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Two Toronto firms only Canadian recipients of an ASID 2016 National Award


WASHINGTON, D.C. —

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced the recipients of its 2016 ASID National Awards. Every year, ASID honours those who advance the interior design profession and, in the process, demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. The National Awards represent the highest level of professional recognition bestowed by the Society on individuals and organizations.

“Each year as part of the Society’s mission, we support and recognize leading visionaries who continually push boundaries to demonstrate the impact of design,” said ASID CEO Randy Fiser. “The 2016 ASID National Award winners are no exception: true visionaries whose accomplishments inspire and teach us about what can be done to make a difference.”

Winners include:

  • Designer of Distinction – Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED Fellow
  • Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit – Caren S. Martin, Ph.D., CID, FASID
  • Design for Humanity – Dwell with Dignity
  • Design Innovation – Stacklab + Rebart

“The 2016 awards showcase an organization doing exceptional work with homeless individuals and families to provide complete home interiors that are safe, functional, and beautiful, along with a partnership between two Canadian firms that worked together to create an innovative design with reused materials from a demolished bridge,” said Sandy Gordon, ASID National Chair. “Together, these award winners demonstrate the transformative effect design has on individuals and the spaces where they live, work, play and heal.”

Design Innovation – Stacklab + Rebart The Design Innovation award recognizes an individual, institution, manufacturer, or a research team for producing an innovative project or body of work that contributes significantly to advancing the field of interior design.

Toronto-based partnering firms Stacklab and Rebart procured two tonnes of rebar from the former Garrison Bridge during its demolition in early 2015 and created a limited series of 102 castings. In keeping with their focus on material and process innovation, the Garrison stool was derived using state-of-the-art digital design and fabrication technology, optimizing it to be both light and strong, an embodiment of the firms’ commitment to innovative approaches to sustainability and efficiency.

The Garrison is being produced in cast iron ($1,950) or in cast iron with bronze ($2,350). Each of the 102 castings is numbered and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

The Garrison is being produced in cast iron ($1,950) or in cast iron with bronze ($2,350). Each of the
102 castings is numbered and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.