Here they are - the judges for our 2009 Design Showcase (deadline is Monday). We chose them because they represent diverse perspectives on the design field: Drew is a design buyer, Sandy a product designer and Tina is both a design "eye" and web designer. All are successful at what they do. We trust also that being under their gaze will raise your game. You can find out more about them below...
Their job has not quite yet begun, readers have to first choose the six finalists, and then they will hunker down to choose their top three designs each. The one that gathers the most votes from all three judges, will be this year's Judge's Choice Winner.
TINA ROTH EISENBERG
Title: Blogger & Designer
Favorite Design: Vintage Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Shell Chair RED
Bio: Tina Roth Eisenberg grew up in mountainous Switzerland, influenced by renowned Swiss design and a lot of fresh air. Tina is often referred to as swissmiss, her popular design blog and design studio. Swissmiss broadcasts with an european viewpoint and a love for clear, swiss functional design. She has worked at several prominent NYC design firms, including Thinkmap, Inc., where she helped design the award-winning Visual Thesaurus. Tina is the founder and creative director of swissmiss studio, located in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Title: Founder and Creative Director, Chilewich Sultan LLC
Favorite Design: The modern abstract patterns in the textile designs of Lucienne Day.
Bio: The innovative New York-based designer, Sandy Chilewich, founder and creative director of Chilewich l Sultan LLC, is spinning a remarkable career by challenging conventions and defying expectations. For the last three decades and with two distinct businesses, Chilewich has reinterpreted underutilized and overlooked manufacturing practices and has gone on to produce designs marked by ingenuity, industrial elegance, and variety. Her latest venture, developed in the design studio she launched 11 years ago, is a uniquely successful line of elegant fabrics; her woven vinyls have become the company’s signature textile. Available in an array of weaves and colors, Chilewich is used at the table in homes and better restaurants around the world and for personal accessories, flooring, and wall coverings.
Title: Co-founder, Design Public
Favorite Design: A design object that has inspired me in my work as an entrepreneur is not really a object as much as a process -- it's called GTD (Getting Things Done). Designed by David Allen, it gives me a framework for approaching each day and achieving results.
(That said my favorite design object is my vintage Vespa -- a 1961 VBB 150 with a new P200 engine because it looks awesome and makes me very, very happy)
Bio: Drew Sanocki bootstrapped Design Public in 2003 with his business partner Sina Djafari; today the company serves as a leading online shopping destination for new home design and fashion products from emerging independent designers. Style magazines Dwell, Wallpaper*, and GQ have profiled the company’s products and designers, and its design blog, Hatch, has received mentions for excellence in design reporting. The company attributes its success to tapping into a passionate customer base and listening to what it has to say. You can join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, or Flickr.
Drew also served four years in the US Navy as an intelligence officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and an MBA from Stanford, and he enjoys dodgeball, long walks on the beach, and DIY genetic engineering. Drew lives in New York City.