Manufacturers of commercial interior products have lots of ways to gain awareness and recognition for their efforts. One area product marketers should consistently keep top-of-mind: pursuing industry awards that highlight best-in-class products and projects.

Many awards are administered by media entities or publications. This means winners not only get the recognition and credibility that comes from winning an award, they get the added bonus of receiving “free” editorial coverage. Typically the magazines will feature the award winners in their print, digital or online platforms, as well as across all their social media channels. 

If you’re looking to raise the profile of your brand, and gain widespread recognition, here are some of the best interior design awards you should consider for 2024.  

Interior Design Magazine's Best of Year product award logo

Interior Design Best of Year Awards

Interior Design is one of the preeminent publications for the contract and residential design industry. And their Best of Year Awards is an event not to be missed. In 2024, the awards will be celebrating 19 years. According to the website, it “is the design industry’s premiere design awards program, honoring the most significant work of the year as well as recognizing designers, architects, and manufacturers from around the globe.” 

Award winners receive:

  • A published feature in Interior Design magazine, which reaches 60k+ A&D professionals
  • Inclusion in their online gallery and digital landscape of 5M design enthusiasts, including a Facebook and Pinterest post
  • A stamp of distinction with official digital assets and seals for marketing materials

Brands may submit either:

  • A product submission: Products must have been introduced within the last year. Design categories include Architectural Products, Fabric, Furniture, Kitchen & Bath, Lighting, and more.
  • A project submission: Projects must have been completed within the last year, with the exception of the “on the boards” category. Categories include Education, Entertainment, Health/Wellness, and more.

The deadline for submission is typically in September. (Note: In 2023, the deadline was Sept. 23). In 2023, the cost of entry was $275 for an Early Bird submission and $325 for the standard entry deadline.

Metropolis magazine's Positive Planet Awards logo

Metropolis Magazine Positive Planet Awards 

Metropolis magazine covers what’s next in interior design and architecture, with a special focus on sustainability. Metropolis‘s annual Positive Planet Awards celebrate the progress brands are making toward design for a regenerative and equitable future. 

Award winners receive:

  • Inclusion in a special commemorative edition of Metropolis, with a readership of 57K+
  • A feature on their website, including a video of the award ceremony and photos in their award winners photo gallery
  • Posts on their social channels, including Twitter and Facebook, with 325K+ followers across their platforms

Brands may submit under the following categories:

  • Projects – Projects must be completed within the last 3 years and be pursuing a green building standard. Categories include: Civic/Cultural, Educational, Healthcare, Hospitality, and more.
  • Products – Products must have been released in the last 2 years. Categories include: Architectural Systems and Facades, Flooring-Soft (Carpet), and more.
  • People – This recognizes leadership in sustainability, wellness, equity, and resilience. Categories include: Rising Star, Firm of the Year, Best Educator, and more.
  • Innovation – Projects must be completed within the last 3 years. Categories include: Best Unbuilt Project, Best Overall Decarbonization, Best Innovation in Material and Product Use, and more.

The award submissions are typically open from July – August each year. Standard entry pricing for Innovation, Products, & Projects is $300. The Best Educator award fee is $50.

Red Dot Award's product design logo

Red Dot Award: Product Design

The Red Dot award is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious design competitions. Every year, the Red Dot Award: Product Design sets out to find the year’s best products with the most outstanding designs, including those that are aesthetically appealing, functional, smart or innovative.

Award winners receive:

  • Inclusion on the Red Dot website, newsletter, and social media channels
  • A feature in the Red Dot Design Yearbook, featuring state-of-the-art design
  • An invitation to an in-person award ceremony and networking events
  • Consideration for inclusion in exhibitions at the Red Dot Museum
  • The Red Dot winner label to use in marketing materials

There are 51 award submission categories that cover a broad product range, including Home and Seating Furniture, Bedroom Furniture and Beds, Lamps and Luminaries, and more. Your product must have been launched on the market between January 1, 2022 and June 1, 2024. In addition, you can submit your product for their Innovative Products metacategory. This recognizes products that set new standards and lay the foundations for fundamental industry change.

