IFDA NEW ENGLAND Issue 2 | 2018

Page 1


Issue 2 | 2018




International Platinum Sponsors

























I hope everyone’s had a great a spring and summer so far. We’ve a had fantastic run of programing starting during Design Week 2018 with our panel discussion Finding the Perfect Art for You, held at Casa Design in the South End, followed by GO Green held at Mitchel Gold + Bob Williams in Natick. Next up was Glass Design Beyond the Bath, held at Oasis Shower Doors in Peabody. These were all great programs and I enjoyed seeing so many of you there. Just because we’ve taken the summer off doesn’t mean things aren’t going on at IFDA. We have been hosting more casual pop up Under 40 Meet Up events. These gatherings are more spontaneous and only promoted on our social media feed so follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Our annual national board meeting along with the Educational Foundation’s Design Edge program was just held in Las Vegas. It was a tremendous success! Please peruse this issue and IFDA Network for details.



We’ve got a great autumn and winter programing schedule coming up, headlined by our reinvigorated Design Awards Gala on November 1st! More details about the Call for Entries, the Charity Window Challenge and the Gala can be found on pages 6-8 in this issue. Stay tuned for more event dates and details for the rest of the season. In closing I’d like to point out that we are always looking for new members and can really use all of your help and input in both retaining and recruiting them. I would also like to encourage existing members to consider getting involved. I am committed to making your membership a valuable and worthwhile experience, one that you get satisfaction from and that you are proud of. We hope you will join us at for the Design Awards and any or all of our other events this fall. Sincerely,

Chris Magliozzi 2018 New England Chapter President

Chris Magliozzi 2018 New England Chapter President



P´7350 Discover the fascination of a kitchen which stands for what has characterised Poggenpohl and Porsche Design Studio over many years: concentration on the overall line.

Poggenpohl Boston 135 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116 Phone 617-236-5253 info@boston.poggenpohl.com www.boston.poggenpohl.com

UPCOMING EVEnts 09.October 2018

16.October 2018

2018 Design Awards

2018 Design Awards

Call For Entries

Call For Entries

Member Deadline | Midnight

Student Deadline | Midnight

22.October 2018

01.November 2018

2018 Design Awards

2018 Design Awards Gala

Window Charity Challenge

Boston Design Center, 4th Flr

Installation Deadline

6:00 - 9:00 pm

IFDA-NE| Board of directors President

VP of Community Service

VP of Special Events

VP of Hospitality

Chris Magliozzi

Jacqueline Becker

John Trifone

Laurie Gorelick

President Elect

VP of Communications

VP of Ambassadors

Recording Secretary

John Nicholas

Christopher Saad

Vivian Robins

Larissa Cook

VP of Education

VP of Social Media

VP of Member Retention

Industry Liaison

Jessica Chabot

Allyson Forrister

John Speridakos

Robert Grossman


VP of Awards

VP of Membership

Gary Rousseau

Arnold H. Lagueux

Robert Henry


GALA Thursday

Innovation &

1 November 2018

Design Building

6:00 - 9:00 pm

4th Floor

A portion of the proceeds benefit:

Media Sponsor:


Calling all New England Designers, Members of Interior Design Teams and Students: You are invited to enter your best design projects to the 2018 IFDA-NE Design Awards!



IFDA-NE Design Awards is a regional, juried competition for interior design. Entries from professional and student members are welcome. The entries are judged in a blind review by a panel of leading industry professionals. SUBMISSION DEADLINES •

Designers, members of interior design teams: October 9, 2018 Midnight

Students: October 16, 2018 Midnight


Winner of each category including the student design project will be selected and announced prior to the IFDA-NE Designer Awards Gala. One “showcase” image from each entry will be on display at the event with promotion of winners on IFDA-NE internal/external promotion vehicles. For more info, click here.

Annual Sponsors International Platinum





The IFDA New England chapter invites members of the design community to create one show-stopping window display to celebrate our designer awards gala! All proceeds from the Window Challenge showroom and

designer registration fee will be donated to the Ellie Fund for Breast Cancer.


Who Can Enter a Display?

Anyone in the design community! Designers, students, and industry partners are welcome!

Where Will it Be?

Showroom windows visible from the 4th floor hall of the Boston Innovation & Design Building.

When Will it Happen?

The displays must be installed on October 22nd and remain through the night of the awards gala, November 1st.

Rules & Regulations

Must be contained within the boundaries of the window pane

It must include the name of the sponsoring showroom/showroom sponsor It must be on display from October 22nd to November 1st, 2018.

