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Pierre Deux Designer’s Challenge underway  

New York – Decorative fabric resource Pierre Deux is raising money for charity with a Designer’s Challenge that will culminate in the awarding of a national winner here later this month.

Forty national contestants were given a simple Parson’s chair and four yards of Pierre Deux fabric. They were instructed to create a French Country chair that incorporated Pierre Deux toile in its design.

The chairs, along with information about their design inspiration, a designer bio and the designer’s regional charity affiliation, were displayed for several weeks in 10 regional markets, where shoppers were invited to vote their favorite. At each location, 10% of the final event day’s sales were donated to the regional winner’s charity.

The 10 regional winners will move on to final judging in New York by a VIP panel of design industry judges on Nov. 14 at the Ocre shop in SoHo. The winner will receive coverage in a spring 2008 issue of Traditional Home magazine. The 10 finalist chairs will be put up for purchase in a silent auction to raise money for Aid to Artisans, a non-profit that works with craftsmen in developing countries.

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