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Snaps from National Design Awards Breakfast

Design leaders flocked to the White House on September 20 to celebrate the winners of the 2013 National Design Awards, organized for the past 14 years by the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum. Interior Design editor in chief Cindy Allen was on the scene to offer an insider’s take on the very officious proceedings. The 2013 National Design Award recipients—who will be honored again at a gala dinner Thursday, Oct. 17, at Pier Sixty  in New York—are:

Lifetime Achievement: James Wines
James Wines is founder and president of SITE, a New York-based architectural studio chartered in 1970.

Design Mind: Michael Sorkin
Michael Sorkin is an architect and urbanist whose practice spans design, criticism and teaching. He is the principal of Michael Sorkin Studio in New York.

Corporate & Institutional Achievement: TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.”  To date, more than 5,900 TEDx events have been held in 1,683 cities.

Architecture Design: Studio Gang Architects
MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang is the founder of Studio Gang Architects, a Chicago-based collective of architects, designers and thinkers practicing internationally.

Communication Design: Paula Scher
For four decades, Paula Scher has been at the forefront of graphic design. Iconic, smart and accessible, her images have entered into the American vernacular.

Fashion Design: Behnaz Sarafpour
Known for her modern elegance and innovative textiles, Iranian-born Behnaz Sarafpour debuted her collection in 2001.

Interaction Design: Local Projects
Founded by Jake Barton, Local Projects is a media design firm that specializes in work for museums and public spaces.

Interior Design: Aidlin Darling Design
With a shared interest in exploring design across a wide range of scales, programs and disciplines, partners Joshua Aidlin and David Darling started Aidlin Darling Design around a woodshop in 1998.

Landscape Architecture: Margie Ruddick
Margie Ruddick is recognized for her pioneering, environmental approach to urban landscape design, forging a design language that integrates ecology, urban planning and culture.

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