We are deeply grateful for the time and expertise of our esteemed panel of jurors.
editor-in-chief, Interior Design magazine
Lauded as "one of the most influential advocates for the interior design industry," Cindy Allen marked 12 years as Editor in Chief of Interior Design magazine in 2013. Since her editorship in 2001, Allen has established herself as a force in elevating the publication’s importance and exposure—strengthening its credentials as the main ambassador of design while proving it the vehicle of growth and success for the industry it represents. Allen is an industry champion, promoting both the giants of design and the rising stars. A self-proclaimed design junkie, she brings an unbridled passion for design to the pages of the magazine each month, offering a unique view into design and personal connections to leaders in the industry. Recipient of the 2010 Circle of Excellence Award from IFDA and the 2009 Alpha Award by Alpha Workshops, Allen has served as juror for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards and the Gensler Design Excellence Awards, and she is a board member for Design Trust for Public Space and Alpha Workshops. She was recently appointed chairman of DIFFA.
Jorge S. Arango
design writer, editor, and stylist
Jorge S. Arango's work has appeared in many publications, including Metropolitan Home, Elle Decor, Robb Report, Luxe, Coastal Living, 1stdibs.com, Interior Design, Interiors, and others. He is the co-author of four books on design, most recently Elegant Rooms that Work: Fantasy and Function in Interior Design (Rizzoli, 2013), with Stephanie Stokes.
Dror Benshetrit’s portfolio encompasses architecture, art direction, graphic, product, and interior design. His focus: the nature of movement, space, and forms. Based in New York and having received his education at the Eindhoven Design Academy in Holland, Dror observes the world from an inquisitive eye and seeks unique responses to the needs of our modern lifestyle. In collaboration with a team of experts, Benshetrit conducts research on materials, technology, and geometry. Clients include Alessi, Bentley, Boffi, Bombay Sapphire, Cappellini, Kiehl’s, Levi’s, Lualdi, Material ConneXion, Maya Romanoff, Marithé + François Girbaud, Puma, Rosenthal, Skins Footwear, Yigal Azrouël, Shvo, Swarovski, Target, and Tumi. He has lectured internationally and received numerous design awards including the GE Plastics Competition “Merging Boundaries” (2001), iF Product Design Award (2006) and the Good Design Award (2008, 2010). His work is included in permanent collections of major museums in North America, Europe and the Middle East.
George M. Beylerian
founder of Material ConneXion; president/CEO of Beylerian Productions, Inc.
Over the past fifty years, George M. Beylerian has worked tirelessly to nurture and incubate design in the United States and abroad. Beylerian’s influence on design can be seen through numerous roles: as an importer of Italian design to be manufactured in America for Kartell; a retailer who opened the first lifestyle store in America; a curator who brought materials to the conversation through Mondo Materialis at the Cooper Hewitt Museum; and as an author who wrote several books about materials. As the founder of Material ConneXion, the world’s leading global material consultancy and materials library, and Culture & Commerce, today’s leading design management agency, Beylerian continues to shape the face of material innovation in the twenty-first century and has successfully led the international expansion of Material ConneXion by opening additional offices throughout Europe and Asia. He is indefatigably working to bring sustainable material solutions and design consulting to the world.
CEO, Clodagh Design International
Clodagh is a multi-discipline designer based in NYC for the past 25 years. Her award-winning portfolio spans over twenty-four countries and includes hotels, luxury spas, healthcare facilities, residential, branding, fashion, and home products. She oversees two acclaimed companies, Clodagh Design, her interior design practice, and Clodagh Signature, her product design studio. Clodagh creates life-enhancing environments and is committed to sustainability and authenticity in materials. Clodagh passionately believes that good design supports well-being and that it can transform people’s lives. She feels that clutter can undermine serenity, but minimalism should not be self denying. A believer in the tenets of integrative medicine which addresses the entire human body and psyche, Clodagh applies a broad spectrum of modalities that promote wellness by addressing human issues. As a pioneer in the use of Feng Shui in her designs, she joyfully embraces both ancient and cutting edge methods including chromotherapy and biophilia.
freelance design journalist
Arlene Hirst, former deputy director of design at Metropolitan Home magazine until it closed in 2009, is a freelance journalist. Her byline appears frequently in the New York Times, Dwell, Surface, Modern and Interior Design magazines, as well as Elle Décor Italia. She has been a judge on the Editors Awards panel at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair since the awards' inception in 1993, and a member of the Home Furnishings Advisory Board at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Before becoming a journalist, Hirst worked in retailing, beginning her career at Bloomingdale’s, then going on to work for Georg Jensen, Lenox China, and Pottery Barn. She has written two books: Every Woman’s Guide to China, Glass and Silver, and Dinner is Served: An English Butler’s Guide to the Art of the Table, with Arthur Inch.
