[Pictured above: Felice Silverman, IIDA]

Felice Silverman Inducted As President of IIDA International Board

At the Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 9, Felice Silverman, IIDA, was inducted as IIDA International Board President for the 2013-2014 term. Silverman, serves as both president and principal of Silverman Trykowski Associates Inc. in Boston.


[Pictured above: The IIDA judging panel congratulate the Best of Show winners, Herman Miller]

2013 Showroom & Booth Competition Winners Announced

IIDA announced the winners of the NeoCon 2013 Showroom & Booth Design Competition, co-sponsored by Contract magazine. Judging took place June 9, with all winners being celebrated at NeoCon. Best of Show honors went to Herman Miller Inc., designed by Herman Miller brand Design Team. Individual category winners were as follows:

Showrooms Larger Than 4,000 SF:
Herman Miller Inc.
Herman Miller Brand Design Team

Showrooms of 4,000 SF or Smaller:
Michelle Bradly, Circle Design Inc.

Booths of 400 SF or Smaller:
Camira Fabrics
Designer: Zoe Milnes, Camira Fabrics

The winners of the NeoCon 2013 Showroom & Booth Design Competition will be featured in an upcoming issue of Contract magazine as well as on the IIDA website.

IIDA Welcomes Three to Prestigious College of Fellows


[Pictured above: Jim Williamson, FIIDA; Barbara Dellinger, FIIDA; Judy Pesek, FIIDA]

The Annual Meeting also included the introduction of three IIDA Members who were recently inducted to its College of Fellows. Barbara Dellinger, FIIDA, MA, EDAC, AAHID, CID; Judy Pesek, FIIDA, LEED AP; and Jim Williamson, FIIDA, LEED AP. Admission to the College of Fellows is the highest honor paid by IIDA to its Professional Members, recognizing those whose work has benefitted and enhanced IIDA, and whose design works have influenced and enhanced the profession.

John Czarnecki Receives Honorary IIDA Memberships


[Pictured above: John Czarnecki, Hon. IIDA]

John Czarnecki, Hon. IIDA, editor-in-chief of Contract magazine, was awarded Honorary IIDA Membership for his many editorial and other expert contributions to Interior Design. Since assuming the role as editor in chief of Contract in 2011, John has seen the publication through a significant redesign and re-launch, while also leading the publication’s online presence and its awards programs, including the Interiors Awards, Healthcare Environment Awards and the Best of NeoCon Awards. He currently also serves as Chair of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Convention Advisory Committee for the 2014 AIA National Convention to be held in Chicago.

Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Honored With 2013 Star Award


[Pictured above: Caroline Baumann and Suzanne Tick, Affiliate IIDA]

The 2013 Star Award, bestowed on Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, was accepted at the Annual Meeting by the museum’s director, Caroline Baumann, for the venerable institution’s commitment and contributions to Design since its founding in 1897. Cooper-Hewitt has consistently sought to advance the public’s understanding of Design through its permanent collection of more than 250,000 design objects, its world-class library, its exhibitions and educational programs.

Suzanne Tick Accepts 2013 Titan Award

Suzanne Tick, Affiliate IIDA, accepted the 2013 IIDA Titan Award. Tick specializes in developing material for commercial and residential interiors, maintains two design positions with manufacturers Teknion and Tandus Flooring, and has established a reputation for her intelligent and enthusiastic approach to design in emerging markets, as well as for her commitment to providing innovative solutions. A highly skilled and accomplished artist with a passion for textiles and repurposed materials, Tick has earned showings in New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where her stainless steel woven sculptures were exhibited in 1998, and even a commission from the Gates Foundation for her 2011 piece “Refuse DC,” made up of 4,800 metal clothing hangers. Her numerous awards and honors include the 2008 Best of NeoCon Gold Award for Skyline’s A Collection in White, as well as the 2010 Best of NeoCon Silver Award for Suzanne Tick Markerglass.

