June 14, 2015

Get HiP at #IDNeoCon: 2015 People Winners

The second installment of Interior Design’s annual recognition program— HiP at NeoCon (Honoring Industry People and Product)—kicked off last night, with designers and manufacturers receiving their awards during the magazine’s Giants celebration. The People winners and honorees are as follows— go here to see all winners in the Design Solution categories .

Visit the showrooms of all winners and honorees to see what’s new and buzz-worthy. And come celebrate with us at the HiP, HiP Hooray party on Tuesday, June 16, from 5–7PM on the Merchandise Mart’s South Drive. Tickets available at neocon.com/idhip . #HIPatNeoCon

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Design Leaders

Rising Stars

Lifetime of HiPness

Product Designers


Leader: Industry Champion

Joan Blumenfeld, Perkins+Will . As Perkins+Will’s Global Interior Design Director and Interior Design Director of the New York Office, Joan Blumenfeld combines interests in design excellence, sustainability, and social responsibility for her diverse and prominent clients. Joan’s vibrant, elegant work has been published in national publications such as the New York Times, Architect, Interior Design, Contract, Architectural Record, New York Magazine, and Vanity Fair.

Leader: Education

Randy Stegmeier, ZGF Architects LLP . Randy Stegmeier brings over 18 years of interior design experience and a unique understanding of detailing and methods of construction. He works closely with clients, vendors, and artisans resulting in strong relationships and innovative interior architecture. Randy brings a particular expertise in the design of corporate facilities, specifically infusing the brand and spirit of each client through the use of color, texture, and graphics.

Leader: Health and Wellness

Sharron van der Meulen, ZGF Architects LLP . Sharron van der Meulen has 30 years of experience in workplace and design on a wide range of projects, including research buildings for OHSU, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Duke University, and the University of California, San Diego; and for a variety of clients, including healthcare and higher education institutions, law offices, finance companies, and large manufacturing.

Leader: Workplace

Todd Heiser, Gensler . Todd Heiser utilizes his impressive architectural background and interior design experience to promote in-depth integration of spatial design and planning, materials and detailing. As a Design Principal and Studio Design Leader in Gensler’s Chicago office, Todd is engaged in the design of next- generation corporate workplaces and co-working environments.

Leader: Creative Mind

Jordan Mozer, Jordan Mozer and Associates . Inspired by music, nature, history and popular culture, Jordan Mozer’s creations bridge art and architecture. Mozer’s projects tell visual stories in hotels, restaurants and luxury retail stores spanning the globe. His client list includes Volkswagen, George Lucas, Disney,Asprey, Garrard and The Rolling Stones. Mozer has been creating artwork, buildings, interiors, and limited edition furnishings and jewelry for more than 30 years.

Leader: Hospitality

Patricia Urquiola, Haworth . Patricia’s work is widely known to be playful and poetic, yet pragmatic and functional, a creative combination that is the magic behind her work. She comes and goes through conventional time – rethinking, reinventing, and creating new. The effect is a powerful reminder of the past and exploration into the now, always creating a new experience for the user.

Leader Honorees: Ilan Waisbrod, Michael Suomi, Richard Riveire

Rising Star: Workplace

Kelie Mayfield & Erick Ragni, MaRS (Mayfield and Ragni Studio) . Mayfield and Ragni are regarded worldwide for their extensive research and understanding of their clients’ culture. They craft stories into cutting edge design that is inspirational and engaging. Instead of imposing a singular vision, they have developed a design mantra that creates new ways to reflect each client’s particular brand and image. Mayfield and Ragni bring their design sensibilities into the creation of custom furniture, carpets and art installations and collaborate with artists and craftsmen to compliment their work.

Rising Star: Hospitality

Will Meyer & Gray Davis, Meyer Davis Studio . Meyer Davis Studio is a globally recognized design boutique specializing in residential, hospitality, retail, and workplace environments. The firm has established itself at the forefront of high end commercial and residential design practices. Meyer Davis designs seamless physical experiences tailored to their client’s individuality, combining principles of great design with a clear vision for the experience they seek to create.

