Currey & Company founder Robert B. Currey received the inaugural Design Legend Award last week at the Museum of Design Atlanta.

The museum presented Currey with the award during its Gala Preview for The South’s Next Wave: Design Challenge, a show that is part exhibition, part competition featuring more than 40 cutting edge interior and object designers from the Southeast.

Currey is the first to receive the Design Legend Award, which will be presented annually by the museum. Honorees are chosen on the basis of design excellence, innovation and contribution to their field of design both locally and nationally.