Bill Moggridge, Cindy Allen Among IFDA Circle of Excellence Honorees

The spring awards juggernaut continues! On Tuesday evening, the New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) feted the winners of its Circle of Excellence Awards at the Benjamin Wystar Morris-designed Union League Club in Manhattan. Created to recognize individuals and organizations demonstrating exemplary initiative, achievement, and leadership in the design and furnishing communities, the awards are presented bi-annually. Bill Moggridge, the newly installed director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, was honored in the education category, while Interior Design editor-in-chief Cindy Allen was the media honoree and was presented with her award by Gensler’s Robin Klehr Avia. Dakota Jackson did the honors for Charles Pavarini III, the winner for interior design, while Jamie Drake presented the extraordinary Kenneth Wampler, founder of The Alpha Workshops, with a special humanitarian award. Other Circle of Excellence honorees included John S. Stark and Steven Stark (product design and development), Steelcase (Green Achievement), and Benjamin Moore & Co., which—in an echo of its new marketing campaign—was honored as outstanding retailer-to-the-trade resource.