ASID New England Spring 2015

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president’s Message Board Messages editor’s welcome welcome New Members event Calendar

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2015 ASID Ne Chapter Annual gala 2015 Industry partner winner - robert ernst 2015 ASID Ne Chapter Annual gala Sponsors 2015 resdential Design winner - paula Daher 2015 Commercial Design winner - John Day 2015 hospitality Design winner - lynda Onthank Design Scoop top 8 tips to Selecting the right Contractor Olympic Vision welcome to the east Coast! Missouri/west Kansas vists Ne Chapter Mitchell gold + Bob williams Moves to New 10,000 sq ft Signature Store Charity Begins at home poggenpohl creates distinctive kitchen design for prestigious new Millennium tower Boston project Colony rug Co


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president’s message ASID NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER One Design Center Place Suite 544 Boston, MA 02210

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Cheryl Morrison, Allied ASID (978) 927-2005

President-Elect Eric Haydel, Allied ASID (617) 562-6027

ASID NE Chapter’s Board of Directors is dedicated to a the most of your membership and will continue to reach out to our members to see what more we can do to better serve the chapter. We started this initiative last October with our first Industry Partner Focus Group session where we had an opportunity to talk to our valued IP’s one on one, discussing our plans for the new year and what we can do to bring more value to their membership. Our Industry Partners continue to grow, spanning a multitude of design disciplines. They are always interested in giving ASID designers more options to stay on the cutting edge of the latest products our industry has to offer through sponsored programs and CEU opportunities.

Financial Director Jill Janasiewicz, Allied ASID

Communications Director Shalini Sookar, Allied ASID (617) 223-7240

Professional Development Director Alinka Amoroso, ASID Industry Partner (617) 350-0836

Emerging Professionals Director Ryan Tirrell, Allied ASID (603) 969-5630

Membership Director Jen Bardsley, Allied ASID (781) 264-7952

Director At Large Rosemary Porto, ASID Industry Partner (617) 236-5253

Student Representative Holly Vogel, Student ASID (617) 216-0475

I would like to personally thank the Industry Partners who participated in our annual Business Conference held in November. The time and effort you took set up for this event, not to mention taking valuable time out of your work day is very much appreciated. The feedback we received on our Business Conference suggested considering a different approach next year so participants could have more time to interact with IP’s while taking advantage of the informative CEU classes. We are looking at new possibilities and as always welcome member’s feedback. We are continuing to fill up this year’s calendar with exciting and relevant events for our Design Community. I encourage you to continue to look at the calendar on our website, In my last letter to you, I talked a bit about the budgeting process. The board has a fiduciary responsibility to you, our members, to make sure that we are spending your dues and donations wisely. The Board takes this responsibility very seriously. At the end of March our 10 year lease on our BDC office expires, giving us an opportunity to find a new, more affordable and accessible location. We are exploring other options in the Innovation and Design Building, Jamestown Properties now manages as well as locations we feel will work for us. We will keep everyone informed as this all comes together. Once we secure a new location we will use our Twitter and Instagram feeds to give you clues to see if you can guess where we have landed. Stay tuned! Finally, I wanted to mention our upcoming Awards Gala on March 20th at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Design Community to come together to celebrate our four outstanding Honorees who’s work, dedication, influence and community leadership set them apart. Come and enjoy the Boston Harbor skyline view, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a sit down dinner while you catch up with colleagues and give recognition to this year’s Honorees. In charitable tradition we will introduce Artist for Humanity, a non-profit organization who provides under-resourced youth the keys to paid employment in the arts. We are excited to showcase some of the students work offering a silent auction which you will not want to miss. As always you have any issues or questions which you would like me to address, please feel free to contact me. My email address is and my office phone is 978-927-2005.

