Corey Damen Jenkins

Corey Damen Jenkins

HIGH POINT — The International Society of Furniture Designers will host its annual Pinnacle Awards, the industry’s recognition for professional furniture designers and their creations, via a TV-style program on the organization’s YouTube channel.

The theme of the 2020 Pinnacle Awards is “Great Designs Unmasked,” and acclaimed interior designer Corey Damen Jenkins will keynote the awards ceremony.

“As we all can attest, this year has presented us with challenges, one of which is how to honor our Pinnacle finalists and winners for this well-deserved tribute while remaining safe and smart,” said John Conrad, ISFD executive director. “We came up with the idea of a TV-style awards program meets late-night variety show.”

Viewers will be encouraged to participate in watch parties and virtual cocktail hours to amp up the celebratory nature of the event.

Presenters, stationed at design-centric locations around the country including several High Point locales, will honor nearly 70 finalists in 20 categories. Musical guests, Turpentine Shine, will perform original tunes throughout the one-hour program.

The Pinnacle Awards celebrate designs that are produced mostly in larger numbers for sale to consumers. Submissions were open to all furniture designers, manufacturers and design students. Recipients of the highly coveted Pinnacle Award are designers who are directly involved in the “design craft” of the products.

Sponsors for this year’s event include the High Point Market Authority, Leggett & Platt, International Market Centers, Herzog Veneers, Continental Hardware, Furniture Today, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Furniture Design Studios, Senlong Wood Company, Sherwin-Williams, High Point University and Elements Studios.

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