Material ConneXion Receives Innovation Award from American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 14, 2012

The American Society of Interior Designers has chosen global materials resource and innovation consultancy Material ConneXion for its annual Innovation Award. This prestigious award recognizes an individual or organization that has contributed a significant and innovative product, project or body of work relating to interior design. The ASID recognizes the work of Material ConneXion and its role as a leader in the research and presentation of new material innovations that advance the industry of design. The ASID is the countrys leading association for interior designers and has more than 30,000 members throughout the US and Canada. It is a community driven by a common love for design and committed to the belief that interior design, as a service to people, is a powerful, multi-faceted profession that can positively change lives. The Society strives to advance the interior design profession through education and advocacy and, in the process, demonstrate and celebrate the power of design.

Material ConneXion was founded fifteen years ago by George M. Beylerian who saw how critically important material innovation would be in the very near future. Today, Material ConneXion is a resource for thousands of designers around the world who are increasingly looking for sustainable materials to create their designs. With more than 6,500 innovative materials and processes in nine locations worldwide, as well as a state-of-the-art online database, theres a material solution for every idea. For Material ConneXion, innovation means offering designers and architects a very real solution by researching materials that are not only beautiful and useful but often have groundbreaking impacts on the environment, says Michele Caniato, President of Material ConneXion, speaking from Chicago while attending NeoCon where the announcement was made.

The ASID Innovation Award is just another example of the extraordinary breadth and scope of Material ConneXions unwavering determination towards making material innovation an element of everyday life, says Adam I. Sandow, CEO of Sandow Media, the parent company of Material ConneXion. Having worked side by side for many years with the ASID, Material ConneXion is incredibly honored to accept this award that for us, celebrates the power of material innovation to enhance the world in which we live and interact with on a daily basis. Our primary goal is to serve as a catalyst for design innovation. We do this by being a conduit for educating designers on whats happening in the world of materials across all disciplines and industries, said Michael LaGreca, VP Library of Material ConneXion, who accepted the award on Monday night on behalf of the company.

The ASID Award winners are being showcased at the ASID National Conference at NeoCon in Chicago, June 11 13, 2012. For more information please contact Susan Towers, VP Marketing and Communications at / (+1) 212-842-1509 or cell 917-405-6563 or Gabriella Vivaldi, Marketing and Communications Manager at gvivaldi(at)materialconnexion(dot)com / (+1) 212-842-1679

About Material ConneXion:

Material ConneXion (a Sandow company) is a global materials and innovation consultancy that helps companies create the products and services of tomorrow through smart materials and design thinking. Focused on delivering Innovation That Matters, Material ConneXion is the trusted advisor to Fortune 500s, and any forward-thinking company or government agency seeking a creative, competitive, or sustainable edge. With offices in New York, Milan, Cologne, Bangkok, Seoul, Daegu, Istanbul, Beijing and Shanghai, Material ConneXion’s international network of specialists provides a global, cross-industry perspective on materials, design, new product development, sustainability and innovation. Material ConneXion maintains the worlds largest subscription-based Materials Library with over 6,500 innovative materials and processesan indispensable asset to a wide audience of users. Its sister company, Culture + Commerce, represents the worlds leading designers, including Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders, in licensing their groundbreaking new products. For more information, visit

About Sandow

Founded by Adam I. Sandow in 2002, Sandow ( is a leader in building multichannel, vertically integrated brands. The companys foundation is built on identifying underserved markets, creating indispensable resources, and building influential consumer and trade platforms across marketing, media, experiential and commerce. Sandows media platform includes the powerhouse print, digital and commerce properties under NewBeauty; Worth, the business and finance magazine for the ultra-affluent; Luxe Interiors + Design, the nations largest network of luxury design magazines; Interior Design, the iconic publication serving the interior design industry; Surface magazine, the American voice of the contemporary luxury design world; and the Furniture Today Group, recently included in B2B Magazines Media Power50. Sandows experiential/event platform includes Gen Art, the beloved organization that engages consumer audiences and aligns brands organically with emerging talent in film, fashion, music and art. Sandows marketing platform includes Material ConneXion, a global materials consultancy and library, Culture + Commerce, a strategic design consultancy that develops opportunities for global brands and international designers, and Wonder, a multi-disciplinary design and branding agency. Sandow has more than 400 employees nationwide, with offices in New York, Florida, Los Angeles and North Carolina.

