Established in 2014, the RI Design Hall of Fame recognizes proven leaders in the Rhode Island design community for their contributions to the industry on local, national and international levels. It is presented by DESIGNxRI, an organization working to maximize the assets of the RI design community, highlight the breadth of talent in the state, and nurture growth in the sector. Honorees are inducted and celebrated during the annual DESIGN WEEK RI.
Each year, DESIGNxRI recognizes up to five RI Design Hall of Fame inductees in two categories: Lifetime Achievement and Emerging Designers. Nominees must be individual design professionals primarily living and working in Rhode Island, who have made significant and noteworthy contributions through their design practice and are able to demonstrate the impact of their design.
>> Due to COVID-19, the 2020 RI Design Hall of Fame celebration event will be postponed to Spring 2021. Nominations will reopen in the Fall of 2020.
2019 RI Design Hall of Fame Inductees:
2018 RI Design Hall of Fame Inductees:
2017 RI Design Hall of Fame Inductees:
Honoring: Architect Chris Bardt, architect Kyna Leski, and furniture designer and educator Rosanne Somerson
2016 RI Design Hall of Fame Inductees:
Honoring: Graphic designer Malcolm Grear, textile designer Eliza Squibb, interior designer Nancy Taylor, and architect Peter Twombly
2015 RI Design Hall of Fame Inductees:
Honoring: Interior designer Kyla Coburn, furniture designer Asher Dunn, set designer Eugene Lee and architect Freidrich St. Florian
2014 RI Design Hall of Fame Inductees:
Honoring: Architect Stephen Durkee, industrial designer Martin Keen, industrial designer Aidan Petrie, and urban designer/architect William (Bill) D. Warner.