The International Society of Furniture Designers has selected interior design icon, author, product designer and makeover television personality Libby Langdon as the keynote speaker for the organizations’ 26th annual Pinnacle Awards, the industry’s highest design honor.
The gala reception and awards ceremony, where winners from 20 design categories will be revealed, will be Monday, Oct. 24 at the Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center on the campus of High Point University. Tickets are available by visiting the Pinnacle Awards Gala website.
Known as the creative force behind the New York City-based design firm Libby Interiors, Langdon travels the country presenting her home decor seminars about all things design to consumers, design professionals and retailers. She is famous for her “easy, elegant, everyday style,” as well as her licensed home furnishings collections, including lighting for Crystorama, rugs for KAS, artwork for Paragon, a complete home collection of upholstery and case goods for Fairfield Chair, and accessories for A&B Home. Her interior design work and home products have been featured in leading shelter magazines and she has been a regular design expert on many TV programs. She serves on the boards of the Sustainable Furnishings Council and The Bienenstock Library.
The industry authorities who serve as this year’s judging panel were tasked with reviewing the highly competitive Pinnacle Awards entries and selecting the best from each of 20 home furnishings categories. The 2022 judges are:
- Andrea Banda, vice president of merchandising, Rooms To Go
- Michelle Castagna, IFDA Florida chapter president
- Scott Coley, independent product designer and ISFD board member
- Diane Falvey, editor-in-chief, Furniture, Lighting & Décor
- Susan Inglis, resident expert and educator-in-chief, Sustainable Furnishings Council
- Andrea Lillo, executive editor, Designers Today
- Lewis Mabon, independent product designer and ISFD board member
- Kristen Moonjian, director of home interiors and design, Fashion Snoops
- Jennifer Nutt, Rooms To Go
- Chris Rayle, vice president of case goods product development, Rooms To Go
- Katherine Shoaf, director of merchandising and sales, Radiate Textiles
- Julie Talbert, merchandiser/stylist, P/Kaufmann
- Marcia Weiss, director of the Fashion & Textiles Future Center, director of Textiles Future Center, director of the textile design programs and the Harold Neuman Textile Design chair at Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University
The Pinnacle Awards judges selected the finalists and then, after extensive review, will name the ultimate winning designs. The winning products will be promoted to retailers in the United States and around the world. In some cases, winning a Pinnacle Award has helped launch design careers and elevated manufacturers to new levels of recognition. Winning products will also have the right to feature the 2022 Pinnacle Awards logo on all related media, collateral and packaging.
The 2022 Pinnacle Awards sponsors are: Continental Hardware, Elements Studios, Furniture Design Studios, Furniture Today, High Point Market Authority, International Market Centers, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Leggett & Platt and Sherwin-Williams. ISFD also thanks High Point University and the International Textile Alliance for their continued support.