Creative Collaborations

Celebrating  A Thirteen Year Relationship

By: Dawn Carroll, Stone Specialist, CUMAR Marble and Granite

 

(L-R) Dawn Carroll and Rosemary Porto at The 2007 Builders Association of Greater Boston. Winners of Silver PRISM Award for Best Kitchen Remodel Unlimited.

(L-R) Dawn Carroll and Rosemary Porto at The 2007 Builders Association of Greater Boston. Winners of Silver PRISM Award for Best Kitchen Remodel Unlimited.

Pure fascination. That’s typically the reaction people have when designer Rosemary Porto, of Poggenpohl Kitchens, unleashes her creativity. We are left in awe with the end result. However, her designs and unparalleled talent is only part of the entire process.  The other half of her success is due to her uncanny ability to assemble the perfect team for each job. How do I know this? For many years, I have found myself on her winning team.

For those New England fans out there, you can think of Rosemary as the Coach Belichick of the design field. As Belichick has said, “On a team, it’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together.”

Cumar Marble and Granite Table- ASID AWARDS Honoring Over My Shoulder Foundation Designing the Next Generation Mentoring Award

Cumar Marble and Granite Table- ASID AWARDS Honoring Over My Shoulder Foundation Designing the Next Generation Mentoring Award

Over the past 13 years of working together, Rosemary has led me to many “Design Super Bowls.” Together, we have won prestigious awards. The Subzero,  Best of the Best Kitchen Design, which showcases top talent, featured two amazing projects that I was lucky to be a part of, along with Hacin + Associates. I have also been very fortunate to have had the opportunity, through Rosemary, to work with some of the finest architects and builders, in some of the most well-known addresses on the East coast. Not only had the experience working with these individuals been wonderful, but I can also now call most of them by dear friends.

Editorial feature project in September 2016 Design New England issue. (Photo courtesy of: Greg Premru)

Editorial feature project in September 2016 Design New England issue. (Photo courtesy of: Greg Premru)

Rosemary is also a big believer in the power of mentoring. She has been a huge supporter of one of my passion project,  the Over My Shoulder Foundation and our Design Mentoring Mission. Rosemary embodies the words of our co-founder, Patti Austin, when she says “we are all increasingly interdependent on each other, rather than independent individuals.” She invests in her friends, their dreams, and gives her time as she graciously hosted a dazzling mentoring event in collaboration with designer and friend, Leslie Fine.

 Collaboration between Poggenpohl Kitchens and Cumar Marble and Granite.

Collaboration between Poggenpohl Kitchens and Cumar Marble and Granite.

 

As Rosemary consistently reminds us, it’s all about the team and I couldn’t agree more. Therefore, I would like to give recognition to my colleagues at Cumar Marble and Granite, who are the true “Rock Stars” of this collaboration.

My super star boss Ivo Cubi, owner and patriarch of Cumar, travels around the world to hand pick the gems of the earth to bring back to Cumar. After the designers make their selections, our engineering team examines each slab spending hours creating a layout where the elegant stone patterns and designs come to life,

Team from L-R: Bob Earnst at FBN Construction, Rosemary Porto, our client Bonnie Berman, Dawn Carroll.

Team from L-R: Bob Earnst at FBN Construction, Rosemary Porto, our client Bonnie Berman, Dawn Carroll.

weaving the perfect story. Then the fabrication shop talks ownership of this creation, slicing and polishing each rare stone, sculpting the shapes needed for each individual project. Once it’s complete, the installation artists secure the stone in its final home, where it becomes the epicenter for a family, hosting many family gatherings.

 

As I celebrate with Rosemary thirteen years of friendship, mentoring, design, and collaboration, it is with great pride that I share the news of an exquisite editorial piece that is in the current Design New England’s Fall issue. A stunning team design- a Super Bowl win for us.

Poggenpohl and Cumar Marble and Granite display at Clarke Distribution Boston Showroom. Cumar and Poggenpohl's second collaboration for this prestigious company, Dawn Carroll and Rosemary Porto celebrate with designer Eric Roseff and Real Estate professional, Colin Sullivan.

Poggenpohl and Cumar Marble and Granite display at Clarke Distribution Boston Showroom. Cumar and Poggenpohl’s second collaboration for this prestigious company, Dawn Carroll and Rosemary Porto celebrate with designer Eric Roseff and Real Estate professional, Colin Sullivan.

