Meet our 2013 IDA Judges

Editor's turn the tables on our IDA Judges. Discover what we asked and how they answered!




"A simple coat of gloss paint makes all the difference and breathes new life into a space. To alter a traditionally decorated apartment, I introduced lively colors and a lacquer paint finish, which added elements of depth and sheen."

Philip Gorrivan
Philip Gorrivan Design





"Of course, coming from me, the simplest answer is color! Stop with the 50 shades of beige. Color and its infinite combinations can transform the common into something unique and special."

Anthony Baratta
Anthony Baratta, LLC








"A dining room runs the risk of becoming routine. I designed a multifunctional Tai Chi studio/dining room using gilded floor-to-ceiling mirrors and an antique tilt-top table on wheels to open up the floor space—practical during the day but glamorous at night!"

MAtthew patrick smyth
Matthew Patrick Smyth Interior Design







"Wallpapering niches and ceilings uses the traditional idea of wallpaper in a contemporary and animated way. Also, upholstering a formal chair in a vibrant patent leather can achieve the same effect."

Sara Story
Sara Story Design






"Use bold overscale fabrics on custom lampshades. It’s an unexpected and unconventional way to add pattern and color to a room. Also, portières can add so much height and drama to an average opening."

Chad Holman
Jim Thompson






"The history of architecture and interior design is always there to inspire and refresh us. As the noted early 19th-century American journalist Ambrose Bierce quipped, ‘There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don’t know.’"

Gary L. Brewer
Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP