AOD Award Trophy Design Contest


The Furniture Society is pleased to announce a Call for Submissions to design and create a Trophy to be presented to the Award of Distinction honorees for the next 3 years. We welcome all professional and student members to apply for this prestigious opportunity. The design should be made to honor the spirit of the Award of Distinction program and should reflect our gratitude to the honorees for their service to the greater Furniture-making community. Winners will be selected by a jury process.

In addition to promotion of their design by The Furniture Society, the winner of this design contest will receive a complimentary 3-Day Pass to the upcoming Conference FS19: Groundwork: Inspiration, Intersections, and Experimentation of Furniture Practice (June 19-22, 2019 in Milwaukee, WI). The Furniture Society will cover material costs not to exceed $400 worth of expenses (reimbursable with receipts and in total for all three trophies). Cost of shipping the award to each conference location will be covered by The Furniture Society.

The Award of Distinction program was instituted in 2001 and is presented during The Furniture Society’s annual conference to honor individuals and institutions who have had a profound impact on the field and whose lives, work and efforts have strengthened the fabric of the Furniture Society’s community. Past honorees include Sam Maloof, James Krenov, Tage Frid, Wendell Castle, Art Espenet Carpenter, John Makepeace, Alan Peters, Jere Osgood, Jonathan Fairbanks, William Keyser, Garry Knox Bennett, Judy Kensley McKie, Tommy Simpson, Michael Fortune, Walker Weed, Wendy Maruyama, Vladimir Kagan, John Cederquist, Rosanne Somerson, and Craig Nutt.


  • Deadline to receive proposals via email: midnight EST on April 12, 2019
  • Notification of Design Contest winner: April 26, 2019
  • Announcement of winner to membership: April 30, 2019
  • Award Completion Date: June 3, 2019

Please include the following in your submission:

  • Artist’s Name & Contact Information
  • Artist’s CV/resume
  • 3 to 5 renderings or images of proposed Award Trophy (300 dpi, .jpg or .tif)
  • Short paragraph (up to 300 words) describing the materials, fabrication methods, and design choices for the proposed trophy.

Email submissions by midnight EST on April 12, 2019 to with “AoD Trophy Submission” in subject line.

Design Parameters:

  • Weight not to exceed 3 lbs.
  • Footprint not to exceed 8” x 8” and height between 8-12”
  • Trophy must be durable enough to be shipped with confidence to multiple locations.
  • Trophy must be replicated 3 times by the designer to be presented to the honorees for 3 consecutive years.
  • Materials being proposed should be indicated as part of the design submissions.
  • Design must allow for a space on the trophy itself in a prominent place measuring up to 2” x 3” for a small plaque to include the Honoree Name and Year.
  • The winning designer will be responsible for creating and attaching this plaque and shipping to each conference location for 2019, 2020, and 2021.

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