Announcing the 2014 CTC&G IDA Judges
Anthony Baratta LLC
Anthony Baratta began his design career over thirty years ago after graduating from Fordham University with a degree in Art History. Combining his talents with William Diamond, their firm, Diamond Baratta Design, created a design language which is a balance between pattern, color, history, luxury and ultimately what is modern. In 2003 the firm's work was celebrated in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum's National Design Triennial: Inside Design Now. Last year William and Anthony were named one of Traditional Homes “20 Design Icons” and were awarded Benjamin Moore's coveted “Hue Award” for lifetime achievement in design. Additionally, Diamond Baratta has created multiple collections for both Lee Jofa Fabrics and Stark Carpet. Anthony is especially proud of his two books with William, “Diamond Baratta Design”, Bullfinch Press and “All American”, Pointed Leaf Press. Upon William's retirement, Anthony now carries on the work of the firm with his new company Anthony Baratta, LLC and looks forward to many more years of creating unique and inspiring interiors.
Photo by Peter Aaron
Gary L. Brewer
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Gary Brewer received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota and is a registered architect in the State of New York and other jurisdictions. A Partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, his responsibilities include the design of houses as well as academic buildings and clubhouses. He has served as Project Partner for a house in Westport that was honored with a Stanford White Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, and a house in Seaside, Florida, that received the Addison Mizner Award from the ICA&A's Florida Chapter. Mr. Brewer has been responsible for the design of buildings at the University of Virginia, Harvard Business School, Brown University, and the Hotchkiss School, as well as the clubhouse at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, South Carolina. He is a Fellow Emeritus of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and has led house design seminars for the American Institute of Building Designers in Florida, Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Delrose Design Group
Acclaimed interior designer Kerry Delrose has been producing beautiful, innovative and stylish interiors for over 14 years. After a successful publishing career at Time-Warner, Delrose joined design giant Hinson and Company as Design Director. There, he created furnishings, fabrics and wall coverings, while expanding their showroom presence in design centers across the country. His work was featured in numerous publications.
In 2002, Kerry joined the firm Jones, Footer, Margeotes Partners; an east coast blue chip architecture and design firm, where he served as Design Director. In addition to multiple residential projects, Kerry was hired to design penthouses in the tallest residential building ever built in Sydney Australia. His work caught the eye of architects, designers and builders down under where it has been regularly featured.
Delrose formed the Delrose Design Group based in New York City. Focused on high-end residential projects and unique brand based opportunities the firm currently is working in California, Europe, and Dubai as well as multiple east coast projects.
His work is defined by clean, simple, modern lines and furnishings. Large-scale pieces, unusual objects and innovative applications are signature in his work. His use of natural, organic furnishings and materials make for very progressive design and have caught the eyes of hoteliers, celebrities, and designers alike.
Kerry’s work has been featured in Cottages & Gardens Publications, House & Garden, Elle Décor, Classic Home, House Beautiful and several coffee table books. He has been a contributor to many publications, as well as a speaker at various design events.
Kerry has participated in the Kips Bay Show house, The Hampton Designer Show house, The Idea House, and Esquire House among others.
Jennifer Cohler Mason
J. Cohler Mason Design
Jennifer Cohler Mason creates interior spaces that are contemporary, yet classic and timeless. Her background as a designer in the fashion industry contributes a unique visual sensibility to her projects. Never defined by one era, Jennifer’s exceptional sense of style, innovative flair, and love of design add to her ability to interpret clients’ individual needs creating the perfect mix for warm and inviting interior spaces. Passionate about her work and design Jennifer gets much of her inspiration through art, photography, fashion and travel. She has made numerous appearances on HGTV, DIY Network and CBS. Jennifer’s full involvement ensures commitment to every project she takes on.
Eric Rains Landscape Architecture
C. Eric Rains, principal of Eric Rains Landscape Architecture, LLC, launched his practice after 21 years in the industry. During this time, he has practiced in the Connecticut, New York, New Jersey tri-state area and greater Washington, D.C./Baltimore metro area. Mr. Rains is an accomplished Landscape Architect with extensive experience in local, state and federal regulatory permitting processes. He balances this with deep ties to his community.
Some of Mr. Rains’ initial clients included the Landscape Architect of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., St. Mary’s Seminary and University (an Olmstead Brother’s site) and Johns Hopkins Hospital and University in Baltimore, MD. He was also adjunct professor of landscape design at Montgomery College in Maryland.
Prior to forming his practice, Mr. Rains was Director of the Commercial Division and an Associate of his prior firm, where he was responsible for the design and overall coordination of the firm’s multi-family, corporate, institutional and historic projects.
Mr. Rains’ projects have won numerous awards, which include being a two-time recipient of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects most prestigious award, “Jury’s Award of Excellence”.
Prior to moving to South Norwalk four years ago, Mr. Rains lived in Greenwich, Connecticut for the prior 12 years where he was appointed to served on Architectural Review Committee for the Town, Greenwich Green & Clean as Chairman (currently on the advisory board) and also served on The Property Commission of Christ Church. Eric is an active member of ASLA, serves as President of the States Executive Committee and is licensed in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
Matthew Patrick Smyth
Matthew Patrick Smyth Inc.
A returning IDA judge, Matthew Patrick Smyth’s firm specializes primarily in residential interior design from Connecticut to New York City and Paris and London, giving careful consideration to blend classic style with comfort. Smyth’s aesthetic illustrates a consistent focus on fine detailing and suitability, within a range of styles. Matthew Patrick Smyth Inc. utilizes high quality craftspeople to provide a finished product that reflects the client’s needs and interest. The firm’s goal is to maintain a long-term relationship with clients. Many of the firm’s clients are on their second, third and fourth projects with Matthew Patrick Smyth Inc. Smyth has branched out into product design with a carpet collection, a line of fabrics, a line of his wallcovering designs and a bed collection.