Pinnacle Award

July 15, 2009

Inada Massage Chair – 2009 Pinnacle Award Finalist
July 15, 2009

That’s right everyone! After receiving high honors from the people at CES, the Sogno massage chair is now in the final running for the prestigious ASFD Pinnacle Award. Naturally, we are the only massage chair in the running. (Can you tell that we are just a little proud?!)

Here’s the main body of the release from the ASFD:

NEW LONDON, North Carolina (June 30, 2009) -The Pinnacle judges met at High Point University’s Norton Hall for a full day last week to select the finalists in this year’s14th Annual ASFD Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards.

Despite the continued slump in furniture retail sales, ASFD and the Pinnacle Committee were encouraged by the breadth of this years entries, said Steve Hodges, ASFD president who presided the judging along with Christine Evans, executive director. Katie Hatch, ASFD vice president serves as the 2009 Pinnacle Awards Chairperson.

Members of the distinguished panel were Dr. Richard Bennington, High Point University; Gary Evans, Furniture/Today; Ellen Gefen, Gefen Productions; Jackie Hirschhaut, AHFA; Sheila Long O’Mara, Home Furnishings Business; Linda Longo, Home Lighting & Accessories,Kip Pohlman, Otis College of Art & Design;Chuck Portaro, Furnitureland South;Dianne Ray, Garden City Furniture;Max Shangle, Kendall College of Art & Design; Julie Smith, former editor Furniture Style; and Steve Walker, NC State/Furniture Manufacturing and Management Center.

Furniture/Today serves as the Major Underwriter of the 2009 Pinnacle Awards.Editor in chief, Ray Allegrezza will serve as emcee at the Pinnacle Awards banquet which will be held at the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC) ballroom on Monday evening, October 19 during the High Point Market. At that time, all Pinnacle Finalists will be recognized and the winners announced. Invitation and registration information will be forthcoming during the next few weeks.

The 2009 Pinnacle Awards sponsors are AkzoNobel, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Elmo Leather, Furniture Design Studios, High Point Market Authority, Hafele America Inc., Hickory Springs Mfg.,Home Furnishings Business, Home Lighting & Accessories,International Home Furnishings Center and Leggett & Platt.

Motion Upholstery Finalist – Sogno Massage Chair, Toshiyuki Kita for Inada USA

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