March 22, 2022
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Entries are now being accepted for the 2022 Design Excellence Awards, the premier design recognition for home furnishings and accessories produced for outdoor living.

The competition is open to all companies who plan to exhibit at the 2022 Casual Market Chicago, as well as outdoor fabric suppliers, who are not required to be exhibitors. The entry fee is $100 per product for members of the International Casual Furnishings Association, which coordinates the competition. Non-members may enter for $500 per product. There are no limitations on the number of entries submitted.

The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2022.

Entries are sought in 12 categories: dining or bar table, dining or bar chair, chaise lounge, lounge seating – cushion, lounge seating – non-cushion, shade product, outdoor lighting product, heating/firepit, outdoor carpeting/rugs/flooring, fabric, complementary casual products-accents and complementary casual products-furnishings.

Competition rules and entry guidelines are available at


Again this year, the Design Excellence category judging will take place remotely. All category winners will be announced after the judging, with awards to be presented in showrooms at the opening of Casual Market Chicago. The Lillian B. Winchester “Best of Show” Award will be presented from among the 12 category winners at the ICFA Awards Gala on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Navy Pier.

All entries will be featured in an online portfolio created by 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 media.