ALUMNI NOTES 2016
Lynette Bard (AAS, 2013) and her firm Rue du Rix won two 2016 Westchester Home Design awards for Best Use of Small Space and Best Use of Color in the magazine’s Fifth Annual Design Awards. The winning designs were announced on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY. All finalists’ projects appear in the spring 2016 issue of Westchester Home.
Wendy Cruz-Gonzales (MPS-L, 2012) along with office teammates at Illumination Arts LLC, won an award of merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) for their lighting design project for GAF Corporation. The project was featured in NYSID’s spring 2016 Interior Design Today: Alumni Exhibition.
Taplynn Dugan (AAS, 2013), principal, Ridgewood Interiors, LLC, received the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) New Jersey Chapter 2016 Silver Design Excellence Award in the category of Residential Universal Spaces. Located in Ridgewood, NJ, Ridgewood Interiors, LLC offers services with a primary focus on universal design and aging in place for baby boomer and active seniors. ridgewoodinteriors.com
Ashley Liu (MFA-1, 2013) worked on a project for the Target Corporation PR & Marketing Office in Chelsea with Rottet Studio, which won a NYCXDesign Award in May 2016. This project was featured in Interior Design Today: Alumni Exhibition at NYSID.
David Scott (BFA, 1992) was named one of New York Spaces Top 50 Designers for the fourth year in a row. David’s upcoming projects include Miami Beach apartments at The Surf Club and Faena House; estates in Southampton and Sagaponack; New York City apartments at Walker Tower, 10 Madison Square West, Foster & Partners’ 50 UN Plaza, and Herzog de Meuron’s 160 Leroy Street. His project Artful Living in the Walker Tower was published by Cottages & Gardens in September 2015.
Marie Aiello (AAS, 2004), through her company MADS, is the interior design firm for Haswell, a new luxury condo building on the Upper West Side. It includes 64 apartments, two lobbies, and an amenities floor with movie room, club room, coffee lounge, reading room, gym, sauna, meditation area, yoga, and children’s room. thehaswell.com
Michele Bitter (AAS, 2008) designed a Central Park West dining room that was featured in the January/February 2016 issue of Luxe Interiors & Design Magazine. michelebitter.com
Clair Fitzgerald (AAS, 2011) recently completed a pied-à-terre in Toronto, Canada. She writes, “It is a tiny, one bedroom in a new building—but it’s great to see what can be done with only 486 square feet! The wood-paneled wall with cantilevered bedside tables and the built-in desk with shelves were my design.” In addition Clair completed a 4,000+ square foot penthouse apartment over-looking a wooded ravine, also in Toronto.
Susan Zises Green (Certificate). Over the years Susan’s clientele on Nantucket has grown. She just recently installed a project in Sconset and the clients are wildly happy with the results. Susan also put together and moderated the annual “All-Star Design Panel” at Nantucket by Design 2016—an event that sold out in record time. Her speakers were: Nancy Braithwaite, James Huniford, Juan Montoya, Suzanne Rheinstein, and NYSID alumnus Charles Pavarini. susanzisesgreen.com
Susan Marinello (AAS, 1995) is celebrating her 20th year as the principal of her eponymous firm. Susan Marinello Interiors’ commissions include Premiere on Pine in Seattle, Alchemy in San Francisco, Lincoln Square Expansion Private Residential Tower in Bellevue (WA), Westin in Maui, Sheraton hotel in Seattle, the Private Residences at the Four Seasons in Seattle, Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland (WA), Fifteen Twenty One Second Avenue in Seattle, Westin Bellevue & One Lincoln Tower in Bellevue, Hyatt Regency in Bellevue (WA), Teton Mountain Lodge in Jackson Hole (WY), and Hotel Terra in Jackson Hole as well as private residences in New York City, Delaware, Ohio, Idaho, the West Coast, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest. susanmarinello.com
Drew McGukin (AAS, 2010) transformed an outdated bathroom into a luxurious dream destination master bath which was featured in Architectural Digest’s “Before and After” section in June, 2016. architecturaldigest.com/gallery/drew-mcgukin-remodels-new-york-small-bath
Gideon Mendelson (AAS, 2007), Mendelson Group, Inc., recently completed an apartment on Riverside Boulevard. mendelsongroupinc.com/riverside-boulevard
Susan Nagle (BFA, 1997), Bentel & Bentel, designed the Hudson Garden Grill in the 40-acre Ross Conifer Arboretum of the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). This restaurant provides an intimate yet airy sit-down dining space for NYBG visitors and the general public. Low banquette seating, a solid walnut slab bar, and an open kitchen designed for exhibition cooking each contribute to the mood of conviviality, authenticity, and refreshment.
Daniel Park (BFA, 2010) designed Rosie O’Donnell’s 10,000 square foot mansion in New Jersey and has many other residential interior design projects currently going on in New York City, New Jersey, and Florida. His work has been published in Luxe Interiors & Design, New York Cottages & Gardens, Aspire, and 201 Magazines.
Arlene Angard (AAS, 2008) evaluated outdoor dining chairs in the April 2016 issue of Elle Décor, and was featured in New York Spaces “The Goods” issue, Spring 2016, for her beach inspired rugs. She gives multiple podcasts on design when not running her Madison Avenue showroom.
