34th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast

By kristin


On January 25, the A&D community gathered in the wee hours of the morning to celebrate the winners of the 34th Annual Interiors Awards. Presented by Contract, the prestigious awards breakfast was held at the chic and capacious Cipriani on 42nd Street where the project winners in 13 categories, the Designer of the Year and the recipient of the Legend Award were all revealed.

Photo ©Christian Grattan

One of the Interiors Awards’ highest honors, Designer of the Year, was awarded to LA architect and designer Joey Shimoda. Since establishing his firm, Shimoda Design Group, in 2000, his 10-person studio continues to balance several projects at once ranging from large interior retrofits to ground-up office development. Flexibility and creativity have become hallmarks of his work in addition to the studio’s underlying moniker, “extra superfino.” He has garnered enormous respect in the industry for making beautiful and meaningful spaces, which have earned him a number of dream clients including Steelcase, MTV Networks and J.J. Abrahams. Watch the full video presentation on Shimoda, produced by Thirst / A Design Collaborative, on Contract’s Vimeo channel.

John Rouse, Publisher of Nielsen Business Media, with 2013 Designer of the Year Joey Shimoda. Photo ©Christian Grattan

For the 2013 Legend Award – the award program’s highest honor for lifetime
achievement – Contract selected Michael Graves, FAIA, for his rich and diverse
contributions to the field of design. Since founding Michael Graves and Associates in
1964, Graves has been producing richly colored Beaux Arts-inspired houses, hotels,
libraries, museums, and civic buildings around the world, earning him an AIA Gold Medal in 2001. His product design, graphics, and branding studio, Michael Graves Design Group, has also seen prolific success with products such as the famous whistling-bird tea kettle for Alessi and over 2,000 products for Target. With the 2013 Legend Award, his influential career comes full circle since receiving the Interior Awards’ Designer of the Year Award in 1981, but Graves shows no signs of slowing down. At 78, he says he has no thoughts of retiring and is about to launch a new collection of products with jcp this spring.


Michael Graves. Photo ©Christian Grattan

For the 2013 Interiors Awards, a jury of industry leaders including Stephen Apking, Dina Griffin, Nancy Keatinge, Alan Ricks and Margaret Sullivan reviewed hundreds of project submissions and selected one winner in each of 13 categories. According to John Czarnecki, “Much of the extraordinary work that we celebrated today is truly transformational. Many of the winning projects, in various categories, are actually transformations of existing interiors, and that’s exciting because it demonstrates that the profession’s work in designing interiors has a real impact.” From Rockwell’s Untitled restaurant in the Whitney Museum to Microsoft’s Austrian headquarters by INNOCAD, each project demonstrates the most innovative interiors by emerging talent and established firms from across the globe.

The 2103 Interiors Awards winners are:

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

Photo ©Christian Grattan


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