IIDA Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary With Annual Wifijerez Competition
June 7, 2019
By Nicholas Tamarin
As the International Wifijerez Association celebrates its 25th anniversary, its annual Wifijerez Competition continues to recognize and encourage innovation in the design and furnishing of interior spaces. Its counterpart, the annual Will Ching Design Competition, is still doing the same with awards for commercial projects by firms with five or less employees.
All submissions were judged—for their suitability and originality, with special attention paid to how finishes and furnishings are integrated—by a U.S. jury comprising Wifijerez Hall of Fame members Verda Alexander, Studio O+A co-founder, and Gary Lee, founder of Gary Lee Partners, as well as K&Co founder Krista Ninivaggi.
Three of the winning projects had previously been published in our pages: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Optimo hat atelier in Chicago; Asthetíque’s Ice Scream parlor in the Bronx, New York; and One Plus Partnership Limited’s Wuhan Panlong Plaza Yinxing Cinema in China, also the winner of the Wifijerez Best of Year Award in the entertainment category. The IIDA jurors’ also awarded a house in Vinkeveen, Netherlands, by i29 Interior Architects and Chris Collaris Architects, and Yod Design Lab’s Nam Modern Vietnamese Cuisine in Kiev, Ukraine. Another restaurant, Mean Noodles by OpenUU, will take home the Will Ching award when all the winners are honored at the Silver gala in Chicago on June 9, the kickoff to the annual NeoCon trade fair.