Criteria & 2016 Judges

Judges consider all product entries for the following:


Design & Aesthetics



Quality & Value


Ease of integration into environment

Ease of use and manageability

End user need/Practicality

Award designations:

Best Technical Innovation
Best New Style Concept
Product of the Year

Awarded to a submission that meets or exceeds the expectations set in the awards criteria.


Susan Arann is an interior design director and principal of American & International Designs Inc., an award winning, multi-disciplined interior design firm based in New York City.  Arann is a past president of the American Society of Interior Design’s (ASID) New York Metro chapter.

Doris Athineos is a senior editor at Meredith’s Traditional Home magazine, writing on fine and decorative arts, artisans, and design and collecting.

Susan Hirsh is a décor consultant and industry expert who formerly served as North American Manager for decorative programs at Benjamin Moore & Co, president of the International Furnishing and Design Foundation (IFDA) and as national chair of IFDA’s Educational Foundation.

The Judges’ Award

Reserved for a submission selected by the judges that exhibits measurable benefits or standout aesthetic appeal to end users.

Judges’ Award Winner

Reclaimed wood shutters are hand-crafted by Sunburst Shutters, but the color and finish is provided by Mother Nature.  Reclaimed wood is harvested from older buildings, fences and other types of construction that would have otherwise been dumped in a landfill.  Our reclaimed wood has spent decades outdoors in the sun, heat, rain, snow and cold in towns throughout America.  This natural weathering process looks beautiful in a fully functional shutter from Sunburst Shutters.