American Society of Furniture Designers: New London, N.C.-based American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) is proud to announce they are now accepting submissions for the 17th Annual Pinnacle™ Awards. The deadline for entries will be June 1.  Entry criteria, guidelines, and forms are available at http://asfd.com/Pinnacle-Design-Achievement-Awards/.

“The Pinnacle Awards provide our industry the opportunity to recognize the work of talented designers. For almost 17 years they have been the preeminent way to honor individuals and companies who create, support, and encourage originality of thought and design innovation,” says ASFD president, Dudley Moore, Jr., of Otto & Moore, Inc. in High Point.

Furniture/Today is the major underwriter of the Pinnacle Awards; and the 2012 sponsors include AF Lighting, Continental Hardware, enLIGHTenment magazine, Furniture Design Studios, Hafele America Co.,  Hickory Springs Mfg. Co., High Point Market Authority, Home Furnishings Business, International Market Centers (IMC), Leggett & Platt Inc. and The Sherwin-Williams Co.

ASFD is pleased to announce the 2012 judges are Dr. Richard Bennington, High Point University; Mary Brehm, Norwalk Furniture & Design, Raleigh, N.C.; Tom Gattis, Savannah College of Art & Design;  Jackie Hirschhaut, American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA); Michael Lennon, City Furniture, Tamarac, Fla.;  Bruce Mulder, Kendall College of Art & Design, Powell Slaughter, Home Furnishings Business;  Connie Post, Connie Post Global Media; Dianne Ray, Garden City Furniture, S.C.; Thomas Russell, Furniture/Today; Becky Warner, Louis Shanks Furniture, Austin, Texas; and Rhonda Wolf, Havertys Furniture, Atlanta.

Pinnacle finalists will be released following the judging in late June.  Winners will be revealed at the Pinnacle Awards banquet on Monday evening, October 24 during the Fall High Point Market.

“Our plans for the 17th annual Pinnacle™ Awards will eclipse the very special evening last year. Come join industry leaders and design professionals for an evening to honor taking design to the next level,” says ASFD Pinnacle Chair John Conrad.