More Interior Design Press Releases

Perkins+Will and Cobalt Win Top Award in the Workplace Total Category at Interior Design Award Gala

Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

The Vancouver office of Perkins+Will was recently honored by the Interior Design Institute of British Columbia (IDIBC), when they were presented with two awards at the Institutes Awards of Excellence 2012 gala. An annual celebration of interior design excellence in British Columbia, this years IDIBC event highlighted the industrys increased focus on sustainable design.

Perkins+Wills design for Cobalt Engineerings new corporate headquarters in Vancouver earned the only Award of Excellence in the Workplace Total Category and an Award of Merit in the Sustainability Category, one of only two projects that were recognized across multiple categories.

We are incredibly pleased to have our work recognized as one of this years market-leading designs, says Loren Cavallin, Perkins+Wills Director of Interior Design and the lead designer of the Cobalt Office Interiors project. Cobalt is a creative and innovative company that believes strongly in collaboration and sustainability. We wanted their corporate interiors to reflect these core values.

Targeting LEED-CI Gold standard, the project was developed in close collaboration with the client, allowing them to showcase their leadership in sustainability. While the building site offers prime water and mountain views, strategic planning, low panels, and transparency maximize vistas throughout the entire space. A focus on daylight harvesting reduces energy consumption, and custom plywood lighting fixture in the reception area speaks to light and air, Cobalt’s core business.

We couldnt be happier in our new space, says Stuart Hood, Managing Partner of Cobalt Engineering. The team at Perkins+Will worked closely with our mechanical and electrical engineers to design an office that is a joy to work in. We are able to showcase the benefit of collaborative integrated design with electrical, lighting, mechanical and interior design coming together as one. We have moved from an office where our clients would rarely visit to a place where we can host meetings with pride.

The Cobalt Vancouver office will now join other Perkins+Will projects, such as TELUS House, Haworth Calgary, and the City of Vancouver Engineering Department, as IDIBC award-winning projects. With an expanding portfolio of workplace interiors, the firm is currently applying their innovative approach to the corporate offices of industry giants Microsoft and CBRE.

About Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will is a multi-disciplinary design firm with over 29 years of experience in Vancouver. The firm is known for design excellence and innovation, approaching the challenges of architectural, interior and urban design with a global vision and unmatched resources. Led by a strong leadership group who provide a range of expertise and diverse perspectives, Perkins+Will Vancouver is able to maximize its clients vision, transforming ideas into built excellence, on time and on budget.

Founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance society, the office is deeply connected to its community, donating one percent of its design services to local, non-profit organizations every year. Committed to the 2030 Challenge, the firm is ranked among North Americas leading green practices with an in-house research department and one of the largest portfolios of completed, deeply sustainable buildings, interior spaces and urban plans.

As a testament to their commitment to excellence, Perkins+Will Vancouver has received more than 150 design honours, including 6 Governor Generals Medals in Architecture, 13 Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture, the coveted Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Firm of the Year Award, and has consistently been named one of Canadas Greenest Employers by the Globe and Mail.

About Cobalt Engineering

At Cobalt, we give life to buildings. We’re a member of Integral Group, a deep green engineering firm with a passion for innovation. We are a building services consulting firm providing mechanical and electrical building design, sustainable design, sustainable master planning, LEED

Ephesoft Announces First Annual Partner of the Year Award

Laguna Hills, CA (PRWEB) June 08, 2012

Ephesoft Inc., the leader in providing advanced cloud-ready capture solutions, today announced the winner of its first annual global partner awards. Ephesoft’s top partner is selected by the executive management team from a group of over 50 value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators (SI) in 14 countries. Since Ephesoft has a 100% partner sales model, this award is particularly important.