Honorees: Erin Ruby, John Crews, Mina Azarnoosh, Sara Barnes

Lifetime of HiPness: Branded Environments

Eva Maddox, Perkins+Will . Eva Maddox is Design Principal of the global design firm, Perkins+Will, and founder of Branded Environments, a research-based design approach that identifies and integrates clients’ DNA into tangible brand expressions, experiences and environments. Fast Company has named her one of the “change agents…designers, and dreamers who are creating your future”.

Lifetime of HiPness: Multidisciplinary

Michael Vanderbyl, Luna Textiles . Michael Vanderbyl has gained international prominence in the design field as practitioner, educator, critic, and advocate. Since being established in San Francisco in 1973, his firm Vanderbyl Design has evolved into a multidisciplinary studio with expertise in identity, print and digital communications, showrooms, interiors, furniture, and product design.

Lifetime of HiPness: Hospitality

Paola Navone. Paola Navone is a citizen of the world driven by her extreme interest in the most widely differing cultures. In her long and varied career she has switched easily between the roles of architect, designer, art director, interior designer, critic, teacher, and organizer of exhibitions. She works with brands of the Italian and international design world from Alessi to Poliform and Gervasoni with her most recent collaboration making news at Crate and Barrel.

Product Designer: Furniture

Gernot Bohmann, Harald Gründl, & Martin Bergmann, EOOS . EOOS’ designs, from pens, to bathtubs, from seating and tables for Keilhauer, to retail spaces for Adidas and Armani, are award-winning and commercially successful.

Product Designer: Flooring

Jhane Barnes, Tandus Centiva . Jhane Barnes is a respected, multi faceted designer with a deep appreciation for nature, beauty, and the human experience. Over the past four decades, Jhane’s menswear label has become a mainstay in many high-end specialty stores.As Jhane made a name for herself in the fashion industry, she expanded her unconventional design approach to create textiles for Knoll, furniture for Bernhardt, and carpet for Tandus Centiva.

Honoree: Mac Stopa

Leader: Manufacturer, Sustainability

David Oakey, David Oakey Designs . David Oakey Designs has earned awards for design excellence in contract carpets & fabrics from IIDA, Resource Council, ASID, and from AIA as the client with Pond Studios in LaGrange, GA. Product Designer and Trend Analyst, David and Cindi work together bringing innovative textile designs to the interior design community.

Leader: Manufacturer

Kevin Stark, HNI Contract Furniture Group. Stark is the Vice President, Design, at HNI Contract Furniture Group and has been with the company since 1986. In addition to overseeing all of the design development and branding strategy at HBF, he is an award-winning furniture designer in his own right. His Eiffel Occasional Table Series, Canterbury Series, and Cadre Series have all won Best of NeoCon awards.

Iris Wang Brentano

Creative Director, Textiles

Iris Wang, Brentano . As the sole curator of the Brentano line, Iris Wang lives and designs with a passion for discovery. Iris’ unique approach balances the toughest technical features with a soft aesthetic and hand—anticipating the industry’s shift toward a residential feel for the corporate world.

James Ludwig Hires

Creative Director, Furniture

James Ludwig, Steelcase . James Ludwig is Vice President of Global Design for Steelcase. Since 2008 he has lead a global team who together make up the Steelcase Design Studio and create products for the Steelcase, Turnstone and Coalesse brands.

Lester Gassert Bw

Sales Representative

Lester Gassert, Mohawk Group . Lester Gassert is a highly energetic Account Executive with 13+ years with the Mohawk Group. He is distinguished by dedication, attention to detail and drive for assisting clients with all flooring solutions. Lester has enjoyed the growth and success of Mohawk since joining the company in 2001. Even though he is located in New York City, Lester treats every client with small town attention and always incorporates humor into his delivery.

Honorees: Reesie Duncan, Mary Jo Miller, Rochelle Routman

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