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Hearth by Design Recognized by Oscars of the Internet


4/15/2008 (Minneapolis)

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The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for the Web, today recognized Hearth by Design as an Official Honoree, a distinction that recognizes work exhibiting remarkable achievement.

Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.

"The Webby Awards honor the outstanding work that is setting the standards for the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. "Hearth by Design's Official Honoree selection is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.

The 12th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from more than 60 countries and all 50 states. Out more than the 10,000 entries submitted, fewer than 15 percent received this honor and were deemed Official Honorees.

About Hearth by Design

Hearth by Design allows consumers, retailers, architects, interior designers and homebuilders to browse fireplaces, stoves and inserts based on dcor style or practical factors like wall space and fuel type. Every element can be customized from mantels to stone facing, materials to finishes and wall colors to floor coverings with just a few mouse clicks.

As users customize their options, they are presented with a vivid representation of the fireplace, stove or insert that updates with each selection they make. Users can print a full-color personal brochure detailing their creation, and use the dealer locator tool to take the next step in making their dream design a reality.

It is accessible at Hearth by Design online at www.fireplaces.com/hbd.

About Hearth & Home Technologies Inc.

Hearth & Home Technologies Inc. is the worlds leading fireplace manufacturer and a leading provider of hearth products and services for the home. The Hearth & Home Technologies family includes Heat & Glo, Heatilator and Quadra-Fire brand hearth products and Fireside Hearth & Home brand hearth design centers. Hearth & Home Technologies is a subsidiary of HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI), the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the United States. More information can be found at www.hearthnhome.com.

About The Webby Awards

Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile Websites. Established in 1996, the 12th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Adobe; The Creative Group; Verizon; AOL Video; dotMobi; Level3; Adweek; Fortune; Reuters; Variety; Wired; IDG: Brightcove; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.