Student Advisory Committee Chair Sarah Campernel (603) 828-5222

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Cheryl Morrison, Allied ASID ASID New England Chapter President 2014/2015

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BOArD messageS eric haydel, Allied ASID president-elect

During a meeting with a client last fall, personal news was shared that forced the original plans of our project scope to be changed due to our client’s illness. Once a project about downsizing and refreshing from years of collecting became about quality of life and how she would spend those last few years or maybe even months in the new space she calls home. Needless to say that day in our office was quite as I sat at my desk reflecting on my education and knowledge in this area of design. After a couple hours in thought, I realized that no one single class or design crits prepared me to deal with the possibility of tragedy, but rather offered me the opportunity to recreate and rewrite someone’s outlook on life through the world of design. Over these past few months I have shared small design moments with these clients, they have shaped my process and molding my understanding of what it means to adapt, grow and learn. Three very simple values and benefits my membership in ASID. This time I have come to rely on the resources and friends I have been connected with through our chapter. I’ve shared my experiences and sometimes tears with other colleagues and together they have offered to me support and advice on how to approach the opportunity with this project. When people ask me what I get for my membership this story will always come to mind. Having the ability to pick up the phone and talk to some of the greatest minds is priceless and really the essence of what makes us the American Society of Interior Designers. #DesignMatters and so do each of you!

Jill Janasiewicz, Allied ASID Director of Finance

Hello to you all. I hope that this year brings new and exciting projects for you. And may I remind you that this year we will be having our Design Competition so think which projects you want to enter. I look forward to seeing all of them at the competition. But before that event, I hope to see as many of you at the gala. New venue this year and I am so excited. Also, I would like to say congrats to the four honorees. They are well deserved. As you have read in Cheryl’s President’s letter, we are analyzing our fixed expenses. Unfortunately design is not all about the concept and the materials that we select but rather the business behind it all. We all know what it takes to run your business and ASID is no different. On closing I hope to see you all at our upcoming events.

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Jen Bardsley, Allied ASID

Director of Membership

With this year’s calendar coming together I continue to work towards providing the Chapter with relevant opportunities to enhance their membership. Working closely with Emerging Professional Chair Ryan Tirell and Student Representative Holly Vogel, we have focused on some new programs. In February, our Chapter worked with Boston’s inner city high school students with a Job Shadow Day. A city wide program organized by Boston’s Private Industry Council, ASID member volunteers were able to spend a day with students interested in Interior Design. We enjoyed sharing our knowledge while getting to know our future workforce. Thank you to our industry partner’s FDO and Sherwin-Williams plus Jamestown Properties, who were all instrumental in making this happen. The calendar’s spring highlight is the ASID NE Boston Art Walk June 4th, a free event for all members and their guests to enjoy. There are more fun, interactive events for all of our members on our calendar posted on

Shalini Sookar, Allied ASID Director of Communications

Let’s be soci@l! We want to hear what you have been up to. What are great projects are you working on? What fab events have you attended? What tips would you like to share with our community? Sharing is where it’s at! So, show us your latest projects on Instagram using #asidne for a chance to be featured on our site and in this magazine!

Alinka Amoroso, ASID Industry partner Director of professional Development

So much to do, so little time. We have so many wonderful events to share with you this year, but ASID is not just about events, it’s about community. Please try to join us for at least one event and make a point of meeting your fellow ASID members. We connect with each other online often, but it’s so much nicer when we can connect in person. A random meeting can lead to a career long business connection or even more importantly a lifelong friendship. Hope to meet you at our next event.

ryan tirrell, Allied ASID

emerging professional Affairs Chair I hope everyone has had the chance to check out our new Emerging Professionals Facebook page for up to date articles; interests; and events for young designers in New England ! For you graduating seniors: Keep an eye out for us at college visits, and we hope to see you all at Boston Design week!'

