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January 19th, 2014
25th Annual ARTS Awards Winners Announced

Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, announced the winners of the 25th annual ARTS Awards during a gala event held Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program for the home industry and is held each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market.

ARTS Awards presenters included Fine Art Lamps Owner and ARTS Awards Hall of Fame Member Max Blumberg; Uttermost President and CEO and 24th annual ARTS Awards Academy of Achievement award recipient, Mac Cooper; Designer and 11th annual ARTS Awards Academy of Achievement award recipient, Carolyn Kinder; and industry veteran and 13th annual ARTS Awards Academy of Achievement award recipient, Sy Mayerson. Mike Mullins, event producer for the Santa Fe International Folk Market and a previous producer of ARTS Awards, acted as master of ceremonies. Dallas Market Center President and CEO, Bill Winsor, and COO, Cindy Morris, also served as presenters along with ART’s Executive Director Sharon Davis and Mindy Lowack, president of ART and director of leasing at Dallas Market Center.

“This year’s 25th annual ARTS Awards was a milestone event celebrating the past, present and future of the home furnishings industry,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “Congratulations to all of the winners. It was an honor to recognize your achievements and celebrate with you.”

This year’s event began with the 25th Anniversary Academy of Achievement award, which was presented to the founders of the ART organization, Gil Bailie, Eric Bauer, Ralph Chancey, Henry Goldman and Harvey Hollingsworth. Additionally, the event recognized all past Academy of Achievement winners for their tremendous contributions to the industry, with many in attendance.

ARTS Awards Hall of Fame members were also guests of honor. This distinguished group represents companies who have won ARTS Awards five or more times in a specific category, and included BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons Furniture, Distinctive Designs International, Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, Montaage, Natural Decorations, PALECEK, Paragon, Robb & Stucky and Schonbek Worldwide Lighting.

Emporium Home of Little Rock, Ark., an emerging resource for high-style home furnishings, received the Rising Star Award, which recognizes innovation and modern excellence demonstrated by a home industry company that has been in business less than three years, selected by a panel of industry peers.

The 25th annual ARTS Awards are sponsored by EnLIGHTenment, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Giftware News, HFN, Home Accents Today, Home Fashion Forecast, Residential Lighting and Sustainable Furnishings Council.

25th ARTS Awards Winners

Sales Representatives

East/Atlantic
Chas Lassoff – CRL Lighting Agency

Midwest/Southwest
Cherry Bernish – In-Detail

West
Doug Glassman – The Glassman Group

Product Designers

Mandy Shanahan – Phillips Collection

International Retailers

Norburn Lighting & Bath Centre – Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Retailers

Furniture Store
IBB Design Fine Furnishings – Frisco, Texas

Home Accents Store
East/Atlantic
24e Design Co. – Savannah, Ga.

Midwest/Southwest
DH Collection – Fort Worth, Texas

West
The Tin Roof – Spokane, Wash.

Lighting Showroom
East/Atlantic
Wolfers Lighting – Allston, Mass.

Midwest/Southwest
Hinsdale Lighting – Hinsdale, Ill.

West
Illuminations by Design – Littleton, Colo.

Outdoor Lifestyle Store
East/Atlantic
Petitti Garden Center – Oakwood Village, Ohio

Midwest/Southwest
The Garden Gates – Metairie, La.

West
Rolling Greens – Culver City, Calif.

Manufacturers

Accent Furniture
Phillips Collection – High Point, NC

Area Rugs
Company C – Concord, NH

Home Accents
Waylande Gregory Studios – Houston, Texas

Home Textiles
SFERRA – Edison, NJ

Lighting Fixtures
Visual Comfort & Company – Houston, Texas

Outdoor Living
JANUS et Cie – Carpinteria, Calif.

Portable Lamps
Jamie Young Company – Gardena, Calif.

Tabletop
Montes Doggett – Greensboro, NC

Wall Décor
Benson-Cobb Studios – McKinney, Texas

Green Manufacturer
Selamat Designs – South San Francisco, Calif.

About Dallas Market Center
Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center is the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men’s, western, women’s and children’s apparel. With more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers from all 50 states and 85 countries, Dallas Market Center offers hundreds of events and seminars geared toward helping retailers expand business and increase profits. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com.

About ART
ART is the creative home furnishings network representing manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other individuals and companies interested in promoting and enhancing the market position of the home furnishings industry. Each year ART sponsors programs such as the ART conference, regional educational seminars, the ART card and the ARTS Awards. The ART website is available at accessoriesresourceteam.org.

About the ARTS Awards
The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program dedicated to the home industry. Up to 27 categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Sales Representative, Rising Star, Green, Academy of Achievement and Visionary. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants and other industry officials. Academy of Achievement, Rising Star and Visionary honorees are selected by an ARTS Awards committee each year. Companies that have won an ARTS Award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame members are: BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon, Robb & Stucky and Schonbek Worldwide Lighting. Visit dallasmarketcenter.com/artsawards for more information.

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