Designers You Should Know: OFFICIAL

Jun 26, 2017 • Profiles
By Staff

Amy and Mark Leveno are, together, the firm OFFICIAL. Recently, OFFICIAL designed the Jettison cocktail lounge and a Houndstooth Coffee location, both in Dallas.

Author and Commentator Arianna Huffington to Deliver Wellness Message in NeoCon Keynote

May 30, 2017 • Profiles
By Staff

Author, nationally syndicated columnist, commentator, and radio host Arianna Huffington regularly appears on the Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Leading a busy life, Huffington now has one simple message: Find balance and get some rest.

Designer You Should Know Pamela Abalu

May 17, 2017 • Profiles
By Staff

As the global head of design and construction for MetLife, Pamela Abalu is charged with orchestrating all of the interiors across the company’s 1,500 properties in nearly 50 countries for more than 57,000 employees.

Designers You Should Know: PARTISANS

Apr 03, 2017 • Profiles
By Staff

PARTISANS is a Toronto-based design firm with a team that is diverse both in terms of background and experience.

From Concept to Execution: Inside Terry Eaton’s World of Curated Fine Art for Interiors

Apr 03, 2017 • Profiles
By John Czarnecki

Eaton describes his art selection business, curation collaborations with both designers and owners, and the key highlights of his work.

Designers You Should Know: PELLE

Feb 24, 2017 • Profiles
By Staff

PELLE is a New York–based design studio founded in 2011 by the husband-and-wife team of Oliver and Jean Pelle. 

2017 Designer of the Year: Suzette Subance Ferrier

Jan 27, 2017 • Profiles
By Sam Lubell

A New York native brings a sense of fashion, style, and sophistication to the commercial interiors practice at TPG Architecture

2017 Legend: Michael Vanderbyl

Jan 23, 2017 • Profiles
By Lydia Lee

From graphic identity to products, furnishings, and showroom interiors, Michael Vanderbyl demonstrates the impact and importance of design

Designers You Should Know: Assembly

Dec 05, 2016 • Profiles

Assembly has completed the Uber Advanced Technologies Group Center in Pittsburgh and is currently designing two workplaces for Uber in San Francisco and Oakland, California, as well as a variety of projects ranging from urban design to branding, interiors, and products.

Designer You Should Know: Jan Habraken

Dec 05, 2016 • Profiles

Born and raised in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and educated at Design Academy Eindhoven, Jan Habraken is a designer with experience in industrial, interior, furniture, and product design.

An Interview With Philip Freelon

Sep 28, 2016 • Profiles
By John Czarnecki

The architect of record for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture reflects on the team, the process, and the impact of this museum.

An Interview with Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd of PearsonLloyd, the Designers of Zones for Teknion

Aug 05, 2016 • Competitions & Awards
By Staff

Zones  by Teknion and PearsonLloyd was named the 2016 Best of NeoCon Best of Competition.

At NeoCon® 2016, David Rockwell to Keynote and Debut a Collection, Rockwell Unscripted, for Knoll

Jun 06, 2016 • Profiles
By Staff

David Rockwell, FAIA, who leads the firm Rockwell Group based in New York, will be a NeoCon keynote speaker.

2016 Designer of the Year: Todd Heiser

Jan 29, 2016 • Profiles
By John Czarnecki

Creative, eclectic, visionary, and thoughtful, Todd Heiser, IIDA, of Gensler transforms commercial interiors and is at the forefront of reshaping design practice.

2016 Legends: Stanley Felderman & Nancy Keatinge

Jan 29, 2016 • Profiles
By Guy Horton

Years before flexible and open offices, customized furniture systems, sustainable design and recycling, and human-centered design became common practice in our profession, the husband-and-wife design team of Stanley Felderman and Nancy Keatinge were doing it.

Designer D.B. Kim, now directing hospitality interiors for Wanda Group in Beijing, reflects on his work

Aug 05, 2015 • Profiles
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki visited Kim in Beijing and Shanghai, and interviewed him about his experience with Wanda Group.

2015 Designer of the Year: Martin Lesjak

Jan 28, 2015 • Profiles
By Zach Mortice

An architect and his firm of Austrian design innovators craft beautiful interiors and products.

2015 Legend: David Mourning

Jan 28, 2015 • Profiles
By Lydia Lee

By defining best business practices in the commercial design profession today, the founder of IA Interior Architects is a legend.

A Steward of History

Jun 19, 2014 • Profiles
By Cody Calamaio

Mark Wagner, the project architect for the National September 11 Memorial Museum, spent months on site at Ground Zero, saving more than 1,000 artifacts.

