Open for entries: ISFD moves Innovation + Design event to spring


HIGH POINT — The International Society of Furniture Designers 2023 Innovation + Design juried competition has moved to spring for next year and is now accepting entries.

The 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. It is designed to showcase the products and designs in the accessories, dining room furniture, lighting, occasional storage, occasional tables and seating categories.

“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.

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 $1,000 along with five hours of Congdon Yards Generator time. The entry fee is $50.

The deadline for entries is Jan. 13, 2023, and finalists and winners will be presented at the spring High Point Market, April 22-26, 2023. Complete entry details are available online at 2023 Innovation + Design.

Once selected, the finalists’ projects will be shipped to High Point for a final round of in-person judging to select winners. Also, the finalists’ projects will 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.

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