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The 2012 Designer of the Year, Legend Award, and Interiors Awards

Designer of the Year: MASS Design Group


The 33rd Annual Interiors Awards

The Interiors Awards offers recognition in an array of market segments and is the only juried program to offer recognition of design by category. Held since 1979, the competition is judged by a select group of respected design industry leaders.

Jurors said, "Many of these projects were commissioned in the midst of the greatest financial crisis in our lifetimes. These designers persevered and delivered. We’re excited to see what this means for our profession going forward. We hope this is a sign that innovation is still alive.”

With this joint statement, the jurors encapsulated their sense that the projects selected as winners in Contract magazine’s 33rd Annual Interiors Awards are remarkable given their place in time. Designers know that the past three years have been difficult economically. To complete a project beautifully, with a richness in detail on a tight budget , and to do so fully responding to a client’s program, is all the more challenging today. The jurors—Primo Orpilla (2011 Designer of the Year), James Prendergast, Viveca Bissonnette, Carolyn Iu (1997 Designer of the Year), and Lance Amato—recognized that and were able to deftly distill the best work of their peers from nearly 500 submissions.
A winning project was selected in each of 13 categories, including one project in Toronto, three in New York, three in California, and one by students. Three projects from China were chosen, all designed by Chinese firms. Large firms are represented—Perkins+Will won for a large office project in Chicago—but the majority of projects were by small- or medium-sized firms. Great design was, of course, the key determining factor for the jurors, and clearly firms of various sizes—not just large firms—were able to complete fantastic work in a time of economic uncertainty.
“A number of these winning projects seem timeless, and that is why they were selected,” 
the jurors said. “All of them are conceptually strong and fluid. They tend to be very holistic executions of a concept, and there’s a narrative in each one.”

The 2012 Interiors Awards winners are:

Large office: Confidential Trading Floor in Chicago by
Small office: iCrete in Beverly Hills, California by Felderman Keatinge + Associates
Hotel: East Hotel in Hong Kong by CL3 Architects Ltd
Restaurant: Scarpetta Dining Pavilion in Toronto by II by IV Design Associates
Healthcare: Swedish Issaquah Medical Center in Issaquah, Washington by CollinsWoerman
Education: Children's Institute,  in Los Angeles by Koning Eizenberg Architecture
Public Space: Battery Park City Branch of New York Public Library in New York by 1100 Architect
Showroom: Modern Chinese Garden in Zhuhai, China by Kris Lin Interior Design
Sports/Entertainment: Yoho Midtown in Hong Kong by One Plus Partnership
Historic Restoration: Durant Hall at University of California Berkeley by Mark Cavagnero Associates
Adaptive Reuse: DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
Retail: Omonia Bakery in Astoria, New York by Bluarch Architecture+Interiors+Lighting
Student/Conceptual: Kent Bellows Studio in Omaha, Nebraska by University of Nebraska Students

The project awards, along with the Designer of the Year and the Legend Award, are publicly presented at the Interiors Awards Breakfast event, held each year at the end of January, where the design community's best gather to pay tribute to the winning teams. Winning projects are also published in the January/February awards issue of Contract magazine, as well as at Click here to see a gallery of images from the Interiors Awards breakfast.




Designers of the Year: Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander, studio o+a
Legend Award: Eva Maddox, Perkins+Will | Eva Maddox Branded Environments

Large Office: One Shelley Street, Sydney, Australia, by Clive Wilkinson Architects
Healthcare: Dubai Mall Medical Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by NBBJ
Education: University of Oregon John E Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes, Ore., by ZGF Architects
Hotel: W Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., by Clodagh Design
Retail: Carlo Pazolini, Milan, Italy by Giorgio Borruso Design
Restaurant: Haneda Japanese Restaurant, Fuzhou, China by Kris Lin Interior Design
Exhibit: voelstalpine Steelworld Brand Museum, Linz, Austria by KMS TEAM and jangled nerves
Showroom: Triz Arte Showroom, Singapore by Triz Arte
Historic Restoration: Ocean House, Watch Hill, R.I., by Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Public Space: Lightfold, One Kearny Lobby, San Francisco, Calif., by IwamotoScott Architects
Environmental: Lance Armstrong Foundation Livestrong Headquarters, East Austin, Texas, by Bommarito Group
Adaptive Reuse: 200 Fifth Avenue, New York, by STUDIOS Architecture
Sporting/Entertainment: U.S. Olympic Committee USA House, 2010 Olympic Games, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, by Atlas Architects and Allan Bell Design
Student: Sabroso Hotel, Miami, Fla., by Jamie Morin and Kyung-Eun Kim, Iowa State University



















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