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D&D Building announces Stars of Design and Rising Stars
Sep 23, 2015

Designers—both those summiting the peak of their careers and those just emerging—are being hailed as this year’s “Stars” by the Decoration and Design Building. This year’s Stars of Design and Stars on the Rise honorees, announced last week, will be feted at both an October 13 cocktail party and an October 14 black-tie dinner, on-site at Upper Story by Charlie Palmer. The celebration will continue throughout the design center’s 50th anniversary Fall Market. A jury made up of previous honorees and other industry luminaries included Jury Chair Matthew Patrick Smyth, a Star of Design 2011; Brad Ford, a Star on the Rise 2012; Irene Edwards of Lonny Magazine; Eric Daniels of Fashion Institute of Technology; and Tomas Georgi of Donghia.

The eighth annual Stars of Design awards honor contributions made in art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial/product design, and landscape design and photography. There is also a lifetime achievement award granted each year.

 
Jack Lenor Larsen will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award. Photo by Shonna Valeska.

The 2015 Stars of Design honorees are as follows:
Lifetime Achievement: Jack Lenor Larsen
Architecture: Steven Harris
Art: Tom Otterness
Graphic Design: Chip Kidd, Penguin Random House  
Industrial/Product Design: Dakota Jackson
Interior Design: Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz
Landscape Design: Edmund Hollander
Photography: Jeffrey Milstein

This year, the Stars on the Rise award, established in 2012, will recognize current design students with a newly established student designer category. Jurors chose one student from the top five design schools in New York, including Fashion Institute of Technology, New York School of Interior Design, School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute.  

The 2015 Stars on the Rise Winners are:
Benjamin Vandiver, Benjamin Vandiver Interiors + Lifestyle
Bennett Leifer, Bennett Leifer Interiors
Jenny Wolf, Jenny Wolf Interiors
Paris Forino, Paris Forino Interior Design
Susana Simonpietri, Chango & Co.


Benjamin Vandiver and Paris Forino are two of the Stars on the Rise.

Student Category:
Asa Bollvik, Fashion Institute of Technology
Yuanyuan Ma, New York School of Interior Design
Geehye Kim, Pratt Institute
Catherine Lee, Parsons School of Design
Vanessa Lacayo, School of Visual Arts

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