2014 Designer of the Year: Krista Ninivaggi

Jan 25, 2014 • Interiors Awards
By John Czarnecki

2014 Designer of the Year: Krista Ninivaggi

2014 Legend: Trisha Wilson

Jan 24, 2014 • Interiors Awards
By Jean Nayar

2014 Legend: Trisha Wilson

David Adjaye discusses The Washington Collection he designed for Knoll

Dec 02, 2013 • Profiles
By Staff

Adjaye is known for his architecture of poetic forms.

In the Spotlight: Jessica Helgerson

Oct 10, 2013 • Profiles
By Staff

Founder of the Portland, Oregon-based eponymous practice, Jessica Helgerson has more than fifteen years experience designing residential and commercial interiors.

2013 Legend: Michael Graves

Jan 25, 2013 • Interiors Awards
By James S. Russell, FAIA

In recognition of a lifetime of achievement, Contract names this architect and designer as the 2013 Legend

2013 Designer of the Year: Joey Shimoda

Jan 25, 2013 • Interiors Awards
By Russell Fortmeyer

Joey Shimoda is named Contract Magazine's Designer of the Year

Blacksheep's Jo Samson and Tim Mutton In the Spotlight

Apr 10, 2012 • Profiles
By John Czarnecki

Founding designers of hot new British firm explain how they reach client-specific design solutions

Designer Perspectives: A Q&A with Randy Fiser, ASID EVP/CEO

Mar 14, 2012 • Profiles
By Staff

Randy Fiser began as the new executive vice president and chief executive officer in February, succeeding Michael Alin who served in the role for more than 20 years

Designer Perspectives: A Q&A with Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks

Jan 31, 2012 • Profiles
By John Czarnecki

The 2012 Designers of the Year Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks founded MASS Design Group to engage in deeply meaningful projects with organizations and partners also committed to the same ideals.

2012 Designer of the Year: MASS Design Group

Jan 27, 2012 • Public Interest Design
By John Czarnecki

MASS Design Group is named Contract Magazine's Designer of the Year.

2012 Legend: Carl Magnusson

Jan 27, 2012 • Interiors Awards
By Jean Nayar

In recognition of a lifetime of achievement, Contract recognizes this product design impresario as the 2012 Legend.

Designer Perspectives: Johnson Chou, Johnson Chou, Inc.

Jan 09, 2012 • Profiles
By Staff

Johnson Chou is the founder of Johnson Chou, Inc., in Toronto, Canada

Perspectives: David Watkins, WHR Architects

Oct 18, 2011 • Profiles
By Staff

David Watkins, FAIA, Chairman and Founding Principal of WHR Architects, Houston

Designer Perspectives: A Q&A with Steven M. Davis, Designer of the National September 11 Memorial Museum

Oct 05, 2011 • Profiles
By Staff

Contract Editor in Chief John Czarnecki toured the National September 11 Memorial Museum construction site in August, and asked Davis about the design of the museum, which is scheduled to open September 11, 2012

Designer Perspectives: A Q&A with Timothy Bass, Bass Studio Architects

Oct 03, 2011 • Profiles
By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

Bass Studio Architects's founder discusses how wanting to be a mechanic led him to architecture, his love of Peruvian food, and how less is ultimately more when it comes to materials

The Link Between Social Responsibility and Sustainable Design: A Q&A with Perkins+Will's Eileen Jones

Sep 22, 2011 • Profiles
By Stacy Straczynski

The Perkins+Will Branded Environments principal and national discipline leader shares how designers can adopt a holistic view of sustainability to create lasting impact

Beyond Delivering Aesthetics: Interview with Hospitality Designer Tony Chi

Sep 14, 2011 • Profiles
By Stacy Straczynski

The founder and principal of tonychi and associates speaks at the Hospitality Design Boutique show on the evolving market and challenges designers to create experiences

Designer Perspectives: Making the Switch to a Design Career

Sep 01, 2011 • Profiles
By Staff

Former Wall Street businessman Jonathan Partridge took the bull by the horns to follow his passion for design and establish his own firm

Designer Perspectives: Q&A with Interior Designer Nicole Hollis

Aug 29, 2011 • Profiles
By Staff

Nicole Hollis, designer of the Ruti boutique, has developed a portfolio of beautiful commercial, restaurant, retail, and residential interiors since beginning her eponymous firm in San Francisco less than a decade ago.