How Will it be Scored

Guests will vote for their fan favorite and the winner will be announced during the awards ceremony. Consider the following in your design: Originality

Creativity (artistry & use of materials) Composition

Incorporation of Breast Cancer Awareness theme (think pink!) General Impact

Entry Fee: A minimum $200 donation to the Ellie Fund for Breast Cancer. Want to get creative for a great cause? Please contact Jacqui Becker, IFDA NE VP of Community Relations, at 617-513-6856 or jacqui@beckerfinearts.com, or Vivian Robins, IFDA NE Membership Ambassador, at 617-763-5718 or vdesignservices@comcast.net.

2017 IFDA-NE NEW MEMBERS PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS: Jennifer Bardsley | Jennifer Bardsley Interior Design Joe Bertola | Bertola Custom Homes Sabrina Dalomba | Supply New England Angus Davis | Ushers Cove Management Ellen Fador | Spectacular Spaces Tony Fusco | Fusco & Four Howard Jay Goldman | Humboldt Storage & Moving/Mind’s Eye Kurt Hakansson | Hakansson Design Group Mitchell Killuk | 84F Lumber Tom Kuklinski | Kuklinski Woodworking Sarah Lawson | S & H Construction Jason Sawtelle | Black Beak Studio







Photography: Eric Roth


This remarkable home’s provenance began in 1984. Famed architect Steven Holl was tasked with creating a private residence on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean where strict code required significant setbacks from marshland and a one-story height limit when viewed from the beach. What followed was known as the Berkowitz-Odgis House, named for its original owners and inspired by a passage from Melville’s Moby Dick. Recalling the story of Native Americans stretching animal hides over a beached whale skeleton for shelter, Holl conceived an inside-out balloon frame where the wooden “bones” are felt inside and out, framing views of the ocean beyond. Along its porch, wood members were intended to receive the naturally growing vines of the island, their tendrils transforming the straight linear architecture. The house became a widely recognized and celebrated structure that received a Progressive Architecture Citation in 1986 and an AIA National Honor Award in 1999. A seasonal home, the property changed hands several times and sadly fell into disrepair. Questions about its structural viability eventually led to a teardown. New owners purchased the property in 2010 and commissioned Hutker Architects to renovate, restore and enlarge the home. The team devised architectural and interior design plans that maintain the form and spirit of the original home, while adding additional living space and providing systems that met an ambitious, LEED Platinum, energy profile.


SKELETAL FORM IN MICROCOSM The house now boasts an open program, with the main living and dining area bathed in natural light from windows on three sides. A triangular niche, tangential to this space, is animated with a swinging chaise, punctuating a key feature of Holl’s original design, and replacing a dining space with one for contemplating the site’s panoramic views. Hutker added a spacious first floor master suite with a separate sitting room, as well as three additional bedrooms and a family room on the ground floor. Outside, a detached studio housing a sauna echoes the home’s skeletal form in microcosm.



Tiles reminiscent of water fowl foot-

redesigned only a few years prior. The

prints in the sand, dance across the

previous renovation, however, was not

spacious shower wall and floor of a

a pleasant experience and they were

recently remodeled bathroom. Calm-

hesitant to dive-in again.

ing blue accents throughout the bath complement the serene white walls and bead board. A circular window is the star of the show.

Luckily, the second time around proved to be fruitful. Anna Orfanides of Anna O Designs paid close attention to their concerns and desire to create

The homeowners of this Marblehead

a tranquil environment that would be

residence wished to remodel their

functional and practical for their every-

master bathroom, which had been

day lifestyle.


TIMELESS AND CLASSIC In her first walk-through of the existing bathroom, several major issues became apparent. First, the vanity - a wooden table with two vessel sinks - did not allow access to the medicine cabinets due to its depth. Second, an oversized window installed in the shower did not provide privacy and had visible signs of rot. Third, the wallpaper was peeling and contained mold due to moisture. And lastly, the hardwood flooring selected was impractical for a master bathroom. Orfanides incorporated timeless and classic materials that would deliver longevity and create an elegant environment. She designed a standard depth custom vanity which provides adequate storage. To resolve the problematic window, it was removed and a new ,smaller opening was created to give the shower a defining focal point. A circular window was encased in a custom quartzite square frame. Rich white and blue quartzite counter tops, polished chrome fixtures and coastal inspired lighting top off this room. Shiplap was added to the ceiling to keep with the coastal theme.



Our team was thoughtful about developing the homeowner’s daily journey...

Summer in the city can be a hectic

few subtle changes, their own small

from city street to their beloved and

proposition, driving even the most ded-

backyard could be the sanctuary they

cozy home, and finally, to their reward-

icated urbanite to destinations far from

desired. F.H. Perry Builder and Hacin +

ing summer sanctuary,” shared F.H.

home. This could not be more true for a

Associates obliged them.

