Designers and Architects Gather for a Hall of Fame Documentary Film Screening at Penn1 in Manhattan
Interior Design‘s annual Hall of Fame gala is one night, but the documentaries produced to honor each year’s inductees live on for years. To keep the festivities going into the new year, Interior Design editor in chief Cindy Allen hosted a screening of the 2022 Hall of Fame documentaries at Penn1 in Manhattan January 26, joined by inductees Mavis Wiggins, managing executive, studio creative director of TPG Architecture, as well as Will Meyer and Gray Davis, founders of Meyer Davis.
“It felt like watching it for the first time,” shared Meyer and Davis, following the screening of their documentary. The duo acknowledged that the night of the gala, when the film first aired, went by in a blur. Wiggins nodded in agreement as Allen recalled the standing ovation she received during the black tie event. “That induction meant a lot to me, especially at this time in my career—I’ve had a long career, and to be recognized like that is really moving,” offered Wiggins.
So what does it take to build a Hall of Fame-worthy career? Wiggins said she often looks to younger generations. “Younger people don’t think of themselves as mentors, but they are because I learn from them all the time,” she said. “I’m learning from the young people as well as my senior leadership. It’s important to give young people a voice.”
For Meyer and Davis, a business partnership built on mutual respect and admiration helps drive their success. “Gray is the ‘stable table’ behind it all,” shared Meyer, adding that he is “the most talented, best partner any architect or designer could have.” Davis offered similar praise in return, noting the Hall of Fame honor is a special career milestone. “We don’t think about all the projects we’ve worked on until we see them up on the screen,” he said. “Then you put it all in perspective.”
The Hall of Famers present also stressed the importance of staying true to their ideals and creative visions. “Stick to your message, stay on point, and don’t let a lot of people get in your head,” said Wiggins. “I try to stay on my course no matter what.”
A similar message was woven in documentaries about the life and work of 2022 Hall of Famers Yves Béhar, founder and chief designer of fuseproject, artist and activist, Claudy Jongstra, which the roughly 50 attendees also viewed as they munched on popcorn (a must for a film screening!).
Simultaneously in Chicago, THE MART broadcast Interior Design‘s Hall of Fame documentaries on The Stairs in Marshall’s Landing.
A special thanks to our event partner, lighting manufacturer Hubbardton Forge, which created the 2022 Hall of Fame gala centerpieces. Six attendees at the Penn1 film screening took home a centerpiece after winning a raffle drawing.
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