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INSPIRATION | January 17, 2023 | By Saxon Henry
Currey & Company Wins Arts Awards
We’re thrilled to share that we received several ARTS Awards during the esteemed ceremony in Dallas on Friday, January 6th! Senior Designer Ian Thornton won for Product Design and we received the top spot for Accent Furniture in the Manufacturer category. One of our collaborative designers, Aviva Stanoff, took home the award for Home Textiles. All-in-all, it was a wonderful night for us to be able to celebrate the talent we have behind our products. One of the pieces that particularly delighted the judges was the Sergio Bar Cabinet, shown above with the Maren Wild Natural Swivel Chair and the Muse Large Mirror.
Congratulations to our Designers for Their Arts Awards!
We asked Aimee Kurzner, our Director of Furniture and Senior Designer, who designed the Sergio Bar Cabinet, to tell us what the award means to her. “To say that I am delighted and honored for Currey & Company to win this award would be an understatement,” she tells us. “But to win this award two times in four years is incredible – we are beyond proud. The team works persistently and passionately to design and develop distinctive furniture and receiving this award is a testament to that hard work. The furniture program’s growth and success would not be possible without the contribution of so many people at the company and management’s unwavering support.”
Quite a lot goes into our presentations that our marketing team puts together, as is illustrated in this slide, which features Aimee.
She goes on to say, “Many departments and team members, including our executive team, product development, the warehouse team, and our dedicated sales reps and account executives contribute to our success. Thank you for your care, support and trust in developing this growing furniture program. I must also share many thanks to our overseas teams and vendors. The relationships we have and continue to grow in Indonesia, India, Vietnam, the Philippines, and China have been essential in creating exceptional products. A sincere thank you to the judges, ARTS, and the Dallas Market Center for this award and recognition.”
Ian Thornton accepting his ARTS Award for Product Design.
Ian Thornton, shown above accepting his award, captured the judges’ attention with his Lazio multi-drop designs. He said of hearing his name called, “Winning the ARTS Award in the Product Design category was a surreal event in my life. I didn’t have expectations of winning, so much so that I didn’t write an acceptance speech for the event. I was so shocked to win that all I remember is walking up to the stage and walking off the stage with no recollection of the time in between. Apparently, my speech must have been well received as many people told me they were moved by my heartfelt expression of gratitude and surprise. In my career I’ve only experienced giants in the industry winning ARTS Awards so I never dreamed of being nominated let alone winning.”
He adds, “I cannot take sole credit for the incredible honor of being presented an ARTS Award in product design. The mentoring and support I received from the rest of the design team (Brownlee Curry, Pam Bailey, Cecil Adams, Tom Caldwell, Clarence Mallari, Christina Pomroy, and Aimee Kurzner) allowed this to happen. This incredible honor could not have happened without the support of my wife, and biggest fan, Monica Thornton. Her support allowed us to move to Atlanta to work for my dream company. Curry and Company is truly an exceptional company filled with incredibly talented people, and I feel so grateful just to be a part of this organization. My award is prominently displayed at my parents’ house where I’m sure my mom proudly shows everyone who comes in the house.”
More About The Award-Winning Entries
The Lazio Multi-Drop Pendants have luminous shades carved from natural alabaster. The veining in the material makes each shade unique because each stone taken from the earth will have its own personality. The shape of the shade and the thinness of the stem on which it dangles are of the simplest in form. This leaves the natural material to shine. The painted silver finish also helps to keep the design light and airy. We offer the Lazio in a number of different configurations with multiple shades.
The Sergio Bar Cabinet celebrates the art of marquetry and is a mix-master when it comes to woodgrains. The species include oak, ash, elm burl, and mahogany. The diamond pattern on the doors was inspired by a floor Aimee noticed in Las Vegas. She says, “Many patterns are not new but I try to find a way to interpret and/or present them in a different way either by material, application, color, scale, or repetition.” The design of this black bar cabinet, which received a tremendous amount of forethought, brings it a high level of versatility that includes reversible shelves that flip to a flat surface on one side for storing liquor, glasses, and other accoutrements; and a shelf that cradles wine on the other. Thin linear brass lips on the tops of the doors, which serve as handles, match the ferrules. A glass top for this piece is sold separately. We also offer the Sergio as a chest.