Perry Builder’s owner and President, Allison Iantosca.

family in Harvard Square, who longed to find natural serenity a little bit easier

They remodeled the home, its back-

and a lot closer. They cherished their

yard, and the connections areas, intro-

The second floor received an outdoor

antique, gem-like home and the access

ducing breathing space and settings

deck with weather resistant material

it provided them to dining, shopping,

that allow both quiet reflection and

and metal railings, directly off the mas-

academic, and entertainment options.

joyful gathering.

ter suite, which allows for an extension of family living space. Graceful folding

However, they needed to find balance in a place to get away, far from the

“Our team was thoughtful about devel-

wood and glass doors allow abundant

madding crowd. They felt that with a

oping the homeowner’s daily journey

summer sunshine and soothing sum-

mer breezes into the master bedroom. A spiral staircase descends to the outdoor dining area below, paved with patio tiles. On the ground floor, a new mudroom was built to add functional space but inevitably it added invaluably to the sense of serenity, providing elegant storage for outdoor items. The room, which features custom built shelving and storage units is also a nice bridge from the traditional design of the original 1854 home to the lush outdoor gardens and dining area. From the dining patio, the gardens and the existing greenhouse surround the homeowners and their guests with nature. If only summer could last all year long!

Photography: Michael Stavaridis


Soon, stone will fly.


STONE IN FLIGHT The Evolution of an Outdoor Sculpture Commission

Outdoor artwork commissions can be both exciting and

It would preside over the outside, but also be visible from

daunting. Sited on a windswept bluff overlooking the

the moment you opened the front door of the house, via

ocean in Half Moon Bay, CA, a sculpture for the new home

site lines through the home, guiding you to the horizon

of a tech visionary and his wife had more than its share

and the limitless skyline beyond.

of tantalizing challenges. It would need to thrive in salt air and high winds; play well with the understated gray shingle exterior of the home; avoid sinking into the sandy earthquake prone soil; and not impose on the neighbors or draw too much attention from hikers on the adjacent Coastal Trail Park. Most importantly, it should have the soul of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, with which the clients had recently become enthralled during a trip to the Louvre in Paris.

The couple covered all the bases. They consulted with their architect, interior designer, landscape designer, children, and Fine Arts Consultant, Jaqueline Becker. The vision that emerged was the essence of flight and the material that was desired was gray and white veined Bardiglio marble. Vermont sculptor, Richard Erdman was selected, and Volante Moon was conceived. It would hover upon a block

Vermont sculptor, Richard Erdman Volante Moon

of black granite at precisely the right height to appear

stone carving today is not all that different from what it

airborne on the horizon. And it would be mounted on a

has always been, methodical and labor intensive. After

pin, allowing the vantage point on the piece to be changed

an 18-month wait, Volante Moon shipped to San Francisco

by rotating the work at will.

where it awaits in storage for installation this summer.

At Erdman’s studio in Carrera, Italy, a five ton block of

“If you think I’m one excited art consultant, you’re right.

marble was quarried. Even with the use of power tools,

Soon, stone will fly,” stated Becker, giddy with anticipation.


Pardon the

Interruption Photography : Jaimie Macari

Interruptions don’t always have to be a bad thing. In fact,

tradition and she was drawn to the contemporary. Trying

while working on a much larger project that encompassed

to find some common ground, Sarah leaned on the cou-

several of the major spaces of a family home, interior design-

ple’s go-to vacation spot in the Caribbean. They enjoyed

er Sarah Milner-Hiser of VAVAinteriors was “interrupted” by a

the relaxed feel of the tropics, but the finished design had

request from the client to turn her attention to the powder

to blend into a New England colonial. Sarah’s solution was

room. Not originally part of the scope, planning for the pow-

developed through motifs of British Colonial style, balanced

der room now became priority. This was a welcome turn of

with a clean and contemporary edge. Although this style is

events for Sarah, as she had hoped to undertake the space

evident throughout the home, the powder room became a

as part of the project, knowing that its dated presentation

focal point for these design elements, and the result is a mi-

would not stand up to the extensive alterations being made

crocosm of the rest of the house.

to the rest of the house. This change meant that she could flex some creative muscle, and a redecoration of the room turned into a full-scale renovation.

While used primarily as a powder room, the space is actually a full bath just off the kitchen. An alcove sported a dated, built-in vanity with a sheet mirror above it. The standard tub

In getting to know her clients, Sarah discovered that the

enclosure was hidden by a shower curtain and a too-small

couple had a common conundrum: he loved Old World

closet held long overlooked items. For Sarah, the worst


Tile ClĂŠ Tile

Bench Mr Brown London

Fabrics Kravet

Blind The Shade Store

Dresser Noir

Lighting Arteriors

Custom Mirror J Tribble

Wallpaper Pierre Frey



aspect of the room was that the door off the hall

X-pattern mosaic in zellige tiles for the floor. The

opened inwards, cramping the space and reveal-

‘X’ is repeated in the base of a small metal bench

ing the toilet beneath the window as the first thing

that sits under the window, which is topped with

you saw when you entered the room. Walls paint-

a simple valance and a matchstick blind that

ed in a dusky blue, too few lights and plain tiled

echoes the dark, equatorial wood of the vanity.

floors made for a dingy, dark appearance.

