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Palecek, Hooker, Hubbardton Forge among Pinnacle Award winners

Sixteen awards were presented at the annual event hosted by the American Society of Furniture Designers on Oct. 15.
     "The Pinnacle Awards both honor and recognize creative, relevant and original designs in home furnishings that push our industry to the next level," John Conrad, ASFD vice president and 2012 Pinnacle Awards chairman, said in a statement earlier this year.
     Winners were announced in 15 product categories and for the Green Leaf Award, recognizing sustainable design.
     In the Accessories category, the winner was Gilded Lotus wall décor, by Andrew Palecek for Palecek. The judges' comments: "When it comes to dressing up a room, Palecek portrays a versatile art form in Gilded Lotus Wall Decor. The very interesting natural material exudes a glamorous ambience that is chic and eco-friendly."
     Other accessories finalists were the Marjorelle mirror by Cecil Adams for Currey & Company, and the Maxwell ottoman by American Leather.
     In the Lighting category, the winner was Autumn Twilight chandelier, by Danielle Elise Dzurik and John A. Fretz III for Golden Lighting.The judges' comments: "The Autumn Twilight Chandelier by Golden Lighting demonstrates an updated use of crystals in a modern interpretation of classic overhead lighting. The organic shape is very distinctive and unique. We think this delicious design is a great piece of bling for the home."
     For the Occasional Storage category, the winner was Le Papillion chest, by Cindy Hall and Erica Wingo for Hooker Furniture. Comments: "The Melange Collection by Hooker Furniture takes an eclectic blend of color and texture to deliver artistry in unique accent pieces. We love the complex combination of materials that pairs a textural burlap finish with decorative painting. The chest has great proportion of scale to create a fun, cute gem that is pleasing to the eye."
     For Occasional Tables, the winner was Avalon Heights, by Richard Schroeder, Denis Kissane and Gary Hokanson for Stanley. Comments: "Stylish, graceful lines lend a glamourous appeal to accent tables in the Avalon Heights Collection by Stanley Furniture. The modern design is clean and beautiful with a geometric grid motif expressed in a handsome combination of metal and glass."
     Andrew Palecek's Petrified Wood Waterfall nesting table was also a finalist, along with the Arcos cocktail by Frederick Delafield for Bassett Mirror.
     Other winners are:
     Youth furniture: Abby, by Taylor West for Hooker Furniture.
     Casual dining: Artisan, by Richard Schroeder, Denis Kissane and Gary Hokanson for Stanley.
     Formal dining: Arrondissement, by Richard Schroeder, Denis Kissane and Gary Hokanson for Stanley.
     Motion upholstery: Brayden, by Tom Garland and Paul Zaidman for American Leather.
     Stationary upholstery: Varese Sofa, by Joseph Mallison for Century.
     Leather upholstery: Meridien Series, by David Vanderbloemen for Century.
     Home office: MIJO, by Caryn Donovan for Planum/Mobil Fresno, S.L.
     Home entertainment: MIJO, by Caryn Donovan for Planum/Mobil Fresno, S.L.
     Summer/casual: Elements Collection, by Richard Frinier, Martha Lopacki and Greg Robb for Brown Jordan.
     Bedroom: Caracole, by Jon Russell Koch for Schnadig International.
     Green Leaf Award: Brindille lamp, by David Kitts, David Martin and Zachary Pyle for Hubbardton Forge.
     Furniture/Today was the major underwriter of the 17th annual Pinnacle Awards. The sponsors included AF Lighting, Continental Hardware, enLIGHTenment, Furniture Design Studios, Hafele America Co., Hickory Springs Mfg., High Point Market Authority, Home Furnishings Business, International Market Centers, Leggett & Platt and Sherwin-Williams. Home Accents Today Editor in Chief Jenny Heinzen York served as one of the judges, along with retailers, designers and other members of the media.

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