Category Archive: Awards & Mentions


  1. Deborah Elliott and Amy Morway are finalists in the Celebrating Women Awards Program

    Deborah Elliott and Amy Morway, founders of ID StudiosSan Diego Magazine is hosting an event to celebrate San Diego’s, “inspiring female leaders, movers and shakers, and entrepreneurs” for an event they call Celebrating Women.

    We’re excited to announce that Deborah Elliott and Amy Morway, founders of ID Studios, are finalists in the awards program. As their employees, we’re honored to work with such wonderful leaders. A firm’s culture starts at the top and we believe that they have created a one-of-a-kind design studio with just the right mix of talent and personality. They inspire and promote an authentic approach to design and cultivate an amazing design experience for both our clients and our team. They deserve to be celebrated because of their relentless drive to improve the lives of everyone they encounter and have done so with style and grace.

    Join them, and all of city’s most inspiring female leaders nominated this year, at the event on Sept 25 to celebrate their accomplishments.

  2. IIDA Well Building CEU at JLL’s Office

    The IIDA SoCal held a Well Building Standard CEU at the offices of JLL San Diego and the lobby of the Aventine Building in La Jolla. It started with a tour of the lobby, and ended in the JLL flexible conferencing and entertainment area. Senior Designer, Annie Wilson, ID Studios newest Senior Project Manager, was on hand to point out all of the wonderful design features of the office.

    Thank you to everyone who attended. It was fun showing off the office to the design community. IIDA posted more pictures of the event on their website.

  3. Read Shaynee McMillion’s Designer Ovation contribution in Floor Focus Magazine

    Shaynee McMillion, ID StudiosDesigner Shaynee McMillion was featured in Floor Focus Magazine’s Designer Ovation section.

    “Having experience in a diverse range of design projects, I am always inspired by products that can enhance many different environments. As a designer, it is nice to see versatile flooring options, applicable to the diverse and unique requirements of our firm’s projects, including the corporate, higher education, hospitality and senior living environments.”

    Read more here: https://hubs.ly/H0ccfqy0

  4. ID Studios wins “Best Theme Inspiration” award at the 2017 IIDA Fashion Show San Diego

    Earlier this month, the IIDA San Diego hosted the annual Fashion Show where designers are paired with manufacturers to create couture fashion.

    Each year, San Diego’s esteemed design professionals take to the catwalk wearing outfits worthy of a Tony Award and constructed primarily from building materials. The Haute Couture Fashion Show pays tribute to the many talents of our design community where designers are paired with manufacturers to create couture fashion. The 2017 fashion show held earlier this month, had a dramatic twist as the design teams were challenged to create an outfit inspired by popular Broadway plays.

    This year, our team’s Broadway inspiration was the award-winning Broadway musical, Wicked, based on a 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire which was inspired by Frank Baum’s classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. We were excited to get started and found inspiration in Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and her obsession with flight.

     

    2017 IIDA Fashion Show, Wicked, sketch by ID Studios

     

     

    “As someone told me lately – everyone deserves the chance to fly.” This quote from the original song “Defying Gravity” inspired our team’s design. We imagined what it would be like to take flight soaring into the air with limitless freedom. The burst of spires attached to the garment represent the surge of powerful energy and excitement experienced while defying gravity.

    Our outfit, sponsored by Crossville, was made from glass mosaic tile on the top, the skirt from fabric from the fabric grab, the broom from Crossville packing material, and the spired back piece from marketing materials and mesh adhesive backing for mosaic tiles.

     

     

     

    Our long nights paid off when we came home with the “Best Theme Inspiration” award.

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    Thank you to our sponsors, Tony and Danelle of Crossville, a manufacturer of sustainable tile solutions. As our partner, our garment had to be made exclusively from materials from their product lines, manufacturing process and marketing materials as well as any fabric we could grab during the official Fabric Grab held 6 weeks prior when we were assigned our theme.

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    As usual, the level of talent in the design community was astounding as the creations that came down the runway were all fabulous! Pictures of the entire show can be found here:

  5. Digital Technologies: Commercial: Interior designers weigh in on digital design tools

    Associate Andrew Fordham and Principal Deborah Elliott were interviewed by Floor Focus Magazine for an article about Digital Design Tools.

    By Beth Miller

    Online design tools continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Designers use several third-party tools for rendering 3D models and designing project documents, along with social media for visualization purposes, as well as the design services offered by the bigger suppliers in the industry. Interior designers are uniquely combining these resources to accomplish their project visualization needs. Floor Focus reached out to four commercial interior designers across the country to find out what tools they utilize when designing a project, why they use them and what developments they would like to see in the next generation of design software.

    While Autodesk has to some extent cornered the technology market when it comes to digital visualization tools, since it is considered by many the industry standard, the tools mentioned span a wide spectrum ranging from SketchUp and Autodesk’s Revit to hand-drawn sketches and social media.