Designer Perspectives: Strategies to Manage Global Design Teams

Aug 18, 2011 • Profiles
By Stacy Straczynski

Joan Blumenfeld, interior design leader for Perkins+Will's New York office, speaks about the challenges in coordinating design teams on an international level

Designer Perspectives: Todd Bracher, Todd Bracher Studio

Jul 21, 2011 • Profiles
By Staff

The Brooklyn, New York-based designer, responsible for the newly introduced The Music Project from Shaw Contract Group and the Nest Chairs and Satellite Table from HBF, shares his views on design

Designer Perspectives: Q&A with Lauren Rottet, FAIA, IIDA

Jul 06, 2011 • Profiles
By Staff

The founding principal of Rottet Studio is the first woman to be inducted into both the IIDA College of Fellows and the AIA College of Fellows

Designer Perspectives: Julie Eizenberg, AIA, Principal, Koning Eizenberg Architecture

Jun 27, 2011 • Profiles
By Staff

The Santa Monica, California–based designer shares some of her career inspirations and A&D experiences

Designer Perspectives: David Fox, Founder of David Fox Design

Jun 09, 2011 • Profiles
By Stacy Straczynski

It's not everyday that a once teenage graffiti artist grows into an up-and-coming, award-winning designer with a collection debuting at NeoCon®

Designer Perspectives: Juliette Lam and Tom Polucci, HOK, New York

May 05, 2011 • Profiles
By Stacy Straczynski

The HOK, New York interiors practice leaders took a few moments with Contract to divulge their goals for the firm, their history of success, and some inspirational words

Perspectives: Alexandra Champalimaud

May 02, 2011 • Profiles
By Staff

Alexandra Champalimaud, President & Principal Designer, Champalimaud Design, New York

Designer Perspectives: Werner Aisslinger

Apr 14, 2011 • Profiles
By Stacy Straczynski

The Berlin-based furniture designer shares on his new mobile energy storage unit design, launched at the 2011 Salone Internazionale del Mobile

Designer Perspectives: Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier

Apr 11, 2011 • Profiles
By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

Q&A with Paris-based firm Gilles & Boissier founders who are making a name for themselves with their inspiring and bold restaurant interior designs

Designer Perspectives: Denny Gerdeman, Chute Gerdeman Retail

Mar 31, 2011 • Profiles
By Staff

The principal and co-founder is honored with the prestigious Markopoulos Award from DDI magazine

Perspectives: Steve Dumez, Design Director Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Mar 21, 2011 • Profiles
By Staff

Steve Dumez, FAIA, is the design director at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in New Orleans

Designer Perspectives: Q&A with Susan Doban and Jason Gorsline of Doban Architecture and Think Fabricate

Mar 01, 2011 • Profiles
By Staff

Q&A with Susan G. Doban, AIA, CEO of Doban Architecture and multidisciplinary design studio Think Fabricate, and Jason Gorsline, design director and partner of Think Fabricate

Designer Perspectives: Michael Alin, Hon. FASID, Executive Director, ASID

Feb 23, 2011 • Profiles
By Stacy Straczynski

The industry veteran shares his experience, industry expertise, and retirement plans

Designer Perspectives: Toby Barratt, Pamela Goddard, and Nik Rust, Founders of Propellor Design

Feb 16, 2011 • Profiles
By Staff

The edgy threesome behind Vancouver-based Propellor Design share their first memories of design

Meet the Minds Behind Restaurant Design: Q&A with Riscala Agnese Design Group

Feb 02, 2011 • Hospitality
By Tara Mastrelli

Riscala Agnese Design Group principals Fadi Riscala and Michelle Agnese talk about their new Food Network series, the secret to a successful partnership, and advantages of being constantly curious.

Designer Perspectives: PAVE's 2010 Student Design Competition Winner Pochu Ho

Jan 19, 2011 • Profiles
By Staff

An interview with the FIT interior design major reveals insight into this young designer's goals

Designer Perspectives: Dina A. Griffin, President, Interactive Design, Inc.

Jan 12, 2011 • Profiles
By Stacy Straczynski

The successful minority architect speaks to the importance of mentoring in A&D

Perspectives: Anurag Nema, nemaworkshop

Dec 27, 2010 • Profiles
By Staff

Anurag Nema nemaworkshop, founder New York

Designer Perspectives: Alan Chimacoff, Principal, ikon.5 architects

Dec 15, 2010 • Profiles
By Staff

A Q&A with the accomplished architect, A&D educator, and photographer reveals the inspiration behind the "abstract.hyphen.realities" exhibition on display at the FXFOWLE Gallery in New York City.

Designer Perspectives: Lisa Pope-Westerman, Gensler, Houston

Nov 24, 2010 • Profiles
By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

In between working on projects still too confidential to talk about, the Gensler design director sounds off on hospitality as a way of life, a supportive mother, and the importance of staying true to yourself.

