Schonbek Worldwide Lighting  picked up the prize for Lighting Fixtures Manufacturer of the Year at the 17th annual ARTS Awards, a sequined-studded gala event held Saturday night at the Dallas Market Center during the January Dallas Market. The honor marked the company's fifth win in that category, thus earning the industry pillar a place in the ARTS Awards Hall of Fame.
"We're incredibly grateful for the recognition we've received from the industry," Eileen Schonbek-Beer says. "The ARTS Awards is the hallmark. There are a lot of creative companies out there, and to be recognized five times is an honor and a privilege."
As a Hall of Fame honoree, Schonbek will not be eligible to compete in the Lighting Fixtures category until 2010.
Also this year, Arteriors  won the ARTS Award for Portable Lamps for the second consecutive time. Consequently, the company will be asked to sit out the 18th annual ARTS Awards and will be eligible to enter again in 2008.
2006 ARTS AWARDS WINNERS
East/Atlantic: Elements Distinctive Lighting and Home Furnishings, Carle Place, NY
Midwest/Southwest: Rensen House of Lights, Lenexa, KS
West: Alexander Lighting, Seattle, WA
HOME ACCENTS SPECIALTY STORE
East/Atlantic: Accessories Etc., Bethlehem, PA
Midwest/Southwest: Back Home Furniture, Austin, TX
West: Bella Casa, Portland, OR
East/Atlantic: Greenbaum Interiors, Paterson, NJ
Midwest/Southwest: HW Home, Denver, CO
West: HomeScapes Carmel, Carmel, CA
NATIONAL FURNITURE STORE
Lighting Fixtures: Schonbek Worldwide Lighting
Portable Lamps: Arteriors Home
Accent Furniture: Palecek
Area Rugs: Feizy Rugs
Decorative Accessories: Global Views
Home Textiles: Mystic Valley Traders
Permanent Floral: Natural Decorations Inc.
Tabletop: Vietri Inc.
Wall Decor: Paragon Picture Gallery
Steven Yarbrough, Global Views
East/Atlantic: Alexander Fraser
Midwest/Southwest: BJ Ferber
West: Judy Feinstein
RISING STAR AWARD
Sans Souci, Beaumont, TX
ACADEMY OF ACHIEVEMENT
Clive Lubner, CEO, Robb & Stucky