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ISFD 2023 Innovation + Design Moves to Spring, Entry Deadline Announced

Attention all makers/designers! Now is the time to finalize your best designs and enter them into the International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) 2023 INNOVATION + DESIGN  juried competition. Deadline is Jan. 13.

This highly competitive furniture industry sponsored event is intended for professional makers/designers who create their own product and the next generation of serious woodworking students who are anticipating a career in the custom wood and related home furnishings industries.

The event is designed to showcase the products and designs of the top independent and student furnishing’s makers in the accessories, dining room furniture, lighting, occasional storage, occasional tables, and seating categories. The finalists and winners will be presented at the Spring High Point Market, April 22-26.

“We decided to move our 4th annual INNOVATION + DESIGN competition and exhibition to spring to give it a greater opportunity to expand and better highlight the magnitude of the creative designs,” said John Conrad, executive director of ISFD.

“The INNOVATION + DESIGN event provides an excellent opportunity for designers, makers, artisans, and students to gain valuable industry exposure as they express their creativity and imagination with innovative designs of executable home furnishings.”

Professional and student finalists will receive a certificate of merit and will be entered into the Maker/Designer category of the 2023 Pinnacle Awards. Category winners will receive $250. Best of show winners will receive $1000 along with 5 hours of Congdon Yards Generator time. The entry fee is $50.

A panel of experts representing various sectors of the industry will review the entries and select the finalists. Once selected, the finalists’ projects will be shipped to High Point for a final round of in-person judging to select winners in each category.

The finalists’ projects will also be photographed in creative ways by area photographers participating in the INNOVATION + DESIGN’s People’s Choice competition. The winner of the photographic competition will be announced later in the spring.  

For complete entry details please visit 2023 INNOVATION + DESIGN.



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