2013 Designer of the Year
Bob Coscarelli
2013 Designer of the Year
Jan 16, 2013
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2013 Designer of the Year_01 DOY13_01.jpg Joey Shimoda, Contract's 2013 Designer of the Year, in the Steelcase Chicago showroom he designed.

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2013 Designer of the Year_02 DOY13_02.jpg At the Steelcase headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Shimoda inserted a walnut staircase with a canopy that was inspired by a stint, opening up circulation to the Work Café.

Photography: Benny Chan/Fotoworks
2013 Designer of the Year_03 DOY13_03.jpg The café features a variety of seating options for colleagues to meet casually.

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2013 Designer of the Year_04 DOY13_04.jpg For the Steelcase showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, Shimoda designed a custom glass-fiber, gypsum-cast covering for columns, an undulating glass wall along the perimeter, and a primarily white palette for the Steelcase products to stand out.

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2013 Designer of the Year_05 DOY13_05.jpg Shimoda’s first project for Steelcase was its Santa Monica, California showroom, where he designed four floors to highlight the company’s products for the workspace’s many needs.

Photography: Benny Chan/Fotoworks 
2013 Designer of the Year_06 DOY13_06.jpg Shimoda’s first project for Steelcase was its Santa Monica, California showroom, where he designed four floors to highlight the company’s products for the workspace’s many needs.

Photography: Benny Chan/Fotoworks
 
2013 Designer of the Year_07 DOY13_07.jpg Shimoda’s first entertainment project was MTV in Santa Monica, California.

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2013 Designer of the Year_08 DOY13_08.jpg He renovated the offices in 2006 to be more energetic and youthful, with spaces for events and listening parties.

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2013 Designer of the Year_09 DOY13_09.jpg For a Santa Monica interior renovation for a producer/director/writer, Shimoda combined two buildings together for a space that includes offices, recording studios, video editing studios, and screening rooms.

Photography: Benny Chan/Fotoworks

 
2013 Designer of the Year_10 DOY13_10.jpg For developer Tishman Speyer, Shimoda’s renovation of the entrance and public spaces breathed new life into an otherwise mundane Beverly Hills office building that had been Hilton headquarters.

Photography: Benny Chan/Fotoworks
 
2013 Designer of the Year_11 DOY13_11.jpg Large glass-enclosed interior spaces were inserted.

Photography: Benny Chan/Fotoworks
2013 Designer of the Year_12 DOY13_12.jpg Large cast-glass floor-to-ceiling forms define space in the Mikimoto boutique in Beverly Hills.

Photography: Benny Chan/Fotoworks
2013 Designer of the Year_13 DOY13_13.jpg For NoKA Chocolate in Dallas, Shimoda designed a small space with a curved ceiling as a shrine to the chocolates being sold.

Photography: Benny Chan/Fotoworks
2013 Designer of the Year_14 DOY13_14.jpg To be built this year, the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, California, will feature an upper-level glass light box with a neon diver on top.

Rendering: courtesy Shimoda Design Group

 
2013 Designer of the Year_15 DOY13_15.jpg Shimoda’s largest interiors project was the TOMS Shoes headquarters in Los Angeles. The space is intentionally spare, allowing for the youthful energy of the company and its staff to be at the forefront.

Photography: Benny Chan/Fotoworks
2013 Designer of the Year_16 DOY13_16.jpg For 6565 Sunset Boulevard, the interior lobby was enlivened with color and made more visible with expansive structural glass. More than a decade old, this is still viewed as a simple, clear solution connecting the interior to its L.A. street scene.

Photography: Benny Chan/Fotoworks
2013 Designer of the Year_17 DOY13_17.jpg The Shimoda Design Group includes (seated, from left) Ying-Ling Sun; Susan Chang; Joey Shimoda holding Phoebe, a wire fox terrier; Elizabeth Cao; (standing, from left) David Khuong; Daniel Allen; Todd Tuntland; Chris Carlton; Barkev Daron; and Paul Vu.

Photography: Donna Wong