New England Design Hall of Fame – A gala evening for all!

The 4th Annual New England Design Hall of Fame Awards dinner was held this week at the State Room, overlooking Boston. In four short years, it has undoubtedly become the biggest night for the New England design industry. New England Home magazine founder Dan Kaplan created the Hall of Fame Awards and had the foresight to start big and stay that way. The event formula is basically the same every year – a crowded cocktail party, a sit down dinner (which is always delicious), flowers by the venerable Winston Flowers (see above) and presentation of the awards.

New England Home magazine Publisher Betsy Abeles Kravitz offers opening remarks. (forgive the image, it’s a photo of the large screen which was easier for me to shoot than the speaker herself, same with Stacey below).

Stacey Kunstel (über stylist, writer and blogger) makes the presentations each year.

An iPhone shot of my dessert. Yum!

Some of the lovely ladies I sat with – fellow members of my IFDA board.

And the honorees of the evening:


Thomas P. Catalano, AIA, Catalano Architects, Inc.

(Eric Roth Photography)
David J. Hacin, FAIA, Hacin + Associates, Inc.

Manuel de Santaren, Manuel de Santaren, Inc.
(Michael J. Lee Photography)

Landscape Architecture

Katherine Alexander Field, Katherine Field and Associates

Specialty Design Award

Roger Lussier, Roger E. Lussier, Inc. Specialty Framer

(Mr. Lussier’s own home, images courtesy of Mrs. Blandings)
Congratulations to all the honorees.  You are an inspiration to those of us who follow in your footsteps. On a personal note, Mr. Lussier’s own home shown above and at the dinner are my personal favorites and it was very touching that last year’s honoree Gary McBournie stood in for the elderly Mr. Lussier offering his thank you speech. On another personal note, and not to disparage the fine work of all the gentleman honored this year, it’s a shame more women were not honored. Something which didn’t go unnoticed, or unmentioned, that evening. However, there’s always next year.

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xoxo Linda

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