Five New England-Based Design Professionals Recognized As Up and Coming Talent to Watch


Date: Monday, Apr 18, 2011
Publication: New England Home Magazine

Boston, MA (April 18, 2011) - New England Home is pleased to announce the 2011 winners of the 2nd Annual 5 Under 40 awards.

The 5 Under 40 awards recognize the hottest emerging talent in residential design in New England. Eligible categories include professionals in interior design, furniture design, home accessories design, and architecture.

This year's winners are:

Debra Folz, Debra Folz Design - Furniture & Home Accessories

Jinhee Park, SsD Architecture - Architecture

Rachel Reider, Rachel Reider Interior Design - Interiors

Kelly Harris Smith, FilzFelt Inc. - Home Accessories

Nima Yadollahpour, ONY Architecture - Architecture

As Kyle Hoepner, editor-in-chief of New England Home, notes, "Gifted and enterprising young designers are the people on whom change and progress depend, the people who will carry our field into the future. So New England Home is delighted to help promote awareness of their work and ideas through our 5 Under 40 awards."

The slate of winners for 2011 was selected by a diverse committee of individuals representing different facets of the New England design community, including interior designer Dennis Duffy of Duffy Design Group in Boston, MA; industrial designer Carol Catalano of Catalano Design, Inc., in Boston, MA; architect Lisa DeStefano of DeStefano Architects in Portsmouth, NH; and Kyle Hoepner, editor-in-chief of New England Home magazine. Lisa DeStefano commented on the judging process: "I was honored and thrilled to be part of such an exciting award recognizing the future of design in New England. The amount of talent to review was eye-opening, and it was great to witness the talent in so many different areas. I look forward to watching how they will positively affect our communities and built environment."

The winners will be honored at a celebratory reception on September 15, 2011, in Boston.

"We're really excited about this year's 5 Under 40 winners," says Kathy Bush-Dutton, publisher of New England Home. "Their vibrant, creative energy shows itself in cutting-edge work. I'm confident we'll continue to see great things from each of them in the future."

Each winner will have the opportunity to design a custom rug that will be hand-woven in the Nepal-based workshops of presenting sponsor Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs and Carpeting, creating a direct connection between designer and weaver. The completed rugs will be auctioned off at the September 15 celebration honoring the winners, with proceeds to benefit the local Cambridge-based charity, Barakat. Barakat works in South and Central Asia to strengthen the fundamental human right to education, particularly for women and children, by providing exemplary basic education, increasing access to higher education, and advancing literacy. For more information on Barakat, visit

Tickets for the September 15 awards celebration will go on sale this summer.

About 5 Under 40

Begun in 2010, New England Home's 5 Under 40 awards spotlight the hottest emerging talent in residential design in New England, including architecture, interiors, furniture and home accessories. Selected by an all-star committee of regional design leaders, 5 Under 40 winners are the people to watch, producing some of the most beautiful and innovative work available today. For more information visit


About New England Home

Published bi-monthly by Network Communications, Inc., New England Home magazine is the preeminent authority on fine architecture and interior design in New England. As the essential companion for those who have the passion and resources to make their dream home a reality, New England Home is focused exclusively on the luxury homeowner. Companion products and programs include New England Home's Cape & Islands, New England Home's Connecticut, the Online Design Center, Design Discoveries e-newsletters, DesignSherpa, the New England Design Hall of Fame, and 5 Under 40. Online content can be accessed at and


About Presenting Sponsor Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs and Carpeting

Landry & Arcari offers the largest selection of oriental rugs in New England and a fine array of broadloom carpeting. Founded in 1938, they have showrooms in the Back Bay and in Salem, Massachusetts. Their mission is to empower their clients and designers to create beautiful rugs and have them woven in their own workshops overseas. Landry & Arcari provides the finest rugs at the lowest prices while treating their customers to the best service possible.

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