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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 13th 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.

The Best of Year awards ceremony draws 1,000+ world-wide attendees. Winners are announced LIVE by hosts Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief, and Carol Cisco, Publisher of Interior Design and take home the coveted Best of Year bulb award, designed by Harry Allen.

View the 2017 Best of Year winners and honorees.


the benefits

Winners of the 2018 Best of Year Awards will receive the following:

  • Honored live at the Best of Year awards ceremony, held on November 30th in NYC, with 1,000+ guests in attendance
  • Projects and Products are featured in the December issue of Interior Design magazine
  • Projects and Products are featured in an online gallery on InteriorDesign.net and promoted throughout Interior Design's digital channels
  • A coveted Best of Year Bulb Award, designed by icon Harry Allen
  • Official digital assets and seals for use on all marketing materials
  • Opportunities to be featured on Interior Design's social channels



Submissions to the 2018 Best of Year awards will open July 16, 2018

The deadline to enter is October 5, 2018
Every product submission receives huge exposure while voting is live on the Interior Design Best of Year voting site from October 9 - 20, 2018.

Submission fee: $300 per entry

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


Canceled entries may be eligible for refund until the close of submissions on October 5, 2018. No refunds will be provided following the close of submissions.


Product submissions must have been introduced between September 2017 and September 2018. 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 2017 and September 2018 (with the exception of the "on the boards" category, reserved for in-progress projects). Projects may be entered into one or more categories.

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


the event

The Best of Year awards ceremony draws 1,000+ world-wide attendees from the design industry. Winners are announced LIVE at the event by hosts Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief, and Carol Cisco, Publisher of Interior Design.

This year, the event will take place on November 30 at the Javits Center in NYC. Best of Year awards finalists will enjoy two complimentary tickets to the event. Additional tickets may be purchased for $175.

View coverage from Best of Year 2017.


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



Submissions open - July 16, 2018

Entry deadline - October 5, 2018

Public voting - October 9 - 20, 2018

Finalists announced - November 16, 2018

Best of Year awards ceremony - November 30, 2018

frequently asked questions

What categories can I submit to?

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)

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 on November 15, 2018. This email will be sent to the contact email address used on the entry form.

Winners will be announced live at the awards ceremony on November 30, 2018 in NYC. A list of the 2018 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 October 9 - 20, 2018. Results are reviewed and finalists are determined by an Interior Design editorial panel. 

Project 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.


about Interior Design

Interior Design is the global, industry-leading design publication, website and events company serving the interior design, architectural and facility management audiences. For over 85 years, Interior Design magazine—published by SANDOW, which builds smart businesses driven by innovation and design—has been the essential design authority for every professional, on all projects, throughout the design process.

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