The deadline for this award is January 12, 2024. The submission fee ranges from 650 to 850 ($685 to $895 USD).

Good Design logo

The GOOD DESIGN Award  

Each year, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture presents the highly-respected GOOD DESIGN Award. For more than 70 years, this award has recognized the “most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs produced around the world.” Past winners have included products from international brands like Boeing and NASA.

Selected award winners may receive:

  • Announcements and press coverage
  • Inclusion in the museum’s Permanent Design Collection
  • The GOOD DESIGN logo for use in publications, promotions, and marketing

Brands can submit for the following categories:

  • Product Design: Anything produced and/or designed from January 2022 (note: this was for the 2023 awards) to the present is eligible. This can include Office Furniture, Floor Coverings, Building Materials, and more.
  • Graphic Design: Any graphic produced and/or designed from January 2022 (note: this was for the 2023 awards) to the present is eligible. This can include Magazines, Packaging, Product Communication, and more.

The application deadline is typically in June of each year. (Note: In 2023, the deadline was June 15). The entry fee is $375.

2024 Adex Awards logo. The image reads: A Tradition of Excellence. Recognizing excellence in the architecture and design industry since 1994.

ADEX Awards  

The ADEX Awards recognize the best in quality, innovation, form, and function that have impacted the design community each year. They specifically focus on architecture, interior design, product design, materials, and technology. The ADEX Awards are sponsored by Design Journal, an international resource for interior designers and architects.

Award winners may receive (*note: this is based on the entry fee you select):

  • Social media promotion
  • Banner ads on the ADEX website
  • Editorial coverage in Design Journal
  • ADEX logo for marketing materials

Brands can submit their products in categories such as architectural/building materials, bathroom furnishings, contract furnishings, and more.

Award submissions are due each year in December. The cost to submit ranges from $600-$1,200, depending on how many entries you submit and what kind of promotion you would like.

2024 AZ awards logo, featuring thumbnail images of various creative design projects like buildings, landscapes, and interiors.

AZURE magazine’s AZ Awards  

Each year, AZURE magazine sponsors the AZ Awards to showcase the best projects, products, and ideas in architecture and design. The winners exemplify excellence in innovation, aesthetics, creativity, social, and environmental responsibility.

Award winners receive:

  • An AZ Awards trophy
  • Inclusion in AZURE’s July/August print and online issue
  • Posts on AZURE’s digital and social channels
  • Exposure through AZURE’s media partners
  • A press kit distribution on v2com newswire

Categories include: 

  • Design: This includes furniture, lighting, interior products, architectural products, and more
  • Architecture: This includes residential, commercial, temporary, and adaptive re-use building projects
  • Landscape architecture: This includes public and private landscapes
  • Urban design: This includes built and unbuilt development products, infrastructure, and urban interventions
  • Interiors: Residential and commercial interiors
  • Concepts: Unbuilt projects and prototypes
  • Social Good Award: A project that advances social equity
  • Environmental Leadership Award: A project that shows respect for the use and management of natural resources with respect to materials and energy use

The submission period is January 2 – February, 2024. The submission fee is $195 for the first submission, $175 for the second, and $150 for any subsequent submission.

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Add Awards to Your Marketing Mix in 2024

Industry awards are an excellent way to raise your brand’s visibility and credibility and should be a part of any healthy marketing mix. By winning an award, your brand will likely gain additional earned media coverage, as well as greater awareness and engagement on social media platforms. Additionally, winning brands can leverage their awards to boost employee morale, spur customer inquiry and drive their own marketing content.

Manufacturers exhibiting at NeoCon, the world’s largest trade show for contract interior products, should also consider entering NeoCon-specific awards. These include: Best of NeoCon Awards, Interior Design’s HiP Awards, Metropolis Likes Awards

If you’re looking for advice on which awards would be most relevant for your brand, or need assistance developing award-worthy submissions, Spaulding Communications can help. 

We have decades of experience working with the awards listed here and the organizations that administer them. Reach out today to schedule a free consultation.

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