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Eighth Annual “Design Excellence Awards” Solicits Call For Entries

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The American Society of Interior Designers – Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL) announced that it is accepting entries for the 2011 Design Excellence Awards, an annual competition open to ASID-IL members, International Interior Design Association Illinois members (IIDA-IL) and registered interior designers in the State of Illinois. Presented by ASID-IL and publishing partner i4design magazine, the deadline to submit entries for the eighth annual Design Excellence Awards is Friday, June 24, 2011.

“This competition consistently showcases some of the best projects from Illinois designers. Whether on a small or large scale, the submissions demonstrate the critical skills, knowledge, vision, solutions to problems and creativity that an interior designer must have in order to make a project successful,” said Michelle Banks Watt,
ASID, LEED-AP, 2010-2011 ASID-IL chapter president.

Designers are welcome to submit their entries in 20 residential, contract and product design categories, including: kitchen, bath, small and large residences, singular residential rooms, corporate office spaces, retail, hospitality, green design and more.

A panel of distinguished interior design professionals from out of state will review the entries and select category winners on the basis of lighting, scale and proportion, color and composition, design creativity, function, solutions appropriate to the design criteria, materials and patterns. All entries will be judged by the highest standards of the profession, and are judged anonymously.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN THE FALL
All winning entries will be published in a private-label magazine that will be mailed after the “Celebration of Design Gala”, which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Union League Club of Chicago. This ASID magazine is distributed throughout the year at special events held by the ASID Illinois Chapter. Additionally, select first-place winners will be published in the October Design Awards Issue of i4design magazine.

For more information about ASID-IL, please visit www.asidillinois.com, or call the ASID Illinois Chapter headquarters at 312-467-5080.

ABOUT THE "FIND A DESIGNER" SERVICE
The Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers offers a free, convenient, user-friendly online service that consumers and business professionals can use to search for interior designers throughout the state. Find A Designer, available at
www.asidillinois.com, allows site visitors to preview profiles of ASID-IL designers before contacting them for a project interview. The online service includes easy-to-navigate Web pages and designer profile pages, and the ability to search by location and designer specialty. Consumers have the ability to review as many designer profiles as they’d like and find out more about each designer, as well as view samples of their work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at their convenience.

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. 
www.asid.org

The American Society of Interior Designers - Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL) is a non-profit professional association representing the interests of more than 1,300 Illinois interior designers, students and design industry partner members. Its vision is to be the voice of design in Illinois and to provide information through quality, timely communications, to educate its members and clients, and to expand and to support market expansion. The Chapter is lead by a volunteer board that includes the Chapter's president, president-elect, 5 directors and a student representative.

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