Announcing the 2013 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.
Philip Gorrivan Design
Philip Gorrivan established his New York-based firm, Philip Gorrivan Design, in 2001. Philip has a strong background in the decorative arts, art history and a discipline honed from several years in the business sector. Whether he’s designing a classic Park Avenue apartment, a rambling country house, a downtown loft or a boutique hotel, Philip tailors each project with his client’s needs in mind, creating rooms that feel at once classic and layered, as well as tailored and modern. Philip is known for his clever sense of color and a refined eye for objects, art, and furnishings. In 2008, Philip launched his first designer fabric collection in conjunction with the Highland Court Division of Duralee,. Philip is currently working on other collections in the home category, including wall covering, furniture and rugs. These will be launching in the coming year. Philip’s design philosophy is perfectly described when he says “I see every project as a unique reflection of my clients’ needs; for me, a successful project is one that bears the client’s signature, not mine.”
Jim Thompson America
Chad Holman is the Managing Director for Jim Thompson America, the luxury textile company renowned for bringing exquisite Thai silks to the global market. Mr. Holman began his career in design after attending the Art Institute of Atlanta and landing a series of fortuitous internships that led to his first job as a sales representative for the legendary showroom and manufacturer Jerry Pair & Associates. He joined Jim Thompson as the Director of Sales and Marketing in 1993 and has been managing and expanding the Jim Thompson brand ever since. In his free time, Mr. Holman keeps busy with the design of friends’ houses, noting that he never gets tired of it: “I am so fortunate to be in an industry that I absolutely love,” he says.
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.
Sara Story Design
Since founding her eponymous design firm in 2003, Sara Story has forged a reputation for imparting to all her projects an ineffable style she can truly call her own. Drawing inspiration from extensive travels, an active interest in contemporary art and fashion, and a rigorous lifestyle, Sara wields a keen eye to exact her aesthetic vision: crisp, elegant, and comfortable gestures that thoughtfully balance multiple elements of good design for an everyday, polished life. Sara earned a B.F.A. from the University of San Diego and a degree in Interior Architecture from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Critical acclaim of her townhouse renovation at Gramercy Park propelled Sara onto the design world’s radar. Always dynamic, the firm continues to work on residential and commercial projects worldwide. In 2012 Sara launched a wallpaper collection that transforms traditional Asian motifs for contemporary audience with both classic and edgier tastes.