Giants of Design 2020 Explores Mid-Century Architecture and Technological Innovations

Interior Design editor in chief Cindy Allen welcomes guests at Giants of Design 2020. Photography by Zack Whitford.

The first night kicks off with cocktails and dinner at Parker Palm Springs' Palm Court. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Succulent centerpieces set the theme for dinner. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Palm trees set the desert oasis tone of the Parker Palm Springs. Photography by Zack Whitford.

The Giants of Design banner greets guests as they enter the event. Photography by Zack Whitford.

A special thank you to our Giants of Design sponsors who made this event possible. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Guests gather at the Parker Palm Springs. Photography by Zack Whitford.

The first night cocktail event kicks off. Photography by Zack Whitford.

At right: Liana Podolsky of Arc|Com. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Eric Stroud of StudioTK shares a moment with Susan Chang of Shimoda Design Group. Photography by Zack Whitford.

At center: Jacqueline Barr of Ted Moudis Associates. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Brent Capron of Perkins and Will and Amy Mays of HDR. Photography by Zack Whitford.

From left: David Meckley of Huntsman Architectural Group, Mel Saenz of Juniper, James Kerrigan of Jacobs. Photography by Zack Whitford.

From left: Brett Shwery of AECOM, Carol Jones of Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning, Sara Duffy of Stonehill Taylor, Barry Richards of Rockwell Group, Sarah Devine of AECOM, Jennifer Wammack of BIFMA. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Jesus Grinan of Andreu World. Photography by Zack Whitford.

From left: Jenna Ter Horst of Haworth, Julie McCarthy of Interior Design, Jennifer Wammack of BIFMA, Gregory Kammerer of Interior Design. 

At left: Moreno Vitaloni of Giorgetti USA Inc. Photography by Zack Whitford.

From left: Susan Lobel of Bella-Dura, Randi Pastrovic of Stylex Seating, and Kelly Thomas of Interior Design. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Cindy Allen and Leanne Ford. Photography by Zack Whitford.

From left: Collin Burry and Carlos Martínez of Gensler along with Bill Bouchey of HOK. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Garry Walling of Corgan and Steve Atkins of Sunbrella. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Lois Wellwood and Carlos Madrid III, both of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Mary Alice Palmer of HKS Architects and Audrey Koehn of DLR Group. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Day Two begins with breakfast on the Ballroom Lawn. Photography by Zack Whitford.

From left: Jesus Grinan of Andreu World, Edin Rudic of MKDA, Allen Chan of DesignAgency. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Guests gathered in the ballroom for the opening session. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Michael Stern gives his presentation on the history of Palm Springs' mid-century modern style. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Yves Béhar speaks about the impact of design during extreme moments. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows engage in a conversation with Cindy Allen. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Servers sport uniforms inspired by mid-century flight attendant uniforms. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Grammy Award-winning designer Lawrence Azerrad discusses the rich history of Concorde. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Royce Epstein of Mohawk Group. Photography by Zack Whitford.

From left: Carol Jones of Kasian, Randi Pastrovic of Stylex, and Louise Sharp of HLW. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio and Barbara Parker of Parker-Torres Design. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Mel Saenz of Juniper and Casey Baxter of Bernhardt Design. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Cindy Allen and Leanne Ford at Cindy's Pool Party. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Garry Walling of Corgan and Aimee Burmaster Hicks of Page. Photography by Zack Whitford.

From left: Anthony DiGuiseppe of DiGuiseppe Architect, Stanley Felderman of Felderman Keatinge + Associates. Photography by Zack Whitford.

From left: Amy Mays of HDR, Marlyn Zucosky of Ware Malcomb, Rich Kinnard of Forrest Perkins, Carlos Madrid of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Material Bank provided cocktail napkins and custom cookies for the Day Two evening festivities, along with a Ferris wheel. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Day Two closed with a gourmet dinner followed by Ferris wheel rides. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Material Bank provided vibrant cocktail napkins for Day Two dinner. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Material Bank treated guests to custom cookies after the Day Two dinner. Photography by Zack Whitford.

The glowing Ferris wheel, sponsored by Material Bank, added a playful element to Day Two activities. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Attendees go for a ride on the Ferris wheel. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Monday concluded with dinner in the glow of the Ferris wheel. Photography by Zack Whitford.

Chilewich provided table runners for the dinner. Photography by Zack Whitford.