Bright brass makes the fixtures stand out against

The clients wanted to have a powder room feel but retain the convenience of a full bath. The first thing to be done was to expand the space into a little-used adjacent hall closet, and Sarah designed a series of archways to create two rooms off the

their backdrop of creamy Carrera-patterned quartz and the exposed shower system is reflected in the surrounding mirror on the walls of the shower. The mirror also serves to redouble the architectural interest of the archways.

main space: one for the toilet and another for the

Sarah’s favorite piece in the room? A 120-year-old

new shower. Tucking the door from the hall into a

French engraving of a Polynesian woman dancing

pocket saved space. Support beams in the ceiling

sourced from a dealer on Etsy. In love with the

meant that it could only be raised by a few inches,

grace of her posture and the colors of her dress,

but with the tricks of detail molding and a two-tone

Sarah thought the dancer looks as though she’s

paint scheme, the ceiling now appears to be much

been “paused”, but the fluidity of her movement –

higher than it is. The vanity, a repurposed dresser,

the steps she’ll take next – is still so evident. “Its like

now occupies the alcove, and a faux-tortoiseshell

the whole project! The other rooms in the house

mirror designed by Sarah is flanked by oversized

were put on hold so we could see how this one lit-

sconces that bring both light and a touch of mo-

tle room could be transformed, how the story we

dernity to the classic wallcovering upon which

are telling in the decoration of the rest of the house

they sit. Inspired by the balcony railings on colo-

could be concentrated in this smaller but evocative

nial buildings in the Caribbean, Sarah laid out an

space.” 31

Chris Santini sits in front of his contribution for IFDA-NE’s Take A Seat fundraiser for the Women’s Institute For Housing and Economic Development Photography: Elaine Fredrick

Chair OF HoPE In memory of Chris Santini - AN IRONWORKER, TAKE A SEAT CHAIR DESIGNER AND A FRIEND as told by Dawn Carroll

I could say that we discovered it, this heap of rusty links brim-

the ability to tickle the heart of those who were not ticklish and

ming with character and loaded with nostalgia. But I think the

I caved in.

chain would argue that it found us. This powerful link had more than likely played a starring role in the construction of one of Massachusetts’ new bridges or skyscrapers. Trapped and forgotten in this massive hazardous factory that whistled and whispered frightful sounds, this chain demanded our attention. As I stood there with my friend Chris Santini, an iron worker in Boston, I wondered why Steven King had not authored one of his terrifying movies in this fascinating place as I picked at the chain. Chris laughed as he exclaimed, “Kid, this place is a mentoring factory- it protects and gives new life. Look over here, if that coating wasn’t applied to that hunk of steel it would disintegrate and people would die.” He knew he could hook me in with a great mentoring story. A carefully crafted mentor-centric story that would escort his wild ideas right to the doors of a steel factory and seal a deal. Any reservations I might have had about a joint venture could be extinguished with skillful story telling especially this one. He continued, “KID…untreated, steel would corrode without this state-of-the-art…. hot-dipped-galvanized coating for high-performance architectural finishes.” Amused, I burst out laughing at this seductive and romance novel like description. So, there we were, standing in the middle of a building void of humans, surrounded by large growling tubs with hissing steam and potions bubbling around us. The massive chain pulsed in the corner begging for a second chance. Fine, I told Chris- we are bringing it back to life. My interest amused the steal worker, “we are manifesting” he said with a grin as he prepared to send the chain to my studio.

On the surface, Chris and I had little in common. He was young. I was middle aged. He liked to explore and I had seen enough. He loved all things loud and crazy. I craved a silent meditative retreat. My ‘groove’ was safe like an old person, while his was a “young” spirit. Chris alleviated my apprehension by showing me the business plan he had created. He then landed on bended knee, exclaiming “My lady, I know you want to do this, you know together we can do this- lets take over the design industry!” I was taken back by the phrase “my lady.” Thinking, ‘where does a macho union worker, who was young enough to be my son, discover, or channel, old English politeness used to address royal women of bygone days?!?’ Chris was unlike any other. After a grueling day welding together skyscrapers, he’d been up all night creating art in his family’s shop, Santini Brothers Iron Works. He stayed up all night taking my ideas and carving them out of molten metal- desks, chairs, side tables etc. He persevered while most of the world was asleep dreaming about the things they did not have then energy to pursue. His visits to my office often occurred at the end of the day, when I was exhausted and eager to get home to have quiet dinner with my boyfriend under the stars. Chris would enter with a gust of energy. Most times he arrived with a few of his disciples insisting on a strategic meeting that would map out our design collaboration. He shot down most of my ideas- - “Kid, it’s gotta be bigger- those ideas are pedestrian” (I taught him that phrase and he loved it). His devotion for dreaming big became the cornerstone of our friendship. It was the fertilizer for the growing adoration of him.

