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Karen Daroff

This year’s Shaw Contract Design Award Final and People’s Choice winners have shown us how designers are reacting to evolving needs in the built environment. The very nature of an awards program begs the question, what actually defines good design? How do judges of a competition like this decide on standout talent and ingenuity? We asked two of our Final judges, Karen Daroff of Daroff Design and Sophie Safrin of Hot Black to weigh in on their definition of good design, observed trends and the future of design.