Furniture World News Bureau on 11/18/2022
One of the leading families in the home furnishings business, the White Family, will receive the Academy of Achievement honor at the 33rd ARTS Awards at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas Friday, January 6, 2023.
The White family, including Bew White, William White and Wynne White Martin, owns multiple furniture brands and operates a total assortment of compelling product categories under parent company Gabriella White, including Summer Classics, Gabby and Wendy Jane serving the residential and commercial market. .
The ARTS Awards, presented annually at the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, recognize leading manufacturers, retailers, interior designers, product designers and sales representatives. The Academy of Achievement, the industry’s highest honor, recognizes extraordinary contributions to the industry.
“The White family’s story is one of entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity and generosity,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of the Dallas Market Center. “They have built a company that is hugely respected not only for their products and their people, but also for their purpose. We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments.
“The growth of the Gabriella White brands over the years would be reason enough to honor this family,” said Sharon Davis, Executive Director of ART. “However, it is their deep values and strong leadership that are recognized by this distinction. It is truly an honor to present the Academy of Achievement to a beloved family who continue to lead with heart.
For over four decades, the White family has been designing and manufacturing luxury outdoor furniture, most recently adding luxury indoor furniture, custom upholstery, lighting, pillows, rugs and accessories. Today, Gabriella White delivers compelling and differentiated design in residential and commercial furniture across her wholesale, contract and direct-to-consumer divisions through her Summer Classics and Gabby brands. They have become a house of trusted brands across the channels, customers and communities they serve.
Company founder Bew White graduated from Auburn University with a degree in textile engineering. In 1978, he started his own sales representative company, the Vista Corporation. Along the way, he started several small businesses with the goal of creating a national brand. In 1987, one of them, Summer Classics, started gaining traction and strong sales. Created around Bew’s idea to design and manufacture whatever outdoor furniture he would want for his own backyard, Summer Classics soon began to be featured by notable retailers including Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma and Restoration Hardware. In 2008, Bew’s son William joined the company and now serves as CEO. In 2009, his daughter Wynne also joined the company and now serves as National Account Manager and Chief Creative Officer for Wendy Jane. In 2010, the company launched luxury indoor furniture brand Gabby and added Wendy Jane, a collection of handcrafted indoor and outdoor pillows, in 2018.
The Whites’ philanthropic efforts are as passionate as their dedication to the business. They have been key donors to Lifeline Adoption, Cancer Research, Children’s Hospice, Church Rebuilding, Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way and various Christian ministries. The Summer Classics Halo Collection donates a portion of all sales to cancer research in honor of longtime sales representative Susan Lambeth, who lost a battle with ovarian cancer. In 2013, company founder Bew White was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Society of International Business Fellows and in 2021 Bew White received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Casual Furnishings Association.
The Academy of Achievement winner is selected annually by the ARTS Awards Committee to recognize significant contributions to the industry. The committee serves for one year and its duties include a review of the process and the selection of the Academy of Achievement winner. The committee members for the 33rd ARTS Awards are: Colleen Visage, Progress Lighting; James Merida, Bountiful Home; and Leslie Taglio, Taglio & Associates.
Reservations for the ARTS Awards are now open. Tickets are $170 for ART members and $200 for non-members. Tables are also available.
ARTS Awards sponsors include Aspire Design & Home; Home business; Decor News Now; today’s designers; Furniture, lighting and decoration; Furniture Today; Gifts and decorative accessories; Accents for the home today; Home textiles today; Interior Design Society and Sustainable Furnishings Council.
For more information, visit the ARTS Awards website. Keep up to date with Dallas Market Center happenings and happenings on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram and use #ARTSAwards to stay connected.
About the ARTS Awards
The ARTS Awards are the premier international awards program dedicated to the home industry. Up to 28 categories exist under Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Interior Designer, Sales Representative, Green Award and other specialist honours. Anyone in the industry can nominate candidates, including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants and other industry officials. Companies that have won an ARTS award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Current Hall of Fame members are: Arteriors Home, Beatriz Ball, Bella Casa, BJ’s Home Accents, CS Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Elements at Home, Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, HW Home , Loloi Rugs , Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon, Phillips Collection, Robb & Stucky, Schonbek Worldwide Lighting, Seasonal Living and Vietri.
ART is the creative furniture network representing manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other individuals and companies interested in promoting and improving the market position of the furniture industry. Each year, ART sponsors programs such as the ART Conference, Regional Educational Seminars, the ART Card, and the ARTS Awards. ART’s website is available at www.accessoriesresourcesteam.org.
About Dallas Mall
Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business shopping center and North America’s premier wholesale market connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers of home decor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. Inside its vibrant five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek out industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year through dominant trade events for gifts, home decor, holidays and flowers; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets, featuring the latest styles from East and West Coast designers; the largest western market in the world, which will open in 2021; North America’s largest residential lighting trade show; and the largest and most successful daily open design center. The market is located in the strongest economic zone of the country. Additionally, more than 80% of Dallas Market Center shoppers say they do not shop at other malls. To plan for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center and Lightovation apps. Also keep up to date with all the news by visiting the Dallas Market Center on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and the Dallas Market Center blog.