News Bites: Furniture Design Alum Among Winners in 2016 ASFD Pinnacle Awards

Posted November 22, 2016 in Alumni, Product Design, News Bites, Furniture Design

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) alumna Laura Niece (’03, BFA Furniture Design) was among the winners in the 2016 American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) Pinnacle Awards.

Since 1995, the ASFD Pinnacle Awards have recognized the retail home furnishing industry’s leading manufacturers and designers. Niece and the other 2016 award winners were announced at the recent High Point Market in North Carolina.

Niece, a senior designer with Otto & Moore Furniture Designers, was honored with two awards. The Aiden Acrylic Bed she designed won top honors in the Bedroom category, while the Criteria Collection she designed along with colleagues Dudley Moore Jr. and Lenny Chapman won in the Major Collections category. Both designs were produced by Bernhardt Furniture.

Aiden Acrylic Bed designed by Laura Niece (image courtesy of the American Society of Furniture Designers)

The Major Collections award was the second straight for Niece, who along with Moore and Chapman won the category in 2015 with the Jet Set collection they designed for Bernhardt Furniture.

Criteria Collection designed by Laura NIece, Dudley Moore Jr., and Lenny Chapman (image courtesy of the American Society of Furniture Designers)

Another KCAD Furniture Design graduate, Christopher Eitel (’13, BFA), returned as a member of the Pinnacle Awards judging panel for the second straight year. Eitel, director of design and production for Vladimir Kagan Design Group, also sits on the ASFD Board of Directors alongside KCAD Furniture Design Assistant Professor Monty Simpson.

For more information on KCAD’s Furniture Design program, visit