The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has announced the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum as the winner of the 2013 Star Award and Suzanne Tick, Affiliate IIDA, Principal, Suzanne Tick Inc. as the winner of the 2013 Titan Award.
The Star Award is given to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the design industry and the IIDA Titan Award recognizes significant contributions to the interior design profession by a design-related individual, company or organization—and both will be presented at the association’s annual meeting at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago on June, 9.
Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
“Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has been a champion of Design since its founding in the late 19th century,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP. “Its stewardship of the artifacts of design history is unquestionably peerless. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s impeccable curatorial expertise and ongoing educational focus have advanced Design in the public perception to an immeasurable degree, and we’re honored to present this national institution with this year’s IIDA Star Award.”
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum was founded in 1897 by Amy, Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt—granddaughters of industrialist Peter Cooper—with the purpose of advancing the public’s understanding of Design across all of human history. The museum became a branch of the Smithsonian in 1967 and includes more than 250,000 design objects as well as a world-class library. Its exhibitions and its educational programs—including its master’s program—explore both the historic and contemporary processes of Design. In addition, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum sponsors the prestigious National Design Awards, honoring excellence in American Design.
As the founder of Suzanne Tick Inc., Tick specializes in developing material for commercial and residential interiors, including textiles, carpet, hard surfacing, glass, woven metal screens, and lighting. In addition to her position as principal at Suzanne Tick Inc., Tick also maintains two design positions with leading industry manufacturers Teknion and Tandus Flooring. She has established a reputation with her intelligent and enthusiastic approach to Design in emerging markets, as well as for her commitment to providing innovative solutions.
“Suzanne’s pursuit of excellence in the field of material development for Interior Design has led her to achieve a level of leadership and innovation that makes us proud to call her a Member of IIDA,” said Durst. “And we’re equally proud to honor her accomplishments in the Interior Design industry with the IIDA Titan Award.”
Tick’s awards and honors include the 2008 Best of NeoCon Gold Award for Skyline’s a Collection in White, as well as the 2010 Best of NeoCon Silver Award for Suzanne Tick Markerglass.
A highly skilled and accomplished artist with a passion for textiles and repurposed materials, Tick has earned showings in New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where her stainless steel woven sculptures were exhibited in 1998, and even a commission from the Gates Foundation for her 2011 piece “Refuse DC,” made up of 4,800 metal clothing hangers.