Cumar Goes “Home for the Holidays” with Neiman Marcus

Cumar Marble and Granite, the Over My Shoulder Foundation, Neiman Marcus Boston, Boston Design Week 2015, and New England Home magazine have joined forces to present “Home for the Holidays,” special holiday showrooms featuring the work of three distinguished Boston-based interior design firms—Gerald Pomeroy Interiors, Eric Roseff Designs, and Daher Interior Design—to delight and inspire holiday décor in the home.

“Home for the Holidays” will be unveiled Wednesday evening, October 8 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Neiman Marcus Boston, kicking off Boston Design Week 2015 and the Neiman Marcus Boston Holiday season.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP at

The three showrooms will be on view and open to the public, free of charge, from October 8 through January 31, 2015 during regular business hours in the Gift Galleries department of the famed luxury retailer located in Copley Place. The three custom-­designed rooms are each inspired by a royal residence: the Balmoral Estate in Scotland, Versailles in France, and the Winter Palace in Russia. Each master designer—Gerald Pomeroy, Eric Roseff, and Paula Daher—will mentor a junior member of their team to create the showroom, fully engaging their young partners in their design process.

Working with Gerald Pomeroy will be Lauren Cozzi, a graduate in Interior Design from Adrian College in Michigan. Eric Roseff has chosen Evie Hickey, a graduate of Syracuse University, as his mentee for the project. To work on the project with her, Paula Daher has selected Emily Condon, who received her M.A. in Interior Design from the New England School of Art and Design.

The showcase culminates in January 2015, National Mentor Month, when the Over My Shoulder Foundation and Cumar Marble & Granite will feature a mentoring recognition event open to the public and held on-site at Neiman Marcus Boston. Every item featured in the rooms may be purchased, and clients can shop directly from the Holiday Trees that feature ornaments curated to reflect the royal residences. During the course of the showcase’s run, the designers will host special events to speak to the design process.

“Home for the Holidays” is sponsored by Cumar Marble and Granite and New England Home magazine.



Cumar Presents the 2014 Designing the Next Generation Award to Yolanda Cellucci

On Friday evening, September 5, Cumar Marble & Granite was thrilled to present Boston design legend Yolanda Cellucci with the second annual “Designing the Next Generation Award” during a VIP reception at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation.

This award spotlights the importance of mentoring across generations and cultural barriers—not only to the field of design, where it is vital, but also to the work of creating a better society. Founded by Cumar in 2013, in partnership with the Over My Shoulder Foundation, a mentoring-awareness nonprofit, the award’s inaugural recipient was Governor Michael Dukakis.

For more than four decades, Yolanda Cellucci has worked tirelessly to translate movie-star glamour from the runway and the red carpet to the streets of America. In that time, she has mentored more than her share of young women and men: fashion designers, interior designers, and local media fixtures—as well as a familiar face in the Cumar family.

Award-winning Cumar stone designer Dawn Carroll also serves as the Executive Director of the Over My Shoulder Foundation, and was particularly delighted to be presenting this award on Friday evening.

“Like so many young women, I launched my career at her store,” explains Carroll. “She ignited confidence in me that women could be powerful business leaders, glamorous wives, and nurturing mothers. Yolanda was a wonderful mentor.”

Friday night also marked the opening of “Yolanda: Innovative Fashion Icon; 50 Years of High Heels, Headpieces, and Haute Couture, ” an exhibit of high-fashion gowns that features an all-star lineup of twentieth century designers. Curated by Cellucci herself, the exhibit includes several items from her private collection.

Here are just a few scenes from the event, courtesy of photographer Jim Canole:

Dawn Carroll and YolandaCumar’s Dawn Carroll presents the award to Yolanda Cellucci

Dawn, YolandaYolanda Cellucci (L), Dawn Carroll (R), and Meghan Carroll (center)

Guests enjoy the collection, on display through November 30


Poet Marissa Ranahan opens the “Designing The Next Generation” evening event by reciting her poem, An Ode to a Mentor.

Poet Marissa Ranahan is a young vibrant writer for the Over My Shoulder Foundation (OMSF) and was the opening act at the Cumar Marble & Granite –OMSF event, “Designing the Next Generation”, on June 18th at the elegant Liberty Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.


Angelo "Ivo" Cubi with his daughter, Carlotta Cubi

Patti Austin, Grammy winner and co-founder of the Over My Shoulder Foundation, honored with the 2010 inaugural MIDDIE Award, designed by Cumar

In the stone world, mentoring is the only way that the special craftsmanship has been able to live on from generation to generation. Growing up as the daughter of a 7th generation stone craftsman has been very inspiring. The passion that my father, Ivo Cubi, exudes everyday has brought him international recognition. In our house, a highlighter and a set of architectural blue prints were how we practiced coloring within the lines. No coloring books, just plans of hotel lobbies, elaborate offices, or luxury residences. When I joined the family business, it became obvious that my dad was mentoring me all along. To you [my father] Ivo, I say thank you from me, the entire team at Cumar, and the countless number of other people in the industry you have mentored over the years.  

