Daun Curry Announced 2019 Designer of the Year by British Brand, Andrew Martin

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Daun Curry Interior Designer of the Year
Above: Martin Waller, Founder of Andrew Martin; Daun Curry, Winner of the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award 2019; Thomas Pheasant, Presenter of the 2019 award and winner of the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award 1997. Photo: Carrie Dorean.
Daun Curry; Photograph by Carrie Dorean.

Daun Curry, a New York-based designer known for strikingly beautiful interiors, was officially awarded the distinction of the 23rd International Interior Designer of the Year (2019) by venerable British brand Andrew Martin. The accomplishment was commemorated with a special gala at the British Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. just prior to the year’s end. Attendees included Martin Waller, founder of Andrew Martin, and designer Thomas Pheasant, who presented Daun with the award.

Founded in 1996, the award sees an exemplary designer honored each year, most recently followed by the ‘bible of interior design,’ or the Interior Design Review book. The awards, referred to as the ‘Oscars of the Interior Design world’ by The Sunday Times, have become one of the most prestigious platforms for interior designers from around the world. Previous winners include Nicholas Haslam, Kelly Hoppen, Kit Kemp, and Erin Martin among many other highly recognizable names. The celebrity judging panel for 2019 included Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer for Land Rover, and Olympic Gold Medalist, Lord Sebastian Coe.

Left: Benedikt Josef, Courtney Bowe, Daun Curry, Jaliah Johnson, and Lauren Parikh of the Daun Curry team. Photograph by Carrie Dorean.

The Interior Design Review book now represents a cultural catalogue of design, illustrating social and political movements as well as cultural lifestyles over the last two decades. With over 1000 color photographs, the annual publication marks out the world’s greatest interior designers, showcasing their works on a global stage.

Gerry McGovern comments, “Daun’s work resonated with me on an emotional level for numerous reasons. Her ability to create luxury without being ostentatious together with her desire to embrace modernity while not being afraid to be eclectic when appropriate, together with her use of beautifully sophisticated colors were just a few of the highlights for me. A worthy winner, congratulations.” Lord Sebastian Coe believes Curry’s work is “easy, uncomplicated and effective.”

Daun Curry and her daughter are joined by guests ready to celebrate her achievement. Photograph by Carrie Dorean.

Winning the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award is a life-changing and value-altering experience, with winners citing the accolade years after their respective award ceremonies. Daun Curry says “It is such a unique honor to be named the Designer of the Year by Andrew Martin. The iconic British brand pioneered cross-cultural dialogue when they launched the first international design award in 1996, and it remains a highly regarded distinction that brings together a global group of design luminaries. I am deeply humbled to be in the company of designers I greatly admire and respect, such as Thomas Pheasant, Kelly Hoppen, Jamie Drake, Axel Vervoordt, and Martyn Lawrence Bullard—to be honored in the U.S. at the British Embassy in D.C. is an extraordinary gift and reflects Andrew Martin’s generosity of spirit and love of ‘eluding the ordinary.’”

A gorgeous setting: the dinner took place at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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