rosemary porto, ASID Industry partner Director at large

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I am happy to report that all indicators from 2014 yearend sales results point to a very healthy 2015 for the home furnishing industry. I just returned from the KBIS and IBS show in Las Vegas and the attendance was excellent with many interior designers joining the kitchen and bath designers and home builders. In fact our own Pamela Copeland attended as a member of a blog tour. One strong indicator of a healthy business climate is that many of the major brands showed new products in elaborate show displays and booths. One outstanding booth was the Kohler’s booth which included Ann Sacks, Robern, Kallista and Kohler bath and kitchen products. Each line had impressive new designs elaborately displayed. Cosentino made a big splash with their new Dekton line of counter material. Poggenpohl launched the new and innovative Porshe line, P’7350 for the first time in the USA. While at the show I met with ASID president Randy Fischer. We had an opportunity to discuss the upcoming CLC that will take place in Boston July 17th. Plans are underway to make this national conference a successful one in our great city. More information will be coming to you as it is made available. During Q4 I met with Alinka Amoroso to help plan events for the coming few months. We are working with our industry partners to create interesting and exciting events for our members. We are always looking for industry partner members to join my committee. Participating is one very effective way to help the board best serve the needs of our designer members and industry partner members. Please think about helping us with your participation or for any ideas you may have for events.

By Sarah Burgess

Hi Everyone! I am so excited and honored for the opportunity to be editor of Design Community! Since this is my first year as an allied member, I am sure many of you don’t know me, so I would like to start by introducing myself. I joined ASID in 2013 as a student, and was lucky enough to meet Shalini Sookar who brought me on board with the talented communications team. I graduated in May from Endicott College and just began my career with Interior Architects.

Since spring is approaching, it seems like the perfect time for some fresh ideas and exciting changes to the magazine. I hope you enjoy the new layout and article topics and if anyone has any ideas or suggestions

Best wishes to all for a very happy and prosperous 2015!

please share! I am looking forward to a great 2015!

holly Vogel, Student ASID

Student representative to the Board It was wonderful to meet many student members at the first ever Student Track of the ASIDNE Annual Business Conference. The day was filled with engaging presentations by industry professionals, interactive workshops, and lively discussions with designers, industry representatives, and ASID leadership. This spring, our team will be visiting schools throughout the area to discuss the benefits of ASID membership, and tell you about some really great student-focused events that will take place in the weeks and months ahead. In the meantime, if you have any questions or ideas, feel free to contact me at:

Sarah Campernel, ASID

Student Affairs Committee Chair It's been a busy couple of months! We've been planning and coordinating some exciting events with ASID New England this Spring, at which I'm looking forward to seeing many of you. Stay tuned to learn about these great networking opportunities for both students and professionals!

By Shlini Sookar, Allied ASID

Spring is all about new beginnings, and I am thrilled to be a part of something new, happening here at Design Community. We have a new Editor; Sarah and she has kindly invited me to join her as the guest editor for the season.

Together, we have a number of exciting changes and surprises in store for our readers. You’ll notice our new look as well as new editorial features, guest writer spots, an opinion column and everyone’s favorite; more photos of YOU socializing around town!

As we roll out these changes, we want to hear from you. What do you think of our changes? What would you like to see more of/less of? Wish we featured... ? Talk to us at or get social with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Congratulations to our 2015 gala honorees

robert ernst 2015 INDuStrY pArtNer wINNer

Bob has a motto at FBN which he shares with every new employee trade partner, designer or client…We treat our clients the way we treat our employees, the way we treat our friends, the way we treat our design partners, the way we treat our suppliers tradesmen and vendors…we treat everyone with honesty, respect transparency and fair- ness. It’s a lot easier that way! and the lack of trust and understanding made every ones job harder and often ended Having been a carpenter

up with “someone being blamed” for something they may or may not have been

and builder for over 30 years, Bob has built FBN's reputa- tion through collabo-

in a position to do anything about. He became active in several design associations

ration, customer service, and trans- parency. Through his many

and attended many events, business seminars, and educational opportunities tailored

years in the industry he has developed an alternative to the typical contractor expe-

for designers, with the hope that the more he could learn about the designers busi-

rience by remov- ing the veils of a construction project and by empowering his

ness the more value he could bring and the less of a mystery would be between

customers to make informed decisions. By utilizing his revolutionary transparent

them. Of course he would also be able to meet and share the contractor’s per- spec-

business model, and by serving as an advocate for the cus- tomer, Bob has built

tives and reasoning with any interested designers, and forge some wonderful

FBN around giving full control of the budget and project decisions to the client

partnerships that bring success to all.

