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Tickets are now available for the 36th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast to be held on Friday, January 30, 2015, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York!

Click here to purchase tickets today.

The event honors the winners of the Interiors Awards, which recognize international projects across 15 categories, as well as the Designer of the Year and the Legend Award winner. A reception will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the breakfast (pictured here in January 2014) and awards presentation commences at 8:30 a.m.

Individual tickets are $245; a table for 10 is $2,450; and a Champion Table, which seats 10 in a premium location with recognition during the event, is available for $3,900.

Winners of the 35th Annual Interiors Awards

The winners of the 35th Annual Interiors Awards were announced Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Interiors Awards Breakfast.

Category winners:

Adaptive Reuse: Drexel University CoMAD URBN Center by MSR
: Claire T. Carney Library by designLAB
: Anne Exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance by Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Healthcare: Large:
Kaleida Health Gates Vascular Institute by Cannon Design
Healthcare: Small
: Bloor West Dental Group by Southside Design
: Hotel Alfonso XIII by The Gallery HBA London
Office: Large
Office: Small
: Giant Pixel by Studio O+A
Public Space
: Kanazawa Umimirai Library by Coelacanth K&H Architects
: Wynn Andrea's by TAL Studio
: Cannon Hall at the Graz Armory by INNOCAD
: Ghelamco Arena by Massive Design
: Federal Center South Building 1202 by ZGF Architects
: Invisible Infrastructure by Annie Masincupp


Siobhan Barry
, Partner, ICRAVE
Andreas Charalambous
, Principal, FORMA Design
LoriAnn Maas, Principal and Design Director of Interiors, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
Anne Schopf, FAIA
, Design Partner, Mahlum Architects
Joey Shimoda
, Chief Creative Officer, Shimoda Design Group, 
Contract’s 2013 Designer of the Year

Designer of the Year: Krista Ninivaggi

As the director of interiors at SHoP Architects in New York, Krista Ninivaggi is establishing the firm as a design-savvy competitor in the interior design profession.

Legend Award: Trisha Wilson

From her start as an entrepreneur in Dallas in the 1970s to designing hospitality interiors worldwide as she led a global design firm, Trisha Wilson has been a trailblazer.

Here are winners honored at the 34th Annual Interiors Awards in January 2013:




The 34th Annual Interiors Awards

Jurors said, "The consistency of quality and ideas from designers around the world confirms the emergence of a powerful global interiors dialogue. ”

Even with difficult, and sometimes unpredictable, economic conditions designers continue to craft thoughtful and relevant interiors, many of which transform the appearance and function of existing buildings. The jurors—Alan Ricks (2012 Designer of the Year), Dina Griffin, Nancy Keatinge, Margaret Sullivan, and Stephen Apking—recognized this transformative power to distill the best work of their peers from nearly 400 submissions.

A winning project was selected in 13 categories. FXFOWLE was recognized for the adaptive reuse of a New York armory, but many other projects redefined existing interiors, including the renovation of the Cranbrook Art Museum by Eliel Saarinen, a new restaurant in Marcel Breuer’s Whitney Museum of American Art, and a retail space in Moshie Safdie’s Crystal Bridges Museum. Even the proposed site of the winning student/conceptual project was for an existing yet struggling retail location in San Francisco. Additionally, two projects from China were chosen, designed by the same Chinese firm, and two projects from Austria were selected, designed by the same Viennese architects. Large firms are represented—Gensler won for a sustainable office project in Atlanta—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 and transformative work.

The 2013 Interiors Awards winners are: 

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

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.

A gallery of images from the event are available here

2012 Interiors Awards Winners
Designer of the Year: MASS Design Group
Legend Award: Carl Magnusson

MASS Design Group: Contract magazine’s 2012 Designer of the Year from Contract Magazine on Vimeo.

Large Office: Confidential Trading Floor in Chicago by Perkins+Will
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

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