HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The International Society of Furniture Designers has announced Innovation + Design, a new juried and curated furniture design competition and exhibition open to ISFD members as well as members of the professional maker and designer community. The finalists’ pieces will be on display during the April High Point Market, April 17-22, 2020.

“We are looking for cutting-edge, highly innovative furnishings with superior craftsmanship that look past the norms of the current furniture industry,” stated John Conrad, executive director of ISFD. “This is an opportunity to designers, makers and artisans to express broader creativity,
thoughtfulness, and inventiveness with executable designs in functional furniture for use in the home including but not limited to bedroom, upholstery, seating, occasional tables, occasional storage, accessory and dining room furniture.”

The submission fee is $25 per piece, and applicants can submit multiple pieces within or across categories for consideration. Applicants will upload their submission information and images via ArtCall https://2019isfdinnovation-design.artcall.org where a panel of judges will review all entries, selecting finalists’ pieces for a secondary, in-person round of judging.

Finalists will be announced and notified by February 18, 2020 and ship their creations to High Point, N.C. for final judging. The chosen pieces will be exhibited in the Innovation + Design space in IMC’s Suites at Market Square building alongside professional photography of each
piece created by Alderman Studios. The exhibit will show throughout the April 2020 High Point Market.

The winners of the Innovation + Design competition will receive $1500 for best of show, $1000 for second place and $500 for third place. Innovation + Design is supported by ISFD, International Market Centers, High Point Market Authority, Furniture Today and Steelyard.

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