2023 Design Excellence Awards – Call for Entries!

April 28, 2023

Now is the time to enter the 2023 Design Excellence Awards Competition. This prestigious, annual awards event is the only recognition program focused exclusively on casual furnishings products.

The competition is open to International Casual Furnishings Association members in good standing AS WELL AS NON-MEMBERS that are exhibiting at Casual Market Atlanta. The entry fee is $100 for each product entered by an ICFA member and $500 for each product entered by a non-member, payable to the ICFA. There is no limitation on the number of entries submitted.

Although a call for submissions to the 2023 Design Excellence Awards program was distributed to ICFA members on April 28 with instructions for manufacturers to deliver furnishings samples to AmericasMart for in-person judging in early June, significant complications that have arisen since that announcement have necessitated that ICFA continue with virtual judging by a consortium of design professionals again this year. All entered products will be presented to judges without company identification.

All participating companies will enjoy special promotion of their Design Excellence product entries in an online portfolio created by the ICFA and showcased on the ICFA website. A link to the product showcase will be promoted to all ICFA members as well as through industry publications and social media.

Entries are invited in 10 categories: Dining/Bar Tables, Dining/Bar Chairs, Chaise Lounges, Lounge Seating – Cushion, Lounge Seating – Non-Cushion, Shade Products, Heating/Firepits, Fabric, Complementary Casual Products – Accents and Complementary Casual Products – Furnishings.

2023 Design Excellence Rules and Deadlines


2023 COMPANY NAME – NAME OF PRODUCT Description Form

Deadline for receipt of all forms, images and payment is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2023. Please submit to mmorris@ICFAnet.org. Please call 336/881-1016 if you have any questions.