Earlier this month as part of the Americasmart Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, manufacturers, retailers, sales reps and service providers were recognized for achievement, contribution and innovation in the gift and home furnishings industries.
Grammy-winning musician Peter Frampton entertained the crowd, and former CNN anchorwoman Lynne Russell helped to emcee the event alongside Americasmart President and COO Jeffrey L. Portman Sr.
Highlights from the 2012 ICON Honors
Here’s a look at the winners from the design industry:
The ICON 2013 Americasmart Medal of Excellence Honor went to Century Furniture for its long-standing role as a leading force in the American home furnishings design universe, maintaining levels of workmanship, craft and quality that are rare in the industry today.
The Innovative Product Design award went to Blue Ocean Traders, a company that has championed vintage and reclaimed product in its mission to offer the home furnishings industry's largest variety of such merchandise.
The Industry Contribution and Influence award was given to Coton Color and Groovystuff. Attached to a Cause, Coton Colors' national annual giving program, ensures that 100% of net profits from the sale of components of its Happy Everything Collection benefits a selected charitable organization. Dallas Groovystuff's not-for-profit University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation represents a breakthrough approach to the nurturing of home furnishings design talent in partnership with leading U.S. colleges and universities.
The Individual Career Accomplishment award went to Robert Currey, an Atlanta home furnishings industry veteran, whose career encompasses a long line of notable achievements, from the creation of his highly successful Storehouse home furnishings stores to today's Currey & Company lighting and home furnishings brand.
The ICON Honors are sponsored by Americasmart Atlanta, along with its partners the Gift & Home Trade Association and Progressive Business Media.