Shining Stars

H-Town design world celebrates stars and up-and-comers at Decorative Center awards

H-Town design world celebrates stars and up-and-comers at awards

News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Clo and Charles Cohen
Clo and Charles Cohen, owner of Decorative Center Houston, in from New York for the annual Stars of Design awards presentation. Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Holly Hunt interior
Furniture designer Holly Hunt, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Stars of Design Award, in from Chicago for the event. Photo by Dave Rossmann
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Holly Hunt interior
Holly Hunt interior design. Courtesy of Decorative Center Houston
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Nicole Zarr, Katy Briscoe
Star on the Rise interior designer Nicole Zarr, left, with Stars of Design Product Award recipient Katy Briscoe. Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Birdie Webb, Linda Limb
Birdie Webb, left, and Linda Limb, Graphic Arts award recipient. Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Libbie Masterson Antarctica
Photography Stars of Design Award recipient Libbie Masterson's "Antarctica." Courtesy of Decorative Center Houston
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Nicole Zarr interior
Interior by Rising Star Nicole Zarr. Courtesy of Decorative Center Houston
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Shafik Rifaat, Charles Cohen
Architecture Stars of Design Award recipient Shafik Rifaat with Charles Cohen. Photo by Dave Rossmann
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Mark and Letecia Haywood
Mark and Letecia Haywood, Star on the Rise recipient. Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Holly Hunt Houston Showroom
Holly Hunt new showroom in Decorative Center Houston. Courtesy of Decorative Center Houston
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Gary Moss
Landscape design by Gary Moss, winner of the Landscape Stars of  Design Award. Courtesy of Decorative Center Houston
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Louise and Gary Moss
Louise and Gary Moss, Stars of Design Landscape Architecture honoree. Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Nina and Karun Magon
Star on the Rise Nina Magon and Karun Magon. Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Kate and Grant Duckworth
Star on the rise Kate Duckworth and Grant Duckworth. Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Anya Tish
Anya Tish, from left, Art Stars of Design recipient Marcelyn McNeil and Sarah Ansell. Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Clo and Charles Cohen
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Holly Hunt interior
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Holly Hunt interior
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Nicole Zarr, Katy Briscoe
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Birdie Webb, Linda Limb
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Libbie Masterson Antarctica
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Nicole Zarr interior
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Shafik Rifaat, Charles Cohen
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Mark and Letecia Haywood
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Holly Hunt Houston Showroom
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Gary Moss
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Louise and Gary Moss
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Nina and Karun Magon
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Kate and Grant Duckworth
News, Shelby, Decorative Center Houston Awards, April 2015, Anya Tish

Decorative Center Houston was on fire — in the best of ways during the 2015 Spring Market which happened to coincide with the prestigious center's 30th anniversary. More than 500 interior design enthusiasts and professionals set a record for the the gathering that featured world class design talent and the annual Stars of Design Awards presentation.

Key industry leaders making presentations throughout the day were Donghia CEO and Rubelli co-CEO Andrea Favaretto Rubelli in from home base in Venice, Italy, Traditional Home Magazine senior style editor Krissa Rossbund, TV design personality Nina Magon of Houston and New York photographer Durston Saylor.

Holly Hunt, a native Texan, was in from home base in Chicago to receive the Lifetime Achievement award and to celebrate the opening of her new showroom.

Decorative Center Houston president and owner Charles Cohen was in to preside over the early evening presentation of the Stars of Design Awards. Cohen heads New York-based Cohen Brothers Realty Corp., which owns 12 million square feet of commercial property in New York, Florida, California and Texas.

More than 100 turned out for the awards presentation honoring eight Stars of Design and four Stars on the Rise. Receiving kudos for a successful career in design Holly Hunt, a native Texan, was in from home base in Chicago to receive the Lifetime Achievement award and to celebrate the opening of her new showroom in the decorative center.

Stars of Design Award recipients were Shafik Rifaat for Architecture, Marcelyn McNeil for Art, Linda Limb for Graffic Design, Carol Glasser for Interior Design, Katy Briscoe for Product Design, Gary Moss for Landscape Design and Libbie Masterson for Photography.

Four young designers were presented with the Stars on the Rise awards — Kate Duckworth, Letecia Haywood, Nina Magon and Nicole Zarr.

This was the eighth year for the Stars of Design Awards presentation and the fourth year for Stars on the Rise. Following the presentation, guests gathered in the new Holly Hunt showroom for cocktails and conversation.