hank you to everyone who supported the inaugural ICONIC Design Awards 2023
presented by Monogram Luxury Appliances by entering our competition, by sponsoring
our awards and by attending our event.
It was indeed a grand night and the culmination of a year-long journey to create an event that our design industry deserves and an awards competition with integrity. I am over-the-moon excited about how it all went! A big thank you to all of you and to our courageous presenters who said yes to giving awards on stage in a new venue, in a new way. You all crushed it!
We were honored to have Catherine Anaya, our celebrity mistress of ceremonies on stage, who elegantly took our event to the next level. A big thank you to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts for working with us to produce a show that I am really proud of!
I’m so grateful for my team, who impressed me beyond words. Each of them stepped up in a big way to make sure no detail was missed and that we delivered a near-flawless experience.
For years, awards programs have left me wanting more: more glamour, more excitement, more celebration. And, I’ve felt there is room for improvement. Awards shouldn’t be given out in a preferential, biased way.
Thank you to our panel of illustrious jury from around the country who judged our awards. The greatest compliment is to be fairly judged by a jury of peers in a challenging competition that means something when you get an award. We had almost 200 entries in our competition; to be in the top three of each category is an impressive feat with that field of entrants.
We are a fantastically collaborative design community, and that’s unique to our city. My personal goal is to continue to connect us all in a way we’ve never been connected and elevate our community by putting people together, promoting great work and encouraging us all to be our very best.
I had a blast celebrating with you on Saturday night, and this is only the beginning. We’ll launch ICONIC Design Awards 2024 next February when we open the entry portal. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 28, 2024, when we will celebrate together once again.
From the bottom of my heart, I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with all of you and call you my friends. I couldn’t be more excited to be right here, right now.
September 28, 2024