We are delighted that our 13&9 co-founder, Martin Lesjak, also CEO and Creative Director INNOCAD Architecture, received one of the international architecture and design community’s top honors, Contract Magazine’s Designer of the Year.

The award was bestowed on January 30, 2015 at the 36th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast presented by Contract Magazine in New York. For the past 36 years, the A&D community has gathered at this annual event to recognize winners of interiors projects across 15 categories, as well as Designer of the Year and Legend Award. More than 600 architecture and design leaders attended the Interiors Awards Breakfast at Cipriani on 42nd Street. Winners of Interiors Awards traveled to New York for the event from across the U.S., as well as Singapore, China, Europe and Canada.

Lesjak joins a list of renowned past recipients including Michael Graves, Graft, Shigeru Ban, William McDonough and David Rockwell.

“Martin Lesjak elicits power, grace, and emotion from his engaging and sensuous interior spaces. Through both his visionary architecture and interior design, as well as beautiful product design, Lesjak is clearly a design star that others in the profession look up to,” says Contract Editor in Chief John Czarnecki, who selected Lesjak as Designer of the Year. “Martin has won a total of three Interiors Awards from Contract in the previous two years, those projects turned heads in the U.S., and his body of work continues to grow and gain international attention.” 

Kanonenhalle         Graz 04.2013 Photo credits: Award-winning retail project: ROLLING STONES designed by INNOCAD & 13&9 I Photo by Paul Ott

To see a full list of the 2015 Interiors Awards winners, as well as a profile story and video about Lesjak, please click on these links below.    A 12-page feature story on Martin Lesjak appears in the January/February issue of Contract magazine, which also includes coverage of all Interiors Awards winners. 

Ana-Martin-with-Shades_ohneschrift_lowres_small Photo credits: GEOMETRIC COLLECTION DIAMOND SHADES by 13&9 I Photo by Markus Mansi

“I am grateful to receive this recognition on behalf of my teams at INNOCAD and 13&9.” says Lesjak. “Throughout my career I have sought purpose in my designs by being curious about life’s diversity. I strive to elevate design by encouraging my team to rethink design’s parameters and explore new ways, methods and materials. I feel deeply honored and humbled to receive an award for something that I am so passionate about.” 

ÖBB Headquarter                              Wien 12.2014 Photo credits: Headquarters for ÖBB Vienna Corporate Restaurant designed by INNOCAD I Lighting designed by 13&9 I Photo by Paul Ott  

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Thank you, 13&9