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

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.

 

 

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!”

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ASID 2011 AWARDS HONOREES


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 SPONSORS MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS NIGHT OF DESIGN AND MENTORING


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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