Marcia Butler (BFA, 2007) oboist for 25 years and interior designer since 2002, is now a published author. The Skin Above My Knee, A Memoir will be published by Little, Brown & Company in February 2017. She is currently at work on a novel. hachettebookgroup.com
Wendy Cruz-Gonzales (MPS-L, 2012) met her goal of writing and publishing an article this year. “Make Way for the Senses,” a piece she wrote as a guest blogger for the New Jersey Chapter of ASID, was so well-received that she developed it into an article for a professional audience which was published in NJ Inspires. Wendy was the featured lighting designer for a TV show segment for “HouseSmarts,” a home design show with national syndication.
Ashley Liu (MFA-1, 2013) is to become a columnist for La Vie magazine—a famous design magazine in Taiwan. Her first article will be related to “Feeling the Hotel Design by Using Five Senses.”
Elizabeth Aaron, Renee Dobbs Biery, Sheila Jones Heslin, and Meg Sebastian (all AAS, 1994) met at NYSID. From graduation through entering careers in the design world across the country, they have remained the best of friends. Renee, Sheila, and Elizabeth met in New York City with their children to visit the Museum of Modern Art in February and attended High Point in April.
Janet Davidsen (AAS, 1991) owns Details in Design Inc. and practices luxury residential interior design out of Sarasota, FL and Chicago. She won ASID Illinois Design Excellence Awards in both 2005 and 2015 and served as president of the ASID Illinois Chapter in 2013-2014. Janet is now building her practice in Sarasota.
Dyan Grey (BFA, 2011) established DDG Design Studio Inc. in 2000 and over time evolved a furniture design division from successful designs for specific interiors that drew on Dyan’s sculpture and design backgrounds. After five years of DDG Design Studio Inc., representing the Alphenberg leather products in the USA, DDG has now established the USA-based company Alphenberg New York, producer of leather flooring, leather wall covering, and leather for furniture suitable for residential, office, and hospitality environments. ddgdesignstudio.com
Trisha Guillen (BID, 2015) founded a home staging and design company, Trisha Elena Designs, LLC, in 2015. Shortly after graduation, she won a commercial project for a brownstone redesign at Columbia University. Subsequent projects for both residential and commercial clients include a Midtown Manhattan residential renovation with a rooftop terrace redesign. After coordinating multiple design and home staging projects, Trisha expanded her business in 2016 to real estate sales with Century 21 Metropolitan. She has been recognized in Virtual-Strategy Magazine, FOX Wilmington, and Houzz among others for her skills in business, communication and problem-solving abilities.
Susan Hart (AAS, 2012) After working with a partner for several years, Susan started her own firm, Susan Hart Interiors, in January 2016 with work in Westchester, Connecticut, and Manhattan. susanhartinteriors.com
Silvina Leone (AAS, 2011) is a member of the Board of Directors of the French Heritage Society, Vice-Chair of the NYC Chapter and a member of the Special Events Committee. She has also been recognized as a leading interior designer in Top10ofNewYork.com.
Ashley Liu (MFA-1, 2013) is working on the Gateway Renaissance Hotel in Atlanta. The Model Room Review went very well, and the Marriott crew, owner, contractors were all very happy.
Susan Niblo (Certificate, 1980) started her own interior design studio, Susan M. Niblo Ltd., in Tuxedo Park, New York which offers all services related to new construction and/or remodeling in the Tristate Area including Bergen and Sullivan counties. susanniblo.com
Charles Pavarini (BFA, 1981), Pavarini Design participated in the 2016 Architectural Digest Home Design Show winning Best in Show for Creativity The Marriage of Art & Design. This booth with artist Paul Thomas showed how Thomas’s paintings can be worked into interiors in alternative ways and showcased some new pieces from the Pavarini Cantilevered Collection including the Trapezoid Console and Walnut Credenza which are sold through Biasi Catani in the D&D Building. Charles co-chaired the Bailey House Auction 2016, was part of panel discussion moderated by NYSID alumna Susan Zises Green, on August 3 for the Nantucket Historical Association, and designed the sets for West Side Story at the Summer Theatre of New Canaan. An outdoor furniture line will be launched this fall at BDNY.
Sharon Reed (AAS, 2005) is developing South Avenue Arts in the 1950s Garwood, New Jersey VFW building. Transformed into a light filled space, South Avenue Arts will be a community arts center with studio space for local artists to rent, art classes for kids and adults, and a gallery/store showcasing affordable and original art, jewelry and home items crafted by local artists.
Henry Roa (MFA-2, 2013) opened a design-build company with two partners from architecture school, each one having different experiences and skills and a passion for the design-construction world. PLATFORM Design-Build Company offers integrated, efficient and cost effective project delivery from design phase and through construction.
Denise Wenacur (BID, 2007), allied ASID, associate IIDA, WBE and DBE certified, is principal of DW Design & Decor LLC. Her work has been widely published including in Westchester Home, Design Bureau, and Home Accents Today. She was voted ‘Best of Houzz’ for the past five years and was a participant in the Cerebral Palsy sponsored Purchase, New York Designer Showhouse. She has been an ASID spokesperson, online color expert for Benjamin Moore paints, and participated in the Architectural Digest Home Show in NYC as a judge and consultant. denisewenacur.com
Polley Wong (MFA-1, 2015) and Briana Earl (MFA-1, 2016) have joined together to create VIU.SPACE, a team of designers who experiment with the latest virtual reality and augmented reality technology to understand, learn, and service the design industry. With a new platform only three years in the making, VIU.SPACE seeks to immerse users into a designed environment.