Santa Monica-based HBA/ Hirsch Bedner Associates, a hospitality interior design firm, has been named “Designer of the Year” by the International Hotel/ Motel & Restaurant Show.

Officials of the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show announced the award in conjunction with their annual naming of finalists for the organization’s Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design, an honor bestowed on designers of the most innovative hospitality properties completed or renovated within the past 18 months.

Finalists were selected from more than 150 projects in 17 countries and territories and were judged by a panel of notable industry experts.

HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates and the Gold Key Award finalists and winners will be honored at the Gold Key Awards Breakfast November 12th at New York City’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Gold Key Awards sponsors Hotels magazine and Interior Design magazine will present the award to representatives of HBA during the awards ceremony.

In naming HBA its top designer, Christian Falkenberg, International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show manager, said that the 43-year-old Santa Monica firm was selected “for its attention to the needs and trends of today’s sophisticated world traveler.

“The firm combines a detailed knowledge of design with a depth of experience that enables its associates to identify interior design trends at the source, make predictions about new directions and innovations and influence design standards at a global level.”

Michael Bedner, chief executive officer of HBA, said, “We are extremely honored to be the recipient of this award. It is especially gratifying because it has come from our peers in the industry and reflects our entire body of work around the globe.

“For nearly half a century, our design professionals have been guided by the HBA philosophy of creating a ‘sense of place’, a well-designed and integrated package of fantasy, drama and creature comfort.

“In every project we undertake, we aim to add value, raise the standards and enhance the brand equity of a project’s owner and operator. Location, architecture and client vision all come together in our work to create what we consider a unique and functional art form that continues to evolve.”

With 12 offices and 450 employees worldwide, HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates ranks tenth on Interior Design’s list of the Top 100 firms in the country. The firm holds the number one spot on the “Top 10 in Hospitality Design” list and the number two spot on the “Top 10 With Foreign Projects” list.

HBA’s design influence can be seen in hotels such as The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the Park Hotel Chennai in India, The Fullerton in Singapore and the Mandarin Oriental in New York and Miami.

HBA was also named a Gold Key finalist in Best Hotel Design.

Information, www.hbadesign .com/.