Winners of ISFD competition for students and craftsmen

Penina Bernstein, Occasional Storage, Wenge and Brass Altar

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High Point, NC — The professional and student winners of the International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) 2024 Innovation+Design (I+D) competition were announced at the “Meet the Makers” Market reception held at the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame on April 13th. The finalists and winning projects will be displayed at the Hall of Fame, 311 S. Hamilton, High Point, from 9 am-5 pm during the Spring High Point Market.

“In celebration of our 5th anniversary, we were happy to see a record number of designer-makers sharing their creative work with us this year,” stated David Blair, executive director of ISFD. “Once again, the entries showed a high level of imagination and superior craftsmanship making it a challenge for the expert panel of industry judges to narrow the list down to just eighteen professional and student finalists. From that list, the judges selected nine winning projects of which two received the distinction of being named Best of Show. Thanks to all who participated and to our distinguished judges. Everyone at Market is encouraged to stop by and to see the exhibit, especially manufacturers looking for new design talent.”

Penina Bernstein, professional, Seating, Walnut & Leather Chair

Professional winners:
•    Penina Bernstein, Occasional Storage, Wenge and Brass Altar
•    John Brogan, Accessories, Reverie

 Stephen Thrasher, Occasional Tables, Cooper Twist Table

•    Hasan Zaidi/ Stabb Designs, Lighting, CONSTANT Pendant

Student winners:
•    Aidan Gough, Lighting, Maude I

•    Sirvats Srinivasan, Seating, Chrono Timeless Chair
•    Ruihan (North) Sun, Occasional Tables, Pu Side Table
•    Jinquan Zhu, Occasional Storage, Moonlight Coffee Table

Best of Show:
•    Professional - Penina Bernstein, Occasional Storage, Wenge and Brass Altar
•    Student - Aidan Gough, Lighting, Maude I

This highly competitive furniture industry-sponsored event was developed to help professional designer-makers who create their own products and the next generation of serious woodworking students who are anticipating a career in the custom wood and related home furnishings industries. It is designed to showcase the products and designs of the top independent and student makers in the accessories, lighting, occasional storage, occasional tables, and seating categories. 

Professional and student finalists received a certificate of merit and may enter the designer-maker or student category of the 2024 ISFD Pinnacle Awards at no charge. Category winners received $250, and the Best of Show winners received $1000. All winners received five hours of free manufacturing time in the Congdon Yards Generator to work on any project of their choice. 

All entries from this years' contest can be viewed at 2024isfdinnovation-design.


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