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NY Now Honors Products with Awards in Multiple Design Categories

NY Now, the Market for Home & Lifestyle, or, as it was previously known, The New York International Gift Fair, has always made a policy of awarding good design and recent years have shown more categories added to the honored list as the show expanded and added sections devoted to designers, handmade goods, sustainable products and more.

Editors and designers are brought in to voice their thoughts on the latest products and bestow honors on those that stand out among the crowd.

With NY Now having just wrapped up, check in on some of the award winners from this edition of the show and learn what attracted the judges to the companies and their products.

Best of the Best

The American Society of Interior Designers NY Metro Chapter recognized seven exhibitors from the NY Now Home Collection as Best of the Best at the summer market.

This year’s judges were Tai Ishikawa Pleasanton, Stone Source, Industry Partner ASID; Kevin Peterson, ASID, NCIDQ, Kevin Peterson Design; Kim Price, Allied ASID, KAVANTE Inc.; Vincent Taylor, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, CAPS, Eco Nest Interior Design Studio; and Debbie Viola, Industry Partner ASID, Custom Finishes & Murals by Debbie Viola. The co-chairs were Marcia D. Bell, Industry Partner ASID, Marcia Bell Consulting; and Dana E. Messina, Industry Partner ASID, Marcia Bell Consulting.

2013 ASID Best of the Best

Imaginative Product Presentation:
Natural Curiosities
Los Angeles

Innovative Product Design:
Aviva Stanoff
Carlsbad, Calif.

Social Responsibility/Ecological Sensitivity:
In2Green LLC
Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.

McCoy Design
Tamaqua, Pa.

dbO Home LLC
Sharon, Conn.

West New York, N.J.

Wall Art:
Christine Originals
Ellenville, N.Y.

Best of Home/Best of Lifestyle

The Best of Home and Best of Lifestyle awards were sponsored by NY Now in conjunction with Red Clay, a collaborative product design studio. Red Clay’s online system enabled judges to review and select first round winners, and then allowed members of the trade, as well as consumers, to select final winners. This was the inaugural time for each award.

Best of Lifestyle:
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Storage Beanbag: a patented storage beanbag with beans on top and storage on the bottom. The Storage Beanbag initially was selected by a panel of trade and consumer editors, from more than 70 products, as “Bloggers’ Best” in the Baby + Child Best New Product Awards.

Best of Home:
Couture Dreams
Wading River, N.Y.
Chichi Throw: crafted from woven Chichi and available in ivory or flax. The oversized throw (50”x70”) is 100 percent machine washable and can double as a table runner. The Chichi Throw was originally selected by a panel of trade and consumer editors for another award as well. This time it was the “Best of Market” award in the Home Textiles Market Week Best New Product Awards.

Accent on Design

Three exhibitors in the Accent on Design section of the show received awards in recognition of product design excellence, innovation and creativity. Accent on Design is a juried collection of contemporary designers within NY Now.

Excellence in Product Design:
San Francisco
Circa: a revolutionary flat-panel LED light source that redefines ambient lighting by combining seamless movement with warm and balanced illumination.

Best New Collection:
Creative Danes, Inc./MENU
Carlsbad, Calif.
MENU: a collection of functional living, dining and outdoor products featuring beautiful Scandinavian design with true originality, each serving as a unique conversation piece.

Excellence in Booth Design:
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Selected for a surprisingly tactile representation of materials and creating the most appropriate backdrop for their material-centric clocks.

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