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 2007 WINNING DESIGN PROJECTS TO BE FEATURED AT COOL, IIDA'S NEOCON GALA

March 6, 2007, Chicago, IL –The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is pleased to announce the winners of its prestigious 2007 interior design competitions: the 34th Annual Interior Design Competition and the 15th Annual Will Ching Design Competition. Awards may not be given every year.

The five winners in the 34th Annual Interior Design Competition were chosen from hundreds of projects submitted in the following practice areas: Commercial, Government, Healthcare & Institutional, Hospitality, Residential and Retail.

  1. Project: Silver Rain, a la prairie spa, Grand Cayman, CAYMAN ISLANDS
    Firm: D’Aquino Monaco Inc.—New York, NY
  2. Project: Seyfarth Shaw – Chicago, IL
    Firm: Gensler—Chicago, IL
  3. Project: Fornarina London – London, ENGLAND
    Firm: Giorgio Borruso Design—Marina Del Rey, CA
  4. Project: Kimukatsu, Ebisu, Tokyo—Shibuyaku, Tokyo JAPAN
    Firm: Hironaka Ogawa & Associates— Suginamiku, Tokyo JAPAN
  5. Project: Minarc House – Los Angeles, CA
    Firm: Minarc—Santa Monica, CA

In addition, Eko, a jewelry store in Toronto, Ontario designed by Dialogue 38 of Toronto was chosen as the winner of the 15th Annual Will Ching Design Competition, which honors outstanding commercial design by firms of five or fewer individuals. All winning projects will be featured in the NeoCon issue of Interior Design Magazine, the publishing partner for the competition.

Judges for the distinguished competition included Kelly Bauer, IIDA - Principal, richard+bauer; D.B. Kim - Vice President, Westin Design & Starwood Hotels Worldwide; David Oakey - President, David Oakey Designs; and Richard Pollack, FIIDA, FAIA - President, Pollack Architecture. Brian Thornton, IIDA, AIA, IIDA’s Vice President of Communications served as the facilitator for the judging which took place February 23-24, 2007 in Chicago.

“For 2007, the IIDA panel of judges had an enormous task of reviewing an unprecedented number of entries, in a myriad of categories. The efforts sent forth by our international designers represented projects in several countries around the globe,” stated Brian G. Thornton, IIDA, AIA, IIDA Vice President of Communications. “We are enthused by the response to our call for entries and moreover, the caliber of our winning projects.”

The Best of Competition will be announced and all winners will be honored at COOL 2007, IIDA’s NeoCon Gala, Monday, June 11 at the Westin Chicago River North. For table purchases or ticket information, please contact Matthew Pickett at mpickett@iida.org or visit www.iida.org.

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The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) works to enhance quality of life through excellence in interior design and to advance interior design through knowledge, value and community.

IIDA is a professional networking and educational association of 12,000 Members in nine specialty Forums in 30 Chapters around the world. Additional information is available on IIDA’s website www.iida.org.