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It was such an honor to have been selected as one of the Design Industry Tastemakers to help name the top 10 in various categories! Our category was "The Next Big Thing". Here are some photos from the Awards Ceremony.

Treci Smith & Rachel Moriarty, IFDA Selects Judges


AT THE MARKET - It was Red Carpet time in High Point when IFDA (International Furnishings & Design Assn.) President Ida McCausland handed out IFDA SELECTS awards to 10 companies whose products had been cited as the "Best Of Show" in their categories.

It was the first time the popular IFDA SELECTS initiative had focused on exhibitors at the High Point Furniture Market, which sprawls over 10 million square feet with some 2000 exhibitors in 180 different buildings. No wonder McCausland praised the judges' stamina as well as their discretion when she presented framed certificates to the Best of Show winners.

IFDA winners also received certificates from John Conrad, Executive Director of ISFD (International Society of Furniture Designers), offering complimentary entry into the Society's coveted Pinnacle Awards competition. The 2019 awards gala will be held in the fall.

IFDA SELECTS awards went to:

Occasional Case Goods, bespoke category: Enkle Designs Xion Bloom table, designed by Matt Booty. Presented by Everick Brown;

Art/Accessories, handmade/artisanal category: Orfeo Company handmae glass, designed by Orfeo Quagliata. Presented by Everick Brown;

Outdoor, high-end sustainable category: Primitive Modern Collection by Sublime Originals, designed by Julia Sanford. Presented by Lisa Walker Brown IFDA;

Upholstery, high-end category: Crusin' Chair and Ottoman, Thayer Coggin, Inc., designed in l965 by Milo Baughman. Presented by Sara Chiarilli IFDA;

Lighting: Tilda Chandelier by Arteriors, designed by Denis Granda. Presented by Sara Chiarilli IFDA;

Bedroom Case Goods, "Pragmatic Indulgences" category: Facet Collection by Kindel Grand Rapids. Presented by Dr. Wilma Hammett IFDA;

Hospitality, senior lifestyle category: Kipton Swivel Chair by Fairfield Chair Co. Presented by Jane Nichols.

Area rugs, machine-made category: Mosaic Collection by Karastan Rugs. Presented by Cecile Corral.

Sustainable, furniture category: Uultis Collection by Herval.

Presented by Tym DeSanto.

The Next Big Thing: Poppy Armoire by Selamat in collaboration with William Morris & Co. Presented by Rachel Moriarty and Treci Smith.

IFDA SELECTS, created to recognize design innovation, quality construction and environmental responsibility, comes to the High Point Market after successful runs at other venues in New York, Las Vegas, and Florida, including the AD Design Show and ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair). Founded in l947, IFDA has 10 chapters across the US and in Japan, and corporate sponsors representing a cross-section of the design and furnishings industries.

Judges for IFDA SELECTS at Market were

Everick Brown, TV designer (TLC, Fine Living Network, News 12 Westchester, NY);

Lisa Walker Brown, VP Everick Brown Design;

Sara Chiarilli, owner of Artful Conception, designer, author, TV personality (HGTV, ABC, CBS, NBC), and High Point Insider;

Cecile Corral, editor of luxury textile magazine POSH, who covers the area rug industry for Home Textiles Today, Furniture Today, and Home Accents Today;

Tym DeSanto, design star HGTV, aka "Renaissance Guy" from HGTV's Design Star; Dr. Wilma Hammett, FIFDA, Professor Emeritus, North Carolina State University, founder of her own company, Design Transitions;

Dr. Jane Nichols, Chair, Dept. of Home Furnishings, High Point University, and Rachel Moriarty, award-winning San Diego County designer, author, and product developer, who will be teaming up with Treci Smith, designer and real estate investor.

WINNERS ALL! There was wall-to-wall talent in the High Point Theatre when IFDA brought its IFDA SELECTS Best of Show awards event to the Furniture Market for the first time. IFDA President Ida McCausland (left, in pink) rallied the roomful of judges, handpicked from the design and furnishings industry, who presented the winners with IFDA SELECTS certificates. ISFD Executive Director John Conrad (far left) also handed out certificates offering complimentary entry into the 2019 Pinnacle Awards competition.


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