December 12, 2020
CDG Announces Winner of 7th Annual Design Award
Cattelan Italia takes home the top prize
The Contemporary Design Group announced the winner of the 2020 Edward Haimsohn Design Award at their Virtual Annual Conference in early December. Top prize went to Cattelan Italia., for the Butterfly Table designed by the nucleo + studio. The Butterfly Table was introduced virtually earlier this year, and its steel base and glass top are available in a variety of finishes.
In addition to this year’s presentation being held virtually, it also included a touching memorial to the award’s namesake, Edward Haimosohn by his son Howard Haimosohn of Lawrance Furniture in Sanm Diego CA. Ed, who was one of the founders of Contemporary Design Group, passed away earlier in the year. “This award is a great tribute to him,” says Howard. “We’re extremely honored and it will serve to be a great memory of his legacy.”
First runner up was the Cubitum Table by Reflex Spa, designed by Riccardo Lucatello. Second runner up went to Herval for their Radi Table designed by Sergio Batista. The Kai Lounge Chair designed by Stanley Jay Friedman for Thayer Coggin was third runner up and the Elton Re-Invented Recliner® designed by Spencer Bass for American Leather took fourth runner up.
The Edward Haimsohn Design award recognizes manufacturers producing outstanding and original furniture designs. A panel of anonymous judges, consisting of CDG retailer members, evaluated nominees on originality, creativity, consumer appeal, use of materials, functionality, and manufacturing execution. CDG Retailers were thoroughly impressed with the high quality of entries. “Thank you to all the manufacturers that submitted these amazing designs,” said Lora Sigesmund of PerLora Furniture in Pittsburg PA.
The twelve finalists (listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer) were: Elton Reinvented Recliner® by American Leather, Rainier Comfort Air® by American Leather, Align Media Storage by BDI, Plane Seating by Bracci, Butterfly Table by Cattelan Italia, Hatteras Occasional Collection by Charleston Forge, Radi Table by Herval, Cubitum Table by Reflex Spa, Essential Lighting by Reflex Spa, Quartz Table by Reflex Spa, Kai Lounge Chair by Thayer Coggin, and XHMT Office Chair by X-Chair. A lookbook of all entries and a video of the complete presentation is available now on the Contemporary Design Group website.
Past winners include; Esse 72 Table by Tulcinski for Reflex Spa, Swing Bar by Carl Muller for Elite Modern, Rondo seating by Lucy Kurrein for Molinari Design, Beam Lamp by Francois Caron for Trica Furniture, Caruso Audio Cabinet by Paolo Capello for Miniforms, and Corridor Media Cabinet by Matthew Weatherly for BDI. The award is named after CDG's co-founder, Edward Haimsohn, who was well known for his strong eye for design and attention to quality. The members of Contemporary Design Group continue in the spirit of constructive collaboration, teamwork, and partnership between retailers and manufacturers in the contemporary home furnishings category. To learn more about the Edward Haimsohn Design Award, view all 2020 entries, or to enter a design in the 2021 competition, visit www.contemporarydesign.com/award
The Contemporary Design Group is a national association of independent home furnishings showrooms, specializing in modern and contemporary design. Currently the buying/performance/networking group is 42 showrooms strong with retail members in 39 cities throughout the United States. www.contemporarydesign.com