I view this day as the galvanizing moment when our professional

His thirst for life inspired me as I watched him bounce around the

worlds fused together. I’m usually wary of unstable ventures, not

room, laughing, dreaming, scheming and telling tales.

always being flexible or willing to make the adjustments needed getting to know a new person, and I was trying to limit my involvement in new projects to preserve energy. Chris knew this and rolling his eyes, he dismissed it, labeling it as selfish. He had

He was an iron worker, a union guy, an artist, a friend, a free mason, a father, son, brother, and a recovering addict as a man who accidentally collided with heroin. He was a talented man who


turally playful, the connected links fusing the stability, “just like mentoring” he said. I watched him artistically interpret the entire mission statement of my non-profit, the Over My Shoulder Foundation. “Break the chain and stability crumbles” he whispered. Our excitement began to grow as we decided to enter the “Chain Reaction- Chair of Hope” into the Annual International Event that the design group IFDA hosts. The ‘Take a Seat’ event invites design professionals to create a one-of-a-kind chair that is then auctioned off. Chris called this creation, “The Mentoring Chair of Hope”. We wrote the description: “Chain reaction is a nod to the power of mentoring. Much like every piece of salvaged steel – the iron chair was repurposed and fused together to form the foundation of something sturdy, something built to last a lifetime”. Chris came up with most of these words: “Every person knows something, can share something, can help shape lives and build something positive, powerful, and strong”. This hand crafted, sculptural chained chair influenced this ideology. The chair became an advocate, rising from being a rusty forgotten chain to beam with new life as we embellished it with engraved marble royalty and finished it with a cheery paisley fabric that celebrates a symphony Chris Santini celebrate their working collaboration at the 2016 Take A Seat Gala

of color and whimsical patterns. The event was held in Lincoln at the deCordova Museum, just feet away from some of the deepest scars of my childhood experience in Lincoln, MA. I remember respecting

twisted steel and pranced on beams thirty-eight stories high that

the pain on the land where so many of my dreams had hatched but few had survived.

were hardly wider than his foot. To say he was interested in high

Chris, all decked out in a suit, beautiful blonde on his arm, made sure he met every sin-

fashion design is an understatement, he was passionate about

gle person, collecting business cards like they were thousand-dollar bills. Making sure I

becoming a beacon in the industry and was soul searching, he

knew that this was the beginning of a new dream, he said “Kid, you gotta leave all that

was aching to make his mark. Confident, smart and talented,

shit behind- it’s a new day… we can do this.” I don’t know how he knew that I was lost in

he was seeking the mentoring on how to go from a union steel

painful memories, but he did. He saw my yesterdays as a threat to our tomorrows and

worker to a provocative designer. He was seeking people to keep

nipped it in the butt. “Kid, would you focus, manifest, forget about yesterday, move on.”

him strong and to help him be a great dad to his son.

I didn’t notice anything unusual, I didn’t notice the corrosion of his spirit, I didn’t hear

We had plans to take him to the swanky design shop and create

the roar of the monstrous illness determined to break him down. I hadn’t realized that

an image for his website. Relying on my dusty producer skills, I

the super sonic strength he needed, every moment, to stay away from his demons, was

told him he had to be the sales tool: a unique cocktail of edgy,

impossible to maintain on his own. I didn’t think anything about his increased conver-

radiant, provocative, iconic, vulnerable, pure and sexy. He had

sations about God, visits to church or his reliance on faith growing. I saw it all as part

the looks, he had the charisma, he just needed opportunity. He

of his energetic aura and desire to be a great role model for his young son. I saw the

needed someone to share a little time, wisdom and expertise- he

church as his military base and was convinced that the perspiration was a result of hard

wanted a mentor. He corrected me and said “ Kid, I got this…. I

work not the evil cravings of drugs seeping from his pores. I didn’t realize that I was on

am already hot - I rock leather pants.”

the cusp of another giant heartache.

Looking back, I realize this wasn’t Chris’ first chair of hope, he

The last time I saw him was a few weeks ago, on a Sunday – it was after he attended

had worked with Cumar Marble and Granite a while back on a

church enthusiastically offering to help me pickup and deliver the sea grass and hy-

Walhberg family project making a bench dedicated to Debbie

drangeas I had bought for my front yard. I slipped him a check and said go do some-

Walhberg. This may have been the start of his interest in design.

thing unforgettable with your son. I suggested a whale watch- he laughed and said it would be a paint gun. Loyal, considerate, and thoughtful he struggled with taking the

But Chain Reaction was the name of our first project together.

check “Kid, what are ya doing? I can’t take this.” I caught a glimpse of a saddened, lost

