IIDA BEST awards: Five Things We Love


Modern In Denver magazine is committed to promoting and celebrating Colorado’s creative community, and that’s why we’re proud to be the IIDA RMC BESTawards media sponsor. The winners will be announced this Friday at the event, and in anticipation, here are our top five reasons we’re stoked to be part of this. 


This year’s impressive panel of judges packs quite the discerning eye when it comes to interior design. Creative Director Chris Stulpin (right) started the Mohawk Group/Trend Union Collaboration in 2010 and has more than 25 years of experience in interior design. Pictured left, Felice Silverman, FIIDA—Past President of the International Interior Design Association—has also been practicing interior design for 25 years. And last, but not least, is Cheryl Durst  (center), Honorary FIIDA, LEED AP. Durst is not only the IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO, but she also belongs to more non-profits than we can count, has earned an honorary doctorate’s degree from the New York School of Interior Design, and has journalism and economics degrees, to boot. Bonus: She’s the keynote speaker for the event!


The IIDA BESTawards event features no ordinary silent auction! From a South Africa Cape wine experience to the chance of being a fighter pilot for a day, there are plenty of desirable experiences and items to be had. All fundraising efforts benefit the Colorado Interior Design Coalition and the IIDA RMC Education Fund in Honor of Pam Weeks. Take a look at all the items; we’ve got our eye on the Task Master packages!


The historic Paramount Theater is home to this year’s IIDA BESTawards! Built in 1930, the Paramount has remained the only local theatre of its time to maintain its original glamour. The atmosphere was and is heightened by the original architectural and design elements. The architect, Temple Buell, built several important buildings in the region and is credited for founding the “western style” of architecture. The Theatre is an unrivaled testament to Art Deco design and the craftsmanship of the era. Fun fact: the Paramount was originally designed for silent movies, and it houses a one-of-a-kind Wurlitzer twin-console organ designed to produce varied sound effects in accompaniment with the picture show.


Did we mention our excitement about the winners?! There was some fierce competition this year, and the winners set a high bar representing the very best in interior design in Colorado. We are honored to celebrate the professional and talented designers in our community—not to mention, it’s pretty cool seeing the winners named and sharing in their excitement. Visit the IIDA Pinterest page to see projects from previous winners. 

But the No. 1 reason we love the IIDA BESTawards: We are launching the fall issue of Modern In Denver at the celebration! Be the first to see the issue, and inside, all the winners are published. The issue will be on newsstands next week, so BESTaward attendees get the sneak preview. See you Friday!

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