The American Society of Interior Designers - Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL) is accepting entries for the 2010 Design Excellence Awards, an annual competition open to ASID-IL members, International Interior Design Association Illinois members (IIDA-IL) and registered interior designers in the state. Presented by ASID-IL and publishing partneri4designmagazine, the deadline to submit entries for the seventh annual Design Excellence Awards is June 25.

“Each year, we continue to be amazed by the project submissions from Illinois designers for this prestigious competition,” said Joan Kaufman, ASID, LEED-AP, 2009-2010 ASID-IL chapter president. “As a group, ours is a leading state when it comes to progressive design concepts and implementation. This is a chance for novice, experienced and veteran designers to showcase their residential and commercial projects and be recognized on a statewide level.”

Designers are welcome to submit their entries in 22 residential, contract and product design categories, including: green design, universal design, kitchen, bath, showcase room, special function room, corporate offices, retail, hospitality, healthcare, institutional, furnishings and fixtures.

A panel of distinguished interior design professionals will review the entries and select category winners on the basis of lighting, scale and proportion, color and composition, design creativity, function, solutions appropriate to the design criteria, materials and patterns. All entries will be judged by an out-of-state chapter by the highest standards of the profession.

All winning entries will be published in a private label magazine that will be mailed after the “Celebration of Design Gala”, which will be held on Sept. 23, at the Chase Auditorium Theater in Chicago. This ASID magazine is distributed throughout the year at special events held by the ASID Illinois Chapter. Additionally, select first place winners will be published in the October Design Awards Issue ofi4designmagazine.

The presenting sponsor of the 2010 Design Excellence Awards competition is Cosentino, a manufacturer of natural quartz surfaces.

For more information about ASID-IL,, or call the ASID Illinois Chapter headquarters at (312) 467-5080.