Chris took the heap of chain we had rescued and laid it out and

look, a clash. I saw an unsettled moment in his face that I thought was just a reluctance

started to carve out the sturdy frame. As he began bending the

to be compensated for the one thing he always did, which was give. He was not a taker,

steel to form the curved sexy legs, I remember him saying, “de-

taking was against his morals. In hindsight, the worst part of being a survivor of this

sign is sensual.” He was molding the frame to become architec-

tragedy is that now I see how many things I missed and how many moments I misinter-

Chris Santini with his son preted. And I’m left with a hurt that is impossible to soothe. “Kid I feel better than ever- Kid, I will never go back, Kid, I am going to conquer the world, Kid, manifest. Kid check out my six pack.” These last moments are fixed in my memory. Now I understand the extent of support required to stay clean, and the expansive team of mentors needed to keep addiction away from the sacred grounds, hope, faith, and strength needed by the one battling the demons. Heroin addiction is as horrific as any addiction and it is deeply saddening for it to take this sweet soul who was at the height of his dream, determined to be that metaphorical chain. I miss my pal, the one who could slip into a room unnoticed and charm everyone with his smile. I will forever miss all the energetic ideas that swarmed like bees trying to pollinate with just one single collaborative idea. I will miss his innate kindness, which is so rare in humans, the enchanting thoughtfulness that was HIS way of life. And I will miss the giant honest hug that escorted unconditional love. I didn’t hear the emergency, I didn’t see the drain, KID, seeing you lifeless, is just so wrong.


DesignEDGE Moderator Nick May, and panelists Julia Buckingham, Angela Pickens, Joshua Rose, Rafael Kalichstein, Kelli Ellis and Katherine Kalen onstage in Las Vegas. Mervyn Kaufman, FIFDA

Labeled a design-industry summit, the Educational Foundation of the International Furnishings and Design Association presented its 2018 DesignEDGE event July 29th, opening day of the Las Vegas Summer Market. With its theme “The New Edge of Possibilities,” DesignEDGE assembled a host of design-industry pros for a morning keynote address and market preview, followed by an afternoon panel discussion, whose participants were led by Nick May, creator of The Chaise Lounge podcast, which regularly explores changing currents in the world of design. Opening the program, IFDA’s international president Penny Sikalis stressed that, from the beginning of its 71-year history, “IFDA’s mission has been to inspire collaboration from within the industry we serve, supporting its people, their products and services.” In that spirit, the foundation tapped participants drawn from various segments of the design world.

Keynoter Nolen Niu shares the secret of his success at DesignEDGE, Las Vegas.

IFDA President Penny Sikalis welcomes fellow members and guests to DesignEDGE 2018.

Julie Smith Vincenti shares Las Vegas Summer Market highlights with attendees.

Wilma Hammett, FIFDA, opened the program by introducing the keynote speaker, Nolen Niu, a California-based furniture designer whose company not only creates but also manufactures products that now reach a world-wide market. He dates the rise of his success to 2006, when, he says, his unique chaise-lounge “catapulted my career into doing design collections and the opening of a 16,000-square-foot facility in downtown Los Angeles.” Mr. Niu began his remarks by citing key routes that can lead to design-world success: “Become a specialist, create your own vehicle, then tell your story. If you focus on these ideas and concepts, you can grow your business to levels you’ve never seen before. Most important, you want to become the go-to person in your category. If you really focus on being great at one thing, all of a sudden people will look to you for expertise. It’s up to you to design your own future, keeping in mind exactly what you are trying to accomplish and what you need to achieve that’s different.” Julie Smith Vincenti, a former design-magazine editor who’s now editorial and marketing director of Nine Muses Media, concluded the morning session with her “First Look” insider preview of the vast five-day Las Vegas Summer Market. After the lunch break, Nick May, creator of The Chaise Lounge Interior Design Podcast (www.thechaiseloungepodcast.com), introduced his industry-savvy panelists who were picked to advise the designers in attendance how to take product design “from creation to consumer.” His panelists: Julia Buckingham, whose collection for Global Views includes lighting, rugs, pillows, furniture accents and decorative accessories, recently opened the high-end Modernique boutique in Phoenix, Arizona; Kelli Ellis, a globally recognized artist, designer and speaker, is a founding partner 37

