from the publisher
LAST NOVEMBER, DESIGN NEW ENGLAND MARKED ITS
fourth anniversary with a gala celebration at the splendid W Hotel
& Residences in Boston. The highlight of the evening for us and
our nearly 400 supporters from the design industry was a special
performance by Grammy award-winning vocalist Patti Austin and
her protégée, 16-year-old Lianna Gutierrez. There to reinforce
the focus of the evening — the importance of mentoring, and
the unveiling of our Mentors In Design (MIDDIES) program
— Austin and Gutierrez sang a duet of “Over My Shoulder,” the
theme song of the Over My Shoulder Foundation, an organization whose purpose is to encourage mentoring.
Their appearance was the perfect culmination for the
launch of the MIDDIES, which honors mentors in the design
field. This program is an opportunity for all design professionals to nominate those important people who have shared their time and wisdom to guide, support, and encourage others in their career.
This kind of generous sharing of knowledge and know-how is an everyday occurrence in the New
England design community — and happens across all disciplines. Mentors can be found in design
studios, architecture offices, workrooms, showrooms, and building sites.
This January, celebrate National Mentoring Month (
nationalmentoringmonth.org) and Thank
Your Mentor Day on the 25th by nominating the mentors in your life for a MIDDIE, which can
be done through our website,
DesignNewEngland.com. The nomination deadline is February 28.
Honorees will be selected by an advisory panel in concert with Design New England and will be
announced this spring.
As an honorary MIDDIE recipient, Patti Austin was presented with a striking fossil stone
embedded with Swarovski crystals from Cumar Inc. of Everett, Massachusetts, a noted source for
fine stone and tile. Cumar will present a similar keepsake to our 2011 MIDDIE honoree. Call it
an extra incentive to make your first good deed of the New Year that of honoring the mentor in
your design life.
stephen twombly, publisher
Olson Lewis Dioli & Doktor
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PHO TOGRAPHS B Y RANDY GROSS
design new england’s fourth anniversary gala at the w hotel & residences
1 Design New England publisher
Stephen Twombly and editor Gail Ravgiala flank Grammy award-winner Patti Austin, with her honorary MIDDIE,
and Lianna Gutierrez.
2 Austin and Gutierrez embrace after their performance of “Over My Shoulder.”
Webster of Webster & Co. and Dee Elms of Terrat Elms Interior Design.
4 Bill Morton (left) and Steve Kontoff of
Back Bay Shutter Co. with Doreen Le May Madden of Lux Lighting Design.