from the publisher
with this issue, DESIGN NEW ENGLAND steps into its fifth year of publication. It has been quite a ride, and we want to celebrate by thanking our
readers and the members of the New England design community for their
support and inspiration.
We also want to reaffirm our commitment to educating our readers,
both through the pages of the magazine and through our home design seminar series. Launched in the fall of 2007, these free forums have allowed
us to partner with leaders in the field of home design and building to give
consumers insight into the design process as well as a look at new products,
innovations, and technologies. This fall, we completed our 2010 series,
“Real Solutions for the Home,” with four workshops around the region that
covered topics from kitchen and bath design to going green to sorting out
new materials and concepts.
In addition, we applaud the generosity of spirit shown by established members of the design community who mentor newcomers in
the field. We see it everywhere. From construction sites to showrooms,
from design offices to work rooms, there is a sharing not only of knowledge but also of the intangible insights that only the seasoned player can
impart to the rookie. Design New England will highlight the practice with
our Mentors In Design (MIDDIES) recognition program announced at
our November anniversary celebration. A highlight of the evening was
Grammy Award-winner Patti Austin, who partnered with her protégé on
“Over My Shoulder,” a song about mentoring co-written by Boston designer
Dawn Carrol of Cumar Inc., and the founder of the Over My Shoulder
Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting mentoring.
patti austin (left) with Stephen Twombly and Poggenpohl showroom
manager, Rosemary Porto.
RUSS MEZIKOFSK Y
As the holiday season approaches, it is time to look forward and to
look back. At Design New England, we gratefully reflect on the good will
and support of our advertisers and readers and wish all of you health and
happiness as you celebrate with your friends and family. We can’t wait for
another year of exploring all that is old and new in the splendid homes and
gardens of New England.
stephen twombly, publisher
1 Leslie Fine, Dawn Carrol, Andie Day, Cindy Laidlaw, Stephen Twombly, Alan Weiner, Rosmary Porto, and Patti Austin at the Poggenpohl Boston Showroom. 2 “real solutions”
seminars: At Wolfer’s Lighting: Chris Zizza, Susan Arnold, Doug Hanna, Stephen Twombly. 3 At Stone Technologies: Stephen Twombly, Steve Howell, Susan Howell, John Kelsey,
Sally Wilson, Glenn Murray. 4 At Westborough Design Center: Kate LaCount, Paul Ardente, Stephen Twombly, Claudette Andrew, Al Lizotte. 5 chef ducrot cooking at the
Roomscapes Kitchen Concepts Cooking School. 6 Chef Ducrot’s stuffed mushroom appetizers. 7 “real solutions” seminar at the Ligne Roset Boston showroom.