Contract magazine, which focuses on commercial interiors, has named Philip G. Freelon (at right) of The Freelon Group, as its 2008 Designer of the Year. Looking globally, the magazine selected Moira Moser of Hong Kong-headquartered M Moser Associates as its 2008 Legend.
Last Friday, the magazine also recognized the winners of its 29th Annual Interiors Awards. Surprise, suprise, good ‘ol Gensler took home the prize for best large office (for its work for advertising firm Bartle Bogle Hegarty). In the hotels category, Jeffrey Beers International won for The Cove Atlantis Resort (hmm, surely we need to do an in-depth UnBeige profile of this property?). Where restaurants and retail were concerned, it was the age-old combination of prime beef and dancing shoes, with Bentel & Bentel Architects winning for Craftsteak New York and burdifilek for its Capezio store in Toronto (we detect a certain Hadidian flavor, but see for yourself). Read about more award winners on Contract‘s website, but be warned, it’s going to make you want to apply for a job at Bartle Bogle Hegarty–not to mention crave a juicy steak and a new leotard.