Yes, it’s early (7:30am start), but the networking opportunities and this year’s theme of optimism are worth it! Held at Cipriana (100 East 42nd St, NYC), the Contract Magazine’s 34th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast will recognize an array of market segments and design by category. Since 1980, the Interiors Awards has recognized the exceptional projects and accomplishments of well-known firms and emerging talent who push the boundaries of architecture and design. For the 2013 edition, a panel of design industry leaders, which included: Stephen Apking of SOM, Dina Griffin of IDEA, Nancy Keatinge of Felderman Keatinge & Associates, Alan Ricks of MASS Design Group, and Margaret Sullivan of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, selected one winner in each of 13 categories ranging from large and small offices to public space and adaptive reuse. Hundreds of the design industry’s finest entered to win the coveted award, but only a handful of the most innovative design teams, both emerging and well-established, will be honored for their projects and accomplishments.
In addition, the Michael Graves will receive this year’s prestigious Legend Award – the Interiors Awards program’s highest honor for lifetime achievement—for his rich and diverse contributions to the field of design. With his architecture, interiors, and planning practice, Michael Graves & Associates, he has been turning out richly colored Beaux Arts–inspired houses, hotels, libraries, museums, and civic buildings both here and abroad, earning him an AIA Gold Medal in 2001. He has also developed an entirely separate product design empire—the Michael Graves Design Group. His prolific success includes more than 2,000 products for Target over the past 15 years, and the whistling-bird teapot for Alessi, which has sold more than one million units since its introduction in 1985. This year, his influential career will come full circle, as the only designer to win both the Designer of the Year Award and the Legend Award.
To be the first to know who the winners are at what is considered to be one of the architecture and design community’s most important events, purchase a ticket online for $235. So sleep in these next few days as Friday is going to be an early one.