SHREWSBURY, N.J. -- Entrants from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)into its annual Design Excellence Awards learned the results of the competition at a dinner gala at the elegant and timeless Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury. The gala was held on the evening of Wednesday, June 13 and interior designers from the New Jersey Chapter of ASID, industry partners, as well as friends, family and colleagues were in attendance. Twenty-one chapter interior designers won a total of 34 prizes among them. 

For the Chapter's Design Excellence Awards, designers could submit projects in residential and commercial/non-residential sectors. The residential sector had 11 categories in which designs could be entered, from a single space to a historic preservation project. On the commercial/non-residential side, the seven categories included everything from a retail/showroom/exhibit space to government/institutional space(s).  All entries had to have used at least one Industry Partner at the time of the project to be submitted. 

"Successful entries demonstrated exceptional design and positive impact on life and the human experience in keeping with ASID's mission," said Joan Ravasy, ASID, president of the New Jersey Chapter.  "The Design Excellence awards reinforce the ASID commitment to important design principles."

Judges were comprisedof award-winning ASID members from around the countryand judging is based on the following criteria with a points system:Effectiveness of the design solution, functional use of space, scale and proportion, color and composition, innovative use of materials, creativity of the design solution, effective use of lighting, use of sustainable design principles, use of Universal Design principles. 

Gold, silver and bronze awards are conferred in the categories.  

Major sponsors of the event were Kitchen Elite in Westfield, N.J., and Wayne Tile.  Table sponsors included: Creative Touch, Kitchen Elite, Lighting Design Center, Wayne Tile, Window Treats Inc. and Window Works. Attendees also walked “the red carpet” supplied by Creative Touch of Secaucus.  

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