 

Congratulations to the entire team and bravo to my Cumar team! Looking forward to thirteen more wonderful years creating masterpieces.

 

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Feature Employee: Karen Smith

This month, CUMAR highlights the talented Karen Smith as the featured employee. Karen has worn many hats at CUMAR, and because of that, Karen has been able to learn many scopes of the business. She credits each role as an asset to her career, which has allowed her to personally and professionally grow.

 

FEATURE EMPLOYEE: KAREN

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Stone Specialist, Karen Smith has been an employee at Cumar Marble & Granite since 2011. Since joining the team, Karen has moved up the chain of command, starting as a receptionist then moving to administrative sales and project manager, and now to her current role as inside sales associate. In her free time, Karen is a wife and mother of three, and enjoys traveling with her family, specifically to the Caribbean.

 

 

 

 

A PERSONAL TOUCH

When I am introduced to a new project, I always seem to take a personal approach. I envision myself as the homeowner, and try my best to get a grasp on what is truly important to them. It helps when the client opens up and shares their likes, dislikes and what they ideally envision for their space. Then I can put myself in their shoes and guide them in the best direction. In a way, I act as an interior designer. While, it might not be creating the whole space, stone is a key element in structuring that particular room.

There are so many beautiful stones that Cumar has to offer. The Taj Mahal Quartzite is one stone I continue to fall in love with. I personally lean towards classic materials, rather then what’s trendy. I find that classic materials end up being something that lasts, something that rooms can be designed around, and then re-designed around.

I’ve completed several kitchen projects where the Taj Mahal has been used all with different styles, ranging from Contemporary to Traditional. One of my favorite projects was for a lovely couple from Cambridge. The client had brought their favorite ideas and visions to Cumar. Throughout each meeting we were able to combine our thoughts and visions together. Their choices of color, pattern, and texture, led us to build a beautiful masterpiece. We were able to create a harmonized home using stone that married each room together. Of course, they also fell in love with the Taj Mahal for their kitchen.

Be on the lookout for more details and photos of this exceptional project as it develops!

 

KAREN’S FAVORITE STONE: TAJ MAHAL QUARTZITE

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Taj Mahal Quartzite, from Bazil, resembles the Italian Calacatta marbles in appearance, but is much more durable. Ideally used for Kitchen countertops, the Taj Mahal does not have the scratching or etching issues experienced with Marble.

National Mentoring Month: Honoring Ivo Cubi

Ivo Cubi and Carlotta Cubi of Cumar Marble and GraniteSince January is National Mentoring Month, we would like to honor CUMAR’s mentor and inspiration, Angelo “Ivo” Cubi. Ivo created Cumar, Inc., building on his family’s illustrious history in the marble business, to share his love of natural stone with others.

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Feature Employee: Stephanie O’Brien

Happy 2016 from everyone here at Cumar Marble & Granite! We are so excited to share more of our expertise with you this year, starting with a profile on another of our rock stars—Stephanie O’Brien. Thanks for kicking off 2016 in style with us!

 

Feature Employee: Stephanie

Stone Design Specialist Stephanie O'Brien of Cumar Marble and Granite.

 

 

Stone Specialist and Sales Associate Stephanie has been at Cumar Marble & Granite for three years, making her the rookie of our seasoned sales team. As a neophyte in the stone industry, Stephanie came to Cumar with a thirst for knowledge, keen to soak up the expertise of Ivo Cubi and all those who make Cumar the authority on stone in the New England area. Throughout her exciting journey, she sees each year, each project, and each day as a fresh learning experience—with her expanding expertise as proof.

 

 

 

 

Teamwork in the Creative Process

Outside of Cumar’s walls, I fill my time with music, movies, dance, travel, and relaxing with my wonderful family, including a niece and nephew that light up my world. My father’s unshakeable loyalty to the New England Patriots made me a diehard fan; football is my greatest passion, and I never miss a game! I follow other Boston sports just as enthusiastically, and I am always eager to learn more about the games. My adoration of sports stems from the fact that teamwork is paramount; there are never any guarantees, and when each second counts, only a full team effort leads to success.

It’s a lesson that I carry with me at Cumar, where team effort is equally important on each and every project we encounter. In a recent project, I worked closely with an interior designer who was building her own new home that incorporated natural stone in the design plan. From the first handshake, I knew this project would be both fun and fulfilling. The client’s design vision—from awe-inspiring slab walls in the shower to an eye-catching kitchen backsplash—was fresh and dynamic.

