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ASFD creating Pinnacle Award for green design

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

This year for the first time, the American Society of Furniture Designers will recognize sustainable furnishings with a Pinnacle Design Achievement Award for excellence in green home furnishings design.

Entries for the award will be vetted by the Sustainable Furnishings Council before they are presented to judges, said furniture designer and ASFD President Steve Hodges.

Pieces will be considered across a spectrum of categories. Sustainability benchmarks are likely to apply to product features such as wood, finish, cushioning, textile, leather, metal, glass and plastic content, Hodges said.

But the item also must be a good value and well designed, he said. The award has not yet been named, he added.

Hodges said last year’s Pinnacle judges were enthusiastic about a green design award.

“Everyone is very excited about it. It’s not just an adjunct award to be trendy. We see the category as becoming increasingly important,” he said. “It also helps the Pinnacle Awards widen its net.”

An entry deadline for this year’s ASFD Pinnacle Awards has not yet been set. Winners will be announced at the fall High Point Market. More formal criteria for entries will be announced over the next several weeks, Hodges said.

Retailer Andy Thornton of LaDifferénce in Richmond, Va., which touts its own green standards through its stores, said that green product is a good idea for the Pinnacle Awards. He said the winning product should be innovative, and “really needs to wow you.”

The Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards were created in April 1995 by the ASFD board to promote design quality and encourage the recognition of furniture designers within the retail home furnishings industry.

By Heath E. Combs — Furniture Today

Tempur-Pedic donates $500,000 for pancreatic cancer research

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Retailers raise money with sale of special Teddy Bears
David Perry — Furniture Today

 Mark Sarvary, left, Tempur-Pedic, presents a check for $500,000 to Roger Magowitz, Mattress Discounters, Virginia Beach, Va., and Pam Marquardt, Julie Fleshman, Brian Doremus and Jason Kuhn, all of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Tempur-Pedic’s bear mascot was also on hand for the presentation. 

LAS VEGAS — Those cuddly Tempur-Pedic Teddy Bears showed their heart here as the memory foam leader made a $500,000 donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Retailers supported the cause with the sale of a special version of the My Tempur-Pedic Teddy Bears last year. Tempur-Pedic officials announced the gift during the company’s market party here.

“We at Tempur-Pedic have been truly inspired by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the survivors we’ve met and the unbelievable support we’ve received from our participating retailers and consumers,” said Rick Anderson, president of Tempur-Pedic North America. “The money raised will help us get one step closer to finding a cure, and we are pleased to continue supporting this cause in 2010.”

A new limited-edition Teddy Bear will be offered this year, and Tempur-Pedic officials are hoping for another strong year of support for pancreatic cancer research.

Roger Magowitz, president of Virginia Beach, Va.-based Mattress Discounters, a major fund-raiser for pancreatic cancer research, was on hand for the check presentation.

Tempur-Pedic is a major supporter of the Seena Magowitz Golf Classic, the industry-supported fund-raiser held every December. That event was started by Magowitz and by fellow retailer Ray Bojanowski.

“Tempur-Pedic really stepped up to the plate in a major way with its fund-raising efforts,” Magowitz said. “This gift will help make a difference in our collective fight to conquer pancreatic cancer. We salute Tempur-Pedic for its inspiring work on this important issue.”

The donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will help that group continue to fund research on pancreatic cancer, the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

“Support from corporate champions like Tempur-Pedic is critical to our mission of advancing research, supporting patients and creating hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer, and this will help us to fund innovative research into early detection methods and effective treatment options currently lacking for patients,” said Julie Fleshman, president and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

An armoire James Bond would appreciate

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Furniture Traditions is one of those companies I enjoy visiting when I’m at the Tupelo Furniture Market. It is pretty unique to our industry.

It has three sales representatives that cover the entire U.S. They introduce one or two new pieces of furniture each year. The pieces are interesting, innovative and always well thought out.

Furniture Traditions has three collections, works mostly in oak or alder and sells its furniture as heirloom quality. The furniture is solid and well built in the U.S.A.

They won’t have the biggest line, but their line has all the pieces and all the bells and whistles you would find in any other media or bedroom pieces, if not more.

When I visited the showroom this year, I heard the same pitch I heard the last time I visited.

“If you make the same bedroom for 20 years you’re going to get good at what you do,” said Tim Price, a sales representative for the company.

This year Furniture Traditions added a great piece to the entertainment furniture canon. Its new Flat Screen TV Armoire has flat-back raised panel doors, a jewelry drawer lined with velvet, a power strip, three-way touch lighting and two giant full-extension, cedar-lined drawers.

Those are great features in themselves, but in the cabinet, behind a locking flat panel television swing-arm that the company is seeking a patent for, is the real meat.

When you swing out the television, you’ll find a fingerprint activated safe, storage for six rifles and a locking cable to secure them, multiple secret storage areas and false cabinet bottoms.

I think if you were a burglar you’d have to steal the whole piece to get anything. Aside from smashing it, you’d have a tough time getting into its contents. It’s like a big safe.