Vermont-based Hubbardton Forge  received top honors at the recent Pinnacle Awards , taking home the award for Design Achievement in Lighting for the third year in a row, as well as the new Pinnacle Green Leaf Design Award for eco-friendly design.
Steve Hodges, President of the American Society of Furniture Designers , which sponsors the awards, says the idea for an environmental category came up a year or two ago, but the organizers held off introducing the category in order to figure out the logistics.
“While it is a green award, it's also about aesthetic and consumer value,” says Hodges. “We didn’t want to just give it to a log because it’s the most environmentally friendly entry. We wanted to make sure it was something that was attractive, had good value for the consumer and would do well in the retail marketplace.”
The Green Leaf category is open to all entrants, not just lighting, and Hodges says he was very pleased with the number of entries the category had in its first year. The same judges evaluate the Green Leaf entries as do the other categories, but at the end, the winning entry is also judged by the Sustainable Furnishings Council .
Hubbardton Forge received the Green Leaf award for its Ondrian lamps, and the judges praised the company’s green processes, such as powdercoating and use of recycled materials, and attention to its carbon footprint.
In addition, Hubbardton Forge also took home the award in the lighting category for its Antasia lamps (shown). The judges attributed the award to the lamps’ scale and versatility, as well as ample texture and smart shade choices.
David Kitts, ASFD, who designed both sets of lamps along with David Martin, ASFD, and George Chandler, ASFD, says the lamps showcase the company’s commitment to craftsmanship. Everything is handcrafted and hand-forged domestically, Kitts says, and the designers consistently make fluid and organic designs that let the personality of the metal show through.
“We consider ourselves a very design-driven company, and to be recognized by other designers attests to that and lets us know we’re going in the right direction,” Kitts says.
Hubbardton Forge is also a finalist for Lighting Fixture Manufacturer in the 22nd ARTS Awards , as well as a finalist for that honor's first-ever Green Manufacturer Award, to be presented at the January Dallas Market.