Don Field, CEO of Ephesoft, remarked, “Software subscription sales revenue is the primary factor of our selection but we also value partner focus, creativity, and commitment to the Ephesoft platform. Given those criteria, we are pleased to award our 2011 Partner of the Year award to Zia Consulting. We first met Zia at Alfresco’s DevCon event in 2010 and Zia immediately understood the synergy and potential of working together. Zia further impressed us with their dedication to quickly mastering the product and their rapid deployment in a wide range of engagements from mailroom automation to invoice processing.”

Zia has proven to be a model partner for Ephesoft and continues to innovate. They made technical contributions to the CMIS export scripts, developed an advanced analytics module for Ephesoft called Insight, earned the designation of certified Ephesoft instructors, and are collaborating with Ike Kavas, Ephesoft CTO, on the first book dealing with Ephesoft which will be published this summer.

In light of all these factors, our relationship with Zia Consulting continues to grow. Our exceptional growth is only possible by working closely with our partners. Mike Mahon and Pat Myers at Zia have demonstrated repeatedly the positive outcomes of that partnership and it is a real pleasure to award Zia this honor,” said Don Field.

It is a great honor for Zia to be named the inaugural Ephesoft Global Partner of the Year, said Pat Myers, co-founder of Zia Consulting and EVP for Zias Intelligent Document Capture Practice. As we continue to see growing demand for document capture solutions, we believe the opportunity to partner with Ephesoft is almost limitless, and its this belief that has Ephesoft at the very front of Zias Paper to Mobile solutions. Its has been a pleasure working with the Ephesoft team, whether its in our role as solution provider, certified training partner, or in the creation of the upcoming Ephesoft book, we continue to be impressed with their knowledge and responsiveness.


Ephesoft, Inc. is headquartered in Laguna Hills, California with an office in Maidenhead, England. Ephesofts document capture solutions are open-source and cloud-ready, offering extreme flexibility and accessibility for a wide range of customers. The company has been experiencing rapid growth in both the US and EMEA markets. For more information visit or call (949) 335-5335.

ABOUT Zia Consulting

Zia Consulting is a leading provider of enterprise business solutions for document capture and content management from Paper to Mobile. Zias products and solutions for IDC and ECM enable users to create, store, share and find content across the enterprise and on the go. Utilizing best-of-breed Open Source Software like Ephesoft, Zia Consulting has worked with both the public and private sector to provide end-to-end business solutions across a wide range of customer needs. Zia Consulting – Content Anywhere, Solutions Here. For more information, visit or call (888)732-4101.

Related Lighting Design Press Releases

EcoHome Announces 2012 Design Award Winners

Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 23, 2012

EcoHome, the leading source of information about certified green building products and projects and a magazine of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), unveiled the winners of its annual Design Awards program today. The competition honors the best sustainable homes for innovative design, green building features, environmental performance, and integration with their sites and communities.

2012 Grand recipients are:

ESCORT Demonstrates SmartRadar Bluetooth

New York City, NY (PRWEB) September 10, 2012

ESCORT Inc. (, designer, marketer and manufacturer of the world’s best premium automotive accessories, is demonstrating its all-new ESCORT SmartRadar Bluetooth Enabled Radar/Laser Detector at Showstoppers Digital Holidays press event in New York City this week. We continue to receive outstanding media attention for our recently introduced smartphone app, ESCORT Live. Our big news is the complimentary SmartRadar detector designed specifically for drivers who do not currently have a radar detector but want to easily and automatically connect with the ESCORT Live ticket protection app, said Ron Gividen, ESCORT PR Director.

The ESCORT SmartRadar model is a supercharged, out-of-sight radar/laser detector with built-in Bluetooth

Red Design Consultants has been Honored with Prestigious Silver A’ Design Award

Como, Italy (PRWEB) August 01, 2012

A’ Award and Competitions are proud to announce that the work Red Script Pro Typeface by Red Design Consultants became winner of the noteable Silver A’ Design Award at Graphics and Advertising Design Competition marked as one of the winners by the respected judging committee of the A’ Design Awards & Competitions amidst thousands of nominations.