and the design team. "The client should be in control of their budget, not the contractor. Our job is to provide all the infor-

Bob has made it a priority to work closely with and in devoted cooperation with

mation so that the cus- tomer is able to make the decision that best fits his or her

the design partners that he has had the opportunity to work with. Through his

goals and budget, and to implement those decisions to the highest standard."

early Interactions and his commitment to weaving the fabric between vendors, contractors and designers FBN has developed the trusted re- lationships and

Bob's unorthodox approach to building was unusual and considered unlikely to

produced fabulous products of which everyone is very proud. Even more impor-

succeed when he first began, but it has now placed him in the vanguard of a busi-

tantly the relationships flourish and the legacy of thrilled clients and trusted collab-

ness model based upon transparency and advocacy. Through his leadership, FBN

orators provide for an optimistic future for all involved.

Construction has grown from $750,000 to over $12,000,000 annually and has become recognized as a market leader both locally and nationally. Furthermore,

Over the years, Bob has been a partner to architects and design professionals. As

both Bob's and FBN's commitment to employee growth and development has

an active member of NAHB, IFDA, BRAGB, ASID, BSA, and NKBA, he frequently

created a team of committed professionals who are not only passionate about

contributes to industry panels and events on how designers, architects, and

building, but also about listening and focusing on developing “raving fans”.

clients can work together to give customers a positive, em- powering experience during their home projects. Bob was recently installed as the incoming Presi- dent

Early in the millennium Bob decided to make it a point to get to know the

of the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston, and looks forward

design industry better. He saw what everyone else saw and decided that he wanted

to continuing his ideals of collaboration, and cooperation at an even higher level

to try and do things a bit differently. The tension and often competing interests

to bring benefit to those interest- ed in taking advantage of the opportunities this

between the builders and design teams seemed counterpro- ductive to all involved

can present.

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pAulA DAher 2015 reSIDeNtIAl DeSIgN wINNer

Boston based Daher Interior Design is a high-end residential and focused commercial design firm. After graduating from college and working in the computer industry for 10 years, Paula Hamel Daher began the firm in 1995. She had 3 young children and decided to make a career move that would allow her to work from home. The home-based studio in Andover, MA was soon outgrown and a Main Street studio space was next, allowing for additional team members and an extensive library. The firm continued to grow over the years adding talented team members and moving into Boston's Back Bay. In 2013 Daher Interior Design purchased its current studio location at the corner of Clarendon and Newbury Streets. Proud of its humble beginnings and many years of hard work and dedication, Paula and her team follow the same principles that have been the backbone of their many successful projects. We first consider the interior architecture, moving and changing walls where needed, then maximize the floor plan. When both of these tenets have been followed the composition and design of the space become possible. Each project we create requires design and project management expertise as we work congruously with builders, architects and a vast array of tradespeople. We strive to provide for our clients an imaginative use of space with an undercurrent of elegance, sophistication and simplicity.

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John Day has built successful interior design departments at two of our region’s most recognized architecture firms. At Hutker Architects he started the interior design department and served as the Design Director and currently at LDa, where he is a Principal and Director of Interior Architecture and Design.

As a multi-disciplined designer, he is able to harmonize architecture and interiors in a way that adds sophistication and consistency to any project. Recognized by his peers, John’s work has received numerous accolades and has been published throughout New England.


