ASFD names winners of 2017 Pinnacle Awards

AT THE MARKET — Presenting the industry’s highest honor for outstanding design, Monday night the American Society of Furniture Designers honored 17 designs and their designers.

The 2017 Pinnacle Awards banquet, held at the International Home Furnishings Center ballroom, honored 64 finalists competing in 14 product categories as well as for the Student Award, the Green Leaf Award and an award for Major Collections.

Here are the winners along with comments by the judges on their selection:

Occasional Tables
Arctic Cocktail Table
Erica Wingo and Mike Jolly for Bernhardt
This table is eye-catching, interesting and appealing. The mirrored polish on the heavy gauge stainless steel base provides balance to the acrylic ice top. Light travels in unique ways across this table because of the high sheen on the base to the translucent top which then gently illuminates from surrounding light.

Occasional Storage

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Turn A New Leaf
Caracole design team for Caracole
Overall an exquisite piece — the curve and wraparound of the pattern gives it a softness that goes with the intertwined champagne leaves. The light Koto wood and shimmer are complemented perfectly with the crystal hardware. Inside, the functional drop-front drawer with round pulls and ample shelves demonstrate that it's about more than aesthetics.

Youth Furniture


Mike Warren, ASFD; Shannon Lookabill; and Andrea Otto for Universal Furniture – Smartstuff
A stellar collection for the youth market. Sophisticated, functional, enduring design and materials. A great assortment of product gives this collection a lot of appeal for a wide span of ages, lifestyles and interiors.

Casual Dining

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Calico Bay
Wilson Keel for Charleston Forge
Surprising and inspiring. We enjoyed seeing old methods of metalsmithing finding modern purposes. There is an unmistakable unity throughout this entire collection. Metal finishes are very well done, and the craftsmanship superb. The "Seascape Fusion" laminated glass tops make the perfect final statement.

Formal Dining


Panavista Dining
Richard Schroeder, ASFD, and Denis Kissane, ASFD, for Stanley Furniture
The simplicity of Panavista’s design is its beauty allowing any consumer to personalize her look. From the beautiful hardware to the clean curves, its gorgeous lines are appealing to a broad audience and can be appreciated on many levels. Metal inlays, unique face veneer patterns and rich finishes make this contemporary dining room a standout.

Motion Upholstery

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Aston Re-Invented Recliner
Jessica Green, ASFD, for American Leather
Rare it is to find a good recliner that is also aesthetically pleasing. A beautifully designed chair that artfully hides its motion talents. The American walnut, recycled metal and durable covering materials ensure a minimal environmental footprint. In short, a beautiful chair, beautifully made.

Stationary Upholstery

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Come Full Circle
Christopher Sandomenico for Caracole
Original and classy. We love the ingenuity of this design. Button tufting on the back and seats, gold-flared legs and the gold “Chanelesk” circles filling the back are fabulous.

Leather Upholstery

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Casa Blanca Sectional
Stanley J. Friedman for Moroni Inc.
We find this visually appealing with a look that sets itself apart from all other leather upholstered designs. Everything works. Stanchion arm capping, a tight back silhouette with a soflty curved frame, all resting on perfectly proportioned flared legs makes this a keeper.


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Huntsman Lighting Collection
Clarence Mallari for Currey and Company
We find this lighting collection on-point, with a gentle nudge to being fashion forward while being realistic and not at risk of becoming dated. They are clean in style but not boring. The option of three styles and sizes allow the lights to be used in multiple installations within a single dwelling providing continuity from one room to another.


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Birch Leaf Wall Art
Julie Phillips, ASFD, for Phillips Collection
Impactful and original with amazing scale. We enjoyed the inversion of concepts between the object represented and the material used. Expanding an otherwise small leaf to an oversized scale makes this design both dramatic and delicate. Lovely wall decor.

Home Office

bdi desk

Duo Pedestal Desk
Matthew Weatherly for BDI
We find this smart and modern design addresses today’s homeowner's desire to blend great function with high design. The look is both hip and functional. The fact that this desk can go on either the left or the right side is brilliant. Integrated wire management helps keep this desk looking clean all the way around. We see great appeal for young professionals with urban home offices.

Home Entertainment

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Elements Media + Storage Consoles
Al Glass and Jason Guidry for BDI
Refreshing and inspired by nature. This is the kind of new thinking and great design that gets us exited. We like the use of new manufacturing processes like laser cutting to make the functionally attractive cabinet doors. The hidden wheels and levelers are a great feature. The integration with technology is seamless with the hidden sound bar, removable back panels and TV mount compatibility. Both the charcoal stained ash and natural walnut finishes are spot on.


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By Frederic Spector, ASFD, and Alan Antonelli for Lane Venture
One of the most unique outdoor collections we’ve seen, Cooper integrates the beloved Scandinavian modern forms and details to the outdoor living space. The textile pairings are colorful, fun and sophisticated. Excellent translation of historical forms and details to contemporary furniture.


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Bungalow – Paula Deen Home
Dudley Moore, ASFD, and Lenny Chapman, ASFD, for Universal Furniture
You know you have a winner when the very execution of the design evokes an emotional response. This collection immediately transported us to summers in Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. Wonderfully created, well-proportioned and attractive.

Student Award

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Calla Stool
Walter Mingledorff, ASFD, Appalachian State University
We enjoyed watching the development of this design presenting thoughtful translation from concept to form. It is aptly named, as we can imagine a 1930s Hollywood starlet gracing this elegant stool. The Calla is lovely and as graceful as the lily name it claims. Well done.

Green Leaf Award

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Waterfall Accent Tables
Jason Phillips, ASFD for Phillips Collection
Beautiful and simple, the timelessness of the design as well as durability of the of the materials ensure that what little energy was expended in production will be sequestered forever. A true winner.

Major Collections

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Windsor Smith Collection
Windsor Smith for Century Furniture
On trend and beautiful, we found this to be a very extensive and imaginative collection. We enjoyed the way it blends classical and modern styles together. Some pieces in this collection really stand out, notably the Zephyr lounge chair reminding us of the work of Charlotte Perriand, the classic Daybreak Sofa with its interesting modern lines and the Enigma Cabinet with its built-in hinge design. Every piece is easily mixable, can stand alone or be paired with other furnishings in any home. Impeccably executed. The designer was not afraid to be bold but made sure that there was harmony.

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