The judging panel for the 2012 Pinnacle Awards, created by New London, N.C.-based American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD), met recently at High Point University’s Norton Hall to select the finalists for the 17th edition of the competition.

The judging panel was comprised of Richard Bennington, High Point University; Mary Brehm, Norwalk Furniture & Design, Raleigh, N.C.; Jenny Heinzen York, Home Accents Today; Jackie Hirschhaut, American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA); Bruce Mulder, Kendall College of Art & Design; Powell Slaughter, Home Furnishings Business;  Connie Post, Affordable Design Solutions; Dianne Ray, Garden City Furniture, S.C.; Becky Warner, Louis Shanks Furniture, Austin, Tx.; Jason Wech, Savannah College of Art & Design; John Wingo, Green Front Furniture, Farmville, Va.; and Rhonda Wolf, Havertys Furniture, Atlanta.

The Pinnacle Awards both honor and recognize creative, relevant, and original designs in home furnishings that push our industry to the next level,” says John Conrad, ASFD Vice President and 2012 Pinnacle Awards Chairman. “I congratulate the finalists and thank our terrific panel of judges for their hard work in this process.”

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

Winners will be announced at the Awards banquet during High Point Market on Monday night, October 15, at the IHFC.

2012 Pinnacle Finalists

Lighting
Autumn Twilight Chandelier

Danielle Elise Dzurik, John A. Fretz III for Golden Lighting

Crux Table Lamp
Shaun Melvin, ASFD for Baker Furniture/Kohler Interiors Group

Madison Manor
Sergio Orozco, ASFD for Quoizel

Accessories        
Gilded Lotus Wall Decor
Andrew Palecek for Palecek

Marjorelle Mirror
Cecil Adams, ASFD for Currey & Company

Maxwell Ottoman
Amaud Pacaut for American Leather

Occasional Tables
Arcos     
Fredrick Delafield for Bassett Mirror

Avalon Heights  
Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD; Gary Hokanson for Stanley Furniture

Petrified Wood Waterfall                             
Andrew Palecek for Palecek

Occasional Storage
Holloway End Table         
Shaun Melvin, ASFD for Baker Furniture/Kohler Interiors Group

Le Papillion Chest             
Cindy Hall, Erica Wingo for Hooker Furniture Corp.

Trinity Sideboard              
Megan Perry for Dorya

Youth Furniture
Abby
Taylor West for Hooker Furniture Corp.

Solutions
Charles Harris for Legacy Classic Kids

Twin Loft Bed
Derek West for Lea Furniture

Casual Dining
Artisan
Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD; Gary Hokanson for Stanley Furniture

Coronado
Dudley Moore, Jr., ASFD; Stephen Giles; Lenny Chapman for Palmetto Home

Lancine
Andrew Palecek for Palecek

Formal Dining
Down Home by Paula Deen
Otto & Moore Design for Universal Furniture

Arrondissement
Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD; Gary Hokanson for Stanley Furniture

Moultrie Park
Thomas McDaniel, ASFD; D. Scott Coley, ASFD for Bassett Furniture

Motion Upholstery
Brayden
Tom Garland for American Leather

Buck Recliner
Michael F. Garlardo, ASFD for Elite Leather Company

NOVARA II
Kelvin Ng for Planum/KELVIN GIORMANI

Stationary Upholstery
220 Chair
Jennifer McConnell, Bruce Ward for Pearson Company

Bonn
Tina Nicole, ASFD for Nathan Anthony Furniture

Varese Sofa
Joseph Mallison, ASFD for Century Furniture

Leather Upholstery
Hamilton Sofa
John Mascheroni for American Leather

Meridien Series
David Vanderbloemen for Century Furniture

Sean Chair
Roger Turnbow for Bernhardt Furniture

Home Office
Arrondissement
Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD; Gary Hokanson for Stanley Furniture

E2 Class Villager
Glenn Weisgerber, ASFD for Aspenhome/Furniture Values International

MIJO
Caryn Donovan for Planum/Mobil Fresno, S.L.

Home Entertainment
Downing Street
Troy Hollis, ASFD for aspenhome/Furniture Values International

MIJO
Caryn Donovan for Planum/Mobil Fresno, S.L.

Vintage Oak Homecoming
Tim Annas, ASFD for Kincaid Furniture Company

Summer/Casual
Elements Collection
Richard Frinier, ASFD; Martha Lopacki, Greg Robb for Brown Jordan

Maison Jardin
Richard Frinier, ASFD for Century Furniture

Westport Chaise
John Caldwell for Kingsley-Bate

Bedroom
Avignon
Hilco Woudstra, ASFD for folio21 furniture

Caracole
Jon Russell Koch for Schnadig International

Vintage Oak Homecoming
Tim Annas, ASFD for Kincaid Furniture

Major Collections
Archipelago
Richard Schroeder, ASFD; Denis Kissane, ASFD; Gary Hokanson for Stanley Furniture

Chateau Lyon
Pride Sasser, ASFD for Century Furniture

European Market
Berry & Clark Design Associates for Drexel Heritage

Small Spaces
Thomas McDaniel, ASFD; D.Scott Coley, ASFD; Barbara Kurgan for Bassett Furniture

Green Leaf Award
Brindille Lamp
David Kitts, ASFD; David Martin, ASFD for Hubbardton Forge

Koi Lounge Chair
David Francis for David Francis Furniture

Oil Drum Lamps
Mandy Hayden Shanahan for Phillips Collection