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International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA) panel names 10 Best Of Show winners

It was red carpet time in High Point on April 8 when International Furnishings & Design Assn. (IFDA) President Ida McCausland and a panel of esteemed judges honored 10 companies with IFDA SELECTS awards. Created to recognize design innovation, quality construction and environmental responsibility IFDA SELECTS winners are recognized as "Best Of Show" in their categories.

McCausland presented winning companies with framed certificates. As a bonus, John Conrad, Executive Director of the International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) also offered complimentary entry into the Society's coveted Pinnacle Awards competition. Pinnacle Awards winners will be announced at the ISFD’s Fall Market awards gala.

The 2019 IFDA SELECTS winners are:

Occasional Case Goods, bespoke

Enkle Designs Xion table. Designed by Matt Booty. Award presented by Everick Brown.

Art/Accessories, handmade/artisanal

Orfeo Company, handmade glass. Designed by Orfeo Quagliata. Award presented by Everick Brown.

Outdoor, high-end sustainable

Primitive Modern Collection by Sublime Originals. Designed by Julia Sanford. Award presented by Lisa Walker Brown IFDA.

Upholstery, high-end

Crusin' Chair and Ottoman, Thayer Coggin, Inc. Designed in 1965 by Milo Baughman. Award presented by Sara Chiarilli IFDA.


Tilda Chandelier by Arteriors. Award presented by Sara Chiarilli IFDA.

Bedroom Case Goods, "Pragmatic Indulgences”

Facet Collection by Kindel Grand Rapids. Award presented by Dr. Wilma Hammett IFDA.

Hospitality, senior lifestyle

Kipton Swivel Chair by Fairfield Chair Co. Award presented by Jane Nichols.

Area rugs, machine-made

Mosaic Collection by Karastan Rugs. Award presented by Cecile Corral.

Sustainable furniture

Uultis Collection by Herval. Award presented by Tym DeSanto.

The Next Big Thing

Poppy Armoire by Selamat in collaboration with William Morris & Co. Award presented by Rachel Moriarty and Treci Smith.

Judges for the spring 2019 IFDA SELECTS awards program included:

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

Rachel Moriarty, award-winning San Diego County designer, author, and product developer, who will soon 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 High Point 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 for each award recipient.