Photo credit: Tara Carvalho
In the design community, fall’s official back-to-school party is New England Home’s 5 Under 40 event, honoring a hand-picked group of young whippersnappers who are making their names known throughout the Northeast. Hosted by high-end rug dealer Landry & Arcari, the evening is a fundraiser for Barakat, a Cambridge-based education and literacy program for women and children in South Asia, and it draws the crème de la crème, in addition to those rising to the top, in architecture, interior design and landscape design.
There to applaud honorees Ben Uyeda, Caleb Johnson, Jayme Kennerknecht, John Haven, and Paul and Esther Halferty were such major players as interior design avatars Ken Dietz and Steven Favreau, Daher Interior Design CFO Jennifer Pond, restaurateur extraordinaire Steve DiFillippo, the dapper Austin Pike, silver fox Cheryl Savit, host Jerry Arcari, architect extraordinaire Alan Mayer, smoldering Uzbek Nodir Abdullaev, jewelry designer Rebecca Scott, PR czars Tony Fusco and Robert Four, legendary landscape architect Keith LeBlanc, numerous bearded hipsters, several women with severe hair and/or shoes, and the expected number of eager young things too good-looking for their own good.
Then there were the surprising number of men wearing plaid, which prompted one guest to say, “When did interior designers all start dressing like lumberjacks?”
Each of the honorees designed a one-of-a-kind rug that was auctioned off by the impossibly beautiful Jenny Johnson, and those not bidding kibitzed about this and that while the bartenders poured enough pinot grigio to float a barge. The evening’s best comment came from the designer who said, “So far, I’ve seen two vendors I’ve been trying to get in touch with for weeks. Apparently, email and cellphones don’t exist in Provincetown.”