Designer Perspectives: Brian Milburn, Milburn Group

Nov 10, 2010 • Profiles
By Lindsey Collier

Milburn Group founder Brian Milburn shares his passion for design in a Q&A with Contact magazine.

Design Perspectives: Vincent Grégoire of NellyRodi

Oct 28, 2010 • Profiles
By Stacy Straczynski

As the Lifestyle Department director of NelliRodi, Vincent Grégoire holds a definitive view of design—that design should aim to improve everything.

Designer Perspectives: Gyo Obata, HOK

Oct 20, 2010 • Profiles
By Lindsey Collier

The founding partner of HOK divulges on his new book, "Gyo Obata: Architect| Clients| Reflections" and shares his perspective on design.

Perspectives: Scott Wilson, MINIMAL

Oct 18, 2010 • Profiles
By Staff

Scott Wilson, MINIMAL, Founder + Principal, Chicago and Portland

Designer Perspectives: Gordon Chong, W. Mike Martins, and Robert Brandt

Oct 13, 2010 • Profiles
By Staff

The authors of "Design Informed: Driving Innovation with Evidence-Based Design" open up on the influences and challenges behind their new book title.

Designer Perspectives: Q&A with John Cary, CEO of Next American City

Oct 07, 2010 • Profiles
By Zoe Namerow

Contract speaks with John Cary, president & CEO of Next American City and co-recipient of our 2009 Designer of the Year Award, about his experience as editor of "The Power of Pro Bono"

Designer Perspecticves: Richard McCormack

Sep 29, 2010 • Profiles
By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

Richard McCormack, Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Richard McCormack Design, talks about his newest projects, the industry, what works, and what's next.

Designer Perspectives: Gianfranco Zaccai

Sep 23, 2010 • Healthcare
By Zoe Namerow

The designer of Herman Miller Healthcare's Compass™ System shares his inspirations behind the project.

Perspectives: Lionel Ohayon, ICRAVE

Sep 20, 2010 • Profiles
By Staff

Lionel Ohayon, ICRAVE, founder, New York

Designer Perspectives: Chia-Hui Wang, 2010 AAHID/Nurture Graduate Research Fellowship Winner

Sep 15, 2010 • Healthcare
By Lillian Civantos

Although Wang is still pursuing her doctorate in design, she's making quite a stir in healthcare design research.

Designer Perspectives: Peter Bohlin, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Sep 08, 2010 • Profiles
By Lillian Civantos

The "Nature of Circumstance" author and founding principal of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson discusses his book, career, and design beliefs.

Designer Perspectives: William Pedersen, Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects

Sep 01, 2010 • Profiles
By Lillian Civantos

A Q&A with the winner of the CTBUH 2010 Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award. Here, Pedersen shares his insights on the recent recognition, his career, and the importance of tall building architecture on communities.

Designer Perspectives: Kasper Salto, Furniture Designer for Fritz Hansen

Aug 25, 2010 • Profiles
By Stacy Straczynski

The creative mind behind Fritz Hansen's successful NAP™ series gets up close and personal with Contract magazine.

Designer Perspectives: John Rinek, RINEKWALL Wallcoverings for Designtex

Aug 19, 2010 • Profiles
By Stacy Straczynski

This young designer, who holds a passion for travel and photography, clearly brings a unique artistic eye to the interior design field.

Designer Perspectives: Q&A with Patrick de Louwere and Bart Eijking, Studio Lawrence

Aug 13, 2010 • Profiles
By Stacy Straczynski

40 Under 40 Award winners Patrick de Louwere and Bart Eijking may be still in the green of their design career, but these up and coming designers have become quite the dynamic Dutch duo.

Designer Perspectives: Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, Solid Objectives

Aug 04, 2010 • Profiles
By Stacy Straczynski

The 2010 Young Architects Award winners share their thoughts on their work, inspiration, and success.

Designer Perspectives: Stephan Jaklitsch, AIA

Aug 03, 2010 • Profiles
By Danine Alati

The principal of Stephan Jaklitsch Architects, New York, shares some insight into his successful career and future plans.

Designer Perspectives: Up Close with Architect Curtis Fentress

Jul 28, 2010 • Profiles
By Lillian Civantos

The Thomas Jefferson Award recipient shares his thoughts on design and public architecture.

Designer Perspectives: Catching Up with Lawrence Scarpa, Pugh+Scarpa Architects

Jul 21, 2010 • Profiles
By Stacy Straczynski

A Q&A with Lawrence Scarpa, principal for Pugh+Scarpa, divulges on winning the 2010 National American Institute Firm Award, the firm's latest honor.

