Chicago (June 10, 2018)
— Renee Hytry Derrington, Group VP Design for Formica Corporation, was recognized by Interior Design magazine for a “Lifetime of HiPNess” at the HiP Awards Ceremony held Sunday, June 10, 2018 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.
The fifth annual HiP Awards honor industry people and innovative products at NeoCon 2018. Formica Group was also recognized as an honoree in the materials category for the Labyrinth design of DecoMetal® laminate.
“In addition to her fantastic design work, Renee has been a brand ambassador who continues to find new and innovative ways to showcase Formica® Brand Laminate,” said Amy Gath, vice president, marketing, Formica Corporation North America. “This is a well-deserved honor for our ‘hip’ design leader.”
With almost thirty years designing surfacing products for the world’s largest hard surfacing brands (Formica Group and Laminex), Renee leads an international design team representing Asia, Australia, Europe, India, North America and New Zealand. These surfaces have shaped interiors in homes, business, restaurants, hotels, hospitals and many more spaces in four continents.
Renee collaborated with Pentagram on “Formica Forever,” a commemorative book that captures the company’s 100-year evolution through cultural shifts, economic uncertainties, trend exploration and global growth. The 408-page, 6.5” x 9.5" book contains more than 400 images and is modeled after a Formica® Laminate swatch book from the 1960s.
Renee has also collaborated with Abbott Miller, Jonathan Adler and Laurinda Spear for unique laminate collections and worked with Zaha Hadid, Michael Graves and Massimo Vignelli (to name just a few) on a bespoke furniture exhibition.
Keeping sustainability in mind, Renee developed award-winning Reclaimed Denim Fiber and Paper Terrazzo, which incorporates waste from blue jeans and Formica Group’s own paper to create laminates with a new purpose.
A past Board Director for Color Marketing Group; Renee was recognized for her role in expanding international activities in Asia, Europe and Latin America with the President’s Award. Renee lives her brand in a red ‘all Formica® products’ home on Lake Michigan, and travels internationally to support the design industry with trend vision presentations.