Details of Red Script Pro Typeface

Red Design Consultants, the creative mind behind the awarded project Red Script Pro Typeface says Red Script Pro is a unique font inspired by new technologies and gadgets for alternative forms of communication, harmoniously connecting us with its free letter-forms. Inspired by the iPad and designed in Brushes, it is expressed in a unique writing style. It contains English, Greek as well as the Cyrillic alphabet and supports over 70 languages. Learn more at:

The Silver A’ Design Award

The Silver A’ Design Award is a prestigious award given to top 5% percentile designs that has achieved an exemplary level of excellence in design. The designs are judged by a panel of three different jury which is composed of Academic, Professional and Focus Group Members. The designs are evaluated with score normalization to remove any biases and are voted on aspects such as functionality, ergonomics, engineering, presentation, innovation, usability, fun details, technology, and any other specific points that could be considered, each of these points are further weighted for different jury groups.

About A’ Design Award and Competitions

A’Design Award and Competitions, aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design oriented products. A’ Design Award and Competitions are organized and awarded annually and internationally in multiple categories to reach a wide, design-oriented audience. Learn more:

Related Graphic Design Press Releases

Good Morning Inc has Been Granted the Prominent Platinum A’ Design Award

Como, Italy (PRWEB) August 01, 2012

A’ Award and Competitions are happy to inform that the design Good Morning Original Calendar 2012 “farm” by Art Director: Katsumi Tamura won the noteable Platinum A’ Design Award at Graphics and Advertising Design Competition chosen as a winner by the respected arbiters of the A’ Design Awards & Competitions within thousands of projects.

Regarding Good Morning Original Calendar 2012 “farm”

Katsumi Tamura, the creative mind behind the awarded work Good Morning Original Calendar 2012 “farm” explains “Farm is a kitset paper animal calendar. Fully assembled it makes a delightful miniature farm complete with six different animals.” Learn more:

Project Members for Good Morning Original Calendar 2012 “farm”

Good Morning Original Calendar 2012 farm was designed by Art Director: Katsumi Tamura and Designer: Takahiro Sugawara.

The Platinum A’ Design Award

The Platinum A’ Design Award is a prestigious award given to top 1% percentile designs that has delivered an exemplary level of excellence in design. The designs are judged by a panel of three different jury which is composed of Academic, Professional and Focus Group Members. The designs are evaluated with score normalization to remove any biases and are voted on aspects such as functionality, ergonomics, engineering, presentation, innovation, usability, fun details, technology, and any other specific points that could be considered, each of these points are further weighted for different jury groups.

About A’ Design Award and Competitions

A’Design Award and Competitions, aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design oriented products. A’ Design Award and Competitions are organized and awarded annually and internationally in multiple categories to reach a wide, design-oriented audience. Learn more at:

Dimmitt Automotive Group Receives Prestigious LEED Certification & Aurora Award

Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) August 07, 2012

The Dimmitt Automotive Groups Rolls-Royce, Bentley and McLaren showroom finishes Pinellas Parks newest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified building. The project recently was awarded an Aurora Award for Green Construction in the category for commercial/retail/office. The beautiful Gandy Boulevard structure on the Dimmitt campus is a testament to the familys commitment to save energy and honor the community.

MGA Partners Architects Wins AIA Design Excellence Award for Philadelphia Salvation Army Kroc Center

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 17, 2012

MGA Partners Architects today announced it received a Design Excellence Award for The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Philadelphia. The award, bestowed by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), recognizes the project for introducing a new generation of community activity into an urban landscape once blighted by poverty and fractured by the loss of manufacturing.

Were honored to be recognized for this project, not only as an example of excellent design, but also for the buildings contribution to urban revitalization in North Philadelphia, says Daniel Kelley, FAIA, senior partner with MGA Partners and lead designer of the Center.

The 130,000-square-foot community center features sports and recreation facilities including a world-class aquatics center and thoughtfully planned worship, job training, and meeting and event spaces. Outdoor spaces were also critical to the overall design. They include walking trails, playgrounds, athletic fields, and even feature a functional urban farm, all compatible with promoting the Salvation Armys mission promoting well-being of the body, mind, and spirit.

