ICFA competition expands to include nonmembers
Cinde Ingram -- Casual Living, August 24, 2013
The 2013 design excellence award competition features more than 125 entries from International Casual Furnishings Association members and, for the first time, non-members.
Furniture categories also have been restructured to reflect the product's intended use rather than the materials used to create it.
"The new categories are: dining or bar table, dining or bar chair, chaise lounge, lounge seating/cushion and lounge seating/non-cushion," ICFA Executive Director Joe Logan said. "We also created a separate category for heating/fire pits, in light of the growth of the segment that many of our manufacturers are offering now."
The judging process will return to a panel of industry and design experts meeting in Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 5 to select winners of both the categories and Lillian B. Winchester Best of Show rather than online voting by ICFA members. "We also will be changing the mix of the judges slightly to include more retailers," Logan said.
Category winners will be notified shortly after the judging. "We will present the awards in their showrooms the first day of the market so they can let their customers know that they have won," Logan said. The winner of the Lillian B. Winchester Best of Show Award will be announced on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Field Museum during the ICFA Awards Gala.
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