ART Founders Among Honored at 25th Annual ARTS Awards

ART Awards 2014

The founders of ART receive their Academy of Achievement Award Saturday night.

DALLAS–This year’s winners of the 25th Annual ARTS Awards were presented and honored at a gala event this past Saturday, during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market.

Presented by Dallas Market Center and ART, the evening kicked off 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.

Awards fell into retail and manufacturer categories. They included 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, and went to Emporium Home of Little Rock, Ark., this year, while Selamat Designs received the green manufacturer award.

Here are the winners:

Sales Representatives:
East/Atlantic: Chas Lassoff of CRL Lighting Agency
Midwest/Southwest: Cherry Bernish of In-Detail
West: Doug Glassman of The Glassman Group

Product Designers:
Mandy Shanahan of The Phillips Collection

International Retailers:
Norburn Lighting & Bath Centre, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Rising Star:
Emporium Home of Little Rock, Ark.

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
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: The Phillips Collection, High Point, N.C.
Area Rugs: Company C, Concord, N.H.
Home Accents: Waylande Gregory Studios, Houston
Home Textiles: Sferra, Edison, N.J.
Lighting Fixtures: Visual Comfort & Company, Houston
Outdoor Living: Janus et Cie, Carpinteria, Calif.
Portable Lamps: Jamie Young Company, Gardena, Calif.
Tabletop: Montes Doggett, Greensboro, N.C.
Wall Décor: Benson-Cobb Studios, McKinney, Texas

Green Manufacturer:
Selamat Designs, South San Francisco, Calif.

The ARTS Awards Hall of Fame members—which represents companies who have won ARTS Awards five or more times in a specific category—were also guests of honor 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.

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 Winsor. “Congratulations to all of the winners. It was an honor to recognize your achievements and celebrate with you.”