gail ravgiala, editor
it’s our ninth anniversary. time to evaluate
what we’ve accomplished since launching Design New England in November 2006. Two things that make us most
proud are our annual tribute to Mentors in Design (design
newengland.com/middies), in which we honor the men and
women of the design industry who help guide the next generation, and our Design Showdown competition (design
newengland.com/showdown) for students studying interior
design and interior architecture. These offer insights into
the bookends of a design career, with the former calling out
established practitioners for sharing their experience and
wisdom and the latter encouraging those still learning to
push the creative envelope. In each case, we are delighted
to facilitate the recognition of deserving participants.
Speaking of recognition, our hardworking staff and contributors continue to earn the
magazine kudos. In 2015, we were again named Best Design Magazine by the National Association of Real Estate Editors and we are finalists for best article (“Perfect Match” by William
Morgan, May/June 2015) in FOLIO: magazine’s competition, and in the Media Industry News
contest for best magazine design (November/December 2014). Whatever the outcome, we
have big things planned for 2016, when we promise every issue will be a 10!
judith carter, like fabric designer Oliver Blumgart, whom she profiles for this
issue, grew up relocating frequently. “My father was a career military officer,” she
says. “I had a fantastically adventurous childhood, living in New York, Florida,
California, the Philippines, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.” She now
resides in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where her husband, a solo trans-Atlantic
sailor, keeps his sailboat. She is an interior designer, an inveterate antiques
hound, a weekend gardener — and a fair-weather sailor. art, page 62.
joel benjamin is our go-to photographer for Selections. With gift-giving in
mind, we also had him photograph the recently opened Boston Public Market. “I
loved shooting at the Boston Public Market,” he says. “I’ve lived downtown for
more than 20 years and finally there are so many options to shop for food — but
this one is definitely the most fun.” Benjamin’s latest photography exhibit,
Toyland, runs through January 29, 2016, at the Boston Center for Adult
Education ( bcae.org). selections, page 39; local wares, page 88.
from the editor
rob karosis is a New Hampshire photographer who has been creating award-winning images of both the built and natural environment for more than 30 years.
“The thoughtfulness of this home is evident even from the road,” he says of the
newly constructed Maine residence he shot for this issue. “The house beckons from
its nestled spot on the hillside, and once inside, you don’t want to leave. As I looked
back at the house while walking with my camera through the meadows at dusk, I felt
an envious twinge — but took some great dusk shots!” the real deal, page 126.
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danielle ossher, Design New England’s former associate editor, lives in Boston
with her husband and their husky, Viola. As a travel and lifestyle writer, she seeks
out all that inspires, from the Amalfi Coast, where she traveled in September, to
the Cambridge, Massachusetts, condo of two survivors of the Boston Marathon
bombing. “This home epitomizes the power of design,” she says. “It was truly
inspiring to see how talent, creativity, and a bit of clever problem solving gave this
remarkable couple the oasis they deserve.” design focus, page 76.