of Design Camp, The Design MasterMind, and also creator of a Sunpan collection introduced last spring at the High Point Market; Katherine Kalen, marketing director for Sunpan, who is recognized for her ability to drive brand exposure by developing integrated marketing campaigns and consistent brand messaging; Angela Pickens, a branding consultant who helped build the Tommy Bahama Home Retail Power Brand and recently formed a new alliance—”develop Innovative Branding Partnership”—that helps brands and designers broaden their labels’ reach and recognition; Joshua Rose and Rafael Kalichstein, partners in FORM Design Studio of Sherman Oaks, California, which creates its own product lines while developing commercial, hospitality and residential projects worldwide. Here are highlights of the panel discussion: • Julia Buckingham: “Make sure your story is sound and the voice you are speaking is all aligned, so that when someone says, ‘We want to brand with so-and-so,’ there is already a very established story. What manufacturers look for is a name that aligns with their brand’s focus.” • Kelli Ellis, pointing to a recent success story with a client: “They said, ‘Tell us what you want to be the story and how we can change with you.’ You have to come in very prepared, of course.” • Angela Pickens: “You have to give clients something they haven’t thought about, something that’s really going to stand out. Otherwise they don’t need you.” • Rafael Kalichstein: Critical to success in a partnership is “learning about the manufacturing process, so even if a manufacturer says, ‘Come, let’s do that,’ you’ll need to know if they do their own manufacturing and if they’ll be able to produce the thing in the time frame— how quickly can they get this idea to market? You have to put on another hat and think of things from a business perspective.” The Las Vegas Market was a keynote sponsor of DesignEDGE. Its patron sponsor was Sunpan Modern Home, its partner-sponsor, IFDA’s Northern California Chapter. Promotional sponsors were Steelyard and The Chaise Lounge. The 2018 DesignEDGE summit was approved for 3.5 CEU’s by IDCEC, the Interior Design Continuing Education Council. In 2019, the Educational Foundation’s DesignEDGE moves to the High Point Market.


Showcase Matt Remeika Joins Audio Video Design Matt Remeika has joined Audio Video Design as the Business Development & Sales Manager. After graduating from Boston University, Matt started in the industry at Tweeter in 2005 and hasn’t looked back. His affinity for the latest cool gadget always keeps him on his toes and at the leading edge of consumer electronics. Matt has designed projects all over New England and

Audio Video Design

Matt Remeika

looks to continue collaborating with the finest design professionals in the area. Outside of work Matt loves live music, the beach, the Red Sox, a hazy New England IPA and playing guitar with his daughter.

Rustic creations Frank Hamm has been designing and building rustic furnishings and garden structures for 30 years. He has taught workshops to garden clubs and lectured at the Boston Flower Show, DeCordova, Boston Center for Adult Education, Danforth Museum, Cambridge Adult Education, Mass Horticulture, and Bartlett Arboretum. His goal is to build artistically oriented pieces that are functional and beautiful. Hamm builds out of cedar for long life and he uses the best hardware. His workshop is in the western suburbs and he only uses local materials. His gazebos, pergolas, arbors, fences, benches, gates and lots more can be viewed on his website, frankhamm.com or for more recent work, on Instagram @hamm_frank.


Dowel Furniture Presents the Duncan Hughes Collection in Boston

can Hughes Collection for Dowel Furniture is being

Celebrated by the press, design blogs, and devoted

ative yet at the same time casual and graceful. “I was

clientele that include Katherine Heigl, New England Patriot Julian Edelman, and other illustrious clients throughout the U.S., Duncan Hughes’ elegant and sophisticated yet always comfortable spaces are routinely praised for their unexpected palettes of color, texture, and light. The Boston-based interior designer’s signature is found in the balancing of architectural form and perspective with refined furnishings, fabrics, and carefully chosen objects. Hughes is especially renowned for his eye for layered architectural detail and penchant for elegant, provocative, yet eminently livable interiors. After a successful launch at the 2018 Las Vegas Market

presented in Boston and New York, as well as online. This small line of carefully designed pieces incorporates lean silhouettes and clean lines against sumptuous style elements that are sophisticated and provocinspired to create these pieces by the iconic American musicians, writers, and celebrities of the early to mid20th century whose contributions made the world around them a more beautiful and interesting place,” says Hughes. “I’d like to think that each one of them — Vaughn, Steinbeck, Hayworth — may have enjoyed this new furniture collection in their own homes.” Reviving the subtle femininity of American mid-century furniture as filtered through the prism of warm masculinity, a duality that marks the Art Deco period, the Duncan Hughes Collection underscores the designer’s keen understanding of form and scale. Each piece harmonizes pared-back historic shapes with lav-

and 2018 Boston Design Week and AD 20/21, the Dun-

ish modernity while glowing with warm woods, metal

accents, and rich, luxurious fabrics. “I wanted it all to be

straightforward as it is graceful, “represents the mo-

able to blend expertly with the furniture styles of today

ment that form meets function,” comments Hughes.

even as it stands on its own,” Hughes says.

