On Wednesday, December 2 Interior Design honored seven new inductees at its 31st annual Hall of Fame (HoF) awards gala. Established in 1985 by the magazine, Hall of Fame was created to commend and highlight the contributions of the amazing creatives and luminaries “whose talent, vision, and dedication contribute to the progression of the positive impact of design everywhere,” as Editor in Chief Cindy Allen explains it. Each year, a new group of people who embody the aforementioned qualities are chosen by Cindy Allen and a nomination committee of previous HoF members. This year’s inductees showed that sometimes it takes two to create amazing design enterprises with John Cetra and Nancy J. Ruddy of CetraRuddy, and, Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexandra of Studio O+A — both pairs partners in life and work — as well as another duo, Peter Ippolito and Gunter Fleitz of Ippolito Fleitz Group. Although not part of a team, the last new HoF member, Roger P. Thomas of Wynn Design and Development, fits in well with the rest as a standout trendsetter in design.
The celebration took place at midtown Manhattan’s landmark hotel, the Waldorf Astoria. Amidst the hotel’s opulent Art Deco architecture, black-tie clad guests enjoyed cocktails during a pre-ceremony reception in the Grand Ballroom Salons. A special VIP reception took place simultaneously with guests ranging from Hall of Fame members to press to benefactors and sponsors. Following the lively, elegant reception came the awards ceremony in a beautifully ornate theatre-style space, hosted by Interior Design’s publisher Carol Cisco alongside Cindy Allen. The event was ticketed and proceeds benefitted the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and The Alpha Workshops through a donor-designated grant by DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. Hall of Fame members from previous years include various design all stars: Antonio Citterio, Clodagh, Thiery W. Despont, Frank Gehry, Albert Hadley, Andree Putman, David Rockwell, Lauren Rottet, Philippe Starck, and Robert A.M. Stern, to name a few. This year’s group of inductees is a perfect addition to this roster of visionary designers/design industry contributors:
John Cetra and Nancy J. Ruddy of CetraRuddy — Principals John Cetra and Nancy Ruddy founded architecture firm CetraRuddy in 1987. Since opening its doors, the NY-based firm has strove to create beautiful structures inspired by the idea of bringing the personalization of “home” to any space whether it actually be residential project, or a project in the institutional and hospitality realms. CetraRuddy approaches architecture with a keen eye towards the human experience, creating spaces that are memorable, communal and emotional.
443 Greenwich Street. Photo by Eric Laignel.
Peter Ippolito and Gunter Fleitz of Ippolito Fleitz Group—Identity Architects — Founders Peter Ippolito and Gunter Fleitz of Ippolito Fleitz Group call themselves “identity architects.” This phrase is a beautiful summation of their vision to create designs that reflect a client’s desires, and are distinct, while also fitting in as part to a whole. The group’s services cover not only architecture/interiors, but also product design, and communication design (including brand identity, print, spatial communication). Both HoF inductees began their careers in Stuttgart, Germany (where the firm is based) and have studied/worked in a variety of international cities.
Frankfurt tower renovation. Photo by Zooey Braun.
Verda Alexander and Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A — Verda Alexander and Primo Orpilla founded Studio O+A 25+ years ago and are dedicated to creating workplace environments that challenge the status quo – a now prevalent design focus of which the firm was on the forefront. With high-profile clients ranging from Nike, to Microsoft, to Facebook, the San Francisco firm operates under the agenda of designing “experiences” extending beyond simply a physical environment.
Yelp San Francisco HQ. Photo by Jasper Sanidad.
Roger P. Thomas of Wynn Design and Development — Roger P. Thomas, a leader in hospitality design, is well known for the world famous interiors of the Wynn Hotels and Resorts. From their home in Las Vegas to locations abroad, these spaces boast a distinct, unforgettable identity. In Las Vegas, Roger P. Thomas supports the arts in more ways than one as the founder of the Bank of America Nevada Fine Art Collection. In addition to his work in the hotels, the designer has created interiors for corporate offices, aircrafts and private residences, as well as his proprietary line, the Roger Thomas Collection featuring an abundance of products, including furnishings, wallcoverings, leathers, accessories and textiles.
Custom Tailored by Roger Thomas for OW Hospitality.