at High Point University.

Submission details can be found at 2022 Pinnacle Awards and to see last year’s winners please visit 2021 ISFD Pinnacle Award Winners. The entry deadline is Aug. 2.

The 26 Pinnacle Awards categories for 2022 are:

  • Wall Décor – Home furnishings that attach to or hang on the wall including but not limited to wall mirrors, wall décor, clocks. Does not include wall art, paintings, or prints. Entry may be by piece or group.
  • Floor Coverings – Rugs
  • Accessories – Any home furnishings accessories that are floor standing like sculpture, large planters or vases, screens, pedestals, carts, etc. Entry may be by piece or group.
  • Bedroom Luxury – Headboards, mirrors, nightstands, chests, dressers, and other storage units intended primarily for bedroom use. Entry can be bedroom piece or group. A four-piece suggested retail must be above $3000.
  • Bedroom Broad Appeal – Headboards, mirrors, nightstands, chests, dressers, and other storage units intended primarily for bedroom use. 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 – Includes desks, seating, and storage intended for home office. Combine office functionality with style and sizing suitable for home use. Entry can be a piece or a group.
  • Home Textiles – Woven – Textiles designed for indoor and outdoor home furnishings, primarily upholstered furniture. Entry may be jacquards or dobby wovens introduced within the last year. Entries are limited to one per company and one-color way per entry.
  • Home Textiles – Print- Textiles designed for indoor and outdoor home furnishings, primarily upholstered furniture. Entry may be screen or digital prints introduced within the last year. Entries are limited to one per company and one-color way per entry.
  • 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. Makers should have an independent business providing design and build services for custom furniture and accessories in their local market. This includes wood and mixed material case goods, occasional pieces, seating, upholstery, and accessories for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • 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- 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 $500. Occasional 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 $500. Stationary Upholstery – Luxury – Can include 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 – Furniture designed primarily for outdoor or leisure-time settings such as sunrooms, porches, patios, or atriums. Youth – Infant and juvenile bedroom furniture including beds, children’s room accessories, and storage. Entry can be an individual piece or a group. The Green Leaf Award Subcategory – Products that meet the most discerning design standards while also meeting a legitimately eco-friendly profile. See application for more details.
  • Student Pinnacle Award – Any bedroom, dining, occasional, home office, textiles, seating, or entertainment category piece selected from the student’s body of work.

2022 Pinnacle Awards sponsors are: Continental Hardware, Elements Studios, Furniture Design Studios, Furniture Today, High Point Market Authority, International Market Centers, International Textile Alliance, Leggett & Platt, Pinnacle Financial Partners and Sherwin-Williams.

See also:

How to be nominated for ISFD’s 2022 Pinnacle Awards

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