The inaugural KOI-USA ceremony was held at The Foundry in the SLS Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 20.
The unique way that the KOI-USA is sponsored allows Lighting and Video designers are able to enjoy the reception, ceremony, dinner and after-party with no personal expenditure. The awards are dedicated to celebrating designers’ work, so whilst tables are paid for by sponsors, at least half the tickets are either allocated to top designers or to ‘buyers of design’.
“What we really like about the KOI awards is that they are judged/awarded by panels of critics and peers, and not focused on the sponsors. At the end of the ceremony, I heard great feedback – it is a refreshing change in the industry. Kudos to KOI for that!” Sheila Grant, Christie Lites