Hilary Luckenbaugh Honored As Member of the Year


[Pictured above: Hilary Luckenbaugh, Affiliate IIDA]

Among the many highlights of the IIDA Annual Meeting was the celebration of Hilary Luckenbaugh, Affiliate IIDA, of the Southern California Chapter, as IIDA Member of the Year. Hilary was recognized as a “driving force” responsible for the Southern California Chapter Sponsorship program that has led to the Chapter’s ability to bestow nearly $25,000 in student awards annually, as well as its overall prosperity.


[Pictured above: COOL master of ceremonies Pedro Ayala, Director of A&D Strategies, Kimball Office, addressing the attendees]

COOL Gala Celebrates IDC and Will Ching Winners in Style

Unquestionably one of the most highly anticipated IIDA events of NeoCon, the annual COOL Black-Tie Awards Gala did not disappoint, celebrating the winners of both the 40th Annual Interior Design Competition and the 21st Annual Will Ching Design Competition. The event recognized IDC Best of Competition winner for 2013, HGA Architects and Engineers. To view images from COOL, visit the image gallery HERE.

IIDA Superleggera Event Celebrates Italian Design and Culture


[Pictured above: Superleggera attendee chats with Spiaggia chef]

IIDA Headquarters became the site of a lively networking event showcasing Italian design and culture. Superleggera, hosted by IIDA in partnership with FederlegnoArredo, the Ministry of Economic Development — Italy, gathered Designers and manufacturers from Italy and the United States for an evening of relaxing and socializing.



[Pictured above: A show attendee lends her response to “Design Is…”]

IIDA Post-It® Booth Defines Design

The IIDA “Design Is …” Post-It® booth at NeoCon 2013 was a success! Designers from around the globe stopped by to join IIDA in defining Design. IIDA would like to thank everyone who participated in helping us to define Design at NeoCon 2013.


2013 IIDA Student Design Charette Winners


[Pictured above: IIDA Student Members discuss their design plans for the IIDA Student Design Charette]

Design students from across the country teamed up for the 2013 IIDA Student Design Charette at NeoCon 2013. After a spirited six-hour competition, each team presented its design solution for a repose lounge in The Merchandise Mart.

The winners of this year’s competition are:

First Place:
Juan Devia, Student IIDA
St. Louis Community College at Meramec

Heather Nyc, Student IIDA
Illinois State University

Elizabeth Young, Student IIDA
Purdue University

Moeko Hara, Student IIDA
New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University

Chelsea Hughes, Student IIDA
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

Second Place:
Megan May, Student IIDA
Art Institute of Atlanta

Melanie Murata, Student IIDA
Florida State University

Sarah Schaub, Student IIDA
Philadelphia University

Kate Hespenheide, Student IIDA
California State University — Long Beach

People’s Choice:
Amy Ogonowski, Student IIDA
Savannah College of Art & Design — Atlanta

Will Fisher, Student IIDA
Kansas State University

Carrol Casburn, Student IIDA
Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design

Sara Allen, Student IIDA
University of North Texas

Alexandra Leigh, Student IIDA
Virginia Commonwealth University

To view photos from the Student Design Charette and to see the winners, please visit the photo gallery HERE.

Students Gain Insight at IIDA Career Bootcamp™


[Pictured above: the IIDA Career Bootcamp panelists answer student questions]

On Wednesday, June 12 — the last day of NeoCon — students attended the IIDA Career Bootcamp, where they listened to a panel of experts who shared knowledge and insight on how best to start a successful design career. From basic information on how to land an interview to helpful advice on navigating the job search process Panelists included Carlos Martinez, FIIDA, Gensler; Diana Pisone, IIDA, Ted Moudis Designs; Mindi DeVries, Associate IIDA, Harley Ellis Devereaux; and Laura Schempp, The Dobbins Group.


As you can see, our Design Matters blog has undergone a bit of a face-lift. We hope that by re-organizing the content and connecting you to our social media outlets from one platform will help you better engage with all of the IIDA content.

Additionally, we now have a new look to our e-newsletter which shares the same name, DesignMatters. You should have received your IIDA NeoCon special edition e-newsletter this week!

We hope you enjoy the new look to our blog, e-newsletter and our new DesignMatters logo!