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Lynda Onthank, principal de- signer and owner of Onthank Designs, Ltd., is a certified interior designer who has spe- cialized in hospitality, senior living and residential design for over 30 years. Lynda works closely with clients to understand their vision and help create a unique, practical and sophisticated design for the space. Lynda works col- laboratively with tradespeo- ple and architects on a variety of projects, including new construction. Lynda’s passion for her trade is manifested in each design project in which she engages, resulting in resi- dential and commercial space that is extremely high quality.

Lynda has also been a consultant for the Boston architectural firm, Group One Partners for over 30 years. In her capacity as interior designer for Group One Partners, Lynda has completed hundreds of hospitality design projects all over the country. Lynda has been a member of ASID New England since 1984 and NCIDQ certified since [19XX]. Mentoring students, young professionals and established designers has been extremely important to Lynda throughout her career. Lynda has proudly mentored three recent Presidents of ASID New England Chapter. In 2011, Lynda became one of the first interior designers to be honored with the “MiDi” Award presented by the Boston Globe. After many years in the industry, Lynda still loves the work she is doing and still finds interior design a very satisfying career and feels fortunate to work closely with so many clients, both residential and commercial alike, to improve spaces in a creative, unique and artistic fashion.


by numbers

1. 1. The interior design industry generates $10 billion in revenues annually.

2.2. The first evidence of interior design came from prehistoric dwellings, where drawings of plants, animals, or humans decorated the walls. 3.3. Save 66% more energy by replacing incandescent light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL). 4.4. Researchers from theUniversity of Michigan published their findings that shopping can counteract feelings of sadness. Specifically, it helps restore "a sense of personal control over one's environment, and thus helps to alleviate sadness," as the report explains.

5.5. The average couch puts up with children jumping up and down on it 74 times during a year. 6.6. Coffee: the second most popular drink in the world after water.

7.7. Famous logo for Coca Cola cost $0 to design, while Pepsi spent $1,000,000 on their brand 8.8. 90% of all data that the brain processes is visual.

9.9. 5.4 billion gallons of water per day: number of gallons that could be saved if all US households installed water-saving fixtures and appliances.


Music can improve language skills, creativity, and happiness.

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Think the 2024 Olympics in Boston is a good idea? Think again. Do you recall the horrors of the Big Dig? Have you ever been stuck in the Cruise Ship traffic on Fridays going to the Design Center? Construction of numerous Olympic venues around Boston over the n e x t nine years will only be one segment of the gigantic headache. Boston, called the “Athens of America” might find itself in a deep financial hole like Athens, Greece after hosting the 2004 Olympics. Who pays for this event? Boston calculates the cost at $4.5 billion while Sochi, Russia spent $51 billion on last winter’s Olympics. The financial reality is the taxpayers of the Bay State will stuck with the burden. Both Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh are excited about hosting the games while they met privately with members of the US Olympic Committee. Decisions were being made without any public input, until today when the Mayor announced that the residents could vote on the matter.


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Author Andrew Zimbalist wrote in his book, Circus Maximus, that the Olympics actually hurts tourism. This would not only be detrimental to Boston but would certainly impact Cape Cod and other New England attractions. My South Boston neighbors are concerned about talk of the Olympic Village at UMass Boston, a stadium at Andrew Square and the long distance races planned for Castle Island. How are we ever going to maneuver to and from home? As one young neighbor lamented, “The BRA, developers, real estate agents, politicians, and greed have ruined us. The Olympics would be the nail in the coffin.”




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Missouri/west Kansas visits Ne Chapter When Dr. Susan Stevenson, Interior designer and associate professor of the design program at the University of Central Missouri asked her students what city would be their preferred destination for a design excursion. “Boston, Massachusetts” topped their list! After making contact with the NE Chapters of IIDA and ASID, they started planning. The group began their weekend with a few of Boston’s historic sites including the Paul Revere House, the Freedom Trail, and the Gibson House Museum. Monday, November 17th, was their “professional day”, and the students had a full schedule - an Industry Partner, two commercial design firms, and one residential firm welcomed the group of thirteen visitors. Jerry Acari of Landry and Acari, shared his vast knowledge of rugs with them. He spoke to the students about raw materials, the knotting process, and oriental rug design. Jerry ended the discussion with a challenge for the group, “who can count the correct number of knots on the back of this rug?” The winner of the challenge took home a beautiful oriental rug.

