Designers of the Year launched in 2008, and it’s been one terrific party ever since that first night in a show suite for the (never to open, it would turn out) Ritz-Carlton Hotel. We may have underestimated the size of the speakers we’d need for the sound system that first night (who are we kidding—this reunion-style party has always been a raucous gala!), but it was the start of something great. Here’s to being able to crowd into loud spaces together again, and soon!

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Furniture designer Kate Duncan celebrates her 2017 win.

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Plaid Fox Studio’s Ben Leavitt (right), with partner Vishal Anand.

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Editor-at-large Stacey McLachlan, designer Andrea Rodman, Taylor Willms of Sol Construction and architect David Battersby of BattersbyHowat in 2019.

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Our 2019 Designers of the Year party, hosted in the Burritt Bros. showroom.

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Kelly Reynolds, Marina Hauner and Chad Falkenberg of Falken Reynolds Interiors celebrate with 2019 Interior Designer of the Year David Nicolay of Evoke International Design.

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Industrial designer Zoë Pawlak celebrates in 2019.

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Paul Sangha of Paul Sangha Creative, Javier Campos of Campos Studio, and Nik Rust of Propellor in 2017, when Campos won the architectural design category.

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Designer Jamie Banfield in 2017.

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Interior designers Robert Bailey and Stephanie Brown in 2017, when Brown won the Ledingham Award.

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Designer Paul Lavoie and editorial director Anicka Quin in 2016.

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