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IDS Announces Emcees for Designer of the Year Awards Gala

The Interior Design Society has tapped Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia as masters of ceremonies for the Designer of the Year Awards Gala. The Gala will conclude the 2019 ART + IDS Conference at The Riviera Palm Springs on Saturday, May 4.

The Designer of the Year Awards program recognizes outstanding achievement among IDS members in 30 categories of residential interior design.

Carson and Thom have been working together for years and are currently starring in Bravo’s Get a Room with Carson and Thom. The former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy cast members are well-known for their style, personality, and involvement within our industry.

Emmy-Award winning TV personality, style expert, fashion designer and New York Times best-selling author are some of the credits of the multi-talented and unforgettable Carson Kressley. Kressley started his career as an independent stylist and became invaluable to major designers such as Ralph Lauren. A few years later, he took a leap into television when, in 2003, he became a breakout star as the fashion savant on Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which won a primetime Emmy and gained a worldwide following for Carson.

Interior designer Thom Filicia is founder and principal of New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc. Since launching the acclaimed enterprise in 1998, Thom Filicia Inc. has earned him widespread acclaim and notable clients, including Tina Fey, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Delta Air Lines, Grace Bay Club, Jennifer Lopez, W Hotels, and others in the worlds of finance, sports, media, fashion and hospitality. Filicia is universally known for his ability to create stunning modern, yet classic interiors that retain an inviting aesthetic that reflect the individuality of his clients.

With a record number of entries into the program this year, Designer of the Year continues to expand to members and designers all over the country. To register for the Conference and Awards Gala, go to

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