[Skip to Content]


about the NYCxDESIGN awards

about the awards

The NYCxDESIGN Awards honors outstanding products and projects in categories that span major areas of design, from architecture to interiors, from products to accessories. Submissions are reviewed by a jury of design industry leaders. Winners and honorees represent the very best design talent and are recognized during a virtual ceremony hosted by Cindy Allen. Winners will be published in Interior Design magazine, promoted on Interior Design and NYCxDESIGN’s digital channels

Now in its sixth year, the NYCxDESIGN Awards is the highlight of NYCxDESIGN.

NYCxDESIGN is a non-profit organization that nurtures, supports, and provides opportunities for NYC’s design sector by organizing and coordinating exceptional year-round activations, amplifying the voices of design through storytelling and promotion, and providing annual grants for local talent and businesses that make New York the design capital of the world. This year on May 13–18, NYCxDESIGN will present a series of Design Days showcasing NYC’s talented design community. The program will feature primarily virtual events, including the NYCxDESIGN Awards, as well as outdoor experiences, select tours, and other small gatherings.

The NYCxDESIGN Awards are presented by Interior Design.

the benefits

Winners of the 2021 NYCxDESIGN Awards receive:

  • Honored during a virtual ceremony hosted by Cindy Allen on DesignTV by SANDOW
  • Featured in Interior Design magazine
  • Featured in an online gallery on interiordesign.net and nycxdesign.com
  • Extensive coverage across Interior Design's global digital network of 9 million+
  • Celebrated via Interior Design digital coverage, including a Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest post 
  • Celebrated via NYCxDESIGN digital coverage, including a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram stories
  • Official digital assets and seals for use on all marketing materials
  • Opportunities to be featured on Interior Design's social channels throughout 2021​​​​



2021 extended deadline is April 7, 2021 (11:59PM EDT).

Student submissions are due by May 7, 2021 (11:59PM EDT).

Submission Fee: $200 per entry

Emerging/Independent Designer Submission Fee: $75 per entry

People's Choice Add-On Fee: $50 per entry​​​​​​

Student Submission Fee: FREE

Each entrant will receive a 1-year complimentary digital subscription to Interior Design magazine.

Refunds are not available for submissions once they have been formally entered. Submissions made that do not follow specifications are disqualified, and we will, unfortunately, not be able to provide a refund. ​​


project eligibility

Eligible Submitters: Domestic and International Firms

Eligible Projects: Projects in any of NYC’s five boroughs (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens) completed between January 2020 and April 2021.

Incomplete projects are eligible for submission to On the Boards category.

Projects in any of NYC's five boroughs completed between April 2016 and May 2021 are eligible for the Iconic Project category. 

 Questions about eligibility? Contact awards@interiordesign.net


product eligibility

Eligible Submitters: Designers, Manufacturers, Distributors and Showrooms

Eligible Products: Products that will be shown (virtually or in-person) at 2021 NYCxDESIGN Design Days affiliated events or 2021 NYCxDESIGN affiliated shows (ICFFWantedDesign, NYC Jewelry Week, etc.)* or in any New York City based showrooms, design centers, studios or temporary installations between January 2020-May 2021.

You do not have to exhibit at an NYCxDESIGN affiliated shows or events if you sell, show, or manufacture product within the five boroughs.

Product exhibited at NYCxDESIGN affiliated shows (ICFF, Wanted Design, etc.) or events as well as any products manufactured, shown, or sold in NYC between April 2016 and May 2021 are eligible for the ICONIC PRODUCT category.

*Products delayed due to the pandemic that were intended to be shown at 2020 NYCxDESIGN affiliated events and shows are also eligible.

Students: The student product design category is open to products launched or exhibited either in conjunction with a class/course or a (virtual) show in the 2020-2021 academic year (Fall 2020 through Spring 2021).

Students must be currently enrolled in an accredited graduate or undergraduate program located in New York City (will accept Fall 2020 graduates). 

Eligible product designs include but are not limited to: Accessories, Architectural Products, Fabric, Furniture, Kitchen & Bath, Lighting, and Wall Covering. Please use the dedicated student submission form. Deadline for this category is May 7.

 Questions about eligibility? Contact awards@interiordesign.net


the event

Winners of the NYCxDESIGN Awards will be announced during the NYCxDESIGN Awards virtual ceremony, hosted by Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief of Interior Design, on DesignTV by SANDOW.

View coverage from NYCxDESIGN 2020.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the NYCxDESIGN, please contact your regional director or idsales@interiordesign.net.



Extended Submission Deadline: April 7, 2021 (11:59PM EDT)​​​

Student Submission Deadline: May 7, 2021 (11:59PM EDT)

Jury Deliberation: April 12 - April 19, 2021

People's Choice Voting: April 12 - April 23, 2021

Finalist Announcement: May 10, 2021

Virtual Awards Ceremony: TBD



how to submit

1. Create an account or log in here.

2. Start a new submission.

3. Select category.

4. Complete one submission form per project or product. 



about Interior Design

Interior Design is the global, industry-leading design publication, website and events company serving the interior design, architectural and facility management audiences. For over 85 years, Interior Design magazine—published by SANDOW, which builds smart businesses driven by innovation and design—has been the essential design authority for every professional, on all projects, throughout the design process.

Subscribe to Interior Design magazine