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IH/M&RS Gold Key Awards for Excellence in
Hospitality Design; 
Best Hotel Design - KMD Mexico for W Mexico City


NEW YORK, NY, November 15, 2004...  Eight grand prize winners were honored at the 24th annual IH/M&RS Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design, November 15, 2004, at New York City’s W Hotel.  In connection with the program’s new sponsors, Interior Design magazine and HOTELS magazine, the event featured new and updated categories as well as the presentation of two industry Awards, “Designer of the Year” and the NEWH “Icons of Industry” Scholarship.

Judges for the 2004 Gold Key Awards were Clodagh, Clodagh Design; Deborah Lloyd Forrest, ForrestPerkins LLC; Peter Gorman, Brennan Beer Gorman Monk/Interiors; D.B. Kim, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.; Meg Prendergast, Gettys Group; and John Segreti, New York Palace.  Judging criteria included design creativity, aesthetic value and commercial viability.

The Gold Key Grand Prize Winners are:

Clodagh Design (New York, NY) for Sasanqua Spa (Kiawah Island, SC)

Restaurants – Casual Dining
Tony Chi & Associates (New York, NY) for Spoon Hong Kong (Intercontinental Hotel, Hong Kong)

Guest Room
HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (Atlanta, GA) for Mandarin Oriental New York (New York, NY)

Yabu Pushelberg/Graves Hospitality (Minneapolis, MN) for Le Meridien Minneapolis (Minneapolis, MN)

Lobby/Reception Area
Yabu Pushelberg/Graves Hospitality (Minneapolis, MN) for Le Meridien Minneapolis (Minneapolis, MN)

Restaurants – Fine Dining
Tony Chi & Associates (New York, NY) for Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental New York (New York, NY)

Soho Grand Hotel (New York, NY) for Soho Grand Penthouse Lofts (New York, NY)

Best Hotel Design
KMD Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico) for W Mexico City (Mexico City, Mexico)

The first annual “Designer of the Year” Award was presented to the design firm of Yabu Pushelberg.  This new award applauds the work of a designer or firm for leadership and vision in hospitality design.  Accepting the award on behalf of Yabu Pushelberg was George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, principals of the firm.

Other Gold Key highlights included the introduction of the NEWH “Icons of Industry” Scholarship.  This scholarship was conceptualized by Patricia Durkan who endowed the award in honor of her late father, Thomas R. Durkan, Sr., industry leader and founder of Durkan Patterned Carpet.  The 2004 Scholarship was awarded to Anna Perryman, a student of the Harrington Institute of 

W Mexico City
Campos Eliseos 252 Chapultepec
Mexico City, Mexico 
Design in Chicago, Illinois.

Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the Gold Key Awards breakfast supports an industry charity.  This year’s recipient, NEWH’s General Scholarship Fund, received $5,000.  Since 1984, NEWH has awarded more than 1.2 million dollars to students pursuing careers in hospitality. 

Presented by the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS) and sponsored by Interior Design and HOTELS  magazines, the IH/M&RS Gold Key Awards recognize excellence in hospitality design in eight design categories: Spa, Restaurant – Casual Dining, Guest Room, Lounge/Bar, Lobby/Reception Area, Restaurant – Fine Dining, Suite and Best Hotel Design. A complete list of award finalists is available online at

The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association; the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc.; the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, and is managed by George Little Management, LLC (GLMÒ).

Cathy Steel
(914) 421-3364
Also See: Post Show Report: 2003 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show / November 2003
Post Show Report For International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show, November 10-13, 2001 / November 2001 

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