Earth Minded Award Winners Unveiled at HD Expo in Las Vegas

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Second Annual EMAs recognize innovative sustainable design in hospitality

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 13, 2009) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) in partnership with Hospitality Design magazine recognize the 2009 Earth-Minded Award (EMA) winners May 13 at the Green Day luncheon during the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas. The EMA’s honor manufacturers, designers and architects for their exceptional and innovative hospitality design in two categories, product and project, with a student award on the horizon for next year.

Submissions were judged upon various attributes including materials selection, resource efficiency, aesthetics, recycling and waste management, innovation and employment practices. The judges included Kirsten Childs, ASID from Croxton Collaborative; Michael Suomi from Stonehill Taylor Architects and Clodaugh from Clodaugh Design.

The 2009 winners are:


Ecolite Double-Sided Wall System from Ecolite Concrete USA
The system consists of prefabricated, ready-to-erect concrete walls in a number of finishes used for high-rise hotel cladding.


Broadway and Transit Chairs from artist Boris Bally
A Carnegie Mellon grad, Bally has spent years sifting through 30,000-pound scrap piles of recycled traffic signs to find just the right pieces for his collections.

Teak Doors and Panels from Island Living
The ornate, hand-carved teak doors are made from reclaimed wood.

Forest chair by JANUS et Cie, Industry Partner of ASID
The die cast aluminum chair emits unique shadows reminiscent of a forest and the versatility of the chair allows it to function both in outside and inside environments.


Founding Farmers Restaurant
Washington, DC

LEED gold-certified Founding Farmers restaurant in Washington, D.C., was designed by CORE architecture + design. The design pays homage to the American farmer and is reminiscent of a typical farm structure.


Guestrooms at Miraval Resort and Spa
Tucson, Arizona

The guestrooms at the Miraval Resort and Spa in Tucson, Ariz., were designed by renowned sustainable interior designer and product designer, Clodaugh with architecture by Mithun.

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About ASID: 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 40,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. ASID is the Founding Sponsor of InformeDesign (, a searchable database that enables designers to engage in evidence-based design by using Research Summaries focused on design and human behavior, created and operated by the University of Minnesota.

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