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ICFA calls for Design Excellence entries

Deadline is June 22

The International Casual Furnishings Association has begun accepting entries for the 2012 Design Excellence Competition.
ICFA logoThis prestigious annual awards event is the only design recognition focused exclusively on outdoor furnishings products. There is a $100 entry fee for each product entered. The deadline for entry is 5 p.m. on Friday, June 22.
The competition is open only to members of the ICFA who will be exhibiting at the 2012 International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market and ICFA fabric suppliers. All companies that enter the competition are encouraged to attend the members-only ICFA Awards Reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at The School of the Art Institute Ballroom, Chicago. Category winners, who will be notified in advance of the event, are expected to attend.
The winner of the Lillian B. Winchester "Best of Show" Award will be announced at the reception. Additional awards presented the same evening include the ICFA Sales Representative of the Year and the ICFA Manufacturer Leadership Awards.
Design Excellence category judging will take place prior to the Casual Market on Tuesday, Sept. 11. All category winners will be posted online for ICFA members to vote for the "Best of Show" winner.
The ICFA Board of Directors and the ICFA Awards Committee have established entry requirements for the 11 product categories, which include Cast Metal Furniture, Tubular Materials Furniture, Wrought Iron/Wrought Aluminum Furniture, Resin/Fiberglass Furniture, Rattan/Wicker/Woven Materials Furniture, Wood Casual Furniture, Shade Products, Outdoor Lighting Products, Outdoor Carpeting/Rugs/Flooring, Fabric and Complementary Casual Products.
Entry packets have been mailed to all ICFA members. Questions about the entry process can be directed to Joseph P. Logan, ICFA executive director, at 336/884-5400, ext. 2 or

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