Renee Dee shares information about the very first ICONIC Design Awards.
We are excited to present ICONIC Design Awards, a vision I’ve had for our community since the inception of ICONIC LIFE magazine. Our mission is to create the most exciting awards competition with a foundation of integrity, which is our highest priority.
ICONIC Design Awards is an exclusive, juried design awards competition presented by ICONIC LIFE and our sponsors, celebrating the best in design culminating in a glamorous night of awards in late September. We’ll recognize excellence in interior design, architecture, landscape design and product design.
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Renee Dee, Photo by Carlye Klick
For three decades, I’ve had a deep passion for design—inside and outside and everything in between. As a magazine publisher, I’ve had the luxury of touring hundreds of exquisite projects, and while I have a keen eye for design, even more I have enormous respect for the incredible talents that go to work across the Valley every day to make our city beautiful one design at a time.
With Arizona being a hub for explosive growth in luxury homebuilding, diverse talents have stepped up to design the homes that grace our desert landscape. I am often in awe.
We’ve lined up industry luminaries from around the country, most specifically NOT in Arizona, to serve as judges for our ICONIC Design Awards, specific to the categories. Architects will judge architecture and designers will judge design. These judges have shown expertise and excellence on a national level.
To be honest, some awards have left me a bit wanting…either the membership restriction makes the field of entrants very shallow or the vote-for-me methodology isn’t really a jury of peers making the award.
It’s important for to share a few distinguishing facets of our competition:
As a magazine publisher, I’ve had the luxury of touring hundreds of exquisite projects, and while I have a keen eye for design, even more I have enormous respect for the incredible talents that go to work across the Valley every day to make our city beautiful one design at a time.
There is no popular voting to win these ICONIC Design Awards. The ICONIC LIFE magazine team is not judging these awards or “altering” the list of winners.
Renee Dee…that’s me…is not voting or judging. I will not even know who has won until you know the night of the event. While we so appreciate the support of ICONIC LIFE magazine through advertising, advertising is not taken into consideration as it relates to winning an award.
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There are many opportunities to earn well-deserved recognition for outstanding work! Our entry portal is open for submissions with a deadline of midnight on May 15, 2023.
The ICONIC Design Awards special issue will be presented the night of the awards, so winners will be “instantly” published.
The issue will be produced by one member of the ICONIC LIFE team, sworn to secrecy and not allowed to share awards winners with anyone from the team.
The ICONIC LIFE team will not be able to view any awards results or entries prior to hearing the winning names announced along with all of you.
You can count on us to uphold the highest integrity of these awards and celebrate in an elevated way on our special night.
Renee M. Dee