FOREVER FLOWERS Bill Salmon, a seventh-generation Vermonter and metal artist, designed and
handcrafted the awards for Design Showdown 2015. At his one-man company, Sugarhouse
Ironworks, he makes home goods such as pot racks and railings and takes on commission work, but
these delicate flower sculptures are his specialty. “My daughter used to pull irises and daffodils
straight out of the garden and bring them to me,” he says, “and I would make them in metal.” What
interests him most about his art form is how he can “take a piece of hard, cold, unyielding steel and
bring life to it.” He heats the steel in his propane forge, shapes each piece on his anvil, and then puts
them all together; there’s nothing mechanical about his process. When the sculpture is done, the
hammer strikes are still visible. He polishes the surface and applies a clear gel coat that gives it shine
and keeps moisture from the metal. “When I start building something,” says Salmon, “it might not
have any resemblance to what you see in the garden.” But the results are beautiful blooms.
Sugarhouse Ironworks, Westfield, Vermont, 802-291-3960; sugarhouseironworks.com.
WE COULD NOT HAVE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED DESIGN SHOWDOWN
without the help of our advisory panel. Special thanks go to Nancy Hackett,
interior architecture and design program codirector at New England
School of Art & Design at Suffolk University, Eric Haydel, principal of Eric
M. Haydel Design Inc. in Boston and president-elect of the New England
Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and Rachel
Pike, IDEC, retired chair of the interior design department at Wentworth
Institute of Technology. All three helped us design the Showdown program
and then agreed to judge the competition. They were joined by judges
Dana Griffin, regional vice president of development and construction
for Jamestown L.P., owners of the Boston Design Center, our partner in
presenting Design Showdown, Elizabeth Lowrey, principal and director
of interior architecture at Elkus Manfredi Architects, Boston, and Felice
Silverman, FIIDA, principal at Silverman Trykowski Associates, Boston,
and vice president of the board of directors of the International Interior
Design Association (IIDA).
For keeping the night going at a fun and friendly clip, we have to thank
Steven Favreau, principal of Favreau Design, which has offices in Boston
and San Francisco. Prior to studying interior design at the Fashion Institute
of Technology in New York, the graduate of The Boston Conservatory had
a career in entertainment, which served him well as he acted as master of
ceremonies for the Showdown finale.
Students, watch for DESIGN
SHOWDOWN 2016 during
the upcoming fall semester
when our call for entries will
present a new and different
design challenge. Judging
will commence in February,
with the finalists giving
their live Design Showdown
presentations in March.
See if you can create an
outstanding design that will
get you into the pages of
Design New England.