IIDA Announces Global Excellence Awards

Submission deadline is November 18, 2011

CHICAGO—The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) announced that the 2011 Global Excellence Awards, an annual international competition honoring the best interior design projects from around the world, is now open for submissions. This global design competition highlights outstanding originality and excellence in the creation of international interior design and architecture projects.

“IIDA’s international members and members doing business outside the U.S. have suggested there are subtle nuances and cultural differences for firms designing interiors in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America,” says Cheryl S. Durst, honorary FIIDA, LEED AP, executive vice president and CEO, IIDA. “Based upon the tremendous response and the number of outstanding submissions we received in 2010, the inaugural year of the competition, we’re excited and proud to be able to again host such a deliberate celebration of the talented teams establishing global excellence in design, particularly with our partner, an internationally recognized brand of design leadership, BMW Group DesignworksUSA.”

“From our studios in Los Angeles, Munich, Singapore and Shanghai, DesignworksUSA creates mobility products and experiences for our parent company BMW Group, and consults with international clients to innovate solutions for everything from subways, yachts and airplanes to computers and urban furniture,” says Laurenz Schaffer, president, BMW Group DesignworksUSA. “We believe in the power of design to create change and success, which makes us a natural partner for the IIDA Global Excellence Awards 2011.”

Winners will be awarded in ten distinct categories, as well as two honorable mentions, and one Global Excellence “Best of Competition” winner will be selected to receive an original, one-of-a-kind crystal award created by Swarovski. The winners will be announced at a special presentation during Maison&Objet, January 21, 2012 in Paris, France.

Submissions will be judged on originality of design and appropriateness of the design solution and the successful integration of design elements. A prestigious, international panel of judges will select the winning design firms and their projects. The entry deadline is November 18, 2011.

Entries are now being accepted on the IIDA website, www.iida.org, or by contacting Jenny Palmer at jpalmer@iida.org or (312) 379-5177.