Lastly I would like to thank Cumar mentee Patti Austin and Cumar employee Dawn Carroll for starting the Over My Shoulder Foundation and inspiring the MIDDIE-Mentors in Design awards- We are honored to be part of the Award that is hosted by Design New England magazine. Patti was given the 2010 inaugural MIDDIE award and we welcome you into the design industry. We wish you all the best with your transition from mentor in the music world to mentee in the design world.”  Carlotta Cubi


Mentoring is what keeps CUMAR Marble & Granite growing strong for eight generations so far; therefore it is no wonder that ”Thank Your Mentor Day” was such a special occasion for them. Ivo and his team of talented employees worked together to shine light on this occasion by hosting a memorable reception in the showroom of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams of Boston’s Back Bay. Among the aforementioned CUMAR’s dedicated circle is Dawn Carroll, who founded the national mentoring initiative, the Over My Shoulder Foundation, with Grammy Award winner Patti Austin.

The evening was filled with giving and receiving, and sharing of mentoring stories under a humming halo. Longtime mentors and speakers for the evening were welcomed onto the stage by CUMAR’s general manager, Dave Connor. Magic 106.7 Candy O’Terry‘s “…you get what you give” speech and Newton attorney Rick Dyer‘s breakthrough stories, captured the night with their inspiring words. Other prominent leaders from the music, legal, and design business communities including Jon Butcher, Charlie Farren, and Robin Lane were also present to celebrate and raise awareness of the impact of mentoring.

Patti Austin, a newcomer to the design industry and a musical legend, capped the evening by giving a special $10,000 scholarship to her mentee, Santana Roberts, as a broad token of thanks to all her new and former mentors; in fact, it was a touching surprise moment to all the attendees. Santana Roberts continues to push for her dream of becoming a singer with the strong support of her struggling middle class family and over five years of instruction under the wing of Patti Austin.

In Santana’s own words:

“A couple weeks ago I was invited to “­­­­­­­­­­­Thank you Mentor Day” hosted at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Boston, Massachusetts.  I was asked to thank and introduce my mentor, Patti Austin.  I was excited to reunite with her once again and to share some time together. On January 25, 2012 I attended this much-anticipated event.  I walked in the building and stood before ornate modern furniture, delicious hors d’oeuvres and a room full of people who shared similar interests in making a difference.  There were designers and musicians and mentors and mentees.  The Over My Shoulder Foundation’s goal is to promote mentoring cross-generationally.  Watching everybody mingle, I realized that age is but a number, and mingling is just another word for sharing.  Halfway through the event, mingling was paused and the attention was focused on the speakers.  I was given the opportunity to be one of them.  Listening to the amazing stories they told really inspired me.  Suppressing my stage fright, I delivered my story of being mentored by Patti Austin and how she has motivated me throughout the years.  I finished my speech by introducing her transitioning into her side of the story.  Standing beside her made everything that has happened to me actually feel real in that moment.  Suddenly, she presented me with $10,000 towards Berklee!  I stood there, motionless as I began to cry tears of pure joy and gratefulness.”

With immense satisfaction and purpose for this event, CUMAR eagerly await their upcoming spring event on Designing the Next Generation with the message of  ” helping those who need a helping hand”. “We created the MIDDIE awards to recognize design professionals who share their time, expertise and wisdom with upcoming generations of designers. It is through a personal commitment and focus on others that the magic occurs”, said Connor, “We are putting forth the challenge and call for nominations for the 2012 MIDDIES today!”


Cumar would like to congratulate Jerry Arcari, Senior Advisor of Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs; Stacy Garcia, Founder of Stacy Garcia Inc.; Dennis Duffy, Principal of Duffy Design Group; and Taniya Nayak, Featured Designer on HGTV’s Designed to Sell on being recognized for their “Excellence in Design” at the ASID 2011 Awards Gala this Thursday! Cumar is proud to be a Silver sponsor at this wonderful event and team up again with Design New England and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams to promote design in the Boston community!

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Cumar continues to support the mission of mentoring in the design community. At the upcoming February 17th Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams event, Mitchell Gold himself will unveil the home furnishing brand’s Spring 2011 Collection, Modern Classic. As a core part of the evening’s celebrations, the company will establish its firm commitment to mentoring and “Designing the Next Generation” alongside event sponsor Cumar and Over My Shoulder Foundation.

In November, Design New England collaborated with stone fabricator Cumar Inc. and Over My Shoulder Foundation to create the Mentors In Design (MIDDIES) program, a program focused on recognizing and awarding those individuals who have generously taken the time to support future generations of designers. Throughout Boston, designers have heeded the call to promote mentoring in the world of design and this month, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams joins the cause. With mentoring being such a prevalent part of everyday operations at Cumar, we are proud to sponsor this exciting event and are thrilled to see mentoring in design continuing to grow!

Don’t forget, nominations for the MIDDIES are currently being accepted!

