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Design Excellence winners named

The International Casual Furnishings Association and Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. have announced the 11 winners of the 2013 Design Excellence Awards.

A judging panel of retailers and design experts met in Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 5 to select winners of both the categories and the Lillian B. Winchester Best of Show Award.

The awards will be presented in manufacturer showrooms at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 17, the opening day of the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market.

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.

The competition drew more than 125 entries from manufacturer members and, for the first time, nonmembers. In addition to expanding the contest, furniture categories were restructured to reflect the intended use of products rather than the materials used to create them.

"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 winners are:

Dining/Bar Table
Gloster Furniture - Winchester Extending Table by Russell Pinch

Dining/Bar Chair
JANUS et Cie - Suki-O Dining Chair by Janice Feldman

Chaise Lounge
Telescope Casual Furniture - Bazza Sling Contour Armless Chaise by Bill Vanderminden

Lounge Seating - Cushion
Summer Classics - Sierra Lounge Chair

Lounge Seating Non-Cushion
Gloster Furniture - Bella Armchair by Carsten Astheimer

Complementary Casual Products
Century Leisure - Cocktail Table by Pride Sasser

Outdoor Lighting
Terra Furniture - Bali Solar Floor Lamp by Gary Stafford

Outdoor Carpeting, Rugs and Flooring
Trans-Ocean Imports - Meadows Mauve by Liora Manné

Fabric
Outdura - Poet Grey by D2

Heating/Fire pits
Designing Fire Inc. - Oriflamme Fire Table

Shade Products
Ningbo Sunrise Outdoor Products - High Class Solar Lighting Cantilever Umbrella by Sunny

"The awards will be presented in manufacturer showrooms the first day of the market to acknowledge winners earlier so their buyers are aware of the honor," Logan said. Previously the awards were announced later in the show.

Another update in the Design Excellence competition involves including more retailers in the judging process. Judges were asked to consider product innovation, overall design, marketability, color, construction and imaginative use of materials.

The judges' panel included:

ICFA Retail Council Chairman Bruce Erickson - vice president of Williams All Seasons in Highland Park, Ill., a multiple winner of Apollo Awards in 1959, 1969, 2003 and 2009.

ICFA Retail Council Vice Chairman Kristine Schultz-Hutchinson - designer and co-owner of Patios Plus, based in Rancho Mirage, Calif., winner of the 2012 and 2007 ICFA Apollo Award for multi-stores.

Jessica Salisbury - general manager of Village Green in Rockford, Ill., a first time Apollo Awards finalist this year.

Laura Barnett Sawchyn - owner of Laura Barnett Designs, founded in Chicago in 1981 - interior design graduate of the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.

Cindy Dampier - Chicago Tribune home design editor - editor/co-editor of the monthly Chicago Tribune magazine.

Afiya Kumar - president/senior designer of AHA Designs in Chicago, founded in 1998 - featured in numerous publications and design panels.

 

 Gloster Windsor 

Dining/Bar Table
Gloster Furniture - Winchester Extending Table by Russell Pinch

 

Dining/Bar Chair
JANUS et Cie - Suki-O Dining Chair by Janice Feldman

 Janus et Cie
 Telescope 

Chaise Lounge
Telescope Casual Furniture - Bazza Sling Contour Armless Chaise by Bill Vanderminden

 

Lounge Seating - Cushion
Summer Classics - Sierra Lounge Chair

 Summer Classics
 Gloster Bella 

Lounge Seating Non-Cushion
Gloster Furniture - Bella Armchair by Carsten Astheimer

 

Complementary Casual Products
Century Leisure - Cocktail Table by Pride Sasser

 Century
 Terra 

Outdoor Lighting
Terra Furniture - Bali Solar Floor Lamp by Gary Stafford

 

Outdoor Carpeting, Rugs and Flooring
Trans-Ocean Imports - Meadows Mauve by Liora Manné

 TransOcean
 Outdura 

Fabric
Outdura - Poet Grey by D2

 

Heating/Fire pits
Designing Fire Inc. - Oriflamme Fire Table

 Designing Fire
 Ningbo 

Shade Products
Ningbo Sunrise Outdoor Products - High Class Solar Lighting Cantilever Umbrella by Sunny

 

 

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