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Finalists named for 16th annual ASFD Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards

Veteran designers Richard Frinier, John Caldwell and Normand Couture were named as finalists in the Summer/Casual category as judges for the 16th Annual ASFD Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards met last week at High Point University's Norton Hall.

Summer/Casual finalists are:
+ Cloud Nine - Richard Frinier, ASFD for Brown Jordan
+ Embrace Sectional - Normand Couture, ASFD for Couture Jardin
+ Flight - John Caldwell, ASFD for Brown Jordan

"The judges were impressed by the quantity and quality of entries for this year's competition, and they did an outstanding job in the process," said Steve Hodges, chairman of ASFD's Pinnacle Committee. "We appreciate and thank them for their participation."

The 2011 judges were Dr. Richard Bennington, High Point University; Thomas Russell, Furniture/Today; Mary Brehm, Norwalk Furniture & Design, Raleigh, N.C.; Kenneth Fonville, EcoSelect Furniture, High Point, N.C.; Jackie Hirschhaut, American Home Furnishings Alliance; Michael Lennon, City Furniture, Tamarac, Fla.; Bruce Mulder, Kendall College of Art & Design; Sheila Long O'Mara, Home Furnishings Business; Connie Post, Connie Post Global Media; Dianne Ray, Garden City Furniture, S.C.; Shane Spiller, Spiller Furniture, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Rhonda Wolf, Havertys Furniture, Atlanta, Ga..

"The annual Pinnacle Awards provide us the opportunity of recognizing the work of talented designers, and are a great way for our industry to honor companies which support and encourage originality of thought and design innovation," said ASFD President, Dudley Moore Jr., of Otto & Moore, Inc. in High Point. "We wish to acknowledge and express our sincere gratitude for the continued support of our great Pinnacle sponsors and supporters."

Furniture/Today, Casual Living's sister publication, serves as the major underwriter of the Pinnacle Awards. Other sponsors include AF Lighting, Continental Brass, EarthCare Inside, Furniture Design Studios, High Point Market Authority, Hickory Springs Mfg. Co., Home Furnishings Business, IHFC, Leggett & Platt Inc., Market Square & Suites and The Sherwin-Williams Co.

Finalists will be presented and the winners announced on Oct. 24, during the Fall High Point Market, at the International Home Furnishings Center. For tickets, contact Christine Evans, ASFD executive director at 910-576-1273 or by email at info@asfd.com.

Other Pinnacle category finalists are shown below:

Occasional Tables
+ Arro Cocktail Table - Desmond Miller, Jerry Cmehil for Design Institute American
+ Lille Cocktail Table - Shaun Melvin, ASFD for Baker Furniture
+ Rafferty Console - Cindy Hall, Erica Wingo for Hooker Furniture Corporation

Occasional Storage
+ Avery Avenue Cabinet - Jesse Schopmeyer, ASFD; Les Killian, Gary Huffstetler for Broyhill Home Furnishings
+ Classique Scroll Chest - Cindy Hall, Erica Wingo for Hooker Furniture Corp.
+ Formation Credenza/Buffet - Rick Berry, ASFD for Design Institute America

Juvenile Furniture
+ Ava - Matthew Hurley, ASFD for Hooker Furniture Corporation
+ MIX Young America - Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD for Stanley Furniture
+ The Overachiever Crib - Jonsara Ruth, ASFD; Robert Peavey for Q Collection Junior

Casual Dining
+ Latitude - Charles Harris, Legacy Classic Furniture, Inc.
+ Mirren Point/Harbor - Les Killian, Jesse Schopmeyer, ASFD; Gary Huffstetler for Broyhill Home Furnishings
+ Pompadour Table - Steven Shell, ASFD for Steven Shell

Formal Dining
+ Artisan - Dave Clark, ASFD for Planum/Mobil Fresno
+ New Lou - Mike Warren, ASFD; Shannon Lookabill for Universal Furniture
+ Perspectives - Jesse Schopmeyer, ASFD; Les Killian, Gary Huffstetler for Broyhill Home Furnishings

Motion Upholstery
+ Comfort Recliner - Tom Garland for American Leather
+ Ellie Recliner Sofa - Albert Choy for Moroni, Inc.
+ Pilot Recliner - Michael F. Galardo, ASFD for Elite Leather Company

Stationary Upholstery
+ Evasion Sectional - Normand Couture, ASFD for Couture International
+ Moore - Goodman Charlton for American Leather
+ Uno Accent Chair - Stanley Jay Friedman for Moroni, Inc.

Leather Upholstery
+ Fonte II - Kelvin Ng for KELVIN GIORMANI by Planum
+ Fleetwood - Stefanie Lucas for Rowe Furniture
+ Strada II - Kelvin Ng for KELVIN GIORMANI by Planum

Lighting
+ Chatham LED Table Lamp - Bret Curtain for Woodard Furniture
+ Flair Linear Pendant - Ron Henderson for Varaluz
+ Gallery Collection - David Kitts, ASFD; David Martin, ASFD for Hubbardton Forge

Accessories
+ Brass Ostrich Figure - Mary Garvin, Basilio Silawan for Maitland-Smith
+ Copenhagen Bench - Shaun Melvin, ASFD for Baker Furniture
+ DOTZ Screen - Carl Muller, ASFD for Elite Manufacturing Corp.

Home Office
+ European Farmhouse - Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD; Gary Hokanson for Stanley Furniture
+ Reede's Landing - Aspenhome Design Team for Aspenhome
+ Serenity Collection - Joe McCambridge, ASFD for Sligh Furniture Co.

Home Entertainment
+ Grove Imagination Home Theater - Curt Christian, ASFD for Martin Home Furnishings
+ Louis Phillippe Credenza - D. Scott Coley, ASFD; Tommy McDaniel, ASFD for Bassett Furniture
+ Northport - Mike Warren, ASFD; Shannon Lookabill for Sligh Furniture Co.

Bedroom
+ Artisan - Dave Clark, ASFD for Planum/Mobil Fresno
+ Felton - Matt Hurley, ASFD for Hooker Furniture Corp.
+ Perspectives - Jesse Schopmeyer, ASFD, Les Killian, Gary Huffstetler for Broyhill Home Furnishings

Major Collections
+ Coastal Living Resort - Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD; Gary Hokanson for Stanley Furniture
+ Marbella - Pride Sasser for Century Furniture
+ Vintage Patina - Chris Bergelin, ASFD; Thad Bergelin for Bernhardt Furniture

Green Leaf Award
+ Gallery Collection - David Kitts, ASFD; David Martin, ASFD for Hubbardton Forge
+ Homecoming Vintage Pine - Tim Annas, ASFD for Kincaid Furniture
+ MIX Young America - Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD for Stanley Furniture

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