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Mentoring is a Cornerstone At Cumar

At Design New England’s Fourth Anniversary celebration on November 3rd, Cumar’s Controller Carlotta Cubi gave a speech discussing mentoring at Cumar Inc. as well as presenting Grammy Award-winner Patti Austin with an honorary award for her pursuits in the world of design and her pioneering initiatives in mentoring.

“Thank you everyone for coming to celebrate Design New England’s 4th anniversary and the spirit of mentoring, with the Over My Shoulder Foundation. I’d like to congratulate Design New England on four years of success in the industry, and thank you for the opportunity [for Cumar] to participate by creating the [Mentors In Design] award.

In the stone world, mentoring is the only way that the special craftsmanship has been able to live on from generation to generation. Growing up as the daughter of a 7th generation stone craftsman whose passion for his work has brought him international recognition was inspiring. In my house, a highlighter and a set of architectural blue prints were how we practiced coloring within the lines. No coloring books, just plans of hotel lobbies, elaborate offices, or luxury residences. When I joined the family business, it became obvious that my dad was mentoring me all along. To you [my father] Ivo, I say thank you from me, the entire team at Cumar, and the countless number of other people in the industry you have mentored over the years.

Lastly I would like to thank Patti [Austin] for starting the foundation, and for demonstrating here tonight with [your mentee] Lianna, the results of a strong mentoring relationship. Patti, for your commitment to the music industry and now the design industry, we would like to present you with the 2010 inaugural MIDDIE award. Congratulations Patti and as we welcome you into the design industry, we wish all the best with your transition from mentor in the music world to mentee in the design world.”

As Carlotta explained, mentoring is a core value at Cumar, and we see it as an integral part of a strong design community. We encourage all members of the design world to participate in the Mentors In Design program and nominate those individuals who have made a profound impact. To learn more about nominating, please contact Design New England at

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Talk of the Town: Carlotta Cubi Interviews Design New England Editor And Publisher

Cumar Inc.’s Controller Carlotta Cubi sits down with Design New England Editor Gail Ravgiala and Publisher Steve Twombly to reflect on the interior design world of 2010 and discuss the design outlook for 2011.

Carlotta Cubi: First of all, congratulations on Design New England’s four year anniversary!

Gail Ravgiala: Thank you! The November celebration at the W Hotel honoring the milestone was the perfect way to mark the occasion. Everyone who attended raved about the performance from Grammy-winner Patti Austin and her protégé Lianna Gutierrez. Combined with the unveiling of the MIDDIES award, it was the event of the year.

Carlotta Cubi: We, here at Cumar, were so honored to be able to design the Mentors In Design (MIDDIES) award for the program recently started at Design New England. For those who aren’t as familiar with the MIDDIES, what is your main goal of this awards program?

Steve Twombly: Design New England wants to recognize the generosity of spirit shown by established members of the design community. From construction sites to showrooms, from design offices to work rooms, we find there is a sharing not only of knowledge but also of the intangible insights that only the seasoned player can impart to the rookie. Veterans in the design world are incredible assets to promote and encourage future designers.

Carlotta Cubi: How do you see the world of interior design moving forward in the future?

Gail Ravgiala: Home design has changed with our lifestyles. Today, there is a casual flair, an accessible component, to our homes. From wide-open living spaces to captivating landscaping, design has progressed from formal trends of the past to a more inviting, relaxed style.

Carlotta Cubi: Going into Design New England’s fifth year of publication, what are some of your goals for the magazine and the design community?

Steve Twombly: We really want to reaffirm our commitment to educating our readers with both the magazine as well as our home design seminar series. Our recent series, “Real Solutions for the Home,” focused on topics from kitchen and bath design to going green.

Carlotta Cubi: And you know we always love people spreading the word about kitchen and bath design! From the MIDDIES to our recent work with Planeta Basque on the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, it’s been a great year for Cumar, and we are excited to see growing interest from homeowners who are looking to add glamorous, exotic marble and granite stone to their homes.

Gail Ravgiala: Kitchen and bath design are certainly two popular topics readers are always interested in. We are continually focused on finding the best, eye-catching examples to inspire readers and show just how impressive the impact a beautiful kitchen or bathroom can be.

Carlotta Cubi: Thank you for taking the time to talk with me, and we look forward to another great year from Design New England!

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Linea Couture Makes Its Debut At Build Boston

At Build Boston 2010, the Northeast’s largest tradeshow and conference for the design and construction industry, joined an impressive list of exhibitors bringing the latest technology and services to the mainstream. With over 16,000 attendees for the three day conference (from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19), Cumar Inc. was proud to unveil its latest exotic stone collection, Linea Couture.

Cumar Inc.’s long history of selecting the finest stone and producing exceptional quality results for every client continues with Linea Couture, offering customers an exciting new array of stones to enhance the look of any project. Cumar Inc.’s ad agency Laidlaw Group extended outreach of the premier through live Tweets, photo feeds, and Facebook updates from the event.

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