Chicagoan's David Kaufman and Tom Segal Honored at Vox/Out Voices of Style+Design Awards

Fri. July 30, 2004 12:00 AM

Chicago Visionaries to Receive Award Celebrating Signature Style

Chicago, IL - VOX® Vodka and Out magazine are proud to honor interior designers and business partners David Kaufman and Tom Segal with the VOX/Out Voices of Style+Design Award. The highly respected industry award, created in 2001 by VOX Vodka and Out magazine, honors openly gay and lesbian individuals whose works have come to signify style, vision and design. The third of five honorees nationwide, Kaufman and Segal will receive the award at the Chicago Historical Society, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, on August 5.

Kaufman and Segal are the visionaries behind Kaufman Segal Design, a cutting-edge Chicago design firm that specializes in high-end residential interiors. With backgrounds in interior design and architecture, Kaufman and Segal bring vast knowledge and refined style into the home. In 2000, they received the Fashion Group International’s Style Makers and Rule Breakers Award. Later this fall, their work will be seen on HGTV’s “Designer’s Challenge.”

In addition to leading the way in the design industry, Kaufman and Segal are also leaders in the Chicago community. Both serve on the board of directors of Harrington College of Design. Kaufman also volunteers for Open Hand Chicago and the Heart’s Foundation, while Segal serves on the board of directors of Howard Brown Health Center and donates time to Who's That Girl.

“Kaufman and Segal masterfully blend traditional and contemporary aesthetics to create environments that reflect their client’s unique style,” said Nicole Ertas, senior brand manager for VOX Vodka. “VOX prides itself on quality and style, so we are pleased to recognize Kaufman and Segal for their visionary designs.”

“We’re proud to honor Kaufman and Segal with the VOX/Out Voices of Style + Design Award,” said Joe Landry, publisher Out magazine. “When it comes to style and aesthetics, Out’s readers are passionate and extremely involved; David Kaufman and Tom Segal’s unique ideas and refreshing character continue to be an inspiration.”

"Tom and I are thrilled to be receiving this award," said David Kaufman. "We have worked very hard to build a company that not only specializes in interior design, but one that is proud to support alternative lifestyles and human rights in the United States and around the world."

The nation’s foremost gay general interest magazine, Out celebrates all aspects of gay culture, including fashion, style, and the arts. It is published by LPI Media, Inc., America’s leading publisher targeting the gay and lesbian community. LPI Media also publishes The Advocate, the community’s newsmagazine of record since 1967, among other magazines, books, and websites.

VOX® Vodka is the avant-garde leader in style and quality. Imported from the Netherlands and distilled five times, VOX prides itself on embodying quality, expressed with distinction.

VOX® Vodka is imported by Jim Beam Brands Co, an operating company of Jim Beam Brands Worldwide, Inc., an international distilled spirits and fine wines company that manufactures and markets more than 80 brands in 160 countries. Jim Beam Brands Worldwide, Inc. has leadership positions in bourbon, with Jim Beam® and Jim Beam Black®, the number one selling bourbon worldwide; Knob Creek® bourbon and The Small Batch Bourbon Collection®; and cordials, with DeKuyper®, the number one cordial line in the United States. In addition to spirits, the Jim Beam Brands Worldwide, Inc. portfolio includes Geyser Peak®, Canyon Road®. A joint venture between Jim Beam Brands Co. and The Absolut Spirits Company, Incorporated, called Future Brands LLC, provides sales and distribution services in the United States for the company’s spirits and wine brands. Jim Beam Brands Worldwide, Inc. is part of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE:FO), the consumer products company.

The VOX/Out Voices of Style+Design Awards were created by VOX Vodka and Out magazine in 2001 to honor openly gay individuals whose works have come to signify American style. The honorees are selected each year by the editors of Out. Past recipients have included Todd Oldham (New York), Nate Berkus (Chicago) and Greg Gorman (Los Angeles). Two more VOX/Out Voices of Style+Design events will take place this year in San Francisco (Chip Conley) and Miami (Steven Giles).