The Top of the Heap
Sheila Kim -- Interior Design, 8/1/2003 12:00:00 AM
Kicking off NeoCon in Chicago, design professionals put on their black-tie finery to toast the winners of this year's International Interior Design Association awards. The ceremony celebrated three competitions: the 30th annual Interior Design Competition, cosponsored by Interior Design, the 11th annual Will Ching Design Competition, and the sixth annual Residential Design Competition. "The categories were so varied, with everything from residential to hospitality to health care," says Shashi Caan, the founder and principal of Shashi Caan Collective and an IIDA judge for 2003.
Caan and her fellow panelists— Perkins & Will/EvaMaddox Branded Environments principal Eva Maddox, Nokia chief designer Frank Nuovo, and Vanderbyl Design principal Michael Vanderbyl—sifted through some 350 entries to determine the 10 winners. Three awards went to firms north of the border: Burdifilek, II by IV Design Associates, and Cecconi Simone. "The Canadians had a fresh approach," says Caan. "The Americans seemed more conservative."
The bright spots stateside included Adamstein & Demetriou Architects's awards for Zola and Zaytinya restaurants. "The architects really carried a concept through, from crafting the volume to choosing the furniture, accessories, graphics, and lighting," says Caan. Meanwhile, Pasanella + Klein Stolzman + Berg Architects's Williamsburg Community Center, she adds, displayed "sensitivity in upgrading quality of life."
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