August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014
The DesignMatters newsletter is the bimonthly membership newsletter of IIDA showcasing the latest Interior Design and A&D industry news, membership events and benefits, and Design competitions, education, and trends.

The Second Annual Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards is Now Open

IIDA is currently accepting submissions for its second annual Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards, honoring innovation and Design excellence in Interior Design/Architecture throughout the Asia Pacific region.

The competition recognizes projects in 10 design categories, and is open to legally practicing Interior Designers, Interior Architects, or Architects. All projects submitted must be located in the Asia Pacific Region, however the design firms may be located anywhere worldwide. Project(s) must have been completed between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014. The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, August 22, 2014.

The winning design projects will be chosen by a jury of design professionals that include Primo Orpilla, IIDA of Studio O+A; Annhy Shim, Associate IIDA of The Related Group; and Joey N. Shimoda, IIDA, FAIA of Shimoda Design Group., with the winning projects being announced at an awards reception and featured on the IIDA website.



“Summer Cottage” Beats Out 149 Entrants in Architects Challenge Showdown

lian_center_cropSan Francisco-based design firm VIF Studio, under Principal Lian Eoyang, Associate IIDA, won the 2014 Marvin Windows and Doors Architects Challenge Showdown, beating out 149 other entrants. Over the course of five weeks, the public was tasked to vote on which inspiring project deserved recognition as Showdown winner. The project with the most votes won. The result: Designer Eoyang’s “Summer Cottage.”

“Summer Cottage” is a formerly dilapidated cottage along the Boston Harbor that VIF Studio razed and built anew using hand-cut fieldstone. Faced with strict zoning height restrictions, the hillside location was leveraged to build a two-story home that features raised ceilings and full-length windows, creating beautiful 180-degree panoramas of the harbor and skyline. Lian Eoyang sourced Marvin Windows and Doors to provide uncompromised views and a transparent barrier from the rugged terrain. The choice of windows were balanced by modern lines and historic New England heritage for a sophisticated, minimalistic look that also promises high performance under the harshest weather conditions.

In addition to being crowned Showdown winner, Lian will receive a trip to the 2015 Reinvention Symposium in Washington D.C., a high level design conference for housing professionals produced by Residential Architect magazine. Read about the project at:



2015 Membership Renewal Reminder
Please note that 2015 IIDA Membership Renewal notices for Designers and Students will be sent via email starting September 15, 2014. Included in the email will be your invoice and instructions for renewing online. Renewal invoices for Industry Members will be sent October 1, 2014.

IIDA Membership corresponds to the calendar year and expires annually on Dec. 31. Any questions regarding the renewal of your IIDA Membership can be directed to



Merchandise20th Anniversary Signature Collection Items For Sale
As seen in June at the Chapter Leaders Conference and NeoCon 2014, IIDA is pleased to announce to all IIDA Members the official release of the 20th Anniversary Signature Collection for purchase.

From the designs of Rick Valicenti and Thirst, the Signature Collection pieces are a cohesive and elegant assortment of merchandise designed to commemorate the 20th Anniversary. Fast-paced, hardworking, well-dressed and ever-busy, these items which include scarves, pocket squares, and a custom-designed tote work well with designers’ lifestyles. Travel with the items, give them as gifts, or hold on to them as timeless pieces.

Act fast as there is a limited quantity of these one-of-a-kind articles which will not be recreated or redistributed after the final sale. To peruse the merchandise and place an order, click HERE.



Be Our Guest at HD Americas in Miami Beach

Join us at HD Americas, the premier event dedicated to hospitality design in Latin America and the Caribbean. See an exclusive selection of products specifically created for the emerging Americas market and meet the most respected hoteliers and designers in the region. Don’t miss keynote speaker Arthur Casa, of Studio Arthur Casa, Sao Paulo; and our signature session Owners’ Roundtable: The Americas Analyzed. IIDA Members register today with code MUSTSEE for a free expo pass.
Interface Asks IIDA Members to Join in Green Apple Day of Service
Launched by the United States Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools in 2012, the Green Apple Day of Service is a global volunteer effort that gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects, targeted at the last Saturday in September.

At the heart of Green Apple is the need to redesign our learning environments.  Who better to lead this effort than interior design professionals? In 2013, Interface and IIDA began our collaboration to apply design solutions to learning environments. The talent, passion, and professionalism of IIDA members brought a deeper dimension to our Green Apple Day of Service projects. Through classroom makeovers and design charettes with high school students, these rewarding experiences brought fun and purpose to our work as design professionals. We look forward to an expanded collaboration in 2014 to show our kids that they deserve better, and that where they learn matters.

Get connected with Interface & Green Apple to plan your chapter’s service project by clicking here. 



Join NAPUS Federal Credit Union as an IIDA Member


IIDA and NAPUS Federal Credit Union are happy to announce a new partnership that provides top-notch financial services to IIDA Members, including low loan rates, high savings rates, and exceptional products and benefits.

One of NAPUS FCU’s best products is the NAPUS FCU Visa credit card, exclusively designed for IIDA Members. The card has a non-variable rate of 8.70%, no annual fees, and the chance to earn a cash rebate or rewards points. For more information about NAPUS FCU and the NAPUS FCU credit card, vist

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