With this thoughtful plan in mind, our design, fabrication, and installation teams worked tirelessly to bring the designer’s stunning vision to life. Working with such a closely-involved client was an enormous pleasure, resulting in an unforgettable project that reflects the striking design and collaborative spirit instrumental in its creation.

Be on the lookout for more details and photos of this exceptional project as it develops!

 

Stephanie’s Favorite Stone: Cristallo

Favorite Stone - Cristallo

 

My favorite stone from our extensive collection is “Cristallo,” a quartzite material that can be used for kitchens, bathrooms, and fireplaces. What makes this stone so unique is that it is the only natural stone besides onyx that is translucent, which gives it a depth and richness second to none. As you can see in these photos, it almost has a spider-web quality to it. At the same time, the distinctive blend of opaque and translucent recalls the appearance of frozen water. It truly captures all the elements of natural quartz—eye-catching details that come together to create something of unmatched beauty.

Favorite Stone - Cristallo, detail

A Look Back at 2015

2015 has been a great year for CUMAR. Not only have we had the pleasure of being a part of so many great projects, we’re continuously grateful to be able to work with so many amazingly talented designers and builders in the industry. From sponsoring a design week event, to being honored with a 2016 Best of Boston HOME, below are some highlights from our best year yet!

 

In March, as part of Boston Design Week, CUMAR along with M-GEOGH sponsored the well-attended Designing the Next Generation: The Give and Take of Mentoring in Luxury Homes panel.

In March, as part of Boston Design Week, CUMAR along with M-GEOGH sponsored the well-attended Designing the Next Generation: The Give and Take of Mentoring in Luxury Homes panel. Co-moderated by interior designer/media personality and Ellen DeGeneres brand ambassador Taniya Nayak  along with Patti Austin, Grammy Award–winning singer and Over My Shoulder Foundation co-founder, the panel focused on how mentoring helps enliven the field of home design. Panelists included: Meichi Peng, founder and principle of Meichi Peng Interior Design Studio; Andrew Goldstein, retired CEO of Thought forms; David J. Hacin, founder and principle of Hacin & Associates; Cheryl Katz, owner and co-founder of C&J Katz Studio; and Sean Clarke, general manager of Clarke Distribution.

In the Spring issue of Boston Common Magazine, CUMAR’s beautiful blue agate stone (pictured in the top left corner) was featured as one of interior designer and ASID President Eric Haydel’s hottest trends for the spring!

Cumar Marble and Granite feature in Boston Common Magazine

 

CUMAR was also featured in the Fall Kitchen issue of Boston HOME Magazine. Located in the Seaport District, this renovation turned an outdated kitchen into a contemporary haven with neutral quartz countertops and a crisp backsplash. Stainless steel hardware and Thermador appliances complement the space’s industrial vibe. Check out the article HERE!

In November, Ivo Cubi, President and Founder of CUMAR, was asked to do the closing toast at New England Home‘s annual Designer Hall of Fame Awards. The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have had especially significant careers in residential design in New England. A small number of architects, interior designers, and landscape architects whose work, influence, and community involvement set them at the pinnacle of their profession are inducted into the Hall of Fame at an annual ceremony each November. Since CUMAR has worked with many of the winners, both past and present, Ivo was the perfect choice to close out the memorable night!

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In December, CUMAR was honored to be named “Best Stone Countertops” 2016 by Best of Boston HOME Magazine. CUMAR was recognized for our exceptional stone selection and our team’s dedication to customer service, making sure every project is expertly executed. This achievement marks the second “Best of” honor for CUMAR, having been previously recognized in 2011.  Check out the article HERE.

Once again, the entire CUMAR team  would like to thank you for your ongoing support and business. We look forward to another successful year together.

Wishing you a very happy and healthy holiday season and New Year – from our team to yours!

Cumar Marble and Granite holiday party 2015.

 

Floor Creation with Dawn Carroll

Welcome to the Cumar Marble and Granite Blog!

Cumar Marble & Granite is excited to announce the re-launch of our blog, a one-stop shop for insight into the fascinating stone industry. Check in every two weeks for behind-the-scenes glances at the process, photos of our gorgeous products, employee profiles and contributing articles, advice on stone care and design, and much more!

Read on for this week’s contributing blog from Cumar’s own stone design specialist Dawn Carroll, who is discussing the exciting process of creating a custom floor!

