competitions & awards - interiors awards

Entries are now being accepted. Click here to enter.

Deadline: September 17, 2014

What to enter

Any interior design project that was occupied or first open for business no earlier than January 1, 2013. Older projects will be disqualified. Previous publication is acceptable.

Categories

01 Large Office (25,000 square feet and larger)
02 Small Office (up to 25,000 square feet)
03 Hotels
04 Restaurants
05 Healthcare
06 Retail
07 Education
08 Public/Civic
09 Showroom/Exhibit
10 Sports/Entertainment
11 Spa/Fitness
12 Historic Restoration
13 Adaptive Re-Use
14 Sustainable (Green) Design
15 Student

Fees

Entry fees are $235 for the first project submitted, and $195 for each subsequent project. There is no limit to the number of submissions. For design school students or class of 2014 graduates who submit student work in category 15, the fee is $75 per project.

Deadline

Entries and fees must be received online by September 17, 2014. No hard copies will be accepted.

The entry will include

  • Up to 10 color photographs. Students can submit renderings. See the technical image criteria for more information.
  • At least one floor plan for professional projects.
  • A brief description of your project (no more than 500 words), including client objectives, design program, square footage, budget, and date of occupancy.
  • Do not reveal your firm’s identity in this description. Students will indicate the name of their school.

Judging

A jury comprised of leading industry professionals, including 2014 Designer of the Year Krista Ninivaggi, will review each entry and select one winner in each category.

If you win

You and your client will be honored at the 36th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast in New York on January 30, 2015. Winners are expected to attend. Your project will also be published in the January 2015 issue of Contract magazine. Winners will be notified by October 31, 2014.

For questions, email Associate Editor Cody Calamaio at ccalamaio@contractdesign.com.

The Interiors Awards offers recognition in an array of market segments and is the only juried program to offer recognition of design by category. Held since 1979, the competition is judged by a select group of respected design industry leaders. The winners of the 35th Annual Interiors Awards were announced Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Interiors Awards Breakfast.

Designer of the Year: Krista Ninivaggi


As the director of interiors at SHoP Architects in New York, Krista Ninivaggi is establishing the firm as a design-savvy competitor in the interior design profession.

Legend Award: Trisha Wilson


From her start as an entrepreneur in Dallas in the 1970s to designing hospitality interiors worldwide as she led a global design firm, Trisha Wilson has been a trailblazer.

Category winners:

Demonstrating the power of place, each of the 14 winning projects is located in a different city around the world. After selecting the winning projects, one of the jurors, LoriAnn Maas of Swanke Hayden Connell, offered this comment about the overall body of winning selections: “The jury celebrated projects that had a distinctive sense of place. Increasingly, we find that it is difficult to get our bearings when design trends are copied and replicated around the world. It was refreshing to see strong design concepts closely tied to the characteristics and architecture of the buildings.”

Adaptive Reuse: Drexel University CoMAD URBN Center by MSR
Education
: Claire T. Carney Library by designLAB
Exhibition
: Anne Exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance by Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Healthcare: Large:
Kaleida Health Gates Vascular Institute by Cannon Design
Healthcare: Small
: Bloor West Dental Group by Southside Design
Hotel
: Hotel Alfonso XIII by The Gallery HBA London
Office: Large
: BBDO by HLW
Office: Small
: Giant Pixel by Studio O+A
Public Space
: Kanazawa Umimirai Library by Coelacanth K&H Architects
Restaurant
: Wynn Andrea's by TAL Studio
Retail
: Cannon Hall at the Graz Armory by INNOCAD
Sports
: Ghelamco Arena by Massive Design
Sustainable
: Federal Center South Building 1202 by ZGF Architects
Student
: Invisible Infrastructure by Annie Masincupp

Jury:

Siobhan Barry
, Partner, ICRAVE
Andreas Charalambous
, Principal, FORMA Design
LoriAnn Maas, Principal and Design Director of Interiors, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
Anne Schopf, FAIA
, Design Partner, Mahlum Architects
Joey Shimoda
, Chief Creative Officer, Shimoda Design Group, 
Contract’s 2013 Designer of the Year







