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Design Innovation

This award recognizes an individual, organization, manufacturer, or research project for having produced a significant and innovative product, project, or body of work that contributes to interior design by positively impacting human behavior; promoting comfort, efficiency, or communication; exemplifying a commitment to the profession; exhibiting a commitment to sustainability, health, and wellness; and displaying an overall appreciation for design.


Eligible parties include any individual, organization, manufacturer, or research project that has made lasting and significant contributions to the body of knowledge that supports the profession of interior design. National officers, board members, and award jurors are ineligible during their terms of service.

2020 DESIGN INNOVATION AWARD WINNER - Material Bank (launched by Adam Sandow)

Material Bank is the fastest and most powerful way for design professionals to search and sample materials. Through Material Bank’s powerful platform, designers and architects can conduct complex searches across hundreds of brands and thousands of materials in seconds. In addition to the convenience and time-savings this affords, Material Bank also aggregates the materials - eliminating wasteful packaging and shipping resources and promoting a sustainable reclamation program.

Previous Award Winners

2019: Rosalyn Cama, FASID, EDAC
2018: Paul Scialla
2017: Design Museum Foundation
2016: Stacklab + Rebart
2015: Wayne Ruga, PhD, FAIA, FIIDA, Hon. FASID
2014: Haworth's Bluescape
2013: Health Product Declaration Collaborative
2012: Material Connexion
2011: BIFMA Level Sustainability Standard