Boston, MA (October 9, 2015) - New England Home is pleased to announce the 2016 winners of the sixth annual “5 Under 40” awards.
The “5 Under 40” program recognizes the hottest emerging talent in residential design in New England, in the areas of architecture, interiors, landscape design, and specialty design such as furniture and home accessories.
This year’s winners are, by category:
Architecture: Caleb Johnson, Caleb Johnson Architects + Builders (Biddeford, ME)
Architecture & Specialty Design (Furniture): Benjamin Uyeda, HomeMade Modern (Boston)
Interior Design: Jayme Kennerknecht, Kennerknecht Design Group (Wenham, MA)
Landscape Design: John Haven, LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects (Boston)
Specialty Design (Tile): Paul & Esther Halferty, Lilywork Artisan Tile (Pawcatuck, CT)
As Kyle Hoepner, editor-in-chief of New England Home, notes, “I am impressed anew each year with the depth and variety of young talent we have in our part of the country. The fact that we consistently find such interesting and beautiful work, time after time, is an excellent omen for the future of home design.”
The slate of winners for 2016 was selected by a committee of professionals representing diverse facets of the New England design community, including Patrick Hickox of Hickox Williams Architects in Boston, Kristin Paton of Kristin Paton Interiors and Kristin Paton Home in Cambridge, Mass., and Julie Moir Messervy of Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio, a landscape firm in Saxtons River, Vt.
The winners will be recognized at a celebratory awards party on Thursday, September 8, 2016 in Boston.
Kathy Bush-Dutton, publisher of New England Home, observes, “We’re thrilled to have a group this year who have already produced such beautiful and inspiring work. I confidently expect to see them continue bringing fresh, innovative new ideas to the design field for a long time to come.”
Each winner will design a custom rug to be handwoven in the Nepal-based workshops of presenting sponsor Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting, creating a direct connection between designer and weaver. The completed rugs will be auctioned off at the September 8 celebration honoring the winners, with proceeds to benefit the 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.
"We have always been inspired by the layers of architecture and civilization you find when travelling abroad. This layering is used to create a sense of time and place in our hand-crafted tile, incorporating pattern, ornament and texture from around the world."
"The tile rug we have created for this project incorporates pattern from ancient Babylon, Persia and Morocco. We are excited to see the translation process work in reverse, having our tile design hand-crafted back into silk and wool."
-Paul & Esther Halferty