    Swinerton Renewable Energy, Design and Rendering by ID Studios

    Swinerton Renewable Energy, Design and Rendering by ID Studios

    Swinerton Renewable Energy, Design by ID Studios, Photos by Swinerton Builders

    THIRD-PARTY, MANUFACTURER AND PLUG-IN TOOLS 

    Versatility in software and photo-realism of project modeling play a huge role in the technology used by Deborah Elliot, president, and Andrew Fordham, senior designer, of ID Studios based in southern California. SketchUp Pro and Revit are the primary tools they use to create 3D models. However, the pros and cons of each, according to both Elliot and Fordham, have pushed software creators to introduce other tools, such as plug-ins like SU Podium that allow for photo-realistic rendering, as well as Photoshop for image enhancements.

    Read more…

  6. IIDA Fashion Show San Diego 2015

    The IIDA Haute Couture Fashion Show pays tribute to the many talents of our design community where San Diego’s esteemed design professionals strut their stuff down the runway outfitted in amazing garb constructed using only the materials provided to them by their sponsor and the fabric they collect at the Fabric Grab.

    This year was a tribute to Album Art. Each firm selected an album and our team selected Nirvana‘s iconic album, Nevermind.

    Nevermind by Nirvana

    In the 90s, Nirvana established themselves as THE grunge band.  Their influence transcended music into fashion and pop culture.  The sound and style became iconic because of the dynamic contrast of quiet verses and heavy choruses partnered with their messy, dirty, plaid sweaters. Our design draws influence from the infamous cover of the Nevermind album and the swimming baby.

    ID Studios IIDA Fashion Show 2015 San Diego

    ID Studios IIDA Fashion Show 2015 San Diego, Winner, Best Theme Inspiration

    ID Studios has translated the image into a whimsical interpretation of an underwater fashion dream reminiscent of a wistful water nymph. The flowing fabric cascading from the model’s arms surrounds her with the ethereal nature of water while the simple style of her dress harkens the birthday suit worm by the child.

    The materials that brought this concept to life include furniture hardware, mesh and gauzy textiles.

    We were thrilled to win this year’s award for “Best Theme Inspiration”!

    Thank you to our sponsor, Think Office Interiors and the team at ID Studios for working so hard to make this happen. Enjoy as Mary shows off our design.

    You can see more pictures of the show HERE.

    ID Studios team at the 2015 IIDA Fashion Show San Diego

    ID Studios team at the 2015 IIDA Fashion Show San Diego

  7. Flexibility is Crucial in New Workspaces (part 2 of 2)

    Deborah Elliott, Principal at ID Studios

    Deborah Elliott, Principal at ID Studios

    SAN DIEGO—Flexibility is the keyword in office space design, whether you’re a traditional user or more “creative,” Deborah Elliott, principal with ID Studios Inc., the interior-design and strategic-planning firm that worked on Moss Adams LLP’s recent space transformation at La Jolla Commons, tells GlobeSt.com. In Part 1 of this story, we spoke exclusively with Carisa Wiesniewski, partner-in-charge with Moss Adams, about what the transformation did for her firm; for Part 2, we spoke exclusively with Elliott about trends she is seeing in office design for more-traditional users.

    Read More Here:
    http://www.globest.com/news/12_1109/sandiego/office/Flexibility-is-Crucial-in-New-Workspaces-357824-1.html

    Part One Here:
    http://www.idstudiosinc.com/2015/05/what-traditional-users-gain-from-creative-part-1-of-2/

  8. What Traditional Users Gain From Creative (part 1 of 2)

    SAN DIEGO—Moss Adams LLP’s recent La Jolla Commons space transformation has helped the firm build out a space in which workers like to be and in which they are most effective, partner-in-charge Carisa Wisniewski tells GlobeSt.com. In Part 1 of a two-part story, we spoke exclusively with Wisniewski about how this type of transformation works for more-traditional users. In Part 2, we speak exclusively with Deborah Elliott, principal with ID Studios Inc., which did the interior-design work on the space.

    Read More Here:
    http://www.globest.com/ArticlePreview?client_id=globest_editorial&story_id=357784

    Part Two Here:
    http://www.idstudiosinc.com/2015/05/flexibility-is-crucial-in-new-workspaces/

  9. ID Studios at the Calibre Awards

    17337441106_c0e0628d32The Calibre Awards, put on annually by the IIDA SoCal Chapter, recognizes and honors the excellent work of project teams that have exceeded the expectations of our profession to bring interior design to life. The Calibre Awards honor the true meaning of collaboration for projects that exhibit a high level of teamwork and stunning design.

    This year we selected Arrowhead General Insurance Agency as the project that most closely fit the high standards of the award committee. The nominated team included the general contractor, Dempsey Construction, furniture solution specialist BKM Officeworks and the client, Arrowhead.

    Thank you to the ladies in our office who represented ID Studios (Left to right: Jennie, Jill, Mary, Megan and Maegen. Not pictured: Lori and Annie) and of course to the project teams for having a hand in creating such great projects!