Rise and “Shine” – Contract Announces The Winners Of The 31st Annual Interiors Awards

By danielle

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It’s official….I’ve been to the Interiors Awards Breakfast for five straight years and one thing is for sure. Neither cold weather (nor the inclement conditions of last year), nor cross country travel… not even an extra early wake up, can stop our industry from celebrating good design.  This morning close to 600 guests – from leading manufacturers to top-notch architects & designers – joined together to recognize the 2010 winners, thank Contract for its 50 years of dedication to the industry and look forward to the next half century. The 31st annual awards program highlighted fifteen innovative projects in categories such as small office, retail, healthcare and education.  The one-and-only Art Gensler was given the Legend Award. After a moving speech by a long-time client and colleague and an equally sentimental presentation from his son, Mr. Gensler graciously accepted the prestigious honor. Rather than selecting one, The Designers of the Year Award went to a fabulous team of five from Graft.  The 2010 recipients are: Thomas Willermeit, Gregor Hoheisel, Lars Krückeberg, Alejandro Lilio and Wolfram Putz. Krückeberg accepted the award on behalf of the firm and said that “he felt like he was joining a fraternity of notable names, the likes of which includes William McDonough and Shigeru Ban.” He talked about the inspiration behind Graft, which he explained as “the putting together of two opposites” and how he is trying to do his part to bring east and west, north and south closer together (his wife is from East Germany and he is from West Germany). All kidding aside, the firm is active in the Make it Right program to help rebuild New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward and bring affordable, green, storm resistant houses to displaced families. They truly deserve this honor and we wish them all the success in the world.

2010 Legend Award Winner Art Gensler

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