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After visiting the architectural firms of Margulies Perruzzi Architecture and Bergmeyer and Associates, they ended their day at the venerable office of William Hodgins Incorporated. The 1910 beau arts building has been the home of WH Inc. since 1968. The students were given a tour of the four story building by longtime office manager, Karen Hess, followed by a design talk and Q&A by longtime senior designer, Penny Matteson. “We had a great tour of William Hodgins's office and got to see many antique pieces of furniture, the exquisite hand drawings and beautiful scheme books from Mr. Hodgins career in interior design. Thank you to Karen Hess for donating the new William Hodgins book with our student library!” Susan Steveson raved about her student tour in our New England Chapter. “More than all the sites we took in, the best part of the trip were the interesting people we met and the meaningful conversations that we had! We received great instruction and advice from professional practitioners with many different

backgrounds and interests. University of Central Missouri interior design students returned home with a memorable experience and their heads full of design possibilities and career inspiration.� The New England Chapter Board of Directors would like to thank our generous members, Landry & Acari, and William Hodgins, Inc for donating their time and expertise to educate the next generation of interior designers!

the New eNglAND ChApter OF ASID welCOMeS Our NeweSt MeMBerS Professional Members Betsy McCue Train

To the following new members ASID New England extends an enthusiastic welcome. We invite you all to join us at our events and to participate in our wonderful chapter.

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Associate Members Allison Soupcoff Janice Major Battle

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Mitchell gold + Bob williams Moves to New 10,000 sq ft Signature Store Mitchell Gold, chair-man and co-founder of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, the renowned home furnishings lifestyle brand, announced today that the company will move its Natick, MA Signature Store to larger, more spacious digs in early February 2015, when it opens at 625 Worcester Street on Route 9, less than one mile from its current location at 395 Worcester Street. With the opening of this new flagship Signature Store, the company will continue to bring its highly livable combination of comfort and style to savvy, sophisticated consumers in the Natick, MA area. A grand opening event is planned for March 2015, and will benefit a soon to be selected nonprofit organization.

Exterior elevation of the new Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Natick, MA Flagship Signature Store. Scheduled to open in early February 2015

This new location, is a company licensed store, owned and operated by 3 Fish LLC, the licensed partners who own and manage the Boston Flagship. In addition, plans are underway for 3 Fish to open another Signature Store in Burlington, MA in fall 2015. “Having such a significantly expanded retail presence in suburban Boston is an incredible opportunity for us and perfect timing as we continue our aggressive retail expansion plans,” said Gold. “We know that Natick is a proven market for us— we’ve been there 7 years, opening there in 2007. So to have a new location with more than double the space right up the street is ideal. We’re excited to continue to build our brand presence and style leadership position in the marketplace with customers already familiar with us and those who may not be, in the best possible location and space.” The store will feature the company’s award-winning products, quintessentially American style and uncompromising customer service. The new Natick, MA flagship is located at 625 Worcester Street on Route 9, in the heart of the Natick shopping district. It will showcase the company’s signature store design, including soft white walls and floors, bright modular lighting and personally created furniture settings by Bob and Mitchell – showing customers serene ways to integrate eclectic styles of furniture. The Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams design philosophy is based on making comfort the priority for look and feel, and mixing unexpected pieces to give each setting a unique, modern twist. “Having this new expansive space to showcase the majority of our product line will let consumers really experience our way of living,” added Bob Williams, president of design and co-founder. “We know buying furniture can be an anxiety-ridden purchase, and we want everyone who walks through those doors to feel welcome, comfortable and very well taken care of.” The company has always championed “immediate gratification.” The store will be in stock on most merchandise on the selling floor and also let customers and the design trade custom-order pieces delivered in just six short weeks in most situations. The expanded Natick location is the latest in a growing number of Signature Stores for the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams brand. Other Signature Stores are in dynamic markets across the country including Boston, SoHo in New York City, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Denver, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Paramus, NJ, Portland,OR, St. Louis, Washington, DC, Nashville, and Puerto Rico, with international locations in Mexico City, Montreal and Toronto. The company plans to open additional retail

