Meet Our 2023 Design 360° Award Recipient
“Never look back, except for an occasional glance. Look ahead and plan for the future.”–Dorothy Draper, American Interior Decorator (1889-1969)
While well-known American Interior Designer Dorothy Draper encouraged us to never look back, we couldn’t help but wrap up March, which is recognized as Women’s History Month, without reflecting back on the many women throughout history who have helped build our industry from the ground up.
From Elsie De Wolfe, known as America’s first interior designer, and Sister Parish, who decorated part of the White House during the Kennedy administration, to Syrie Maugham, who made all-white interiors popular in stark contrast to the heavy, Victorian interiors of her time, and Norma Merrick Sklarek, the first African American woman to become a licensed architect in California and New York. And according to architectural editor Dreck Spurlock Wilson, Beverly Lorraine Greene was "believed to have been the first African-American female licensed as an architect in the United States." She was registered as an architect in Illinois in 1942.
We want to thank each of them for helping lead the way for women in our industry today.
One such woman who stands out amongst past and present icons is interior designer and tastemaker Caroline Gidiere.
Caroline is the Owner and Principal Designer of Caroline Gidiere Design in Birmingham, Alabama, AND this year’s Design 360° Award recipient.
Without hesitation, our team at the Designer Society of America (DSA) continues to be incredibly impressed by talented interior designers. That’s why we get so excited when it comes time to announce the annual DSA Design 360° Award recipient.
Our team sorts through designers’ styles and business models to discover an outstanding recipient. We notice that what sets award recipients apart is a 360-degree business model, including sound design practices, inspiring design style, and a daringness to follow their passion.
As a residential interior designer, Caroline is passionate about creating beautiful spaces where clients can enjoy life’s most intimate moments. And she has taken that passion and created what the Designer Society of America team considers a 360° business model to be successful. We were so impressed with her work, spirit, and business model that we thought it was a wonderful opportunity to recognize her for her incredible work with this award.
Join us in celebrating this wonderful recognition for Caroline and her team. In the article below, we invite you to learn more about her journey from a tenured attorney to an interior designer and tastemaker.