RI Design Hall of Fame


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 process and celebration event was postponed. We look forward to resuming in 2021!

2019 RI Design Hall of Fame Inductees:

2019 Lifetime Achievement Inductees: John Everett Benson, Burr Sebring, James Estes

2019 Emerging Designer Award honorees: Lindy McDonough and Jason Pamental
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2018 RI Design Hall of Fame Inductees:

Honoring for Lifetime Achievement: Industrial designer Marc Harrison (posthumously), naval architect David Pedrick, and graphic designer Nancy Skolos. For Emerging Designer Award: Joe Perez
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2017 RI Design Hall of Fame Inductees:

Honoring: Architect Chris Bardt, architect Kyna Leski, and furniture designer and educator Rosanne Somerson

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2016 RI Design Hall of Fame Inductees:

Honoring: Graphic designer Malcolm Grear, textile designer Eliza Squibb, interior designer Nancy Taylor, and architect Peter Twombly

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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

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2014 RI Design Hall of Fame Inductees:

2014 RI Design Hall of Fame

Honoring: Architect Stephen Durkee, industrial designer Martin Keen, industrial designer Aidan Petrie, and urban designer/architect William (Bill) D. Warner.

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