Carleton Varney, one of America’s best-known interior designers, will be honored as the 2015 Design Icon during the Winter Las Vegas Market. Varney is president of New York-based Dorothy Draper & Co. Inc., one of the oldest, most established interior design firms in the United States.
“Carleton Varney is a trailblazer in the world of interior design,” said Bob Maricich, chief executive officer of International Market Centers. “He's attracted the attention of celebrities, world leaders and royalty for his commitment to impeccable design and attention to lavish detail. His work continues to evoke awe and pleasure today—a testament to the fact that truly great design stands the test of time.”
The award ceremony is considered a programming centerpiece at Las Vegas Winter Market, which takes place Jan. 18 to 22. Now in its 10th year, the Design Icon Award seeks to both highlight the achievements of important designers and to offer Las Vegas Market attendees an opportunity to learn from living legends.
For his part, Varney said he's excited to “share my experiences in design and stories of the many of the personalities I have worked with.” He continued, “I hope to also impart the rich history of the great Dorothy Draper and why she, too, was an icon. What Coco Chanel was to fashion, Dorothy Draper was to interior design. It is my honor to spotlight our shared philosophies and bodies of work.”
As the newest Design Icon honoree, Varney joins previous recipients Barbara Barry, Vladimir Kagan, Juan Montoya, Vicente Wolf, Christopher Guy, Larry Laslo, Roger Thomas, Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton.
The 2015 Design Icon presentation will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. in the WorldView Room, on the 16th floor of Building B. The event will include a presentation by Varney, followed by a Q&A session with Maricich. Varney will also be signing copies of his latest book, Decorating in the Grand Manor—a lavishly illustrated tome featuring interior design projects from throughout his career. The Dorothy Draper Collection of furniture by Kindel Furniture Company will also be on display at the event.
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“Our goal is to offer valuable programming that attendees can’t find elsewhere,” said Scott Eckman, chief marketing and strategy officer of IMC. “We look for leaders to share their knowledge—whether that's from a design icon like Carleton Varney a Pantone color expert like Laurie Pressman or an online powerhouse like Amazon—to help deliver cutting-edge, relevant and tangible information.”
For the full schedule of presentations, click here.
Show hours are Sunday, Jan. 18, through Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 22, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Las Vegas Market is to the trade only.