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frequently asked questions


what is the cost to enter?

Submission Fees:

  • Early-Bird - February 6 - February 17, 2023 - $195 per entry
  • Regular Submission - February 18 - March 17, 2023 - $225 per entry
  • Cutting It Close - March 18 - March 31, 2023 - $250 per entry

Emerging/Independent Designer Category Submission: $75 per entry

Made In The Boroughs Category Submission: $75 per entry

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

Student Submission: FREE

what products are eligible?

Products that will be shown (virtually or in-person) at 2023 NYCxDESIGN Festival affiliated events or 2023 NYCxDESIGN affiliated shows or in any New York City-based showrooms, design centers, studios, or temporary installations between January 2022-May 2023. (Designs submitted for the 2022 NYCxDESIGN Awards cannot be submitted for the 2023 NYCxDESIGN Awards.)

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

Products 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 January 2022 are eligible for the ICONIC PRODUCT category.

what projects are eligible?

Projects in any of NYC’s five boroughs (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens) completed between January 2022 and April 2023 are eligible. (Designs submitted for the 2022 NYCxDESIGN Awards cannot be submitted for the 2023 NYCxDESIGN Awards).

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

Projects in any of NYC’s boroughs completed between April 2016 and January 2022 are eligible for the ICONIC PROJECT category.

what student product designs are eligible?

To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in an accredited graduate or undergraduate program (will accept Fall 2022 graduates).
Students do not need to be New York-based

Products must be launched or exhibited either in conjunction with a class/course or a (virtual) show in the 2022-2023 academic year (Fall 2022 through Spring 2023)

Products must be a built prototype or sample with supporting photography. Given the current circumstances, we will accept renderings if no photography is available.

Eligible product designs include but are not limited to, accessories, architectural products, fabric, furniture, kitchen & bath, lighting, and wall covering.

The submission fee for the student product design category is FREE.

Please use the dedicated student submission form.

who is eligible for the emerging/independent designer category?

Designers whose business (including self-employed) is 0-5 years old or whose 2021 and/or 2022 annual revenue is less than $500,000 as reported on their tax return.

The submission fee for the EMERGING/INDEPENDENT DESIGNER category is $75.

how does the people's choice work?

The People's Choice Award is for product submissions and is an additional $50. Entrants may opt into the People's Choice Award, which will be based on the results of online voting from the general public. The public voting period is from April 3 - April 21, 2023, via nycxdesignawards.com

what are the iconic product and project categories?

The ICONIC PRODUCT category is open to any products manufactured, sold, or exhibited in the five boroughs OR exhibited at NYCxDESIGN affiliated shows (ICFF, Wanted Design, etc.) or events between April 2016 and January 2022.

THE ICONIC PROJECT category is open to any projects located in the five boroughs between April 2016 and January 2022. Iconic Project is for a previously completed project that continues to make a mark on the city.

what information will i need to enter?

To submit a PRODUCT entry, you will be asked for the following information:

  • your contact information
  • product/category name and description
  • product/collection introduction date
  • manufacturer information
  • 1-5 high-resolution product images (minimum 350dpi, JPEG format)
  • link to product video (optional)

To submit a PROJECT entry, you will be asked for the following information:

  • your contact information
  • official project name, location, and description
  • project press release/documentation 
  • size and cost per sq. ft. (cost will not be published)
  • project completion date
  • design firm information
  • 8-10 high-resolution project images (minimum of 350dpi, in JPEG format)
  • link to project/walkthrough video (optional)

To submit a STUDENT PRODUCT entry using the dedicated student submission form, you will be asked for the following information:

  • your contact information
  • school information
  • product/category name and description
  • 1-5 high-resolution product images (minimum 350dpi, JPEG format)
  • product documentation (optional)

what categories are available this year?

View the complete list of categories here.

when is the submission deadline?

The submission deadline for the NYCxDESIGN Awards is 11:59 PM EDT on March 31, 2023.

All materials for submission must be provided by the deadline. Submissions that do not follow specifications will be disqualified without notice or refund.

is there a limit to how many entries i can submit?

No, there is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.

Each entry can be submitted to one category at a time. If you would like to submit the same entry to additional categories, you will have the option to duplicate your entry at the end of the form. If you would like to duplicate an entry that has already been submitted, you can go to your completed entries under "My Account" and click "Copy".

can i start my entry and then return to it later?

Yes, you may begin your entry, save, and revisit it at any time. To access your in-progress entries, go to the "my account" link on the top right-hand side of the page. You will find a menu on the left with "My Entries".

can i duplicate an entry?

Yes. If you would like to copy over information from one entry to a new entry you may use the checkbox on the last page of the entry form. You may then make changes to the entry copy or enter the same submission to additional categories.

can i edit or change my entry once it has been submitted?

If you need to make a vital change to a submitted entry, please email awards@interiordesign.net.


how are entries selected?

Entries will be judged by a panel of design leaders from April 3 - 28, 2023. Following the judging period, the results are reviewed by an Interior Design editorial panel led by editor-in-chief Cindy Allen.

when will the people's choice voting take place?

Visit the online gallery between April 3 - 21, 2023 on nycxdesignawards.com to vote!

how will i know if i am a finalist?

You will receive an email if your product or project is chosen as a finalist by end of the day on May 10, 2023. This email will be sent to the contact email address used on the entry form.

Winners will be announced during the ceremony hosted by Cindy Allen on May 18, 2023. 

how will i know if i've won?

Winners will be announced during the ceremony hosted by Cindy Allen. Winners and honorees will also receive a congratulatory email following the event.

what do i get if i win?

  • Honored during a ceremony hosted by Cindy Allen
  • Custom award
  • Featured in Interior Design magazine
  • Featured in an online gallery on interiordesign.net and nycxdesign.com
  • All winners will be included in a categorized announcement video shared to ID’s Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • Dedicated awards Pinterest Board with each winner receiving their own pin.
  • All winners will also be included in an Instagram story announcement as awards are announced.
  • Official digital assets and seals for use on all marketing materials
  • Opportunities to be featured on Interior Design's social channels throughout 2023



Ceremony: May 18, 2023


Live at NYCxDESIGN. More details to come~


how can i sponsor the nycxdesign awards?

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