Designer Perspectives: A Relationship Guide for Clients and Architects

Jul 15, 2010 • Profiles
By Lillian Civantos

Architects and "Design through Dialogue: A Guide for Clients and Architects" authors Teresa von Sommaruga Howard and Karen Franck share some of their practical A&D business advice.

Designer Perspectives: The Relationship Between Light, Color, and Sound

Jul 08, 2010 • Profiles
By Lillian Civatos

A Q&A with architects and "Light Color Sound" authors Alejandro Bahamón and Ana María Álvarez.

Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger, co-founders of Antenna Design New York

Jul 05, 2010 • Profiles
By Staff

Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger, co-founders of Antenna Design New York

Designer Perspectives: Q&A with Karim Rashid

Jun 23, 2010 • Profiles
By Stacy Straczynski

The celebrated designer shares his thoughts on inspiration, his definition of design trends, and tips for up-and-coming designers.

Designer Perspectives: Future Corporate Design Trends

May 19, 2010 • Profiles
By Stacy Straczynski

A Q&A with M Moser design director Bill Bouchey to discuss his goals and design aspirations, as well as the current trends in corporate design.

Design Perspectives: Brad Stewart

May 05, 2010 • Profiles
By Gillian Wong

Hera Lighting exec sheds light on how LEDs can contribute to LEED certification.

Designer Perspectives: Christian Hogue Dishes on Marketing Strategies for Solo Architects and Small Firms

Apr 26, 2010 • Profiles
By Gillian Wong

Author of the recently released The Profitable Architect speaks about the ways in which architects can promote their own style and optimize profit.

Industry Icon Perspectives: Looking Back 50 Years in Design

Apr 15, 2010 • Profiles
By Contract Staff

Ten iconic design practitioners weigh in on how the industry has changed over the last 50 years.

Designer Perspectives: John Pomp

Apr 07, 2010 • Profiles
By Gillian Wong

From glass-blown decanters to pendant lighting, this glassblower creates designs that are one-of-a-kind works of art.

Perspectives: Hilda Longinotti

Mar 31, 2010 • Profiles
By Gillian Wong

Contract speaks with Hilda Longinotti to learn more about her experiences in the design industry.

Profile Snapshot: Mike Butler

Mar 22, 2010 • Profiles
By Gillian Wong

The architectural photographer brings his own understanding of lighting and composition to architectural photography.

Perspectives Snap Shot: Edward Addeo

Mar 04, 2010 • Profiles
By Danine Alati

Contract speaks with the architectural photographer to learn more about the inspirations behind his breath-taking work.

Retail's 'Blooming' in Dubai: Q&A with Callison's Tom Herndon

Feb 26, 2010 • Retail
By Stacy Straczynski, store photos by Mohamed Somji

Callison RYA Studio principal discusses Bloomingdale's recent store debut in Dubai.

Mega-Hospitals: Q&A with Health Facilities Planner Don McKahan

Feb 17, 2010 • Healthcare
By Stacy Straczynski

Addressing trends and challenges in designing a groundbreaking healthcare facility

Meet the Minds Behind Restaurant Design: Stephanie Goto

Jan 26, 2010 • Hospitality
By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

Stephanie Goto, founder of New York-based Stephanie Goto Design Group, loves restaurants, everything about them.

Legend Award Winner 2010: Arthur Gensler

Jan 10, 2010 • Public Interest Design
By Holly Richmond

Art Gensler, collaborator in chief, is a constellation's shining star.

Perspectives: Rocco Laudizio

Nov 01, 2009 • Profiles
By Staff

Rocco Laudizio, slick+design USA

Perspectives: Pablo Pardo

Oct 12, 2009 • Profiles
By Staff

Q&A with Venezuelan-born industrial designer Pablo Pardo

Perspectives: Mapos, LLC

Sep 11, 2009 • Profiles
By Staff

Mapos founders Caleb Mulvena and Colin Brice

Perspectives Snap Shot: David Sundberg

Aug 10, 2009 • Profiles
By Staff

David Sundberg, photography, Esto

Perspectives: Arik Levy

Aug 10, 2009 • Profiles
By Staff

Arik Levy was born in Tel Aviv and is an artist and industrial designer

Life is a Circus: David Rockwell Interviews Lyn Heward

Jul 17, 2009 • Profiles
By Staff

David Rockwell catches up with Cirque's creative director and consultant

Perspectives: Naomi Miroglio, AIA

Jun 08, 2009 • Profiles
By Staff

Naomi Miroglio, AIA