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