March 7th, 2004
The Miami Herald
S. Florida designers get prizes for work
by Jo Werne
The Second Annual Midnight Affair Design Excellence Award held last weekend in the Miami Design District brought awards to nine Florida designers and architects.
In addition, two designers were honored for their legislative support and the Bud Merle Award went to a designer who devotes a great deal of time to community efforts.
Sponsored by DACRA and Florida professional design organizations, the award ceremony was hosted by Mayer Rus, design editor of House and Garden, and Linda O'Keefe, design and architecture editor of Metropolitan Home. It was held in the Moore Building.
Dakota Jackson, one of the judges, signed the Tricentennial art-case piano that commemorates the 300th anniversary of the invention of the piano. It can be seen at Steinway & Sons' Coral Gables showroom, 4104 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
The categories and the winners are:
* Private Residence Under 5,000 Square Feet: Upstairs Studio, Miami.
* Outdoor Space: Chad Oppenheim, Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Miami
* Surprise Space: Alexander Karram, Interiors Karram, Boca Raton.
* Retail/Showroom: Echeverria Design Group, Coral Gables.
* Interior Design Association (IDAF) for Outstanding Legislative Support in the Interior Design Industry: Janice Young, Jacksonville, and Michael Shiff, Fort Lauderdale.
* Condominium/Apartment: Architect Rene Gonzalez, Miami, and Levin, Calderin & Associates, Miami.
* Health Care/Institutional: Architect Rene Gonzalez, Miami.
* Workplace/Office: Rink Reynolds Diamond Fisher Wilson, Jacksonville.
* Historic Preservation: Alleguez Architecture, Miami
* Buddy Award: Bud Merle Foundation, Joyce Short Interior Design, Fort Lauderdale.
Besides Jackson, judges included Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Orlando Diaz-Ascuy, DD Allen and Michael Pierce, Leila and Massimo Vignelli, Hugh L. Latta, Larry Laslo, Fred Bernstein, Charles D. Gandy and Juan Montoya