 

Feature Employee: Dawn Carroll, Stone Design Specialist

Dawn Carroll, Stone Design Specialist at Cumar Marble and Granite

 

Dawn Carroll has been consulting on stone design and fabrication for New England’s most prestigious builders, interior designers and architects for the past 20 years. Her projects have won numerous awards and have been featured in many publications. She now has projects across the United States and Bahamas.

The combination of Dawn Carroll’s talent and reputation and Cumar’s talent, reputation and expertise is taking stone design and fabrication to a completely new level. Clients will continue to benefit from stellar customer service, exceptional project management and now extraordinary and thought-provoking design concepts.

 

 

 

 

Creating a Custom Floor: Our Process

For over 20 years, Cumar Marble & Granite has relied on Ivo Cubi for his “stone-wisdom and mentoring.” The master craftsman, who is a seventh generation stone fabricator, has been instrumental in helping me develop a deep appreciation of the stone business—and in particular the mysterious product of natural stone and how it can help create lush interiors.

As New England homeowners begin to embrace a bolder aesthetic in their home design, the demand for couture stone is skyrocketing. Lively, courageous interiors are a hot commodity—and so is the expertise that goes into creating them, which is where Cumar excels. “The easy part is picking out the huge slabs of stone,” Cubi explains. “The hard part is cutting and fabricating it into a masterpiece.”

It is at this point that designers become so integral to the process. The empty space brims with possibility, posing a single question to the designer: “What do you see that I can become?”

Last week, members of the Cumar team lived out this process: hours on hands and knees, meticulously piecing together a custom-cut floor for a private residence. It was a test run to ensure that every detail was perfect before delivering the product to the home for installation, where the team repeated the process.

This particular project has been a delight from day one. The client, a discerning stone collector, first approached Cumar because he wanted something truly special for his home—a top-performing stone flexible enough to support the different personalities of each room. Honing in on his specific needs is where companies like Cumar Marble & Granite lead the pack, as we firmly believe that successful collaboration begins with listening and thoroughly understanding what a client wants. Our client’s imagination, enthusiasm, and active participation made this project an especially exciting and fulfilling collaboration.

With the client’s vision in mind, Cubi scoured the quarries for the perfect blocks of stunning natural quartzite stone to reify the client’s dream. Countless hours of sourcing, imagining, planning, and carving later, our team of stone artists had a finished product. In this case: a floor consisting of hundreds of pieces of custom-cut ¾”-thick rare white quartzite transitioning smoothly throughout the house to tell a different story from room to room. With the care and passion that infused every step of the process, this special collaboration is a true point of pride for Cumar!

Ivo Cubi oversees custom floor creation at Cumar Marble and Granite

 

 

Event Wrap: The Give and Take of Mentoring in the World of Luxury Homes

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“The Give and Take of Mentoring in the World of Luxury Homes,” held last Monday as part of Boston Design Week, was a magical afternoon of inspirational mentoring stories, expert insight into the challenges of mentorship, and wisdom from some of the shining stars of the Boston design world.

Celebrity moderators Patti Austin and Taniya Nayak kicked off the event. Nayak, red-faced, admitted to the nearly two hundred–person audience that she shares a unique bond with her Grammy Award–winning co-moderator: that although she has “the worst voice ever,” she always sings Patti’s hit song, “Baby Come to Me,” in the shower when no one is listening. Patti pounced, and made Nayak serenade the panel with a few bars—a perfect, light-hearted start to the day.

The two moderators introduced the esteemed panelistsMeichi Peng, founder and principle of Meichi Peng Interior Design Studio; Andrew Goldstein, retired CEO of Thoughtforms; David J. Hacin, founder and principle of Hacin & Associates; Cheryl Katz, owner and co-founder of C & J Katz Studio; and Sean Clarke, general manager of Clarke Distribution—asking each of them a few questions about leadership and mentoring: What is the biggest challenge you have face mentoring your team? How do you manage inter-generational similarities and differences in your company? What qualities are needed to become a respected leader?

The experts talked about the 24/7 schedule of the cellular era and the impact this might have on your creative staff; the difficulty of leadership during the great recession; ways to be a better mentor in the fast-paced design industry of the 21st Century; and the most difficult setback of their careers.

“There were actually a few moments that really caught my attention,” said designer Eric Roseff, who was in attendance. “One that stood out was Cheryl Katz recalling that she asked one of her staff to do something once, and the young woman replied that she thought that wasn’t how the task should be done. I loved the way Cheryl’s initial reaction, frustration, turned into something else: true respect. She’s secure enough to realize that we don’t always have the right answers, or know the best thing to do—we need that input from others. She obviously taught that girl well, and then had the chance to learn from her.”

