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.

 

 

HACIN1DAVID J. HACIN

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.

 

 

cherylkatz1CHERYL KATZ

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.

 

clarke1SEAN CLARKE

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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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 www.HolidaysEvent.EventBrite.com

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

Cumar Marble and Granite Invites You to its 20th Anniversary

Join us, as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary and present “Designing The Next Generation.. an inspirational evening of mentoring stories and song,” on June 18th, 6-9pm at The Liberty Hotel — 215 Charles Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

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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

A SPECIAL RECOUNT OF A VISIT TO THE QUARRIES IN IRELAND

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, we would like to share an article we found by our stone designer, Dawn, which described her travels to the quarries in Ireland. On this holiday, we would like to thank Irish Natural Stone especially, for working with us to bring valuable Irish limestone into the hands of an even larger community.

By: Dawn Carroll

A few years ago I was talking with an old friend who asked if I missed my exciting life back in Los Angeles. He was inviting me to a fancy Tinsel Town event, and was confused when I declined, explaining that I was going to a stone show. Silent for just a minute, he replied, “I didn’t know they were touring.” I shook my head and laughed aloud. “No, not a Stone’s show! Stone. As in marble and granite!” Silently, we both wondered if I had committed career suicide. After all, what the heck was I doing cutting and fabricating natural stone instead of putting together a world tour for the Rolling Stones? Once upon a time, I was a player in the music management business. But that was then, and this is now. I have since become one of the few women working in the world of stone fabrication … a top-notch rock chick! Like the music business, the rock business can also be colorful, dramatic, shocking and challenging!

The 13th century Church of St. John the Baptist, built by Goban Saor for St. Colman at Kilmacduagh, Gort.

In a few short years, I have completed several thousand projects with granite and marble. The stone business, espe­cially when I began working, was a funky place for a little Irish girl, and the ques­tion haunted me: Had I found my career in the stone industry or had it found me? And the truth was that there is no easy explanation as to how I ended up in this business. I left a cushy corporate position in a beautiful, air-conditioned Hollywood office, and now I was lugging chunks of rock around the streets of Boston; rain, sun, sleet or snow … and loving it! You have to love this industry because it exposes raw nerves and creates some of the highest tension I have ever en­countered. I often joke that the building industry elicits more drama than all of Hollywood. Dealing with a product that is millions of years old, and has had more cosmetic surgery than Michael Jackson, proves that you are hardly ever in complete control. Products of Mother Nature can be most temperamental; almost as impractical as a family that has been living together in a crowded basement with ten kids, two dogs, eight cats and no sink for 11 months 12 days, 18 hours and 45 long hard seconds. As I said, you have to love this industry or you will die an early death!

One day an answer presented itself, and finally satisfied my need to know. The secret was revealed. It was out and it was true! Stone was in my blood, and in my hands was a piece of the earth belong­ing to my Irish ancestors. The bearer of such a glorious gift was a man named Bob Spencer who was introducing me to a stunning new stone from Ireland. Ask any designer, especially a stone designer, how exciting it is when new stone arrives. Simply stated: It rocks our world!

Now, this industry has long been ruled by ego-maniacal Italians who adore calling themselves “The Masters.” And yet here it was, finally, my great Irish stone relief! Rock, of all things, offered a nostalgic glimpse of Ireland. Yes, it took a rock to make my history come alive, and it had arrived convenient­ly on my New England shoreline. I can only describe the sensations as euphoric when I was told that not only was this stone from Ireland, but that it came from my ancestor’s backyard! This information was revealed at a time when I needed it most. Long overdue was a quick, sharp jab at the Italian egos I had been working among. Sporting an ear-to-ear grin, I slid into The Master’s office and smiled the “undisputed leader smirk.” Holding out the century’s old object I blurted: “Class never goes out of style.” This magnificent Irish limestone forever altered a long-held but fraudulent per­ception, and finally separated fact from fiction: Italians were not the only Masters in the stone industry.

This beautiful Irish Grey Limestone, a fabulous stone for kitchen countertops, is utilized here in the showroom of Dalia Kitchen Design. The stone is not porus, and is well suited for a variety of uses. The showroom is located in the Boston Design Center, on Boston’s harbor front. www.daliakitchendesign.com

When I first learned about Irish limestone, it was when “honed” granite styles were peaking. Honing is when you take a perfectly polished stone and remove the shine. It perplexed me that people want­ed this matte finish. To us, in the early days of stone fabrication, honing a stone was analogous to ruining it, since you were basically scratching the heck out of it. I was bored to death with the trend, and the Irish limestone was the perfect alternative. Bob and I became fast friends.

The popularity of the stone was not only due to its fossil activity, but it was now easy to remind everyone that their kitchen and bathroom counters were millions of years old. This was a point I always made, but one that clients seemed to easily forget. The stone also satisfied the folks who did not like a high shine, but rather enjoyed a durable matte finish.

One day, Bob and his wife Gerry made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Air Lingus was having a huge off-season promotion, and we were going to Ireland. We would visit their partners’ stone fabrication shop, and tour the quarries and learn more about this amazing stone. After many cans of Guiness, I awoke just in time to see the remains of a castle just outside Shannon along with, perhaps, a waving leprechaun! It was my first trip overseas and I was told that it was rare to land in Ireland during daylight. I will never forget opening my eyes and seeing the ancient ruin just outside my window, surrounded and framed by a million shades of green.

