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about best of year


the program

Interior Design's Best of Year is the design industry's premiere design awards program, honoring the most significant work of the year as well as recognizing designers, architects and manufacturers from around the globe.


Now celebrating its 16th year, Interior Design's Best of Year has become the ultimate measure of excellence, showcasing what's happening today in every category of design while simultaneously setting the bar even higher for the future.

2021 winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony hosted by Editor in Chief Cindy Allen on DesignTV® by SANDOW December 6-10, 2021.

View the 2020 Best of Year winners and honorees.

 


the benefits

Winners of the 2021 Best of Year Awards will receive the following:

  • Winners are featured in an upcoming issue of Interior Design magazine, reaching 60,000+ A+D professionals 

  • Celebrated via Interior Design digital coverage, including a Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest post  

  •  Winning People will be featured online at InteriorDesign.net 

  • Winners and honorees are featured in an online gallery on InteriorDesign.net and promoted throughout Interior Design's digital channels 

  • Official digital assets and seals for use on all marketing materials 


submissions

The deadline to enter is September 22, 2021 (11:59PM EST).
Every product submission receives huge exposure while voting is live on the Interior Design Best of Year voting site from September 27 - October 11, 2021.

Submission fee: $300 per entry

Student submission fee: FREE

Each entrant will receive a 1-year complimentary digital subscription to Interior Design magazine


eligibility

Domestic and international submissions are welcome for all categories.

Product submissions must have been introduced between September 2020 and September 2021. Products/collections may be entered into one or more categories. Products may be entered into one or more categories.

Project submissions must have been completed between September 2020 and September 2021 (with the exception of the "on the boards" category, reserved for in-progress projects). Projects may be entered into one or more categories.

People submission nominees must be active design industry professionals, including designers, architects, and manufacturers.

Student product submissions are open to products launched or exhibited, either in conjunction with a class or a (virtual) show. Submitters must be graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in accredited design programs globally. Student submissions have a dedicated submission form here.

Eligible product designs include but are not limited to: Accessories, Architectural Products, Fabric, Furniture, Kitchen & Bath, Lighting, and Wall Covering. 

Products and Projects that have been previously awarded or published are not excluded from entry.

 


the event

2021 winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony hosted by Editor in Chief Cindy Allen on DesignTV® by SANDOW December 6-10, 2021.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Best of Year, please contact your regional director, 917.934.2882 or idsales@interiordesign.net.

 


timeline

Submissions open - July 14, 2021

Entry deadline - September 22, 2021

Student submission deadline - October 15, 2021

Public Product voting - September 27 - October 11, 2021

Finalists announced - November 

Student finalist announcement - November 

Best of Year Awards ceremony - December 6-10, 2021


frequently asked questions

What categories can I submit to?

Five new categories have been added this year! See a complete list of this year's categories here.

What information will I need to enter?

To submit a PRODUCT entry, you will be asked for the following information:

-your contact information

-product/category name and description

-product/collection introduction date

-manufacturer information

-1-3 high resolution product images (minimum 350dpi, JPEG format)

-link to product video (optional)

 

To submit a PROJECT entry, you will be asked for the following information:

-your contact information

-official project name, location and description

-project press release/documentation

-size and cost per sq. ft. (cost will not be published)

-project completion date

-design firm information

-8-10 high resolution project images (minimum of 350dpi, in JPEG format)

-link to project/walkthrough video (optional)

 

To submit a PEOPLE entry, you will be asked for the following information:

-your contact information

-nominee name, location, job title, and email address

-brief bio

-cv/resume (optional)

-headshot

-minimum of 2 project or product examples to prove why they are the best of 2021 

-project completion dates OR product launch dates

-project OR product descriptions

-8-10 high resolution project images (minimum of 350dpi, in JPEG format) OR 1-3 high resolution project images (minimum of 350dpi, in JPEG format)

How many entries can I submit?

There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. Each entry can be submitted to one category at a time. If you would like to submit the same entry to additional categories, you will have the option to duplicate your entry at the end of the form. If you would like to duplicate an entry that has already been submitted, you can go to your completed entries under "My Account" and click "copy".

Can I save my entry and return to it later before I submit?

Yes, you may begin your entry, save, and revisit it at any time. To access your in-progress entries, go to the "my account" link on the top righthand side of the page. You will find a menu on the left with "My Entries".

Can I duplicate my entry?

Yes. If you would like to copy over information from one entry to a new entry you may use the checkbox on the last page of the entry form. You may then make changes to the entry copy or enter the same submission to additional categories.

Can I edit or change my entry once it is submitted?

If you need to make a vital change to a submitted entry, please email awards@interiordesign.net.

How will I be notified if I am a finalist or winner?

You will receive an email if your product or project is chosen as a finalist in November 2021. This email will be sent to the contact email address used on the entry form.

 

2021 winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony hosted by Editor in Chief Cindy Allen. Further details on the 2021 Best of Year Awards ceremony will be announced at a later date.

 

A list of the 2021 winners and honorees will also be published on InteriorDesign.net following the awards ceremony.

How are entries selected?

Product entries will go into a public product gallery and will be voted on by the A+D community from September 27 - October 11, 2021. Results are reviewed and finalists are determined by an Interior Design editorial panel. 

 

Project, People, and Student entries will be not be subject to public voting but will be judged by an Interior Design editorial panel.

Am I allowed to promote my entry on social media to encourage more votes?

Yes, we will provide a digital seal for you to use in your marketing efforts. You are encouraged to promote voting through your marketing channels.

Do you have further information on the Best of Year Awards?

A more detailed FAQ page can be found here.

 

Please don't hesitate to reach out at awards@interiordesign.net with any questions.

 


about Interior Design

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