“It was nice to hear that even these industry leaders face the same issues or challenges as we do at Cumar,” said Carlotta Cubi of Cumar Inc. “I found it really interesting to hear how they approached situations and I could really relate to what they were saying. There were more than a few instances where I had found myself saying to myself, ‘We went through that!’ or ‘I know how that feels!’ So for me it was interesting to hear how they handled it or what their thoughts about it were.”

Stay tuned to the Cumar blog for more. The panel was filmed, so you’ll have the chance to hear some of the most respected design professionals discuss life in the captain’s chair, navigating turbulent waters, and leading their teams to success. Until then, enjoy these fantastic photos from the event.

 

Photos courtesy of Tara Carvalho/South Shore Photography

Meet the Stars of Cumar’s Boston Design Week 2015 Mentorship Event – TONIGHT

Cumar and the M-Geough Company are delighted to host a very special Boston Design Week event next week, in partnership with the Over My Shoulder Foundation, “Designing the Next Generation: The Give and Take of Mentoring in Luxury Homes.” This panel on the importance of mentorship in design will be moderated by media personality and Ellen DeGeneres brand ambassador Taniya Nayak as well as Patti Austin, Grammy Award–winning singer, Over My Shoulder Foundation co-founder, and interior design mentee. Get to know the star panelists before the event, which takes place on March 23 at 2:30 pm at the Boston Design Center:

 

meichi1MEICHI PENG

One of Boston’s most highly-acclaimed interior designers, Meichi Peng is renowned for her ability to marry eclectic design with a modern sensibility. She is founder and principle of Meichi Peng Interior Design Studio, and in 2009 opened Peng Furnishings, a South End boutique. Peng was named “Best Modern Designer” in 2010 by Boston Home magazine and a “Rising Star” in 2009 by Metropolitan Home magazine. “No one in Boston can match Peng’s vigor and style,” writes Boston Home, “everything she touches becomes a study in elegance and grace.”

 

 

goldstein1ANDREW GOLDSTEIN

Andrew Goldstein served as CEO for Thoughtforms, a design-build firm (thought + form) founded in 1972 that has partnered with some of New England’s most exceptional architects and design professionals. Under Goldstein’s leadership, Thoughtforms has been awarded “Custom Builder of the Year” as well as numerous “Best of Boston” awards. Having spent many years as mentor to his expert team, Goldstein ensured that his legacy of premier quality and creativity would remain intact when he finally passed on the torch.

 

 

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David J. Hacin is the founding Principal and President of Hacin + Associates, established in Boston in 1993. Hailing from a design family—he trained at his father’s architecture firm in Geneva, Switzerland—Hacin’s career includes positions with organizations like Owings and Merrill, SOM/Skidmore, the Office of City Planning for New York City, Gwathmey Siegel Associates, and CBT Architects. An exquisite mentor, Hacin provides unique learning experiences for all his employees, building an innovative team brimming with talent and imagination.

 

 

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A local girl, Cheryl Katz attended the School of Education at Boston University. But in her heart, she knew that design was her true calling. After a couple years teaching and writing curriculum, she wrangled a job at Bonwit Teller and never looked back. While working at Bonwit, Cheryl ran into an old friend who helped her land a job in the fashion office of the Jordan Marsh Company, where she was mentored by James Sullivan, the stores’ talented fashion director. Later she and her husband co-founded C & J Katz Studio, and a critical part of the studio’s mission is mentoring those interested in the design world. Cheryl believes that not only can her mentorship be an important component in a designer’s success, but that there’s an immeasurable amount she can learn from those she mentors.

 

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Over more than fifty years and three generations of family leadership, Clarke Distribution has long been a cornerstone of the appliance industry in New England. Sean Clarke joined the family business in 1999 as a trade sales representative and has since become general manager of the company. Clarke Distribution has redefined the luxury residential experience under Sean Clarke’s innovative leadership: he was included in a New England Real Estate Journal “Industry Leader Spotlight” and named one of DealerScope Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” business leaders. Sean has been mentored by the generations before him, and foresees many more generations in the Clarke legacy.