FAIA, partner, Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture
Malcolm Holzman, FAIA, holds more than forty years' experience working on public-use projects and has led the planning, programming, and design of more than fifty academic buildings across the country. An award-winning architect, his buildings are acknowledged for their evocative nature, technical vision, and singular character. Holzman has completed commissions in twenty-five states; his work represents some of this country’s most notable architecture. An industry expert, Holzman is a member of the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame and the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, and a recipient of the Pratt Institute Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition to enhancing the built environment, he regularly contributes to national design publications. Holzman founded Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates and, in 2004, established Holzman Moss Architecture, now Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture. He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board.
Emanuela Frattini Magnusson
principal, EFM Design & Architecture
Emanuela Frattini Magnusson is the founder and principal of EFM Design, an international award-winning, multidisciplinary practice that spans architecture, interiors, product design, brand development, and graphics. Emanuela is also the founder and principal designer of Articolo, a collection of European-produced furniture, and the founder and CEO of Manù, a line of luxury leather goods designed by EFM. She has also worked as the creative director of Spinneybeck Leather. Emanuela is a board member and treasurer of Operation Design, a not-for-profit that promotes design education in public schools. She has also served as a visiting faculty member at Parsons School of Design and at Yale University School of Architecture. Her architectural and design work has been widely published in the United States and Europe. Trained in architecture at the Milan Politecnico, she also holds an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. She is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited.
senior advisor, Peter J. Solomon Company
Richard Marcus devoted his first fifty years to Neiman Marcus and turned his attention to the world of ecommerce in the late 1980s. Serving on the boards or as an advisor to over a dozen early stage companies, he helped many young entrepreneurs navigate the new era of digital retailing by staying focused on the customer. Marcus's interest in design is rooted in many years of merchandising, collecting, and enjoying the work of designers and craft artists around the world.
Michael W. Monroe
director emeritus, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
Michael W. Monroe has been involved with contemporary American craft and design for fifty years. Currently director emeritus of the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington, he served as executive director of the American Craft Council and president of the Peter Joseph Gallery in New York City. For twenty-one years Monroe was with the Smithsonian Institution American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, first serving as curator and later as curator-in-charge. He directed the Martin Mullen Fine Arts Gallery and taught art and design for the State University of New York. In 1993, Monroe was invited by President William Jefferson Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton to curate a collection of American crafts for the White House. Monroe received an MFA degree in design from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin, and also studied at the American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago.
designer and artist, The Office of Louis Nelson
Louis Nelson is visionary artist in diverse disciplines of strategic planning, storytelling, filmmaking, communications, graphics, and industrial design, enriched by boundless curiosity and a rare sensitivity to the world around him. His credo: “Design sets a standard that affects our attitude toward quality and our sense of well being.” Nelson has directed a cascade of public and private programs here and abroad: the mural for the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall; the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Medal; initiated Nutrition Facts on America’s food packages; colored skis for Head; No Nonsense Pantyhose; Statue of Liberty dining, the world’s highest-volume fast-food restaurant; information systems and signs at Logan, JFK, Air Train, World Trade Center transit centers, NYC subways; exhibits and films for America worldwide; murals; logos. A native New Yorker, Nelson lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with his wife, Judy Collins, the noted signer, songwriter, and author.
chair, MFA in Art Practice, School of Visual Art, New York, NY
Photo: Scanned 1/10 scale portrait of David Ross by Karin Sander.
