Mapos joined other distinguished jurors this year to select the winners of the 2010 IIDA Honor Awards – Northern California Chapter. The most impressive entries became quickly apparent, and were solidified by the consensus of our peers. The projects that really stood out prompted us to utter these comments:

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel (by Philpotts & Associates) in Waikiki

“You had us at wall treatments and side tables! It’s extremely difficult to pull of a modern interpretation of classic design. Instead of an inauthentic theme or shallow pastiche, this project exhibits a keen respect for the historical setting while acknowleding it’s the 21st century. The rich patterns and deep colors complement the clean white “background” with a wink of freshness. The wall pieces, carpets and especially the inventively modern classic furniture add more than expected levels of high design.”

Wexler’s Restaurant (by Aidlin Darling Design) in San Francisco

“A real gem of a project that balances many design challenges with ease. Placed against the simple white volume of the existing building – a tasteful take on preservation – the ceiling installation is clear, fun, and a downright beautiful expression of the brand identity. The simple details in the bar and back bar showcase the materials. The furniture and especially the funky lighting fixtures complement the space perfectly. Not too heavy, not too light. A nice study in restraint.”

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