Here are winners honored at the 34th Annual Interiors Awards in January 2013:



DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: JOEY SHIMODA

LEGEND AWARD: MICHAEL GRAVES

 

The 34th Annual Interiors Awards

Jurors said, "The consistency of quality and ideas from designers around the world confirms the emergence of a powerful global interiors dialogue. ”

Even with difficult, and sometimes unpredictable, economic conditions designers continue to craft thoughtful and relevant interiors, many of which transform the appearance and function of existing buildings. The jurors—Alan Ricks (2012 Designer of the Year), Dina Griffin, Nancy Keatinge, Margaret Sullivan, and Stephen Apking—recognized this transformative power to distill the best work of their peers from nearly 400 submissions.

A winning project was selected in 13 categories. FXFOWLE was recognized for the adaptive reuse of a New York armory, but many other projects redefined existing interiors, including the renovation of the Cranbrook Art Museum by Eliel Saarinen, a new restaurant in Marcel Breuer’s Whitney Museum of American Art, and a retail space in Moshie Safdie’s Crystal Bridges Museum. Even the proposed site of the winning student/conceptual project was for an existing yet struggling retail location in San Francisco. Additionally, two projects from China were chosen, designed by the same Chinese firm, and two projects from Austria were selected, designed by the same Viennese architects. Large firms are represented—Gensler won for a sustainable office project in Atlanta—but the majority of projects were by small- or medium-sized firms. Great design was, of course, the key determining factor for the jurors, and clearly firms of various sizes—not just large firms—were able to complete fantastic and transformative work.

The 2013 Interiors Awards winners are: 

Large Office: Microsoft Vienna in Vienna by INNOCAD
Small Office: XAL Competence Center in Graz, Austria by INNOCAD
Hotel: Grand Hyatt New York in New York by Bentel & Bentel Planners/Architects
Restaurant: Untitled in New York by the Rockwell Group
Healthcare: Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon by ZGF Architects
Education: Cranbrook Art Museum Renovation and Collections Wing in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan by SmithGroupJJR
Public Space: Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum in Minneapolis by HGA
Showroom: Chongqing Mountain & City Sales Office in Chongqing, China by One Plus Partnership
Entertainment:
Wuhan Pixel Box Cinema in Wuhan, China by One Plus Partnership
Adaptive Reuse: Confidential Multimedia Entertainment Company in New York by FXFOWLE Architects
Retail:
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Museum Store in Bentonville, Arkansas by Marlon Blackwell Architect
Sustainable:
22squared in Atlanta by Gensler
Student:
Play Lab by Nicole Germano

The project awards, along with the Designer of the Year and the Legend Award, are publicly presented at the Interiors Awards Breakfast event, held each year at the end of January, where the design community's best gather to pay tribute to the winning teams. Winning projects are also published in the January/February awards issue of Contract magazine.

A gallery of images from the event are available here



2012 Interiors Awards Winners
Designer of the Year: MASS Design Group
Legend Award: Karl Magnusson

MASS Design Group: Contract magazine’s 2012 Designer of the Year from Contract Magazine on Vimeo.

Large Office: Confidential Trading Floor in Chicago by Perkins+Will
Small Office: iCrete in Beverly Hills, California by Felderman Keatinge + Associates
Hotel: East Hotel in Hong Kong by CL3 Architects Ltd
Restaurant: Scarpetta Dining Pavilion in Toronto by II by IV Design Associates
Healthcare: Swedish Issaquah Medical Center in Issaquah, Washington by CollinsWoerman
Education: Children's Institute, in Los Angeles by Koning Eizenberg Architecture
Public Space: Battery Park City Branch of New York Public Library in New York by 1100 Architect
Showroom: Modern Chinese Garden in Zhuhai, China by Kris Lin Interior Design
Sports/Entertainment: Yoho Midtown in Hong Kong by One Plus Partnership
Historic Restoration: Durant Hall at University of California Berkeley by Mark Cavagnero Associates
Adaptive Reuse: DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
Retail: Omonia Bakery in Astoria, New York by Bluarch Architecture+Interiors+Lighting
Student/Conceptual: Kent Bellows Studio in Omaha, Nebraska by University of Nebraska Students


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