The next day the stone tour began. Stone was everywhere: walls, churches, manors, ruins and countless cottages. Nestled below the beautiful, sweeping paradise of emerald mountains is the sprawling compound that employs a team of experts overflowing with talent and imagination. Inside and around the com­plex you will find an endless supply of creativity and unforgettable uses of natural stone; interior as well as exterior applica­tions. It was easy to see how and why Bob and Gerry had fallen in love with this product and opened their business in the United States.

Pictured here is Gerry O’Donnell (President of INS) and Dawn Carroll, standing in front of the Cliffs of Mohr on a chilly morning. The seas were calm after a week of wind and rain.

For over a week, Francis McCormack and his gracious wife Mary hosted and chauffeured us Americans as we inhaled the gorgeous landscape and traveled the enchanting, prehistoric west coast coun­tryside. They assisted as I purchased my first pair of very unfashionable “Wellies” (knee-high, not thigh-high), army green boots designed to get you around in the muck, while not insulating you from it. Once several hundred feet into the earth you don’t care much about what you’re walking in, since you are so completely mesmerized by what you are seeing. All I could hear myself say was “what the*#&!#!” That deep in the earth there is a certain calm that leaves you breathless; it’s very dangerous and yet tranquil. If you close your eyes you could swear you hear a soft whisper emanating from the walls. The sheerness of the quarry is sensual and sleek, and discreetly you pray to God that you look that good when you are a mil­lion plus years old!

A trip like this can turn your life around and offer that one radiant moment where you can see not only who you are, but why you are and where you came from. For me, standing in the bowels of a stone quarry in the town where my ancestors once lived unleashed new creativity and a fresh perspective on my career. For the first time in my ten years in the stone industry, I heard the pounding surf, felt the sun, tasted the salt and sensed the 400 million years of pressure that was neces­sary to create this magnificent material of mystical Irish charm.

Francis McCormack’s Irish Natural Stone quarry in Ireland.

PATTERSON GROUP GIVES RAVE TESTIMONIAL ON CUMAR MARBLE AND GRANITE

There is no doubt about it, the internet has made life easier for us in so many ways and purchasing product on line is one way but there are many things that the internet cannot bring to you that working one on one with a local company can. As we are all looking for companies who can deliver a professional job at fair prices, I thought I would share as Cumar Marble and Stone performed above and beyond! Cumar Marble and Granite can deliver!

I have worked with Cumar Marble and Stone on several projects over the past years and I recently had the pleasure of working with Dawn Carroll, the expert stone consultant, on a recent project, “The New England Living Show House” in Vermont. I was and still am impressed with Dawn’s knowledge and expertise.

For most projects I work on I go through Cumar’s warehouse and go through slabs and slabs of stone. I was looking for a particular stone that would read “classic beauty”, elegant and without a lot of movement. Dawn knew exactly what to show me showing me two stones and the second one was perfect! I chose a beautiful natural stone, Eremosal, a rare and exotic stone for the bathroom vanity top. It had all the qualities that I wanted and it is truly the most exotic and beautiful stone I have ever used and seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The staff is phenomenal. From staying late after closing time to show my clients and me stone slabs for projects, to the engineers hand delivering stone samples to me to delivering my finished pieces in a timely manner and ahead of schedule!

So, I will still purchase my office supplies online, but when it comes to delivering a product which needs the professional care of people who know what they are doing, and someone who will listen to my needs, I will head to Cumar Marble and Granite.

Thank you to the entire team at Cumar Marble and Granite for helping me with a successful project and doing a great job because you also make it easy for me!

Eileen Patterson
Patterson Group
Boston Design Center
1 Design Center Place | Suite 324
Boston, MA 02210

CUMAR CELEBRATES “THANK YOUR MENTOR DAY” IN STYLE BY HOSTING A FINE RECEPTION WITH A SURPRISE FINALE

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!”

Dawn Carroll Brings Couture Design to Cumar

Dawn Carroll has been consulting on stone design and fabrication for New England’s most prestigious builders, interior designers, and architects for the past eleven years and is highly regarded within the industry. She is a member of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), the Builders Association of Greater Boston (BAGB) and the Boston Society of Architects (BSA). In 2009, she won Project Manager of the Year at the Boston Builders Association PRISM Awards (Prestigious Results in Sales and Marketing) . Additionally, she had authored several local and regional articles concerning the stone design world and is a frequent speaker on panels with design discussions for industry events.

Dawn describes Cumar’s success as a “magical family recipe that is essential in the stone industry.” Admiring the depths of passion and talent at Cumar, Dawn was proud to join the innovative team, seeing the move as a perfect step to learn and grow from her mentor Ivo Cubi. Of her new position at Cumar, Dawn says, “Cumar has long been a leader in our unique industry. One of the reasons I am very proud to be the newest member of this remarkable team is because Cumar consistently delivers astounding products and defines state-of-the-art for stone technology in New England.”

The combination of Dawn Carroll’s talent and Cumar’s status and know-how takes stone design and fabrication to an entirely new level. Clients will continue to benefit from stellar customer service and exceptional project management that have always been part of the Cumar brand but now, extraordinary and thought-provoking new design concepts will be added to the company’s impressive repertoire. Dawn sums it up perfectly, “This is what New England’s design elite expects and most importantly, deserves.”

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