Long and lavish gold sabots connect to warm woods

The nine-piece collection creates a new standard for

and luxurious fabric.

furniture that is not just wonderful to look at but also

Reminiscent of the glamour of the Hollywood of a by-

ergonomically correct and therefore highly functional,

gone era though tailored for today, the versatile Hay-

versatile, and, above all, comfortable:

worth Bench is uniquely sized to anchor a sitting area,

The Vaughn Dining Chair, all about softness and curves at every angle, is meant for long dinners and

become a focal point in an entry hall, or rest comfortably at the foot of a bed, perhaps draped by a peignoir.

conversations with close friends and family. “I was

Like its namesake, the Gardner Counter Stool is

driven to create a dining chair with the comfort of my

marked by long legs and curves in all the right places.

favorite living room chair yet able to take center stage

“It was inspired by the feminine glamour, strength,

in any room,” Hughes says.

and mystique of our most beloved screen sirens of the

The classically proportioned Steinbeck Dining Chair,

1940s and 50s,” Hughes says. Available in both counter and bar heights, this lavish stool is finished in rich

wood and flashes of glowing metal. The Grant Lounge Chair, a modern interpretation of 1930s club chairs, smolders with mystery — masculine proportions juxtaposed against feminine lines. It holds and supports you where it counts. With its gently fluted edges and spokes of sparkling brass supporting the legs, the just-a-little dramatic Getz Side Table is Hughes’ solution to people “in need of a table large enough for today’s way of living but without the bulk and heaviness of so many tables on the market.” The Danvers Snack Table, by contrast, is just the right size to place a few plates of your favorite hors d’oeuvres and then be moved around the room using the brilliant brass finial in the center. The Hudson Bar Cart, lean yet sturdy and also cosmopolitan, offers plenty of room for your most prized glassware and finest bottles. Produced by Dowel Furniture, internationally recognized for its stylish, built-to-last furnishings, the Duncan Hughes Collection will be available at duncanhughes.com and at dowelfurniture.com. Dowel co-founders and siblings, Ray Hallare and Joanne Hallare Lee, oversee production of all furnishings within the collection. It can be viewed by the Trade only via appointment at Duncan Hughes Interiors in Boston or by the Trade or the public via appointment at Dowel’s Studio in midtown Manhattan. Appointments at Dowel can be made online.

Dowell Furniture

Duncan Hughes Collection


Favreaulous factory

opens with a bang On March 3, 2018, Steven Favreau launched the Favreaulous Factory, an 11,000 square foot think tank/incubator as headquarters for my design business. Surrounding himself with what he refers to as good people, with good hearts doing good work, he invited Bob Ernst of FBN Construction, Andrew Sidford Architects and Greg Premru Photographer to use the space “when they are in town”, which turns out to be often. The space consists of a theatrical reception area, two conference rooms (one with a conference table that turns into a ping pong table, of course!) a large open concept work area. You won’t see desks or desk top computers here! Just a lab for Favreau’s custom products and a game room including a state of the art golf simulator and vintage pool table. His fiance’s company, The Institute of Ethics is also housed in the space with a mission to end the perpetuation of poverty crime and prejudice one person at a time through education. Coming this fall: a state of the art Italian kitchen and full custom bath in collaboration with Designer Bath. The headquarters is appointed with 15 stunning silk and wool rugs from Landry and Arcari, antiques and vintage furnishing ranging from 1790 to 1970, artwork by local, regional and national artists as well as a dozen Murano and similar chandelier. It is truly not to be believed and unrivaled in New England.

Audio Video Design Opens THEIR Experience

Center for Home Technology & Design

Audio Video Design announced the opening of the AVD Experience Center for Home Technology & Design at their Westwood headquarters. Showcasing high performance brands for automated lighting and shades; home integration systems; music: speakers, streaming & WiFi; specialty TVs; home theater products; and outdoor entertainment. “We are excited to open the AVD Experience Center for homeowners and industry partners. There is no better way to experience home technology than to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds these products offer,” said Audio Video Design President, Brad Smith. An outdoor display features lighting and speakers from Coastal Source, Revel, Sonance and James Loudspeaker. The oasis was created by the Good Natured Company, a landscape design and construction firm. Several specialty TVs are ready for action; Séura’s Mirror TV, the Samsung Frame TV and Bang & Olufsen’s Eclipse TV. The home theater vignette features a Sony projector, Screen Innovations 150” screen, Golden Ear speakers and chairs from Salamander Design and Cinematech. The center allows you to play with the lighting controls from Lutron and Vantage; raise and lower the shades from QMotion and Lutron; and turn on and off music with one touch. You can listen to an array of speakers from James Loudspeaker, Leon, Paradigm, and Lyngdorf/ Steinway Lyngdorf. Wireless speakers are from Sonos, Paradigm and BlueSound. Additional brand names include McIntosh and Anthem.


Professional Membership: $350.00



Membership: $150 Student Membership: $45

Get IFDA Benefits Today Contact Rob Henry | VP of Membership | rhenry@avdesigns.com

Learn more about IFDA New England: www.ifda.com/new-england-chapter

Turn static files into dynamic content formats.

Create a flipbook
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.