ASID Announces Special Events to Highlight Interio

Washington, DC, February 7, 2006--The American Society of Interior Designers has announced several special events and offerings to highlight Interiors 06, the ASID Conference on Design to take place March 16–19, at the Nashville Renaissance Hotel and Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. More than 1,000 designers, architects, other affiliated professionals, educators, students and industry representatives are expected to attend this unique educational event for the design community. Conference attendees will experience true Southern hospitality at the Interiors 06 welcoming reception, hosted by the ASID Tennessee Chapter, on Thursday, March 16, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Nashville Convention Center. Guests will sample Southern delicacies, line dance to the tunes of a top-rate country music band, meet country “legends” of the past and present, while mingling with friends old and new. A highlight of the reception will be the announcement of the grand-prize winner of the Southern Accents/ASID Residential Design Competition, who will take home a check for $10,000. Attendees will be moved by the professional story of the 2005 ASID Design for Humanity honoree, Patricia Moore, Ph.D., FIDSA, whose body of work has made countless designers rethink the way that they design and has improved the quality of life for millions of people around the globe. She will be honored during a special luncheon on Friday, March 17, from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the Nashville Renaissance Hotel. During the awards ceremony, sustainability guru Ray Anderson, founder and chairman of Interface, Inc., also will address conference attendees. He will speak about the sustainability movement and how everyone can make a difference in the future health of the planet. Visionary designers, educators, ASID volunteers and Industry Partners will be honored for their contributions to the profession and the Society at Celebration: The ASID Design Awards, to be held Saturday, March 18, from 7 – 10:30 p.m., at the Nashville Renaissance Hotel. In addition to enjoying fine hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dinner and dessert, guests will be inspired by the stories behind the award winners. The honors to be conferred include presidential citations; the ASID Foundation, Inc., awards; the ASID Educator of Distinction Award; ASID Product Prizes (individual and corporate); ASID Patron’s Prize; and the Society’s highest honors, the Designer of Distinction and ASID fellowships. Tickets for the awards gala are available at $150 a piece. To purchase tickets, visit Always among the most popular offerings at any of the ASID conferences are the tours of superbly designed local residences and public spaces. During Interiors 06, attendees can choose from a bevy of wonderful tours, including A walk through The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville’s first million-dollar hotel, with Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID, the hotel’s designer and the 2004 ASID Designer of Distinction; and the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, designed with special patients and their families in mind. This tour, offered on Thursday, March 16, from 2 – 5 p.m., is sponsored by Hospitality Design ( The tours, to take place on Thursday, March 16, and Friday, March 17, from 2 – 5 p.m., are sponsored by MidSouth magazine ( Included is a visit to Cheekwood, a 1920s mansion set among 55 acres of botanical gardens, lawns and fountains. In addition to beautiful décor that includes restored mahogany and fruitwood doors from the Duke of Westminster’s Governor’s House, the mansion boasts a collection of 19th and 20th century American art. The tour is offered on Thursday, March 16, from 2 – 5 p.m., and is also sponsored by MidSouth magazine.

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