Congratulations to our 2018 Design Excellence Award Winners

ASID Illinois Chapter Honors Chicago’s Top Designers at Design Excellence Awards

2018 Winners Recognized at the Celebration of Design

CHICAGO (Sept. 13, 2018) – On Thursday, Sept. 13, the American Society of Interior Designers – Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL), held its annual Celebration of Design and Design Excellence Awards. The 2018 Design Excellence Award winners were announced during the celebration at Marshall’s Landing in the historic Merchandise Mart.


ASID-IL President Cynthia Smith discussed the important role of design, designers, and ASID in positively impacting the built environment and the human experience.


“Founded in 1975, ASID is the oldest, largest, and leading professional organization for ALL interior designers. ASID inspires and enriches our members by promoting the value of interior design and by providing indispensable knowledge and experiences that build relationships. In Illinois, our chapter encompasses nearly 1000 members.” Smith said.


The Design Excellence Awards recognized design professionals that were either members of ASID or IIDA Illinois Chapters as well as registered interior designers in the state of Illinois. Designers submitted their entries in over 25 categories including residential, contract, and product design.


A panel of distinguished interior design professionals from other ASID Chapters across the country reviewed the entries and selected category winners based on lighting, scale and proportion, color and composition, design creativity, function, and solutions appropriate to the design criteria. All entrants also included an IMPACT statement –an explanation of how the project affected the users’ lives or livelihoods.    


Event sponsors included Presenting Sponsor, Benjamin Moore; Design Center at the Merchandise Mart; Cosentino; The Fine Line; Artists Frame Service; and Interior Define. Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago served as the event’s exclusive luxury media partner.



Design Excellence Award Winners:

Category: New Product Innovation

Firm: Sietto Handcrafted Cabinet Hardware & Julian Kitchen Design Inc.


Category: Contract Project Under 3,000 SF

Firm: Redux Interior Design


Category: Contract Project Over 10,000 SF

Firm:    First Place: Gary Lee Partners;

Honorable Mention: SmithGroupJJR;

Third Place: Perkins + Will Inc.


Category: Retail

Firm: Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP


Category: Hospitality

Firm: Inhabit Interiors


Category: Education

Firm: Fun Finders in association with Architecture Is Fun


Category: Contract Project by Small Firm

Firm: Fun Finders in association with Architecture Is Fun


Category: Furnishings

Firm: Inhabit Interiors


Category: Kitchen

Firm: Michelle’s Interiors


Category: Kitchen by Small Firm

Firm: Robin Thomas Design LLC


Category: Bathroom

Firm: Marshall Erb Design Inc.


Category: Bathroom by Small Firm

Firm: Interior Planning & Design


Category: Residence Under 3000 SF

Firm: Tom Stringer Design Partners


Category: Residence Over 3000 SF

Firm: Kim Scodro Interiors


Category: Residence By Small Firm

Firm: Sarah Kuchar Studio


Category: Universal Design

Firm: Design Lines LLC Mature Transitions by Design


Category: Singular Space

Firm: Studio Brunstrum


Category: Showcase Space

Firm: Sarris Designs & Interiors


Category: Outdoor Space

Firm: Donna Mondi Interior Design


Category: Historic Restoration Contract or Residential

Firm: Tom Stringer Design Partners


Category: Student Project

Student: Magan McCarthy, Student ASID and Suzann Nordstrom, Instructor College of DuPage



About ASID-IL:

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people —designers, industry representatives, educators and students — committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 30,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

The American Society of Interior Designers - Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL) is a professional association representing the interests of more than 1,100 Illinois interior designers, students and design industry partner members. Its vision is to be the voice of design in Illinois, to provide information through quality, timely communications, to educate its members and clients and to grow and support market expansion. ASID-IL is led by a volunteer board that includes the Chapter's president, president-elect, five directors and two student representatives. Please visit for more information.

Media Contact:

Janel Hyland, ASID-IL Chapter Administrator



Celebration of Design Winners Gallery

Celebration of Design Event Images- Photo Credit Megan Bearder Photography

Interiors Chicago Online Magazine- Winners and About Town spread