ASID Minnesota Announces 2016 Award Winners

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) today announced its 2016 award winners, following an event Thursday evening at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis. The event was attended by approximately 400 Minnesota interior designers, architects and industry professionals.

“The significance of interior design extends beyond providing furnishings. Our profession works to deliver guidance in space utilization, product sourcing, sustainability and developing environments that meet and exceed expectations for functionality and comfort,” said Lola Watson, ASID, Board Chair for the Minnesota Chapter. “Our annual awards gala is an opportunity for us to showcase the need for, and examples of, the highest level of creativity within the industry.”

The highlights of the evening included the announcements of the association’s highest award: Designer of Distinction. Christine Frisk, ASID, of InUnison Design was provided with that honor during the evening’s award ceremony.

“I am beyond honored to receive this award and honored to work with our team at InUnison Design. We are a group of gifted interior designers, experienced draftspeople and so many other talented professionals,” said Frisk. “This award is a testament to the work we do as a team and to the collaboration and creativity that InUnison Design is able to provide to our clients.”

In addition to a Designer of Distinction, two awards are provided for Best in Show, highlighting the most impressive designs within the commercial and residential spaces.

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ASID MN Hosts Annual Sample Sale September 16-17

The Minnesota chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID MN) is hosting its annual Sample Sale at International Market Square on September 16-17, 2016.

The event is International Market Square’s largest sale of the year, showcasing high-end lighting, rugs, art and other coveted home furnishings at unbelievable discounts. Luxury designer furniture and unique home décor will be available to the public at 50 to 80 percent off original retail prices.

Public visitors, ASID members and the design community are all invited to attend the sale. With more than 145 showrooms, studios, shops and galleries, International Market Square is the largest home and commercial interior design marketplace in the Upper Midwest. Homeowners and business owners alike can find specialized professional services to meet their interior design needs.

“Our annual Sample Sale features stylish, high-quality furniture at more affordable prices. Dozens of showrooms are participating in the sale,” said Christine Frisk, ASID Minnesota chapter president. “We have hosted the event for more than a decade, and it is always a highlight of the year for the extended community.”

ASID is a community of designers, industry representatives, educators and students who are committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, ASID strives to advance the interior design profession and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives.

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Two ASID MN Members to be honored at Celebration

Every year, ASID honors 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. We are proud to honor them.”

“This year’s recipients include Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, an interior designer who represents excellence in the profession at all levels, and Dr. Caren Martin, whose unwavering commitment to elevate the profession knows no limits,” said Sandy Gordon, ASID National Chair. ”I am so pleased we will come together as an industry to celebrate their accomplishments”

Both recipients will be honored at Celebration: The 2016 ASID Awards Gala, at the Minneapolis City Center Marriott on July 16, 2016.

Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED Fellow
Designer of Distinction
Rachelle Schoessler Lynn was named an ASID Designer of Distinction in honor of her great passion for the practice and profession of interior design. She has held various positions, from Director – Workplace Studio at LHB to her current position as Senior Associate at MSR. She is a national leader in sustainable design innovation. Leading interdisciplinary project teams through an integrative process, she encourages sustainable design thinking from project conception through building occupancy. Examples of her work in this area include the Phillips Green Institute (a LEED pilot project), Norman Pointe II (the first LEED-certified project in Minnesota), the Red Stag Supperclub (the state’s first LEED-certified restaurant), and The Weidt Group’s office (certified LEED EBOM Platinum).

Caren S. Martin, PH.D., FASID
Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit
As the leading interior design organization, the American Society of Interior Designers is dedicated to advancing the profession of interior design. The ASID Foundation advances the profession and communicates the ability of interior design to enhance the human experience through research, scholarships, and education. ASID Foundation initiatives include a comprehensive annual scholarship program, the Transform Grant, an applied research grant program, and partnerships with Public Architecture’s 1+ and the National Building Museum.

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