Last night was amazing. I took the stage with my fellow Master of Ceremonies, Ray Gomez, to celebrate our Fourth HUE Awards. The event was held at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Complete with dancers wearing painted gowns, a few gentlemen on stilts while balancing paper flowers made from paint chips, and an incredible guestlist from the world of design professionals, the HUE Awards event was a the perfect celebration of color in design and architecture.
The coveted HUE Award is a glass sculpture that's radiant with color
Lifetime Achievement HUE winners WIlliam Diamond and Anthony Baratta being interviewed by Sophie Donelson
Design notables like Interior Design Magazine's Editor In Chief, Cindy Allen, designers Darryl Carter, Jamie Drake, Amy Lau, Evette Rios, and House Beautiful's Editor In Chief Newell Turner were among the hundreds who came to the party to congratulate our HUE Honorees.
Back to the future-- Past Hue winners for Residential Interiors, Danielle Boker (08') and Jamie Drake (05') congratulate this years winner Ghislaine Vinas
Yours Truly with Evette Rios-- just look at all the colors between the two of us!
Our Honorees each received a gorgeous hand blown pant drop shaped glass sculpture commissioned by Benjamin Moore and were awarded a $5000 prize for their work. And the winners are...
William Diamond and Anthony Baratta received the Lifetime Achievement HUE Award. In casting their votes for Diamond Baratta, the HUE judges noted that the New York City-based interior designers are risk takers who have made color usage an unmistakable and defining signature of their work. The firm follows in the footsteps of three other distinguished color advocates who also have been cited with HUE Lifetime Achievement Awards: Steven Holl,2005; Ettore Sottsass, 2006; and, Legorreta+Legorreta, 2008. It was a philanthropic surprise to learn that Diamond Baratta chose to donate their prize money to the Center for Special Studies at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, which focuses on care for people with HIV and AIDS. Benjamin Moore will match the donation to honor their generosity and a cause that we strongly support.
Our other HUE Honorees are:
Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design,New York, for Residential Interiors. Ghislaine's work is alive with saturated color and a brilliant sense of balance. I was touched that she shared her award with her beautiful children who joined her on the stage.
Envision Design, Washington, DC, for Contract Interiors. Envision Design integrates materials, color and architecture seamlessly. Their work on the US Green Building Council's headquarters (pictured above) has awarded them many accolades and great distinction.
Amy Wax, Montclair, NJ, for Residential Exteriors. Amy is the first Color Consultant to recieve a HUEY and I've seen first hand how dramatic a difference her work makes in a neighborhood.
Allen + Philp Architects/Interiors, Scottsdale, AZ, for Contract Exteriors. Liz Damore and Mark Philp represented their team at Allen Philp. Their striking commercial exteriors infuse color to give buildings character.
These four honorees competed in their categories for the prestigious prize, topping a total of nearly 150 entries from across the country.
A HUE Special Achievement Award was awarded to Eikona Studios, Cleveland, OH, for its unique dedication to the restoration and preservation of mural art and masterpieces that grace the walls and domes of American churches, cathedrals and houses of worship. Eikona is not just about preservation of sacred/religious art/spaces - they work throughout the U.S. and Europe in houses of worship, museums andn public spaces. The Special Achievement HUEY was awarded to them for their commitment to preserving artistic expression and story tellilng with paint -- an art form that could quickly become extinct without the dedication of artisans, such as found at Eikona, ensuring it is passed to future generations.They say it best when they describe themselves as "a unique team of artisans and designers specializing in sacred spaces and creative projects."
A clear day in New York City, views of Central Park, and a gathering of people who are as passionate about color as I am made for a spectacular party at MAD. Here are some highlights.
Dancers wearing colorful gowns performed and interacted with us all night
Benjamin Moore's New York Design Center Showroom Manager Rainy Lawrence showcased some hidden talents through these custom designed and created dresses made from paint chips!
Whimsy was in full effect at MAD for the Hues
The perfect way to end the night. Goodie bags called "Basura Bags" are made from recycled juice boxes, made with fair trade and wage policies, and all profits go to Honduran school children.