Material ConneXion and Interior Design Magazine Announce “Best of Year” and “Best of Materials”

New York, NY – July 30, 2014 – Material ConneXion (MCX), the world’s largest library of innovative, advanced and sustainable materials, today announced an exclusive collaboration with Interior Design magazine to introduce the newest category in its Best of Year Awards (BOY). The annual celebration honors the year’s top international design products and projects across market segments and, for the first time, will include an award for “Best of Materials.” With the addition of “Best of Materials,” BOY 2014 will honor winners across more than 100 categories.

“Best of Year is one of the most prestigious honors that a product or project can receive in the design industry,” said Michele Caniato, president of Material ConneXion. “I am thrilled to break new ground in recognizing the incredible work by the world’s most innovative manufacturers. Breakthrough materials change the products and projects we see everyday, ultimately transforming the way we live our lives. It is my privilege to highlight these trailblazers, along with our sister brand Interior Design, through the new Best of Materials award category.”

International manufacturers of innovative, advanced and sustainable materials are invited to submit their products for one or more of the 20 material categories featured on the Best of Year website by September 14, 2014. Submission includes a nominal fee of $300.00 USD per category.

Award winners and honorees will have their work showcased via Interior Design’s magazine and website, MATTER magazine and Material ConneXion’s online platforms. All winners and honorees will be announced at the annual awards ceremony to be held at New York’s IAC building on December 4, 2014.

In 2013, Interior Design received product submissions from 23 countries and project submissions from 33. In addition to these submissions, the online voting page received an impressive 290K+ page views and nearly 62K votes.

“Materials are what make design possible,” said Cindy Allen, editor-in-chief of Interior Design magazine. “Including Best of Materials in our annual awards celebration is a way to offer our voters a 360-degree understanding of the incredible products and projects we present.”


“Best of Materials” categories include:

–        Combination of dissimilar materials

–        Existing indoor/outdoor solution

–        Innovative acoustic surface

–        Innovative new material tabletop/work surface

–        Innovative new material for wall covering

–        Innovative new paper product

–        Innovative new stain resistance treatment/product

–        Innovative translucent shading/lighting solution

–        New laminate material/design

–        New low environmental impact solution

–        New upholstery surface

–        New wet environment material

–        Printable screen/surface

–        Unexpected use of cement for interiors

–        Unexpected use of ceramics for interiors

–        Unexpected use of glass for interiors

–        Unexpected use of metals for interiors

–        Unexpected use of natural materials for interiors

–        Use of recycled materials

–        Use of reclaimed materials


A panel of design leaders, spearheaded by Interior Design’s Allen, will review submissions from BOY finalists from October 6-17, 2014. Results from the panel’s selection will be posted on the award website in November 2014. Submission requirements include completion of the project between September 2013 and August 2014. Additionally, all entries must include a completed submission form accompanied by a digital image (350dpi high resolution, .jpg or .tif file, for reproduction at 5″ x 7″ minimum and smaller than 20MB).

For more information on “Best of Materials” or BOY, or to schedule an interview with a Material ConneXion spokesperson, please contact Gabriella Vivaldi, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager, Material ConneXion (; +1 917 934 2903).


About Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion (, a SANDOW company, is a global materials and innovation consultancy that helps clients create the products and services of tomorrow through smart materials and design thinking. Material ConneXion is the trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies, as well as forward-thinking agencies and government entities seeking a creative, competitive or sustainable edge. With eight locations—in Bangkok, Daegu, Hong Kong, Milan, New York, Skövde, Tokyo and a satellite library in Copenhagen—Material ConneXion’s international network of specialists provides a global, cross-industry perspective on materials, design, new product development, sustainability and innovation. Material ConneXion maintains the world’s largest subscription-based materials library with more than 7,500 innovative materials and processes—an indispensable asset to a wide audience of users. The consulting division, ThinkLab, works with clients to strategically incorporate trends, service and innovation into their business models and products, while sister company Culture + Commerce represents the world’s leading designers, including Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders, in licensing their groundbreaking new products and projects.

About Interior Design

 Interior Design Media is the global, industry-leading design publication, website and events company serving the interior design, architectural, and facility management audiences. For 80 years, Interior Design magazine—published by SANDOW, a leader in multichannel brands that meet at the intersection of luxury and design—has been the essential design authority for every professional, on all projects, throughout the design process. Its digital companion,, has become the go-to site for relevant and real-time content for the industry’s largest and most engaged design audience. Launched in 2011, Interior Design Events connects the industry, promoting creative leadership, innovation, and collaboration across a wide range of practice areas and platforms. For more information, visit