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Clodagh is a multi-discipline designer based in NYC for the past 25 years. Her award-winning portfolio spans over twenty-four countries and includes hotels, luxury spas, healthcare facilities, residential, branding, fashion, and home products. She oversees two acclaimed companies, Clodagh Design, her interior design practice, and Clodagh Signature, her product design studio. Clodagh creates life-enhancing environments and is committed to sustainability and authenticity in materials. Clodagh passionately believes that good design supports well-being and that it can transform people’s lives. She feels that clutter can undermine serenity, but minimalism should not be self denying. A believer in the tenets of integrative medicine which addresses the entire human body and psyche, Clodagh applies a broad spectrum of modalities that promote wellness by addressing human issues. As a pioneer in the use of Feng Shui in her designs, she joyfully embraces both ancient and cutting edge methods including chromotherapy and biophilia.
Sherri Donghia is an award-winning designer and creative director who conceptualizes and develops products with a vision for the 21st century. Highly accomplished in home furnishings, textiles, fashion apparel and accessories, she has earned an international reputation in design and marketing. For 23 years, Donghia was executive VP of all design & marketing for Donghia Furniture and Textiles and the author of the book, Donghia: The Artistry of Luxury and Style.
For the past eight years, Donghia has been the CEO of her own consulting company, SD International, specializing in textile and product design, marketing for interiors, and lifestyle clients. She has been the chair of the Color Association of the U.S. (CAUS) for the past 13 years, and served on the boards of the Rhode Island School of Design, Fashion Group International, and Aid to Artisans. Donghia has and continues to guest lecture at design schools and museums internationally, and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the New York School of Interior Design. She recently co-curated "The Best of Exterior Design" show for Jack Larsen's Longhouse in East Hampton, NY.
Malcolm Holzman, FAIA, holds more than forty years' experience working on public-use projects and has led the planning, programming, and design of more than fifty academic buildings across the country. An award-winning architect, his buildings are acknowledged for their evocative nature, technical vision, and singular character. Holzman has completed commissions in twenty-five states; his work represents some of this country’s most notable architecture. An industry expert, Holzman is a member of the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame and the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, and a recipient of the Pratt Institute Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition to enhancing the built environment, he regularly contributes to national design publications. Holzman founded Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates and, in 2004, established Holzman Moss Architecture, now Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture. He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board.
Emanuela Frattini Magnusson is the founder and principal of EFM Design, an international award-winning, multidisciplinary practice that spans architecture, interiors, product design, brand development, and graphics. Emanuela is also the founder and principal designer of Articolo, a collection of European-produced furniture, and the founder and CEO of Manù, a line of luxury leather goods designed by EFM. She has also worked as the creative director of Spinneybeck Leather. Emanuela is a board member and treasurer of Operation Design, a not-for-profit that promotes design education in public schools. She has also served as a visiting faculty member at Parsons School of Design and at Yale University School of Architecture. Her architectural and design work has been widely published in the United States and Europe. Trained in architecture at the Milan Politecnico, she also holds an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. She is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited.
Michael W. Monroe has been involved with contemporary American craft and design for fifty years. Currently director emeritus of the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington, he served as executive director of the American Craft Council and president of the Peter Joseph Gallery in New York City. For twenty-one years Monroe was with the Smithsonian Institution American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, first serving as curator and later as curator-in-charge. He directed the Martin Mullen Fine Arts Gallery and taught art and design for the State University of New York. In 1993, Monroe was invited by President William Jefferson Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton to curate a collection of American crafts for the White House. Monroe received an MFA degree in design from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin, and also studied at the American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago.
Photo: Scanned 1/10 scale portrait of David Ross by Karin Sander.
David A. Ross has a forty-year career as an art museum professional and educator. He is currently the chair of the MFA in Art Practice at the School of Visual Art in New York City. Ross has held curatorial and senior leadership positions at the Everson Museum of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the University Art Museum at UC-Berkeley; and directorships at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum, and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He was also the co-founder and president of the Artists’ Pension Trust, has lectured at universities across the country, and has served as juror and commissioner at a broad range of international shows and exhibitions. Known for his proven ability to work within museums undergoing periods of transition, Ross has successfully rebuilt staff, public programs, collections, and exhibition schedules, while enhancing the reputation and community support for the institutions he has served.
Shaw has devoted her career to the advocacy of good design. A design marketing consultant who conceived of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Shaw worked closely with GLM Shows in the development of the ICFF and Accent on Design, and leads the New York NOW initiative Sustainability: Design for a Better World through exhibitions and a seminar series. She brings her industry expertise to clients such as Clodagh Design International, directing licensing and communications. Shaw & Co! Productions has produced a variety of retail art, design, and corporate marketing events, and has a diverse international clientele that includes Credit Suisse, Biogen Idec, Material ConneXion, Relais & Chateaux, Baldinger Lighting, The Artful Home, and the United Nations Environmental Programme. Shaw serves on the board of trustees for DIFFA: The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and co-founded and is president of Operation Design, a not-for-profit that creates mentorships and creative programs between architects, interior designers, artists, and New York City public school students.
Barbara Tober has been chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City for fifteen years and is now chairing its Global Leadership Council. Her foundation funds educational arts projects for children nationwide, such as the successful Quilts Across America. Tober is president of Acronym, Inc., a firm that invests in art-related projects. These have included THE GUILD Publishing Company, Inc. and GUILD.com in Madison, Wisconsin, publishers of The Sourcebook of Architectural and Interior Art. Prior to her career in the world of the arts and craftsmanship, she spent over four decades in the corporate advertising and magazine worlds, the majority of which was at Conde Nast Publications where she was Editor-in-Chief of Brides Magazine for thirty years. Tober has served on the boards of a number of organizations, such as the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), which gave her their award for excellence in 1992.
Kevin Walz is trained as an artist but has straddled the chasm between art and design throughout his career. Winner of the Rome Prize and an inductee of the Interior Design Hall of Fame, Walz has a studio in Rome, where he lives, and an office in New York. He is known for his work in interior design, product design, and art.
"Leave good footprints." -Ellen Kochansky, artist