 

 

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Boston Design Week Event: Meet the Moderators, Taniya Nayak and Patti Austin

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On March 23, 2015, Cumar Marble & Granite, with the M-Geough Co, is proud to present a special Boston Design Week Event, “Designing the Next Generation: The Give and Take of Mentoring in Luxury Homes.” Taniya Nayak and Patti Austin will lead a panel of design stars as they discuss the importance of mentorship in the field of interior design. Included in this panel will be Meichi Peng, founder and principle of Meichi Peng Interior Design Studio; Andrew Goldstein, retired CEO of Thoughtforms; David J. Hacin, founder and principle of Hacin & Associates; Cheryl Katz, owner and co-founder of C & J Katz Studio; and Sean Clarke, general manager of Clarke Distribution. It’s guaranteed to be a brilliant, uplifting discussion. And Cumar is particularly honored to feature two shining co-moderators for the day in Nayak and Austin. Let’s get to know them a little better.

 

Taniya Nayak

One of America’s leading interior designers, Taniya Nayak rose to stardom as a design expert on HGTV and the Food Network. In 2005 she founded Taniya Nayak Design LLC, a Boston-based interior design company that specializes in residential and commercial spaces. Nayak’s known for her mile-wide smile, personable demeanor, and easygoing attitude, as well as her genius for marrying rich textures and stunning finishes with functionality. She currently hosts the HGTV series House Hunters on Vacation and Billon Dollar Block, and appears regularly as a featured designer on Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible. In 2012, Taniya launched her first collection of home products, Taniya Nayak Lighting, available exclusively via Wayfair.com, and very recently became the brand ambassador for Ellen DeGeneres.

Nayak remains at the leading edge of the interior design industry. She has worked with a striking range of high-end clientele, from television celebrities to famous musicians, and her designs can be found all around Boston too, at Petit Robert Central, 88 Wharf, Lola’s Cantina, Whiskey Republic, and Julep Bar, just to name a few. Taniya’s design wisdom has been featured in print at major outlets like People, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and Ladies Home Journal. She has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s Today, The View, and Rachael Ray, among others.

 

Patti Austin

Patti Austin is one of the world’s most beloved jazz and R&B singers. Her most recent project, Avant-Gershwin, which reimagines Gershwin’s classic songs for a contemporary audience, won Austin the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocalist. “You can judge a brilliant piece of music by how you can bend and stretch it,“ said Austin. “I always believed George Gershwin to be avant-garde so I wanted to challenge myself and rework everything melodically and lyrically.”

Mentoring has been crucial to Austin’s life and career. She attributes a significant part of her success to the guidance of her mentors, notably that of her godparents, Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington. That’s why she co-founded the Over My Shoulder Foundation (OMSF): to recognize the vital importance of mentorship in individual lives as well as its positive impact to society as a whole. Austin is currently being mentored by members of Boston’s prestigious design community, foremost among them OMSF co-founder and Cumar designer Dawn Carroll, as she pursues her lifelong dream of becoming a professional interior designer.

 

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EVENT | Designing the Next Generation: The Give and Take of Mentoring in Luxury Homes

CUMAR_POSTER_10(20x36)COMPMentorship is the engine that drives the design industry. Relationships between up-and-coming designers and industry leaders both enrich the design world today and ensure its future. At this Boston Design Week event, mentoring takes center stage as a constellation of home design and construction stars reflect upon the importance of mentorship in their own careers, how mentoring helps enliven the field of home design, and ways to foster those key mentoring relationships.

Included in this panel will be Meichi Peng, founder and principle of Meichi Peng Interior Design Studio; Andrew Goldstein, retired CEO of Thoughtforms; David J. Hacin, founder and principle of Hacin & Associates; Cheryl Katz, owner and co-founder of C & J Katz Studio; and Sean Clarke, general manager of Clarke Distribution.

The discussion will be moderated by interior designer / media personality and Ellen DeGeneres brand ambassador Taniya Nayak along with Patti Austin, Grammy Award–winning singer, Over My Shoulder Foundation co-founder, and interior design mentee.

This Boston Design Week event is co-sponsored by Cumar Marble & Granite and the M-Geough Company, created by Dawn Carroll, Cumar designer and founding director of the Over My Shoulder Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote mentorship through personal stories, multimedia, and events, along with fellow designer Holly Miller Dono of M-Geough.

Event Details:
Monday, March 23, 2015
2:30pm seating / 3:00pm panel
Boston Design Center
1 Design Center Place, Boston, MA 02210

Following the panel, a reception will be held at the M-Geough Company, Suite 410