Announcing the 2014 NYC&G Innovation in Design Judges
Mark Hampton LLC
Alexa Hampton is the owner and head design leader of Mark Hampton. She has completed of a wide range of designs for domestic and international projects, from New York City to Hangzhou, China, including apartments and large residences, private airplanes and yachts. Alexa has received an honorary PhD from Moore College of Art and Design, was awarded Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Female Award, Connecticut Cottage & Gardens’ Design Innovator Award and the Hyland Award for Interior Design. She was the first woman to receive the Design Icon Award at the World Market Center in 2013. In 2014, she received a Crystal Kylin Award from the China Interior Design Association, one of the top honors of the design industry in that country. Alexa is the author of two critically praised books: The Language of Interior Design, Decorating in Detail and contributed an essay for Charlotte Moss' book, A Visual Life. She is also a contributing columnist for the The Wall Street Journal’s Saturday “Off Duty” section.
Amy Lau Design
Amy Lau founded her New York Design firm in 2001. Her portfolio of luxurious residential interiors includes an array of artistic and sophisticated homes throughout the world. The Arizona native developed a deep passion for design and honed her curatorial eye studying eminent historians. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living, and Luxe Interiors + Design. Lau received her master’s in fine and decorative art from the prestigious Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Bunny Williams Inc.
Bunny Williams Inc., the interior design arm of her companies was formed in 1988, and her ever-growing home furnishings collection, Bunny Williams Home, followed in 2008. With her husband, antiques dealer John Rosselli, Bunny owns Treillage Ltd., a unique decorative home and garden shop in New York where she resides as well as a home in Connecticut. Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Bunny’s decorating DNA combines her upbringing and appreciation for gracious Southern living, with her hands-on training at the venerable firms of Stair & Co. Antiques and Parish Hadley Inc. Her knowledge of the decorative arts and well-honed skills as a designer has kept clients knocking on her door for decades. Today her work is regularly featured in top design magazines around the world, in newspapers, on television, in film, and on a variety of websites and blogs. Bunny is also involved in a number of other design industries such as Trade Secrets, Kips Bay Designer Show House, Institute of Classical Architecture, Lenox Hill and many more.
Elaine Griffin Interior Design
Interior designer Elaine Griffin believes that a person’s home - what it looks like, where it is, how it’s lived in - reveals more about him than anything else in the world. Elaine graduated from Yale University, with post-graduate studies at the New York School of Interior Design. She began her design career in the office of architectural behemoth Peter Marino as she opened up her own firm in 1999. Elaine was a contestant on Season One of NBC’s prime-time reality competition, American Dream Builders and the author of Design Rules: The Insider’s Guide to Becoming your own Decorator. Elaine’s work has been featured in publications including Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Accents, The New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post and New York Magazine. She has also appeared on television design segments, including the Today Show.
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.
Liz O’Brien Editions
For over 20 years Liz O’Brien has been pioneering new fields of collecting in the decorative arts. Her New York gallery is a favorite shopping destination of design enthusiasts such as Valentino Garavani, Tory Burch and Jacques Grange. In 2011 she launched her own furniture collection, Liz O’Brien Editions, which became an instant hit with editors and designers. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, New York Cottages & Gardens, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among others.
Over the years, Ralph Pucci has developed a relationship with fashion designers, illustrators and supermodels. These collaborations produced new innovative and avant-garde collections that changed the mannequin industry. Collaborators included Ruben Toledo, Anna Sui, Maira Kalman, Christy Turlington, Veruschka, Kenny Scharf. Pucci created the likeness of Diane Von Furstenberg for the 40th anniversary exhibit of her iconic wrap dress. Today, Ralph Pucci is considered the best of the best in the high-end fields of mannequins, lighting, furniture and art. The Markopoulos Award, the highest honor in the Visual Merchandising Industry, was given to Pucci. Interior Design said "Pucci is one of the Best of the Year in Interiors, Architecture, Fashion and Design” and was chosen "The Best Furniture Gallery in New York" by Manhattan Magazine, "The Best in Furniture and Furnishings" by Robb Report and "The Best Showroom" by Wallpaper. In 2013 Ralph Pucci was honored by Inner City Arts in Los Angeles. He also serves on the board of Pratt Institute. Ralph Pucci was recently honored with the President's Award by The Kips Bay Boys and girls club.