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2017 Design Excellence Award Winners From the New Jersey Chapter of ASID Announced at Gala at the Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury

≈ Event Celebrated the Best in Design ≈

SHREWSBURY, N.J., June 20, 2017 — Entrants from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) into its annual Design Excellence Awards learned the results of the competition at a dinner gala at the elegant and timeless Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury. The gala was held on the evening of Wednesday, June 14 and interior designers from the New Jersey Chapter of ASID, industry partners, as well as friends, family and colleagues were in attendance.  Eighteen chapter interior designers won a total of 30 prizes among them.

Artistic Marble & Granite Surfaces of Hawthorne, N.J. and Blackman®, one of the nation’s leading suppliers of plumbing, heating, waterworks, HVAC and pipe fabrication services, were event sponsors.

For the Chapter’s Design Excellence Awards, designers could submit projects in residential and commercial/non-residential sectors. The residential sector had 11 categories in which designs could be entered, from a single space to a historic preservation project. On the commercial/non-residential side, the seven categories included everything from a retail/showroom/exhibit space to government/institutional space(s).  All entries had to have used at least one Industry Partner at the time of the project to be submitted.

“Successful entries demonstrated exceptional design and positive impact on life and the human experience in keeping with ASID’s mission,” said Anna Maria Mannarino, Allied ASID, President of the New Jersey Chapter.  “The Design Excellence awards reinforce the ASID commitment to important design principles.”

Judges were comprised of a diverse group of award-winning ASID members from around the country and judging was based on the following criteria with a points system: Effectiveness of the design solution, functional use of space, scale and proportion, color and composition, innovative use of materials, creativity of the design solution, effective use of lighting, use of sustainable design principles and use of Universal Design principles.

Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were conferred in the categories. To learn more, visit:


Bottom row, from left to right:

Nancee Brown, ASID, of Summit (wearing yellow scarf)

Beth Insabella Walsh, ASID, of Little Silver

Ivee Fromkin, Allied ASID, of Monmouth Beach (wearing bright scarf)

Anna Maria Mannarino, Allied ASID, of Holmdel (wearing black), currently chapter president

Second row from bottom, from left to right:

Hong Jin, ASID, of Mountainside

Suzan Lucas Santiago, ASID, of Lake Hiawatha (redhead wearing black)

Ria Gulian, ASID, of Oceanport (in yellow)

Third row from bottom, from left to right:

Sharon Sherman, ASID, of Wyckoff

Marina Klima Goldberg, Allied ASID, of Morganville (wearing black and white print)

Fourth row from bottom, from left to right:

Maria Bevill, Associate ASID, of Chester

Tracey Stephens, Allied ASID, of Montclair (wearing glasses)

Sheila Rich, Allied ASID, of Monmouth Beach – won most awards of anyone — 2 Golds, 2 Silvers, 1 Bronze (in orange dress)

Back room, from left to right:

Jo Ann Alston, Allied ASID, of Far Hills (face obscured)

Virginia Zonfrilli, Allied ASID, of South Orange

Award winners not pictured include:

Diane Durocher, ASID, of Ramsey

Karen Topjian, ASID, of Englewood

Karla Trincanello, Allied ASID, of Florham Park

Linda Wagner, ASID, of Wall     

About ASID

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and humancentric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide. 

ASID was founded 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at


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