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New England show celebrates two decades

The New England Fine Furnishings Show recently completed its 20th year. Held Nov. 6-8 at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center in Pawtucket, R.I., the annual show features fine furniture makers and other professional craftspeople from throughout the New England region and beyond.

Fred Rossi in his booth at the Fine Furnishings Show.

Best in Show award recipients are elected each year based on exhibitors’ work and booth layouts. This year there were finalists in 12 categories.

The judges included Hilary Heminway, owner of Hilary Heminway Interiors in Stonington, Conn.; Michael McMillan, associate curator at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass.; Meg White, director of Gallery Naga in Boston, and Kelly Taylor, owner of Kelly Taylor Interiors in Providence, R.I.

Taima Krayem, a “best student” award winner from North Bennet St. School.

The winners included:

Best Traditional Furniture Piece: Roger Myers of Stratham Wood Studios in Stratham, N.H.

Best Traditional Furniture Body of Work: Justin Kauffman of Kaufmann Fine Furniture in Noblesville, Ind.

Best Modern Furniture Piece and Body of Work: Fred Rossi of Rossi Custom Woodwork in Manchester, Mass.

Best Rustic/Industrial Furniture Piece & Body of Work (Marc Harrison Award for Marketing Excellence): Kevin Travers of American Revolution Design in Hope Valley, R.I.

Best New Product: Jim Zink of Jim Zink Furniture Maker in Meredith, N.H.

Best Student/Traditional Furniture: Taima Krayem of North Bennet Street School in Boston

Best Student/Modern Furniture: Jenny Kwon of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I.

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ACC Baltimore

The Best in Show award winners gather for a group photo.

This year marks the 40th anniversary for the American Craft Council retail show in Baltimore, scheduled for Feb. 19-21 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

The show will feature more than 650 of the country’s top contemporary craft artists presenting their latest handmade creations in furniture and home décor, as well as jewelry and clothing.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2016 issue.

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