International Design Awards



Designs that Decrease Man’s Carbon Footprint

While science is sending its best to the arctic poles to diagnose global warming, the Los Angeles-based International Design Awards is taking the conundrum elsewhere: to those who design the manmade world. IDA is sponsoring the Land & Sea competition to address the pesky carbon footprint, inviting architects and designers of interiors, products, graphics and fashion internationally — both professionals and students — to submit realized, in-progress and conceptual work that, in some way, promises a greater relationship between man and the world around us.

Work is being accepted in two categories:

The land

For example, an alternative-fuel car, an organic fertilizer, a LEED-certified home, a recyclable wallpaper, a dress using non-petroleum polyester.

The sea

For example, a sailboat, beachwear made from organic fibers, a waterfront park, an alternative fuel jetski.

Rewards include:

An international press campaign celebrating the designers’ work, sent to 100,000 peers and editors internationally.

Designers’ work included in the IDA online gallery, with links to their website for access by journalists, distributors and buyers.

Review of their work by the top design editors internationally: including Judges: Michael Cannell – Editorial Director,; Josh Rubin – Editor in Chief,; Newell Turner – Style Director, House Beautiful; Laurence Ng – Publisher, idN News; David Hertz – AIA; Gwynne Pugh – AIA; Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan – apartment therapy.

Celebration of their work at the IDA Land & Sea reception at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in May.

iDA Jury for the Land + Sea Competition

MICHAEL CANNELL is the Editorial Director of Previously he was Editor of the House & Home Section of the New York Times for seven years. His biography of I.M. Pei was published by Crown in 1995.

ROSE APODACA is a pop culture and style columnist and frequent contributor to Harper’s Bazaar, Elle,, Paper and other publications. She consulted on and helped launch image, the new Los Angeles times style section; and is the co- owner of A+R Design lab and, Los Angeles.

RIDO BUSSE is the Chairman of the German Trade and Industry Board and, as an award-winning product designer, founded the design agency Busse Design Ulm. He is the recipient of the baden-wurttemberg state economy medal and is an activist in the fight against piracy in product design, having founded the “plagiarius”, a punitive award for the theft of ideas.

JOHN DUNNIGAN is professor and Head of the Department of Furniture Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. As a designer he is known as “the man with the well-placed tassel.” his work at john dunnigan studio and as a partner at dunnigan wahl associates has been featured in house beautiful, the new york times, town and country, metropolis, better homes and gardens, newsweek and art and antiques.

MELISSA STERRY founded London creative and communications agency, network, think tank and incubator Societás in 2004. She sits on the WWF’s Beyond Green Consumption think tank and is the eco-style and ethical affairs editor to several European arts and lifestyle titles. She is the co-founder of the Creative Graduate Prize launched in 2005 and the Iconique Societás ‘Excellence in Fashion Photography and Illustration Awards launched in conjunction with in 2007.

MAXWELL GILLINGHAM-RYAN is the founder of apartment therapy, a New York interior design practice. He is also founder and editor-in-chief of the residential interior design blog apartment (“saving the world, one room at a time”), which has become one of the country’s most influential voices in interior design. His work with apartment therapy has landed his opinions on design in the New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Observer and the Wall Street Journal.

ANDY GRIFFITH is co-owner and buyer of Los Angeles’ A+R Design Store, a playful silver lake ode to international modern design with a new sister location on Abbott Kinney in Venice Beach. He is an expatriate who traded England for the US and a film-editing career for design.

DAVID HERTZ, AIA, Principal of david hertz, AIA architects, a full-service architecture firm that specializes in the design and construction of residential and commercial buildings with an emphasis on systainability. He is Founder of syndesis, inc. and engineer of Syndecrete, an innovative lightweight concrete alternative to non-renewable materials.

GWYNNE PUGH, AIA, Co-founder and partner at Pugh + Scarpa architects and is known for his planning, design and facilitation skills between parties. He serves as chair of the Santa Monica planning commmission and as a peer review consultant to the cities of San Diego, long beach, carson and los angeles and at the getty conservation institute, and is an expert in sustainable design and engineering.

JOSH RUBIN is Editor-in-Chief, Founder and Publisher of Cool Hunting (, a trendtracking phenomenon that banks on rubin’s experience in graphic design as a user interface lead at Motorola and Design Director at Razorfish. He is senior partner and a founder of the digital services firm Bond Art and Science, and an acute observer and curator of products of cultural inspiration.

BARBARA THORNBURG is the Senior Style Editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine.

NEWELL TURNER is the Style Director of House Beautiful.

KELLY WEARSTLER is the mind behind Kelly Wearstler, inc. and a judge on BravoTV’s “Top Design”.

MEAGHAN O’NEILL is the editor of and

About iDA

Designers worldwide are constantly conceptualizing and producing solutions – from the serious to the whimsical – through exploration of form and function. To draw attention to that iconoclasm, A handful of designers and entrepreneurs created the International Design Awards in 2007. It is multidisciplinary by design: the intention was to develop a unique arena for all designers internationally in order to further cross-disciplinary inspiration and dialogue.

Mission Statement

iDA exists to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries and to uncover emerging talent in architecture and interior, fashion, product, graphic and fashion design.

The iDA Gala 2008

A celebration of the best of the year in international architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design and fashion.

Runway shows. Brief documentaries. Keynote speakers. The announcement of winners. Video installations. Then after-hours parties. More video installations. 2008 locations will be decided and published here at a later date.

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For more information on the Land + Sea Competition contact:

Contact: Melissa Sterry

Office: + 44 (0) 870 910 4904


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