Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Elle Decor A-List Event

As many of you may have already seen in the latest issue of ELLE DECOR magazine, the ELLE DECOR editors came out with their first ever A-List of 25 interior designers (including a shortlist of five up-and-coming interior designers).  The goal was to produce "a list of authentic tastemakers whose rooms reflect the passions of ELLE DECOR—high style, serious comfort, snappy ideas—and whose innovative approach to the art of decoration will be studied for generations."
Last week, ELLE DECOR hosted an event at the McGuire Showroom in NYC honoring the 25 A-List interior designers along with the 5 to watch - and almost all 30 attended!  Imagine thirty of the greats in one room together, including big names such as: Jeffrey Bilhuber, Eric Cohler, Robert Couturier, Steven Gambrel, Suzanne Kasler, Victoria Hagan, Charlotte Moss, Joe Nahem, Alex Papachristidis, Thomas O’Brien, Miles Redd, Stephen Sills, Michael Smith, William Sofield, Steven Volpe, Bunny Williams, and more.
I was not actually at the event, but thought I would pay tribute to some of the local Los Angeles interior designers that were celebrated:
First and foremost, Michael Smith (pictured here with Margaret Russell).  Michael Smith hails from my "hometown" - we both grew up in Bay Shores in Newport Beach and he lived next door to my aunt and went to school with my cousins.  It's always very exciting to see his name mentioned - especially on an A-List!
Native Angeleno, Oliver M. Furth (included among the A-List) with Margaret Ruseell and interior deisgner Katie Lydon (another A-List, NYC designer).
Fellow blogger and San Francisco, CA based interior designer Grant K. Gibson (left) was included on the five designers to watch list!
(Pictured here with Alexis Contant (of the Boston Design Center) and designer Matthew Patrick Smyth.)
Congrats to all the A-Listers!
Photography by Patrick Butler courtesy of ELLE DECOR.

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