Design Excellence Awards

Co-sponsored by the ICFA and Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., the Design Excellence Awards honor the year’s best in 11 product categories based upon innovative design, marketability, color, construction and imaginative use of materials as determined by a distinguished panel of industry experts.



CHAISE LOUNGE: A chaise lounge designed for outdoor use. It may be made of any material or combination thereof.  VIEW ENTRIES

COMPLEMENTARY CASUAL ACCENTS: This category encompasses all other non-furniture products not covered in the other categories. Examples of appropriate items are pillows, throws and decorative accessories. VIEW ENTRIES

COMPLEMENTARY CASUAL FURNISHINGS: This category encompasses all other furniture products not covered in the other categories. Examples of appropriate items are benches, swings, hammocks, plant stands, accessory tables, alternative tabletops (no bases) and etageres.  VIEW ENTRIES

DINING/BAR CHAIR: A dining/bar chair designed for outdoor use. It may be made of any material or combination thereof.   VIEW ENTRIES

DINING/BAR TABLE: A dining/bar table designed for outdoor use. It may be made of any material or combination thereof.  VIEW ENTRIES

FABRIC: Fabric designed and produced for use in outdoor furnishings products.  VIEW ENTRIES

HEATING/FIREPIT: Heating units and firepits designed for outdoor use.  VIEW ENTRIES

LOUNGE SEATING - CUSHION: Lounge seating designed for outdoor use with cushions included. The seating may be made of any material or combination thereof. The entry may contain a shade component.  VIEW ENTRIES

LOUNGE SEATING - NON-CUSHION: Lounge seating designed for outdoor use with no cushions included. The seating may be made of any material or combination thereof. The entry may contain a shade component.  VIEW ENTRIES

OUTDOOR CARPETING, RUGS & FLOORING: Carpeting, rugs and flooring designed specifically for outdoor use.  VIEW ENTRIES

SHADE: Umbrellas, pavilions and other shade products designed for protection from the sun and natural elements - for outdoor use.  VIEW ENTRIES

CONTACT: Jackie Hirschhaut at (336) 881-1016 or jackie@icfanet.org.