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for us at DESIGN NEW ENGLAND, 2011 was a very good year,
one in which we got and we gave. Not only were we honored
with three national awards for editorial and design excellence, we also gave due recognition to our first Mentors in
We won the trifecta at the FOLIO competition in New
York, considered the Oscars of the magazine industry, taking first place for Best Single Issue in the shelter magazine
category; a silver Ozzie for Best Cover (photo by contributing photographer Rob Karosis), and a bronze Eddie for Best
Single Article by contributing writer John Budris. Indeed, it
is thanks to many talented contributors such as Rob and John
that we have been able to accumulate 11 editorial and design
awards in our five years of publication. We especially want to
recognize our Associate Editor Danielle Ossher, a die-hard Rangers fan, for being our team’s flexible,
fast, and resillient center. Add to this successful mix our founding editor, Jill Connors, who continues to raise the bar as Editor-at-Large, and Contributing Editor for Renovation & Architecture,
Bruce Irving, and you have a hat trick. (All three are pictured below.)
We would be remiss not to also mention our Contributing Editor for Style & Interiors, Estelle
Bond Guralnick, but she already has a special place in this issue among our Mentors in Design,
a.k.a. MIDDIES, recipients. Her photo and story, as well as those of the other MIDDIES honor-ees, can be found starting on Page 22. The process of selecting the Mentors in Design began with
nominations from the design community. We got dozens of responses and we knew we got it right
when the members or our selection panel agreed that choosing just four, a Mentor of the Year and
three Distinguished Mentors, was going to be “really hard” because of the quality of the nominees.
We thank our judges, Nancy Hackett, co-program director at the School of Art & Design at Suffolk
University, Peter Wheeler, president of Sara Campbell Ltd., and David Shapiro, chief executive
officer of Mass Mentoring for their thoughtful selections. May 2012 be as rewarding.
gail ravgiala, editor
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jill connors, Design New
discovers an exceptional
weaving school in her own
Rhode Island backyard. art,
page 60. She also travels to
Martha’s Vineyard to review an
exceptional house with a most
versatile kitchen designed by
architect Jill Neubauer. material
strength, page 100.
bruce irving, DNE Contributing Editor for Renovation &
Architecture, delves into
regional idiosyncracies in every
issue with his ICON column.
This time, he reveals the art
and science of the Yankee
woodpile. icon, page 66. Then
he writes about a house where
good health and sustainable
design are front and center.
well-being, page 76.
danielle ossher, DNE
Associate Editor, finds yin
and yang balance as interior
designer Thayne Emrich adds
a modern kitchen to his
traditional house. visit, page
28. Then she explores the
secret ingredients of
selections, page 37.