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stores over the next 12 months in cities such as Burlington, MA, Kansas City; Oakbrook, IL; and Austin, TX. The Natick store’s exterior and interior were designed by New York-based architect James Bartholomew, and overseen by Bob Williams. The goal was to create a clean and modern backdrop for the company’s upholstered and slipcovered furniture, case goods (industry speak for beds, dining tables, chests, coffee tables, étagères etc.), lighting, area rugs, accessories, artwork, and a bespoke bed linen collection. The store will be dog-friendly, with treats readily available to four-legged friends (and the company even sells dog beds in fabrics to coordinate with your sofas!).

Charity Begins at home

When home is the neighborhood of South Boston, ASID New England shares that sense of community especially when giving back is concerned. The New England Chapter has supported many charitable organizations over the years with time, money and professional interior design effort. When the South Boston Boys and Girls Club began gutting their clubhouse making way for the 11 million dollar renovation, an original piece of art was discovered. Although no papers verifying the provenance could be located, a former club director remembers an artist from the Boston waterfront gave it to the club with the message, “This might be worth some money someday.” The chapter office became the temporary gallery for the mystery work. Nine feet by three and a half feet it has been an attention grabber and conversation piece. In September, Diane Anton, Architectural Photographer and Industry Partner, excitedly asked, “Is that a Diefenbach?” Telling her the Boys & Girls Club story, she asked if she could take a photo and help with the research. The next day Diane’s email came to the office announcing that the piece is “the work of internationally known artist Karen Wilberding Diefenbach”. Diane included the website information for Diefenbach who now resides in Tuscany. With an appraisal and restoration, Solitary Steeples (1990) of Diefenback’s scroll series, poses a dilemma for the South Boston Clubhouse. Should the piece be auctioned off to help with the capital campaign or should the work of art be hung in a prominent place as an inspiration to the hundreds of disadvantaged children that will enjoy the new South Boston Boys & Girls Club?

poggenpohl creates distinctive kitchen design for prestigious new Millennium tower Boston project Poggenpohl, the oldest and best-known luxury kitchen brand in the world, which has been at the forefront of kitchen cabinetry design for 120 years creates a bespoke kitchen concept for the high-profile residence, Millennium Tower Boston. The striking design offers luxurious accessories including LED modular lighting, soft close doors and drawers plus a high gloss polar white lacquer finish with precision edging to ensure its life-long integrity.

and three bedroom residences. The tower’s exceptional services and amenities include a 24-hour concierge, valet service, a private health club, restaurants and retail spaces on site. Residential occupancies are set to begin in summer 2016.

“We are delighted to join Millennium Partners for this exclusive new project,” states Neil Bailey, of Poggenpohl. “A Poggenpohl kitchen brings a sense of innovation and aesthetic value to any property and the Millennium Tower Boston is no exception. In addition to luxurious accessories, the residences will encompass an impressive selection of wood grain finishes for the bath and kitchen inspired by natural tones and textures. Every detail of the kitchen environment was crafted not only for aesthetic appeal and functionality but also with the environment in mind.”

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event calendar March 19

2015 Annual Awards Gala


Design Week

April 8

Lunch & Learn at Porcelanosa, "Designing with Tile" • Porcelanosa showroom


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May 6

NARI Event

June TBD

Art Walk

July 17-19

CLC Boston

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