Contract’s 30th Annual Interiors Awards

By danielle


In this moment of economic instability, it was nice to take a moment and reflect on the amazing feats that have been accomplished in commercial design this year.  The Contract Interiors Awards Breakfast was an inspiring and uplifting morning for all who attended.   We heard from the 2009 Legend Award Winner Wing Chao, vice chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as well as executive vice president of Walk Disney Imagineering, whose lifetime of outstanding work and dedication to our industry is only matched by his unbelievable charm and charisma.  In his heart-felt speech, he thanked his family, shared his experiences and reminded us of that great old saying, “When you wish upon a star…anything your heart desires will come to you.

Legend Award Winner Wing Chao

Legend Award Winner Wing Chao


Contract also announced the 2009 Designers of the Year award. This year, the prestigious award was bestowed upon John Peterson and John Cary of Public Architecture.  These two talented individuals are the driving force behind “The 1%” – a program that connects non-profits with architecture and design firms willing to give their time pro bono. According to Peterson and Cary, “If every architecture professional in the U.S. committed 1% of their time to pro bono service, it would add up to 5,000,000 hours annually – the equivalent of a 2,500-person firm, working full-time for the public good.”  We think this statistic is simply amazing and encourage all of our readers to visit the site:


Designers of the Year John Peterson and John Cary of Public Architecture


And finally, we cannot forget about the 12 Interiors Awards winners.  Contract cleverly presented the winning entries through a series of short films all of which featured fortune cookies.  What’s the connection you might ask?  These small fortunes crack open up to show how design influences our world and our future. Click here to see creative videos.


The fabulous Contract team

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