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ASID –IL To Present Design Excellence Awards

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The American Society of Interior Designers – Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL) and i4 design magazine will host the third annual "Celebration of Design" Gala at Chicago's Merchandise Mart on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at 7 p.m. in the 8th-floor Atrium. Open to all facets of the design trade, the Gala's theme is Bal Masque (masked ball) and will feature a champagne reception, gourmet dinner and awards ceremony. More than 400 guests are expected to attend this black-tie-optional entertaining affair. The winners of the "Design Excellence Awards" will be unmasked at the Gala. The awards competition is open to ASID Illinois members, International Interior Design Association Illinois members (IIDA-IL) and registered interior designers in the State of Illinois. Jointly presented by ASID-IL and i4 design magazine, the third annual Design Excellence Awards received more than 60 entries this year. Designers submitted their entries in more than 20 residential, contract and product design categories, including: singular residential space, kitchen, bath, historic restoration, showcase room, tile design, corporate offices, retail, hospitality, green design, universal design, furnishings and fixtures. A panel of distinguished interior design professionals from out of state are in the process of reviewing the entries and will select category winners. Presenting sponsors of the awards include Chicago Tile Institute, International Masonry Institute, Lakeview Distributors (distributors of the Viking and Zephyr lines). All winning entries will be published in a private-label magazine that will be mailed to ASID and IIDA members after the Gala. 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 i4 design magazine Tickets for the "Celebration of Design" Gala on Oct. 19, 2006, are $100 and can be purchased online at www.asidillinois.com or through the ASID-IL Chapter office by calling 312-467-5080. For more information about ASID-IL, please visit www.asidillinois.com, or call the ASID Illinois Chapter headquarters at 312-467-5080. ABOUT ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is the oldest and largest professional organization for interior designers. It 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 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 49 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. ASID interior designers specialize in a wide range of areas. In the commercial sector, its members provide design and consulting services to the office, health care, institutional, hospitality and retail environments. In the residential field, its members provide services ranging from space planning to home office design to customizing a home to meet specific client needs. The American Society of Interior Designers - Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL) is a non-profit professional association representing the interests of more than 1,600 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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