2017 NYC&G IDAs Presented by DXV Rules & Entry Checklist

Entries for the 2017 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards are now open!

We invite all professionals in the fields of interior design, architecture, small spaces, kitchen design, bath design, garden design and product design to submit their most innovative projects in the New York area. All entries must be submitted online by August 18. All projects are judged by an exclusive panel of judges.

Entries Will Be Accepted in the Following Categories:

Architecture – If available, please include “before” images of the project being submitted.

Bath Design – If available, please include “before” images of the project being submitted.

Garden Design – If available, please include “before” images of the project being submitted.

Kitchen Design – If available, please include “before” images of the project being submitted.

Interior Design – Please submit an entire project consisting of at least three rooms.

Small Spaces – Applicants are invited to submit design projects that are comprised of 1,000 square feet in size or less. This must be a livable multi-functional living space. Examples include apartments, guesthouses, pool houses, garages and wine cellars.

Product Design – Award will go to one designer/manufacturer that incorporates creativity and innovation, whether that is in a piece of furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, technology, appliances, automotive, etc. Product must be available for purchase in the state of New York. The winner will be selected by a panel of design professionals. The Readers' Choice Best Product Design winner will be selected by NYC&G's online audience.

Eligibility Rules:

  • Only residential projects located in New York are eligible.

  • Same project may be entered into multiple categories for additional fee.

  • Multiple projects may be submitted into one category. (Only one project may be chosen as winner)

  • Projects cannot have been previously published in print (shelter magazine) or featured digitally.

  • Incomplete entries will be disqualified.

  • Images submitted may be published by C&G Media at no cost and may be used for all media. Please obtain prior written permission from the photographer.

  • Please include the proper photographer’s credit information, along with the name and email address of the photographer, with the digital submission.

  • Please include a detailed list of other professionals involved in the project and products used.

How to Enter:

All entries must be submitted online.

New Users: Create your account. Returning Users: login to the entry portal

  • Select the category you wish to enter

  • Make sure to add: project name, contact details, company name and address

  • Enter the description of the project

  • Upload up to 10 high-resolution digital images that illustrate your project’s best features. State clearly whether it is the Entrant or the Photographer who owns the digital images and the Photography Rights for Editorial Reproduction.

  • Upload signed homeowner’s release form

  • Upload signed photographer’s release form

  • Pay your entry fee

Enter Now!

Entry Deadlines & Fees

Entry Deadline: Friday, August 11

Late Deadline: Friday, August 18

$75 Regular Deadline

Additional $50 for late deadline



Frequently Asked Questions:

How are the entries judged? Our exclusive panel of judges includes key influencers in the design industry. Click here to view past judges.

Who is eligible to win an award? Any company/person who fulfills the requirements of the entry.

Where can I find the past winners of this program? View last year's winners of the program here.

Where and when will the reception be held? The winners will be celebrated at NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards on October 16 at the Rainbow Room.

How do I increase my chances of winning an award? Provide images which best showcase the project you are submitting. Make sure if you are submitting for architecture the images you are uploading are images showcasing architecture and not interior design.

When will I be notified about the status of my entry? All finalists will be notified about 2-3 weeks prior to the event.

Is this awards program affiliated with any industry organizations? The NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards is an independent competition unaffiliated with any other organization. Your entries are held in strict confidence by the judges.

Will my project be featured in the IDA issue? The top three winning projects will be featured in the NYC&G IDA issue.

What is the entry fee? The price of each primary entry is $75. There is a late entry surcharge of $50 per entry. Payment in full must accompany the entry. Entry fees are not refundable.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call 203.227.1400 or email NYC&G Advertising.

For questions, please call Stephanie at 203.957.3154 or email syalamas@candg.com 

For more information on the NYC&G IDAs, please visit www.cottagesgardens.com/nycgidas