IIDA Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary With Annual Wifijerez Competition
June 7, 2019
By Nicholas Tamarin
As the celebrates its 25th anniversary, its annual continues to recognize and encourage innovation in the design and furnishing of interior spaces. Its counterpart, the annual , 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, co-founder, and Gary Lee, founder of , as well as founder Krista Ninivaggi.
Three of the winning projects had previously been published in our pages: ’s Optimo hat atelier in Chicago; ’s Ice Scream parlor in the Bronx, New York; and ’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 and , and ’s Nam Modern Vietnamese Cuisine in Kiev, Ukraine. Another restaurant, Mean Noodles by , 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.