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frequently asked questions


submissions

what is the cost to enter?

The submission fee is $200 per entry.

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

The submission fee to opt-in for the PEOPLE'S CHOICE category is an additional $50 per entry.

The STUDENT PRODUCT DESIGN submission is free.

what products are eligible?

Products that will be shown (virtually or in-person) at 2021 NYCxDESIGN Design Days affiliated events or 2021 NYCxDESIGN affiliated shows (ICFFWantedDesign, 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.

what projects are eligible?

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

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

Projects in any of NYC’s boroughs completed between April 2016 and April 2021 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  located in New York City (will accept Fall 2020 graduates).

Products must be 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)

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.

who is eligible for the emerging/independent designer category?

Designers whose business (including self-employed) is 0-5 years old or whose 2019 and/or 2020 annual revenue is less than $500,000 as reported on their tax return.

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

how does the people's choice category work?

The PEOPLE'S CHOICE category is an optional add-on for product submissions for an additional $50. Submissions also entered into the PEOPLE'S CHOICE category will be included in a public voting period from April 12 - April 23, 2021 via nycxdesignawards.com. 

Products entered into the PEOPLE'S CHOICE category must also be entered into at least one other product category to be eligible.

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 May 2021.

THE ICONIC PROJECT category is open to any projects located in the five boroughs between April 2016 and May 2021.

how are the product eligibility guidelines impacted by COVID-19?

Due to the circumstances, PRODUCTS delayed due to the pandemic that were intended to be shown at 2020 NYCxDESIGN affiliated shows (like ICFF and WantedDesign) or events are still eligible.

In addition, if you sell, show, or manufacture product within the five boroughs, it is not a requirement that you also be an exhibitor.

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 extended submission deadline for the NYCxDESIGN Awards is 11:59PM EDT on April 7, 2021.

STUDENT PRODUCT DESIGN submissions are due by 11:59PM EDT on May 7, 2021.

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 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 righthand 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.


judging

how are entries selected?

Entries will be judged by a panel of design leaders from April 12 - 19, 2021. Following 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 voiting take place?

Visit the online gallery between April 12 - 23, 2021 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 day on May 8. This email will be sent to the contact email address used on the entry form.

Winners will be announced during the virtual ceremony hosted by Cindy Allen. 

how will i know if i've won?

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

what do i get if i win?

Winners will be featured in an issue of Interior Design, at the discretion of the editorial team​​, on InteriorDesign.net, and on NYCxDESIGN.com.

Winners will be celebrated via Interior Design digital coverage, including a Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest post.

Winners will also be celebrated via NYCxDESIGN digital coverage, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram stories.

Winners and honorees will receive creative assets for use on digital and print marketing materials and additional opportunities to be featured on Interior Design's social channels.


event

what changes can we expect due to covid-19?

Although the NYCxDESIGN Awards will still take place this May, Interior Design has reimagined the experience with the wellbeing of the design community in mind. During this trying time, it's important that we redefine what togetherness means and still recognize and celebrate New York Design.

This May, we will hold a Virtual NYCxDESIGN Awards ceremony on DesignTV by SANDOW, via InteriorDesign.net's homepage and Interior Design's Facebook page, highlighting all of the Awards winners and honorees in an event that is sure to inspire.  

Your project or product will get extensive coverage across Interior Design’s global digital network of 9 million+!  Winners will be celebrated via Interior Design digital coverage, including a Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest post as well as NYCxDESIGN digital coverage, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram stories.

when?

Virtual Ceremony: TBD

where?

DesignTV by SANDOW on the homepage of InteriorDesign.net and Interior Design's Facebook page.


sponsorship

how can i sponsor the nycxdesign awards?

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