From Interior Design, December 2006:
The first annual Best of Year recipients were chosen from over 800 contenders.
El Greco and Pablo Picasso weren’t the only stars at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on November 30, 2006. Circulating among works by the master painters inside Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic structure were some 800 members of the international A&D community, convening to celebrate the winners of Interior Design’s first ever, annual Best of Year Awards.
Directly on the heels of the magazine’s Hall of Fame, which packed the Waldorf-Astoria’s grand ballroom with a record attendance of more than 1,500 people on November 29 and inducted Rand Elliott, Sergio Palleroni, Gaetano Pesce, Annabelle Selldorf, and Paul Siskin, the back-to-back events, says editor in chief Cindy Allen, “galvanized the design community—enabling us to honor the trifecta: people, projects, and products.”
This was the magazine’s first ever Best of Year (BoY) awards in which projects were divided into 19 categories—K&B, hospitality, and institutional among them—and voted on by Allen and judges Arthur Casas, Pam Light, Nick Luzietti, and Ali Tayar. “I’ve been on countless juries yet I don’t think I’ve been on one that had such a selection of A-listers opposite A-listers,” continues Allen.