2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the award named in honor of Rowena Reed Kostellow, FIDSA. And this year, the RRK Award will be bestowed upon Linda Celentano, an industrial designer and educator who "embodies the mission of the fund inspired by Kostellow's teaching—to encourage and guide a systematic educational approach to all forms of visual expression." IDSA members are eligible for a discount on tickets to the ceremony set for 6–8pm on April 26 in the Humanscale Showroom, 11 E. 26th Street, New York City 10010.
An acceptance speech penned by Celentano and Johanna Burke (who also studied with Kostellow in her Saturday class in her loft in Soho), eloquently captures the essence of Celentano, and Kostellow. "This award has literally taken my breath away," says Celentano. "I feel so privileged to be able to share my thoughts with you about Rowena and so honored to teach in the continuance of her lifetime work."
Celentano earned her bachelor's degree in industrial design from Pratt Institute, where Kostellow co-created the industrial design program. Celentano has been teaching 3D as an adjunct associate professor of industrial design at Pratt for more than 20 years. She's also an independent designer with clients ranging from Alessi, Corning and Dansk—to Estee Lauder, Prescriptives and Donna Karen—to OXO, Black & Decker, Stryker and Ace Orthopedics. Her work has earned IDSA's International Design Excellence Award; ID magazine's Annual Design Review; and Chicago Athenaeum's Good Design Award. "Good design beckons the human touch," Celentano is known to say. "Beautiful is beautiful, five years or 500 years from now!"
The RRK Fund at Pratt was established after Kostellow’s passing in 1988, to help continue Kostellow's teachings with scholarships, publishing and programs.