Honoring Holly | 2014 IIDA Leaders Breakfast

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Honoring Holly | 2014 IIDA Leaders BreakfastIt was all elegance and grace on October 10, as 500 architects and designers gathered to celebrate regional successes in interior design—and honor Holly Hunt, President and CEO of HOLLY HUNT, with the 2014 Herman Miller IIDA Leaders Award.

What began as a single event, launched in New York, the IIDA Leaders Breakfast series is now an international program. This year, IIDA Illinois Chapter President Gary Lee, of Gary Lee Partners, introduced Honoree Holly Hunt.

“Holly has the unique ability to spot and talent before everyone else does—and she knows how to present them to the design community,” Lee says. “She’s responsible for setting the bar for great design whether it’s contract, residential hospitality or anywhere on the continuously blurring line, so I am honored to present the legendary Ms. Holly Hunt”

Herman Miller recognized Hunt with a framed print from the Herman Miller archives, as well as a special edition of an icon of modern design: an Eames Walnut Stool with a translucent aniline red stain, a favorite color of the Eameses.

“I receive an award that comes for and from my team, so thank you holly hunters who have been fabulous over the years,” Hunt says. “And when I look at all these people who have gotten this award in the past, it humbles me to be receiving this award. For that I thank you.”

While speaking, Hunt brought to light an important question: How do you define leadership excellence? In defining it, she shared many inspiring words that have stuck with us:

“I think leadership excellence has an overarching meaning: It’s continuing to grow and evolve. It’s not standing still. It’s a process. And its what happens along the way: It’s a journey.

So, I thought, maybe it’s just innovation. It’s finding new ideas, new inspiration, new products that are more useful.

And it’s also having the determination to get it right. Because without determination to get it right, you don’t move forward, you don’t innovate; rather, you get complacent, and that never works well.

Finally, you do what you have to do and then you do it again. Because those things that seem like tragedy and difficult are the things that make you grow and improve.”

Hunt’s final thoughts about leadership excellence are some that will stick with our team: Never let best get in the way of better.”

Also speaking at the event was Neri Oxman, Sony Corporation Career Development Professor and Research Group Director at the MIT Media Lab.

An award-winning designer who transcends the boundaries between art, science and environmentalism, Oxman discussed recent work done in her lab, including bio-inspired design in robotic fabrication.


PAST HONOREES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

2013 Nila R. Leiserowitz, FASID, IIDA, Gensler
2012 Jaime Velez, FIIDA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
2011 Gina Berndt, IIDA, Perkins+Will
2010 Carlos Martinez, IIDA, Gensler
2009 Chris Kennedy, President, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.
2008 Nicholas J. Luzietti, FIIDA, AIA, VOA
2007 Donald Powell & Robert Kleinschmidt, Powell/ Kleinschmidt
2006 Mark Stenftenagel, Assoc. IIDA, Whitney
2005 Gary Lee, Assoc. IIDA, Gary Lee Partners
2004 Neil Frankel, FIIDA, FAIA
2003 Cary Johnson, FIIDA, Gensler
2002 Eva Maddox, FIIDA, Perkins+Will
2001 Gary Wheeler, FIIDA, Gensler

ABOUT IIDA
IIDA supports design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms and their clients through their network of 13,000+ members across 50 countries. IIDA advocates for advancements in education, design excellence, legislation, leadership, accreditation, and community outreach to increase the value and understanding of interior design as a profession that enhances business value and positively impacts the health and well being of people’s lives every day.

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