David A. Ross has a forty-year career as an art museum professional and educator. He is currently the chair of the MFA in Art Practice at the School of Visual Art in New York City. Ross has held curatorial and senior leadership positions at the Everson Museum of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the University Art Museum at UC-Berkeley; and directorships at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum, and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He was also the co-founder and president of the Artists’ Pension Trust, has lectured at universities across the country, and has served as juror and commissioner at a broad range of international shows and exhibitions. Known for his proven ability to work within museums undergoing periods of transition, Ross has successfully rebuilt staff, public programs, collections, and exhibition schedules, while enhancing the reputation and community support for the institutions he has served.
executive director, Craft in America
Carol Sauvion is the creator, executive producer and director of Craft in America, the documentary series celebrating American craft and the artists who bring it to life. The Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated PBS series is now in production for Season 5. Three new episodes, "Forge," "Holiday," and "Industry" are scheduled to air in November 2013, December 2013, and early 2014. Sauvion is the executive director of the Craft in America non-profit organization, whose mission is to promote and advance original handcrafted work through educational programs in all media. Along with the PBS documentary series, projects include a 300-page book, Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects, a vortex website, and the Craft in America Center, located in Los Angeles and open to the public. In 2010 Craft in America partnered with the Smithsonian American Art Museum to present Crafting a Nation, a symposium organized to consider the state of contemporary craft.
Sanford L. Smith
producer and manager, Sanford L. Smith + Associates LTD
For over thirty years, Sanford Smith has been known for initiating innovative niche art and design fairs that have generated international collecting categories. He created the first all-American Antiques Show at the Pier in 1980, when both the idea of an entirely American fair and any fair held at such a remote venue were nearly unthinkable. His most recent venture, The Salon: Art + Design, a collaboration with Europe’s prestigious Syndicat National des Antiquaires, was hailed by The New York Times as “a museum in the making at the Park Avenue Armory.” In addition to the shows that he has created and owned, Smith has long managed prestigious association fairs. Over the years he has managed The Philadelphia Antiques Show, The Chicago Art & Antiques Show, and the original AIPAD Show, among others. Today he manages The Art Dealers of America’s Art Fair, The International Fine Print Fair, and The New York Antiquarian Book Fair.
Adam D. Tihany
president, Tihany Design
Adam D. Tihany is widely regarded as one of the world’s preeminent hospitality designers and an early pioneer of the restaurant design profession. Tihany was one of the first designers to collaborate with celebrity chefs and has created signature restaurants for Thomas Keller, Heston Blumenthal, and Daniel Boulud, amongst others. His work in the hospitality field can be experienced in some of the world’s most iconic properties including The Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Cipriani, and The Breakers in Palm Beach. Tihany is an educator and lectures frequently at conferences and universities, and most recently was appointed art director of the Culinary Institute of America. His outstanding contribution to the world of design has been recognized with numerous honors including an induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1991. His monograph, Tihany Design, was published by Monacelli Press in 1999; his second book, Tihany Style, was published by Mondadori Electa in 2004.
Barbara Tober, president, Acronym, Inc.
Barbara Tober has been chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City for fifteen years and is now chairing its Global Leadership Council. Her foundation funds educational arts projects for children nationwide, such as the successful Quilts Across America. Tober is president of Acronym, Inc., a firm that invests in art-related projects. These have included THE GUILD Publishing Company, Inc. and GUILD.com in Madison, Wisconsin, publishers of The Sourcebook of Architectural and Interior Art. Prior to her career in the world of the arts and craftsmanship, she spent over four decades in the corporate advertising and magazine worlds, the majority of which was at Conde Nast Publications where she was Editor-in-Chief of Brides Magazine for thirty years. Tober has served on the boards of a number of organizations, such as the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), which gave her their award for excellence in 1992.
Kevin Walz is trained as an artist but has straddled the chasm between art and design throughout his career. Winner of the Rome Prize and an inductee of the Interior Design Hall of Fame, Walz has a studio in Rome, where he lives, and an office in New York. He is known for his work in interior design, product design, and art.
CoD+A Awards advisor, president, Shaw & Co! Productions
Shaw has devoted her career to the advocacy of good design. A design marketing consultant who conceived of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Shaw worked closely with GLM Shows in the development of the ICFF and Accent on Design, and leads the New York NOW initiative Sustainability: Design for a Better World through exhibitions and a seminar series. She brings her industry expertise to clients such as Clodagh Design International, directing licensing and communications. Shaw & Co! Productions has produced a variety of retail art, design, and corporate marketing events, and has a diverse international clientele that includes Credit Suisse, Biogen Idec, Material ConneXion, Relais & Chateaux, Baldinger Lighting, The Artful Home, and the United Nations Environmental Programme. Shaw serves on the board of trustees for DIFFA: The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and co-founded and is president of Operation Design, a not-for-profit that creates mentorships and creative programs between architects, interior designers, artists, and New York City public school students.