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Interior Design Magazine Announces 2013 Hall Of Fame Inductees

Lauded annual design awards honor the most respected and sought after architects and designers across industries.

NEW YORK, Tuesday, September 24, 2013 – Interior Design magazine (interiordesign.net), the professional authority that influences the thinking of design worldwide, has revealed the honorees of its upcoming 29th annual Hall of Fame (HoF) Awards. Selected by Interior Design Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen and a nomination committee of previous HoF members, this year’s inductees are Paul Masi and Harry Bates of Bates Masi + Architects; Collin Burry of Gensler; Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office; and a special leadership award to Kenneth Wampler of The Alpha Workshops.

Hosted by Allen and Interior Design Media President and Publisher Mark Strauss, HoF will take place at The Waldorf Astoria New York on Wednesday, December 4.

“The Hall of Fame honors architects, interior designers, and industry luminaries whose talent, vision and dedication contribute to the highest standard of excellence in all areas of design,” Allen said. “I am proud that this year’s luminaries enrich the lives of their clients, our community and most importantly, the entire design world.”

About This Year’s Inductees:

–  Paul Masi and Harry Bates of Bates Masi + Architects: A firm with roots in New York City and eastern Long Island for over 45 years, Bates Masi + Architects responds to each assignment with extensive research in related architectural fields, material, craft and environment for unique individuals. Projects include urban and suburban residences, schools, offices, hotels, restaurants, retail and furniture in the United States, Central America and the Caribbean. The firm has received 58 design awards since 2003.

– Collin Burry of Gensler: Burry is one of the most sought-after interior and product designers at global design firm Gensler. His creative vision produces tangible solutions to workplace challenges as he seamlessly unifies design strategy and sustainability with a contemporary aesthetic evidenced by projects with Apple, Nike, Pixar and Gensler’s own corporate headquarters. His work has garnered over 50 design awards.

–  Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office: As founding partners, Neri and Hu have built an inter-disciplinary architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China. Neri&Hu works internationally providing architecture, interior, master planning, graphic, and product design services. Currently working on projects in many countries, Neri&Hu is composed of multi-cultural staff who speak over 30 different languages. The diversity of the team reinforces a core vision for the practice: to respond to a global worldview incorporating overlapping design disciplines for a new paradigm in architecture.

About This Year’s Leadership Award Recipient:

–  Kenneth Wampler of The Alpha Workshops: Wampler founded The Alpha Workshops in the mid-90s to merge his two lives: one devoted to fine and decorative arts, the other committed to creating life-renewing opportunities for people living with HIV/AIDS. The hybrid organization—which is both for-profit and not-for-profit—comprises the Alpha Workshops Studio School (AWSS) and Alpha Studios, two programs that allow artisans to make fine furniture and finishes for residential and commercial applications, as well as site-specific, custom-designed artwork. Alpha Workshops has received numerous awards, including the 2010 Circle of Excellence Humanitarian Award from the New York City Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (I.F.D.A.).

Hall of Fame 2013 top tier sponsors include: Kohler Interiors Group (Diamond); Sunbrella Fabrics (Platinum); and Robert Allen (Anniversary, celebrating 75 years).

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and The Alpha Workshops through a donor-designated grant by DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. Tickets for the event are $680 and can be purchased through Regina Freedman at 646.934.2835 or rfreedman@interiordesign.net.

About Interior Design Media/Hall of Fame Awards

Interior Design Media is the global, industry-leading design publication, website, and events company serving the interior design, architectural, and facility management audiences. For 80 years, Interior Design magazine—published by SANDOW—has been the essential design authority for every professional, on all projects, throughout the design process. Its digital companion, interiordesign.net, has become the go-to site for relevant and real-time content for the industry’s largest and most engaged design audience. Interior Design’s Hall of Fame, established in 1985 by former Interior Design Publisher Lester Dundes, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the design industry, in areas such as architecture, interior design, furniture design and product design. Previous inductees include legendary figures such as Albert Hadley, Frank Gehry, Clodagh, Antonio Citterio, Lauren Rottet, Robert A.M. Stern, David Rockwell, Philippe Starck and many more. For more information, visit interiordesign.net/halloffame.

About Kohler Interiors Group

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies that manufactures kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and is international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations. Kohler Interiors Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kohler Co., a global leader in kitchen and bath designs includes Baker Furniture, Baker Knapp & Tubbs Showrooms, and Baker Stores along with McGuire Furniture Company, Ann Sacks tile, stone and plumbing company, Kallista plumbing, and Mark David hospitality furniture. For more information, visit kohlerinteriors.com.

About Robert Allen

Robert Allen is the leading fine fabric house serving the interior design and hospitality communities. Internationally recognized as a brand leader in its field, the company is renowned for the Robert Allen Color Library, the first fabric collection to be designed by color. In addition, the company has developed the ColorLogic® system to power product searches by color on its website. Robert Allen is distributed exclusively to the interior design trade through a network of corporate and agent showrooms, sales representatives, and online at robertallendesign.com.

About Sunbrella Fabrics

Introduced in 1961, Sunbrella revolutionized the way the world thinks about how beautiful fabrics look, feel and perform. The Sunbrella brand is the leading premium fabric choice for awning, marine and furniture manufacturers, offering legendary durability, fade resistance and ease of cleaning. Upholstery fabrics from Sunbrella are continually advancing in design sophistication and comfort, resulting in applications both outside and inside the home for coordinated décor. Sunbrella fabrics have been certified by GreenGuard, an international standard, for contributing to indoor air quality. Sunbrella fabrics are manufactured and marketed by Glen Raven, a 133-year-old family-owned company based in North Carolina with operations worldwide. For more information on the Sunbrella brand, including fabric resources, visit sunbrella.com.