Winning Illinois Interior Designers Presented Design Excellence Awards in Chicago

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The ASID Illinois Chapter and i4design magazine produced and hosted the fifth annual "Celebration of Design" Gala at Chicago's Chase Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008. Thirty-five Illinois-based interior designers and design teams received a prestigious "Design Excellence Award" in residential and commercial categories. More than 250 guests attended the black-tie-optional, red-carpet event, which was open to all specialties of the design trade.

The American Society of Interior Designers - Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL) and i4design magazine produced and hosted the fifth annual "Celebration of Design" Gala at Chicago's Chase Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008. Thirty-five Illinois-based interior designers and design teams received a prestigious "Design Excellence Award."

More than 250 guests attended the black-tie-optional, red-carpet event, which was open to all specialties of the design trade and featured a reception with an open premium bar and cuisine stations, as well as the "Show of all Shows" produced by Flashpoint Academy.

The fifth annual Design Excellence Awards residential, contract and product design categories included: green design, universal design, corporate, healthcare, kitchen and bath and more. A panel of distinguished interior design professionals from the Georgia Chapter of ASID judged and selected category winners.

The presenting sponsor of the awards was Cosentino, the largest manufacturer of natural quartz surfaces in the world. Gold-level sponsors were Coverings 2009 and Oscar Isberian. Additional sponsors included Silestone, Flashpoint Academy and 10 Cane Rum.

The winners are:

Category: Residential Over 3,000 Square Feet
First Prize AND "Best of Show Winner"
Margaret McCurry, ASID, IIDA, FAIA of Tigerman McCurry Architects Ltd.

RESIDENTIAL CATEGORIES:

Category: Residential Over 3,000 Square Feet
Honorable Mention
Kory Blosky, ASID of Hudson Home, Inc.

Honorable Mention
Barbara Ince, ASID & Jamie Myers, Allied Member, ASID of Susan Fredman Design Group

Category: Residential Under 3,000 Square Feet
First Prize
Janet McCann, ASID of McCann Associates, Inc.

Honorable Mention    
Kathy Hoffman, ASID of Susan Fredman Design Group

Honorable Mention    
Allyson Wilkovich, ASID of Constantine D. Vasilios & Associates

Category: Kitchen Over 200 Square Feet
First Prize
Susan Fredman, ASID and Aimee Nemeckay, Allied Member, ASID of Susan Fredman Design Group

Honorable Mention
Sarah Davis, Allied Member, ASID and Susan Fredman, ASID of Susan Fredman Design Group

Honorable Mention
Jase Frederick, Allied Member, ASID of Susan Fredman Design Group

Category: Kitchen Under 200 Square Feet
First Prize
Norma S. Zeiger, ASID of Entwine Interiors

Category: Bath
First Prize
Norma S. Zeiger, ASID of Entwine Interiors

Category: Showcase Room
First Prize
Jessica Lagrange, Allied Member, ASID of Jessica Lagrange Interiors

Honorable Mention
Matt Lorenz, Allied Member, ASID of ML Design Studio

Category: Singular Residential Space
First Prize
Lonnie Unger, ASID of Susan Fredman Design Group

Category: Residential Universal Design
First Prize
Jennifer McGregor, IIDA and Hunter Kaiser, IIDA

Category: Tile Design
First Prize
John Robert Wiltgen, IIDA of John Robert Wiltgen Design Inc.

Category: Fixtures
First Prize    
Gregory Kay of Pure Lighting

Honorable Mention    
John Lessick, ASID Industry Partner of Apex Wood Floors

CONTRACT CATEGORIES:
Category: Contract Over 10,000 Square feet
First Prize
Jaime Velez, ASID, IIDA of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Honorable Mention
Eva L. Maddox, FIIDA, Perkins + Will / Eva Maddox Branded Environments    

Category: Contract Under 10,000 Square feet    
First Prize    
Nicholas J. Luzietti, AIA, IIDA of VOA Associates, Inc.

Honorable Mention    
John S. Burcher, AIA, IIDA, DeStefano & Partners    

Category: Contract Green Design
First Prize    
TVS Interiors, Inc. team: Ingrid Christensen, IIDA, Marc Adelman, IIDA, Megan Sather, Mike Hagen, Michele Dremmer and Ingrida Martinkas

Honorable Mention    
Mark Hirons, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP of OWP/P

Category: Retail    
First Prize    
Eva L. Maddox, IIDA, Perkins & Will / Eva Maddox Branded Environments

Honorable Mention    
Eva L. Maddox, IIDA, Perkins & Will / Eva Maddox Branded Environments

Category: Healthcare
First Prize
Jennifer McDermott, IIDA of Perkins Eastman

Category: Institutional    
First Prize     
Carlos Martinez, IIDA of Gensler

Honorable Mention     
Carlos Martinez, IIDA of Gensler

Honorable Mention     
Barbara S. Pollack, IIDA of Barbara S. Pollack & Associates

Category: Hospitality
First Prize
Nicholas J. Luzietti, AIA, IIDA of VOA Associates, Inc.

Honorable Mention     
David Kaufman and Tom Segal of Kaufman Segal Design

Category: Product Design - Furnishings
First Prize    
Jaime Velez, ASID, IIDA of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Honorable Mention    
Lee Weitzman, ASID Industry Partner of Lee Weitzman Furniture

Honorable Mention    
Scott Yerkey, Allied Member, ASID of Scott Arthur Yerkey Furniture, Inc.

All winning entries will be published in a private-label magazine that will be mailed to ASID and IIDA members after the Gala. This ASID magazine is distributed throughout the year at special events held by the ASID Illinois Chapter. Additionally, select first-place winners will be published in the November Design Awards Issue of i4design magazine. All winners will be posted online for review at http://www.i4designmedia.com.

For more information about ASID-IL, please visit http://www.asidillinois.com, or call the ASID Illinois Chapter headquarters at 312-467-5080.

NOTE TO EDITORS: For event photos and photos of the winning design projects, or to set up an interview with ASID-IL, please contact Joanna Mineau at 630-468-2653 or joanna@page1pr.com.

About the "Find A Designer" Service
The Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers offers a free, convenient, user-friendly online service that consumers and business professionals can use to search for interior designers throughout the state. Find A Designer, available at http://www.asidillinois.com, allows site visitors to preview profiles of ASID-IL designers before contacting them for a project interview. The online service includes easy-to-navigate Web pages, more than 75 designer profile pages, and the ability to search by location and designer specialty. Consumers have the ability to review as many designer profiles as they'd like and find out more about each designer, as well as view samples of their work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at their convenience.

About ASID:
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people--designers, industry representatives, educators and students--committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people's lives. Its more than 40,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. http://www.asid.org.

The American Society of Interior Designers - Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL) is a non-profit professional association representing the interests of more than 1,600 Illinois interior designers, students and design industry partner members. Its vision is to be the voice of design in Illinois and to provide information through quality, timely communications, to educate its members and clients, and to expand and to support market expansion. The Chapter is lead by a volunteer board that includes the Chapter's president, president-elect, 5 directors and a student representative.

ABOUT i4design MAGAZINE
i4design magazine is the only luxury shelter magazine written and produced regionally that is devoted to architecture, art and interior design created to inspire and inform both residential and contract interior designers, architects, design-build firms and developers in the Midwest. The magazine is published five times per year: fall, winter, spring and summer, with a special Design Awards issue printed in the fall. For more information, please visit http://www.i4designmedia.com or call 773-523-0203.

PRESS CONTACT: Joanna Mineau, Page 1 PR
Phone : 630-468-2653
E-mail : joanna@page1pr.com

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