Philadelphia Success Story

The Citation of Merit for design, for a project that bears an exceptional aspect and represents excellence, was singled out by the jury, including chairman David Dixon, FAIA. The building has been covered recently in Planning, Architectural Record and Interior Design magazines.

Since opening in November 2010, The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center has become a national symbol of the important roles played by charitable giving, architecture and urbanism. The Philadelphia project is one of 27 new centers built or under construction around the nation following a private donation of $ 1.5 billion several years ago by the philanthropist Joan Kroc.

Building the Salvation Army Kroc Center in North Philadelphia has provided a model for both future transformations of urban edges and industrial landscapes, as well as for community centers across the county. Reviving the centers abandoned industrial site has helped reunite forgotten neighborhoods by bridging them with other nearby residential areas through the creation of a destination and a new hub of activity.

According to the client, The Salvation Army, the work by MGA Partners has been central to creating a successful, efficient operation with a restorative impact on this neighborhood. It is also seen as a model of how private gifts to charities can have an impact far beyond their main intended beneficiaries. In fact, since the center opened in November 2010, the project has created hundreds of jobs, tens of millions in annual economic impact, and continues to serve an ever-growing membership of more than 9,500. The center directly employs about 450 people.

The award from the AIA was conferred during a ceremony in Harrisburg, PA on June 3, 2012. For more information on the award or on MGA Partners, contact Chris Sullivan at 914-462-2096 or chris(at)sullivanmumford(dot)com.

About MGA Partners Architects

MGA Partners Architects is a nationally recognized, award-winning architecture practice based in Philadelphia. The firm is distinguished for combining design excellence with long-term value, and more than half of the firm’s architects are LEED Accredited Professionals. Its emphasis on exceptional design is reflected in an array of significant awards and publications. MGA’s collaborative approach results in long-term relationships with clients, which is demonstrated through repeat commissions for prominent universities, the federal government, and public institutions. Established in 1958 as Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, the firm reorganized as MGA Partners Architects in 1990 and has since completed over $ 600 million of work throughout the United States For more information, please visit

Passive House Retreat Wins 2012 EcoHome Design Award

Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 25, 2012

The Passive House Retreat, a modern green home by ZeroEnergy Design and AEDI Construction, received a Grand Award in the 2012 EcoHome Design Awards hosted by Hanleywood’s EcoHome Magazine. Aligned with the magazines philosophy, the award recognizes homes constructed using sustainable building practices and demonstrating innovative design and thoughtful use of site and materials.

EcoHome Design Award issue:

The new vacation residence located in a beautiful community on the New England coast features high performance and efficient use of space in a small package. The home is LEED Gold & Energy Star certified, built to the Passive House standard, and consumes only one tenth of the energy for heating compared to a similar new home built to code.

ZeroEnergy Design created a sleek, simple, gable roofed structure, and proposed the Passive House standard, which is a building performance standard that yields an extremely low-energy home. A combination of exceptional insulation, air sealing, high performance windows, and solar gain reduces the heating requirements to a fraction of a typical home, and uses only a very small heating system. The homeowners, whose extended families owned large, drafty, energy inefficient homes, immediately understood that the Passive House standard would provide both the energy savings and the increased comfort. They now enjoy a space with no wintertime drafts and very constant temperature throughout the home.

The Passive House Retreat is an example our firm’s ongoing commitment to pair a simple appealing aesthetic with exceptional energy performance said Stephanie Horowitz, AIA CPHC, Managing Director of ZeroEnergy Design.

The key project team members include ZeroEnergy Design for green architecture, Passive House consulting and mechanical design, and AEDI Construction for general contracting.

About ZED:

ZeroEnergy Design is a green architecture, mechanical design and energy consulting firm specializing in new construction and major renovations. The distinct union of great design and energy performance is enabled by a multidisciplinary team whose expertise spans architecture, mechanical engineering and finance. This integrated design approach makes ZED uniquely equipped to originate designs that are tailored to a clients requirements, environmental ideology, and unique sense of style.