Highlights from Interior Design’s 2023 Best of Year Awards Ceremony

On the heels of Interior Design‘s prestigious Hall of Fame gala, designers and industry creatives gathered in Manhattan December 7 to celebrate winners of the magazine’s 18th annual Best of Year Awards. Basking in the glow of a towering evergreen tree, guests connected with friends and colleagues before making their way toward the stage to hear Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen reveal the evening’s stars in project, product, and student categories. “Best of Year is here! It’s so crazy and so exciting,” Allen said as she kicked off the event at 787 Seventh Avenue. “We’re in a new theater, which is really nice,” she added.

First up, Allen revealed product winners—a difficult pool to narrow given that Interior Design received 722 standout submissions from 418 manufacturers around the world. From office accessories to acoustical lighting and wellness furniture—think: a sleek meditation cushion that does wonders for spinal alignment—and even a luxury car win in the technology category, there was no shortage of innovation on display.

Want to know who earned top honors in each category? See Interior Design‘s Best of Year Awards winner’s gallery.

Then student winners stepped into the spotlight. “These students are the best of the best,” Allen gushed, marveling at the talented designs submitted by rising designers near and far flashing across the screen for all to see.

After a brief pause to refuel with cocktails and conversation, attendees returned to the theater for the Best of Year Awards grand finale: Project winners. With 1,095 project submissions sent in from 557 design firms hailing from 29 countries, it’s safe to say the industry has much to celebrate. And designers went the distance to mark the occasion, quite literally, joining in person from Australia, Brazil, China, Israel, and Ukraine to name a few locales. From striking home designs to hospitality spaces that wow and futuristic offices, the 2023 Best of Year Awards ceremony offered a look at boundary-pushing projects leading positive change in and beyond the industry.

Interior Design‘s Best of Year Awards ceremony concluded with a raffle drawing, thanks to Maison&Objet, gifting one lucky attendee a three-day trip to Paris to attend the show. Much to celebrate all around.

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A very special thank you to our Best of Year Awards partners, who played an integral role in creating the evening’s festivities: Livestream presented by Maison&Objet; Sponsors, Shaw ContractCosentino, and Material Bank, which also offset the carbon footprint of the Best of Year Awards ceremony; Student Awards Sponsors, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Business to Business; Awards Trophies Sponsor, 3form; Garden Installation, Garden on the Wall.

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